A few decades back, technology in many companies was very basic with 95 percent of interactions done face to face. Companies always met with customers on their premises and that is where most, if not all transactions were done.
Technology has evolved greatly in those decades and this has caused many changes in how the world operates both on the business and social levels.
Many innovations have come in to improve interactions with customers and also within the company.
Business entities are relying more on technology today than at any other time in history. Many customers now expect most of their interactions with companies to be done through devices and not always face to face.
This has led to companies having to adapt to these changes and creating platforms to enhance customer interaction with them.
Companies need to make sure that their technological products are not just deployed so that companies can be seen to be tech-savvy.
They have to ensure that their applications perform services to customers as a company employee would face to face. The applications have to undergo tests, evaluation to make sure that any issues, bugs and defects are detected early on and eliminated.
These platforms have to be perfect in their functions so as to enhance customer satisfaction.
Test management software is able to perform these tasks of testing, identifying issues and notifying the testers and developers. This type of software also allows for interaction with the different developers within the company on the same platform so as to communicate and seek to improve features of the application.
HP Quality Center was designed to perform all these functions. This editorial will highlight all that HP Quality Center is comprised of and why it out-performs other types of test management software.
What is HP Quality Center?
Hewlett-Packard’s HP Quality Center is a wide-ranging, extensible and unified software quality test management solution. It is part of the highly acclaimed HP software set of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools.
The platform, through automation helps in aligning quality management procedures hence fast-tracking the deployment of secure, dependable and first-class applications.
HP Quality Center acts as a cost reduction and time reducing tool for companies deploying one or more software applications. It also helps to greatly cut down on errors and defects associated with applications.
It also improves how various stakeholders such as business analysts, testers, quality assurance experts, developers among others collaborate and communicate when working on different I.T projects.
The platform is available in two versions; enterprise level and entry level.
It is equipped with features like defect management, testing business processes, cycle and release management, quality planning, managing the process of software testing, managing requirements alongside other features.
These features help to establish consistency in the many repeated processes involved in different projects.
It also comes with a built-in web dashboard that enhances collaboration and communication among team members.
Standard processes and procedures
The platform enables processes such as requirements management, software testing to be standardized and to become fully automated. This leads to increased productivity and a faster completion rate for projects. It also helps maintain high consistency levels in terms of quality and performance in all applications.
HP Quality Center is able to perform various operations in different kinds of environment all at the same time. For example, users may conduct tests such as risk test management, test planning, managing requirements and automate test execution all at the same time.
Simple and easy
The solution simplifies how I.T processes are carried out within a company hence improving the quality of work done. HP Quality Center helps its operators to identify and correct defects, set testing standards, measure and document performance levels and much more.
Because of its many capabilities, the platform is able to deliver multiple applications within a short time without compromising quality. Speed is crucial in today’s business world. Companies have to make sure that the speed with which they act on issues is fast. This is especially useful when it comes to handling defects within the application. Companies want solutions that are able to identify the bugs and defects within their application quickly. This quick detection allows for the defects to be sorted out quickly so that the company can avail a high-quality product to the market.
It caters for automatic unit tests to be carried out. Test scripts need only to be written down once and can from then on be carried out numerous times. By using automatic unit testing, companies are able to save on time thereby diverting their attention to get more tasks done with the saved time. Automation allows the company to also perform many experiments with the future projects. Manual testing may hinder carrying out these experiments because it requires the presence of many team members which is usually not possible most of the time. For example, companies can work on deploying products in the short term, while the same platform performs tests on products which are viewed as more long term. This gives companies an edge because they are always working on the future.
HP Quality center is able to gather all information on defects and compose it on to one screen together with descriptions, comments and a summary. This saves users time from having to search for each defect and all information connected to it. Also, this database ensures that similar mistakes are not repeated in other applications. For example, with this list already available, companies may link the defect with its corresponding solution. Thus, when testing is being done on another product and detects the same kind of defect, the platform is able to link it to the solution and therefore correct it without having to involve any of the users.
The HP Quality Center is a comprehensive solution that allows for writing down of requirements, creating tests, initiating test cases and implementing them to detect defects. This simplifies the process of linking test cases to requirements therefore saving users time while still performing tasks efficiently and effectively.
Developers and teams may sometimes need to perform tests away from the office premises. The platform has mobile apps that can operate on both the iOS and Android devices. Users can easily check project status, work on defects and carry out many other functions without having to work from a computer. This guarantees that projects can still be worked on and insights provided even when users are not in the office. This also saves the company money. Today, most of the population operates a smartphone and companies do not need to purchase extra devices for their field employees. Employees only need to configure their phones and the I.T department then applies the right security and work can start immediately.
A company is able to cut on costs usually associated with software development. This is enhanced by the fact that the platform is able to perform many tasks on its own without requiring additional platforms to help it accomplish its goals. Some test software may be restricted to performing only certain actions. Therefore, companies have to buy a secondary software to perform the tasks which the initial platform cannot perform, thus companies end up spending more.
Defect and test management
Increase quality management through consistent and standardized testing procedures. It also monitors current status of all projects. Is reliable and helps in completing projects quickly because users do not need to re-do all the tasks every time there is a software development project.
This HP Quality Center feature combines testing and software QA to ease test management on various projects. It improves quality and helps reduce costs.
It supports workflow cohesion among team members by boosting communication and interaction. This helps to tackle challenges much easily and quickly. Also helps users to take into consideration all the notes and comments made during collaboration. It is this minute details that lead to products of high-quality being deployed, because 99% of all possible scenarios were considered and applied.
Risk-based test plans
It is able to describe, manage and monitor all types of test scripts from one location. Combined with risk-based test management, users are able to compute where to direct testing resources and allocate requirements to business risks. Users can also perform integration testing.
The platform is able to work with other applications such as Micro Focus BPT & UFT to better perform it operations. Integrations allow for projects to be imported and exported to other platforms so that they can continue to be worked on. This feature also allows for other important aspects to be added on to the platform to assist in completing the development life-cycle.
Reports and graphs
HP Quality Center comprises a dashboard that integrates all reports to improve decision making based on the status of the various projects. Reports provide many details that help in crafting strategy or also show where issues may be occurring and this helps management to remedy these issues.
Defining and managing requirements
HP Quality Center supports requirement standardization, viewing of requirements, tracing relationships between requirements among many other functions. This tool also lets users import process models. If requirements change, notifications are sent to members together with the impact of those changes.
This allows users to see requirements through the single document view mode. It also allows quick editing of texts. Its major purpose is to help users better understand why the project is being carried out.
This feature is centered on virtual folders which permit users to operate the requirements view. One can edit views at any time through selecting fresh category fields. This permits users to decide on how requirements will be arranged.
Release and cycle management
Cycle and release management allows for testing cycles and faster development. It also helps break down projects into significant phases. Release can be carried out by outlining tests and requirements with each cycle. Users are also able to compare actual and planned testing positions so as to make better resolutions.
This allows tests, requirements and test assets to be distributed among teams so that they can better manage and collaborate various versions of assets while preserving the integrity of the data. It also keeps a history audit of changes made during the project’s life-cycle.
This combines groups of tests, requirements or test assets at major points of a project life-cycle to show specific achievements. Baselines also enable rollback to be conducted.
Automated testing (HP UFT)
This feature integrates with HP Quality Center to test APIs, GUIs and multi-layered applications. It helps to counter the constant technological changes and processes.
HP UFT Mobile
This a mobile testing feature that works through mobile devices to the backend of the platform.
Manual testing (HP Sprinter)
Allows users to manually author tests on a spreadsheet like platform. It is also easily traceable from defects, to test cases and requirements.
Sole sign-on and user management
Supports signing on credentials and also ensures that user management is accessible for authentication if sole signing-on isn’t necessary. This helps to guarantee security and gives access only to those connected to the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
HP Quality Center only gives out its pricing information when contacted by interested customers. If you’d like a custom quote, get in touch with the vendor.
Devices: Android, Mac, Linux, Windows and iPad/iPhone.
Price model: Quotation based.
Customer type: Medium business; and Large enterprises.
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