Mercury Quality Center: Competitiors or Alternate Solutons
Currently we are evaluating QC for use in our organization. We would be using all the main features with this suite, Defects Management, Requirements Management, Test Cases and Test Execution, with a future tie-in with Automation. We'e interested to know what other 'solutions' are available in the marketplace in order to do due diligence in our vendor evaluation process. Any and all input would be most appreciated. Thank you.
We recently replaced QC with SpiraTest and find it has all the functionality we need for much, much cheaper. Check out QAComplete and XStudio as well.
most of the tools that match up feature for feature are fairly expensive. But it is fairly easy to get different tools to handle the different aspects and integrate them together for a fraction of that price.
For example, using Jira for defects, with 2 way integration with a TCM, and Jenkins( or Bamboo ) to handle test plan execution.
You should probably consider the type of development methodology you plan on using and what platforms you are targeting up front.
For Waterfall, if you're documenting your requirements and design it's hard to beat.... documents...
If you're targeting web applications consider Selenium
If you plan on doing Agile and / or Lean ...
And as the posters above have mentioned it's pretty easy to integrate different partial solutions from different sources
Consider the target(s) first, design a solution yourself and then evaluate the available tools and options against your hypothetical solution.
You should also consider the experience the team has. There will be training costs associated with any new tool.
You should also consider data migration requirements and associated costs from any existing tools to a new tool.
The list of sub-forums here under Testing Tools is also not a bad starting point as to what else is in the market. Also look at the companies who produce the tools for more information about other tools they might produce e.g. JIRA isn't the only tool that Atlassian produce and ThoughtWorks, who have a hand in Selenium, have a hand in many other tools, particularly in the Agile space.
Will you need to automate testing against mobile devices? There are companies that produce tools that enable only that or not much else, e.g. Jamo, SeeTest, but have plug-ins for some of the major tools so that might also be something to consider.
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