HP Testing Tools Review Roundup: HP Quality Center and HP LoadRunner

This week’s review roundup is two testing tools – HP Quality Center and HP LoadRunner. Reviewers on IT Central Station have a lot to say about these solutions. Here are a few examples:HP

HP Quality Center – “Valuable Features include the test suite upload feature, Document builder and the test run process. Helps in providing an archive of test suites for easy regression…crashes a bit more often than I would like it to. Majority of the tests done by my company are manual so QC serves majorly as a depository for our client.” Read more here.

HP LoadRunner – “The feature I find most valuable is the ability to find performance issues before putting a new application live. LoadRunner is the standard choice for performance testing before any critical applications are allowed to go live, preventing any performance issues. LoadRunner is a well-rounded, polished tool.” Read full review here.

Another user writes the following about LoadRunner:

“HP LoadRunner has been a gateway into the implementation of other invaluable HP tools such as Application Lifecycle Management products. In general, there has been a vast improvement to the performance and output of the company since the use of this product has been initiated, and everyone has seen positive results in the form of fewer problems, greater visibility and faster response times to issues that will come through. Having a central database for problem solving tools and resources has also contributed to the efficacy of our staff individually and as a team.” Read the full review here.

Visit IT Central Station to read more reviews of other testing tools solutions including SOAtest, TOSCA, JMeter, and more!

Upcoming Event: Software Quality Conference

software-quality-conference-logoThis week’s guest blog post is by Douglas F. Reynolds. Douglas is president of PNSQC (Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference). PNSQC’s mission is to enable knowledge exchange between relevant parties within the software quality community, to produce higher quality software.  PNSQC provides opportunities to demonstrate, teach and exchange ideas on both proven and leading edge software quality practices. This year’s annual PNSQC conference will take place October 20 – 22, 2014 in Portland, Oregon.

Let’s review the reasons attending PNSQC 2014 can help to build your Bridges to Quality.

PNSQC 2014 provides for rich interaction with leaders in the industry. Six experts explore new ideas in software quality. Our Keynote Speakers are Jon Bach on Live Site Quality & Richard Turner discussing Balancing Agility and Discipline in Systems Engineering. Check out all of our speakers at Keynotes, Invited Speakers and Workshops.

At PNSQC 2014 you will also learn from over 60 presenters as they reveal solutions, successes and issues facing software quality. Ideas you can take back to the office as these are tales from the trenches that can be put to immediate use. The complete program is now available with the Technical Abstracts.

At PNSQC 2014 networking is a priority throughout the day. Over lunch we offer Birds of a Feather that give you an opportunity to hear from both the experts and your co-workers. The evening social events are collaborative with the local software organizations providing for time to mingle with the locals and your fellow attendees.

PNSQC is a non-profit and the savings are passed back to you; register early and save. Join us for PNSQC 2014, register now!

LoadRunner vs JMeter vs TOSCA: Review Round-up for Testing Tools

This week we present a roundup of the latest reviews of testing tools from the IT Central Station community. When choosing a testing tool, various metrics need to be considered: supported protocols, technical support, stability, scripting and many more. Read what our real users have to say about these solutions: LoadRunner vs JMeter vs TOSCA.

LoadRunner vs JMeter vs TOSCA.

LoadRunner vs JMeter vs TOSCA

Reviews of Testing Tools From Real Users 

LoadRunner “[Valuable features include:] the capabilities and flexibility of the Controller, the ability to monitor the systems under test, and the comprehensive results Analysis which saves a great deal of time.” Read the full LoadRunner review.

JMeter – “A mature opensource toolset that has been available for many years. Good for vanilla web testing, less so for more complex requirements. Like most opensource offerings it has relatively poor analytics…” Read the full JMeter review.

TOSCA Testsuite – “Concept wise – TOSCA is an great tool. A tool that promises no coding skills required. A tool that talks about moving away from conventional test automation methodology of object driven test automation towards model based test automation. But I think it is still a bit further away from reality and will take a few more years to mature & grow on its own.” Read the full TOSCA Testsuite review.

Click here to read more testing tools reviews of LoadRunner, as well as IBM, SOAtest and many more. If you haven’t already, sign up with IT Central Station, browse reviews, follow your favorite products, or write a review of your own!

UserVoice vs Zendesk—Customer Support Rivals

Software tools for customer support rival each other in terms of their usability, their scalability, their platforms, and of course, their pricing.

UserVoice vs ZenDeskCloud hosting in a pay-as-you-go contract continues to be one of the best ways to get started using these solutions. Pricing can be agent based, number-of-users based, and various other ways with licensing requirements.

Pricing can typically be pretty easy to compare objectively but does not always win in a rivalry. A solution that costs less up front might have some factors that affect the business negatively and end up costing more in the long run.

For the other factors, finding out from real users how a solution works in a similar environment to yours can be extremely beneficial.

One of the IT Central Station categories, Problem Management Software includes reviews for ZenDesk, one of the main rivals for UserVoice. You can quickly get a sense for how this solution works as well as with other competitors of UserVoice. And, if you’re a real user of UserVoice you can kick off the reviews for them.

If you’re a vendor and want to get involved check out How do we engage with this community?  Regarding reviews, if you’re a real user of any vendor solution, follow this formula to hear from peers and demonstrate your expertise:

  1. Read one
  2. Write one
  3. Comment on two

Getting involved with what the Wall Street Journal calls the “Yelp for Enterprise IT” will have a huge impact on your buying decisions. To get more acquainted with social media for B2B, check out this post: IT Central Station Named One of the “Top 3 Highlights for B2B Tech Social Marketing

Qualitia vs HP LoadRunner—Getting Ready to Sweep

Qualitia vs HP LoadRunnerCurling on the ice is a highly competitive and complex sport. Teams must bring together a set of skills that include balance, throwing, and frantic sweeping to get the “stones” closest to their targets.

Of course we know this is a bit of a stretch when you compare to vendor solution competition!

Just to get you started, however, along this complex “curling on the ice” as we suggest, consider comparing Qualitia vs HP LoadRunner for Testing Tools solutions.

Qualitia vs HP LoadRunner

Qualitia

Qualitia Review from a Project Manager at a tech vendor with 5000+ employees
Qualitia is a new generation solution for software test automation!

LoadRunner Review from a CEO at a consultancy with 1-500 employees
Cost effective performance validation tool

Now think about making sure that all the pieces of your testing tools solution work together to reach your goal with whatever vendor solution you choose, just as curling has so many components that determine the success of a team.

If you’re a vendor and want to get involved check out How do we engage with this community?  Regarding reviews, if you’re a real user of any vendor solution, follow this formula to hear from peers and demonstrate your expertise:

  1. Read one
  2. Write one
  3. Comment on two

Getting involved with what the Wall Street Journal calls the “Yelp for Enterprise IT” will have a huge impact on your buying decisions. To get more acquainted with social media for B2B, check out this post: IT Central Station Named One of the “Top 3 Highlights for B2B Tech Social Marketing

Roundup of Latest Reviews: HP Quality Center

IT Central Station covers a gamut of technology products and services that are used every day to power the business of Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 enterprises. In today’s post, we’ll give you a taste of one of the latest reviews that have come in for HP Quality Center, one of the many software testing tools listed on IT Central Station. Here are a few highlights:

  • User test325, who is on the Testing/QA staff at a technology company with 5,000+ employees says “Quality Center is a versatile QA management tool but expensive.”
  • User anon265, who is Testing/QA Senior Manager at a healthcare company with 1-500 employees says Quality Center has a “high licensing cost and the version control feature is still quite primitive.”
  • User test226, who is on the Testing/QA staff at a financial services firm with 5,000+ employees says “it’s not for novice users, and it allows you to shoot yourself in the foot readily, but competent users will be able to do more with it than any other test resource management tool.”
  • User Ben A who is a Testing/QA Senior Manager at an energy/utilities company with 5,000+ employees says it is “very good all around” but has “expensive maintenance & support annual fee.”

On IT Central Station, you can read the full reviews of HP Quality Center, and other testing tools including IBM Rational, Micro Focus Borland Silk, Compuware QA Center, Parasoft, Seapine, Passmark, T-Plan, TRICENTIS, and others.

These are the opinions of real users – not vendors, analysts, consultants or bloggers. IT Central Station protects the privacy of its user community–we validate that the reviewers are real users of the products, but the reviews are posted without personally identifiable information so that users can say what they really think and be heard.

These are just a sample of the many fine reviews you’ll find on IT Central Station. If you haven’t already sign up and browse reviews or write a review.