We are currently looking at getting a new automating testing tool. We have narrowed it down to Mercury - QuickTest Pro and Compuware - Testpartner. It is really a toss up on the two. Does anybody have a preference?
We had the same shortlist and finally selected QuickTestPro. The reasons were that from a technical point of view QTP covered more of our technical architectures (ranging from cobol, DB2 up to web), encountered less problems, and when problems were encountered these were solved quicker by their consultants. We also found that the usability was higher in QTP.
But then these are just some experiences we had during a proof of concept. The implementation of the tool is just starting.
May also be easier to recruit QTP resources ongoing and I don't know about Testpartner but the MI QTP knowledge base & discussion forums along with the QAForums forum usually solve most peoples issues and queries.
It's a popular short list [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] . They are good general-purpose functional testing tools from popular predecessors. Glad to see someone brought this up. One tool may prevail on an architecture but it's likely other tools does better on a different architecture. Comparisons may need to be done on an architecture basis. Proof of concept is a great idea. It's a pleasure learning from other members!