Analyst Insight Into Optimized ALM Tool Selection

According to Gartner’s October 2015 “Market Guide for Test Management Tools1”,

“Test Management Tools are imperative to the success of an organization’s software testing for high-quality software, faster pace of delivery and improved efficiency.”

And further, their market analysis recognizes the struggle of IT organizations to keep up with the increased testing burden that accompanies today’s more-complex software development strategies. The test management tool market is maturing to meet with this demand:

“A key value here is the integration between requirements and test cases driving traceability for compliance and also aiding in workload management by defining what work is ready and the impact of any changes.

According to the report, ”The vendor list contain three groups of vendors and/or solutions:

  1. Full-suite vendors that offer test management solutions as part of a broader suite
  2. Independent pure-play vendors that are test-management-focused
  3. Open-source test management solutions.”

And, “The products listed have significant presence in the market share and/or client inquiries, or they have shown strong innovation as new market entrants.”

We believe being recognized as a Full-suite Vendor further validates our customer’s view that SmarteSoft’s suite of Test Management solutions increases software testing efficiencies, improves rate of application delivery and outcome quality, and mitigates organizational risk.

Gartner provides some guidance for optimizing tool acquisition, including the following considerations:

  • “Integration capabilities offered by test management tools (for example, integration with a third-party defect management tool or test automation tools).
  • Options for embedding the test management tool in the overall context of the ADLM
  • Learning curve and the costs involved in using the tool
  • Service offered by the vendor
  • Cost involved in creating test cases or migrating existing test cases”

These tool selection priorities reflect those of our clients, and continue to drive our product release objectives of having the market’s most effective and easy-to-use ALM solutions. Combining SmarteSoft’s powerful test management solution SmarteQM with our patented script-less functional testing technology in SmarteScript, allows clients to realize BOTH best capabilities and lowest costs, bringing our clients the market’s highest value proposition.

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  1. Gartner, Market Guide for Test management Tools, 1 October 2015, G00278265, Maritess Sobejana, Thomas E. Murphy, Joachim Herschmann
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