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Test Director costs
<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Hi,
We currently have a 2-user WinRunner license, and we are now thinking of expanding to getting TestDirector as well. We did get a quote for a "concurrent user" TestDirector license, but it didn't stipulate the max number of users - would I be right in thinking this would be for two users as well, or is there no limit on a concurrent user license?
Also, what is the general opinion on TestDirector? In particular, how well does it integrate with WinRunner and does it assist greatly in the automation process?
Re: Test Director costs
These are questions for your rep. From what I understand, there are two versions of TD you can get, one of them being the enterprise version which allows remote users access to a TD server. Thus, companies with several facilities can use the same repository for test scripts, test results, s/w defects and test plan documentation.
I've not worked with TD 7i so I can't comment on that. Version 4, I think that what I looked at, looked promising as far as integrating a rather simple defect tracking database feature with software test planning capabilities. From my test planning, it allowed me to designate whether a test is a manual or automated test. When a test is designated for automation, it switched me over to WinRunner with a skeleton script with comments to each section of the script where I needed to place code to satisfy each test scenario for my test case. The skeleton script is rather simplistic and poor design, not lending itself for reuse at all. But this version of TD is at least 3 years old.
I think TD is a decent system if you're looking for integration of solutions in one or two software packages. Unfortunately for us and to my dismay, our parent company has a separate defect tracking system while using TD 7i. Seems like a waste of money to me to get a separate defect tracking system when TD has one built in.