Why Choose TestRail Over ALM Quality Center?

When Argos Limited switched from Micro Focus ALM Quality Center (HP ALM) to TestRail, they were able to reduce licensing cost more than $180K per year, modernize and expand their testing processes, and break down silos between teams.
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OpenText ALM Quality Center (also known as "HP ALM", "Micro Focus ALM/QC" or just “Quality Center”) was once a leading test management tool. But today most see it as a “legacy” tool that is outdated, clunky, and expensive.

For teams that do modern testing and require a solution that is easy to onboard and user-friendly, TestRail is a much better fit. If you’re looking to understand the differences between TestRail, ALM QC, and ALM Octane, you’ve come to the right place.

Compare TestRail vs. ALM Quality Center vs. ALM Octane

ALM Quality Center
ALM Octane
Organize test cases in folders
Store requirements and defects
Build traceability between requirements, tests, and defects
Dedicated test management platform
Accessible from all modern web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge) and operating systems (Windows, macOS, Linux)
Only compatible with IE and Edge
Built for Agile and DevOps testing workflows
User-friendly and scalable
Easily integrates with test automation & CI/CD tools
Built for enterprise
Widely-adopted industry standard

“ALM was very cluttered, while TestRail was clean and made it easy to get to where you needed to go—a real tester-friendly tool. TestRail allowed us to hit the ground running.”

David Brown

QA Service Manager
Argos Limited

Why users love TestRail

  • TestRail integrates with almost any defect or requirements tracker and test automation framework so that all testing activities are viewed through a single pane of glass

  • TestRail gives visibility into QA to technical and business users alike through scheduled reports or real-time dashboards

  • TestRail scales with your organization, allowing you to manage thousands of test cases and millions of test executions across a single TestRail instance without slowing it down

  • It’s easy to centralize, push, and pull information to and from TestRail with the extensive API, webhooks, or TestRail CLI

  • TestRail has a variety of flexible reporting templates (overview of test summaries, burndown, test coverage, test traceability, workload per team/team member, etc.) to share your QA’s status internally and progress within the team and stakeholders

  • TestRail is fast and easy to use, making it easy to organize your testing and onboard new team members

  • TestRail gives you complete control over your testing processes with the ability to lock historical test execution from future changes, control user permissions through role-based security settings, and build test case review and approval workflows

  • TestRail meets most security requirements set forth by users’ IT departments like SOC 2 Type 2 compliance, multi-factor authentication, and single sign-on

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TestRail Automation Test Run

Argos Limited QA team was able to save more than $180,000 a year by replacing ALM/QC with TestRail:

“The savings from TestRail was a significant amount—you can do a bit with that. That’s 4-5 extra heads on the team.”

David Brown

QA Service Manager
Argos Limited

Top reasons why teams choose TestRail

TestRail vs. Micro Focus ALM/QC

Micro Focus ALM/QC is a legacy tool, and the user interface is old, clunky, and hard to use. Test case creation is so time-consuming that many ALM/QC users report using an Excel add-in to write test cases. Also, it requires manual traceability between test evidence and stories. In addition to that, ALM/QC doesn’t have a native integration with Jira and offers rigid reports that cannot be adjusted to meet the unique wants and needs of its users. It also comes with high overhead costs.

Why choose TestRail over Micro Focus ALM/QC

  • TestRail has better performance and a more intuitive UI so that teams can complete more work in less time

  • TestRail has native integration with Jira

  • TestRail is a more scalable solution with flexible and customizable workflows that support modern Agile and DevOps development methodologies

  • TestRail gives you the ability to customize your QA processes to fit your specific testing workflows and easily integrate with your tech stack using TestRail’s extensive API, webhooks, or the TestRail CLI

  • TestRail comes at a fraction of the cost of ALM/QC. This allows QA teams to either expand the users that have access to your test management platform, which improves test visibility and team collaboration, or deploy those saved resources to other high-value testing projects or tools

Quality engineered for Enterprise

Compatible with security and compliance regulations but flexible enough to integrate with any workflow or tech stack. Customizable to fit any sized organization at any scale. TestRail is the only choice for enterprises looking to seriously elevate software testing.

Get total
control over
your testing

“TestRail is a great all-in-one tool for managing test repositories, creating test plans, tracking test execution progress, monitoring automation coverage, and generating insightful reports.”

Amrathraj Nayak

Engineer Manager - QA

Get total
control over
your testing

“When it comes down to preparing our test suites and test cases, we save 20% of our time using TestRail because we can create test cases and test suites faster with intuitive UI/UX.”

Jiří Malý

Senior Software Tester

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control over
your testing

“TestRail improves our collaboration, efficacy, and application quality, which in turn provides the best customer experience.”

Kelli Jordan

Director of QA

Get total
control over
your testing

“TestRail enables us to deliver consistent product quality and communicate the state of testing in simple terms to management and executives.”

Moira Tuffs

Software QA Manager

Build quality processes and release with confidence