In today’s world there is an application or software to carry out any task, detect anything, record all sorts of information, and many other functions.
This has in no way reduced the appetite for these applications and companies continue to innovate and introduce new products every day.
All functions and operations are digitized and there are still many opportunities to encourage the innovation of more apps. However, even though the number of applications in the market is great, many still fall short when it comes to quality products.
Many reviews contain complaints about these services not working properly, experiencing downtime and much more.
For software companies to ensure they deploy top of the range products and services, they must eliminate these issues, defects and bugs from their systems. The only way to do this is to deploy test management software which will detect these issues and notify the testers and developers concerned.
Test management software help companies manage the whole life cycle of an applications, systems or software, right from project planning, gathering of requirements, up to the testing and deployment in a timely manner.
Not all test software can achieve 100 percent results. Companies must therefore be very cautious in choosing their test platform to achieve all their requirements and also get a positive Return on Investment (ROI) from their purchase.
HPE ALM, a test management software, is equipped to perform all these functions while supporting in all the processes involved in the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
What is HPE ALM?
HPE ALM (initially known as Quality center) is a test management software developed by Mercury Interactive, a company that was acquired by Hewlett Packard and re-named HP ALM.
Hewlett Packard later on merged its software business division with a company known as Micro Focus, and the product was renamed HPE ALM.
HPE ALM is a combined set of software applications that assists in various phases of the software development lifecycle, by creating reliable and secure software applications.
It gives companies a solution to define, create and try-out various applications all through the development lifecycle. It guarantees its users fully tested and high-quality software applications delivered in the least time possible.
It helps companies to define and manage requirements, reduce costs involved with the development lifecycle and reduce risks of deploying applications that are still filled with bugs and defects. The solution comes with many features such as tracking, reporting, lab management automation, asset re-use and sharing, the HP performance center along with other features.
HPE ALM offers on-premise and cloud-based solutions backed by 24/7 support options.
HPE ALM greatly reduces the risk of launching systems or applications that have not been fully tested. By reducing risks companies are able to secure investor and stakeholder confidence. Customers also gain confidence in the company and therefore are always ready to try out any new products the company rolls out.
The solution accelerates delivery of apps while maintaining the highest quality standards set out from the beginning of the process. Because of its automated nature and built-in features HPE ALM is able to conduct the whole testing procedure from beginning to end in a fast but effective manner. Software companies require fast solutions so as to be able to beat the competition in the market. A fast solution also ensures that in case there is any negative feedback from client, it is able to address these issues before user reviews affect its market share.
Users are able to share tests and requirements in all the projects they are concerned with. This visibility also helps in generating reports across various projects within an organization.
HPE ALM is also aptly used on mobile devices. It is able to operate on both the iOS and Android platforms thereby saving companies valuable resources. This is because companies do not need to purchase new gadgets for its employees located in the field. Today’s employee is tech-savvy and is in possession of either an Android or iOS device. By configuring these devices companies ensure that even those users in the field are still able to contribute on the platform. Secondly, these devices also assist in the testing of new applications and provide feedback on the operability of the app.
The platform also has the capacity for scalability. Users can rest easy knowing that the platform allows them to make changes as many times as possible and make new introductions to the project. This makes users gain confidence in the platform because it can handle all these new data and information without slowing down.
HPE ALM can be deployed in the cloud or in an organization’s own infrastructure. These provides options especially for companies with multiple branches across a country, continent or globally.
This platform greatly reduces costs associated with test management software and has even provided numbers to show how it achieves cost reduction.
- It reduces performance and quality testing by 45%.
- It reduces the managing requirements cost by 60%.
- It reduces the effort and cost linked to fixing defects by 50%.
The platform brings together all the stakeholders involved in a project i.e. business owners, project managers, business analysts, developers and testers. All these perform diverse sets of activities that need to be communicated to team members on a regular basis. The central repository helps to maintain, track and record all aspects of the project and without it the chances of failure are high.
Users can access HPE ALM from anywhere at any time because of its cloud-based option. This allows employees to operate from anywhere and this ensures that important functions such as collaboration and brainstorming are always ongoing. This is also useful for companies which have multiple branches scattered across a continent or the globe. Its cloud-based option also helps companies to save on costs especially if they have multiple branches. Most platforms only provide on-premise services and this is usually very costly for companies with many branches.
Coordination and interaction
Due to HPE ALM central repository, users are able to coordinate and interact much more easily and quicker. It also creates a space where team members can brainstorm about various scenarios which will help in achieving their goals. Project tasks are also accomplished much faster because of the collaborative nature of the platform.
Management is able to analyze all the projects the organization is running. During an ongoing project it is very important to always review a project as it progresses. This helps to keep the project members on their toes and also helps management to know if the project is accomplishing the set out objectives. Project analysis helps users to decide whether they should continue with the project as it is, change it or discard it.
Team members are also able to create their own workflows. This is much better than standard workflows because users understand their environment much better and can be able to tweak workflows to bring out the best in their work. Customized workflows also help to capture any details that may not be traced by the platform’s own workflows. This is because different businesses have different styles of operations and HPE ALM understands it cannot capture all this. Hence it gives the users the tools, space and creativity to customize according to their requirements.
Because of its many components HPE ALM ensures that management has a hold on all the details pertaining to all the projects. Access to all this information and data provides relevant and real-time feedback which greatly assist in monitoring, recording and making changes where necessary. The continuous project analysis also allows for the management of multiple teams all at the same time.
HPE ALM standardizes all testing processes by using the same expertise, tools and test practices across all the projects. Because of this, consistency is reported throughout the organization and all its projects. This leads to rolling out of dependable and trusted software and applications.
Management is able to identify needs and state how to meet these needs. This component allows them to prepare and design how they will rectify the problems identified. It also allows them to create a team, allocate duties and assignments and also allocate resources to help complete the project.
Team members and management are able to keep tabs on the project i.e. check on project status, measure progress of the project, record and generate reports based on the set KPIs.
Application lifecycle intelligence
Intelligence provides the Quality Assurance (QA) team with traceability of defects and requirements in real-time. The team will be able to receive real-time reports and be provided with visibility at all times to the system or application being developed.
Asset re-use and sharing
HPE ALM allows shared asset liabilities to be used many times over on many projects while still retaining their traceability. Users can make precise changes and apply these changes to assets which are shared by every project. The library also re-syncs with the projects when necessary. All this is accomplished and library integrity is able to be maintained.
This feature is used by most I.T teams to outline the requirements which will help to accomplish the purpose of the project.
This tool is useful after requirements have been defined. It assists the I.T department to monitor and manage requirements during the course of app development all through to the test cycles.
Lab management automation
This allows the setting-up of a test lab by the test teams themselves. It can be conducted in a hybrid environment because of HP CDA being able to integrate with HPE ALM.
HPE ALM delivers cross project reports such as application quality metrics, coverage of requirements, status metric aggregated from all projects and common trends in defects. This is applicable for both individual and company based projects.
HP Enterprise Collaboration
This feature employs social media sites to enhance communication among the application development team members. The feature allows for the importation of items such as reports, incidents, defects so that members can review and make notes on them. This feature is also unique because it allows for this take place within the HPE ALM environment.
The HP performance center is utilized by I.T sectors to centralize, standardize and perform tests. It is unique because it allows users to re-deploy previously used test cases. It integrates well with the HPE ALM platform and is great at detecting and correcting code flaws during the testing lifecycle.
Quality Assurance (QA)
The platform is inclusive of Quality Assurance features. The Q.A is part of the HP Quality Center which can be used to manage app quality on numerous projects.
This is a major feature when developing and testing applications. Users have to maintain a high level of security to avoid sabotage and more importantly leaking of its yet to be deployed apps. HPE ALM provides this by integrating with the Fortify platform which is a security software. It is inclusive of analyzing static codes and security testing of web applications.
The platform is deployed both on-site and through the cloud. It is also supported on modern day mobile devices.
Pricing for HPE ALM is not provided. To get a quote, customers are advised to get in touch with the vendor’s sales representatives.
Devices: Mac, iOS, Windows, Android and Web-based.
Price model: Quotation based.
Customer type: Medium and Small businesses and; Large Enterprises.
Deployment: On-premise and cloud hosted.
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