How To Select The Right Tools

How to Select The Right ToolsThere are many testing tools on the market and it’s tough to know which is right for you.

New tools might work well for some tasks, but will they do all that you need? A new product’s lack of maturity may put it at a disadvantage compared with more established tools. Have the new tools been battle tested? Can you trust them with your enterprise testing? 

It’s easy to think that the freeware route will save you thousands of pounds. But the potential is there for this to come back and bite you. Do you want to take that risk? Let’s think about it:

  • Are free tools well tested enough to be reliable? 
  • Can free tools test the range of applications you use in your business today or will in the near future?
  • Will free tools work well at scale?
  • How much time will you spend customising them, because they don’t do the whole job?
  • What if you need support from the tool developer? 

Often, the long-term result is that you end up needing to invest in proper commercial tools to give you the test coverage you need. The impact of the time wasted and the rework that needs to be done can be significant. So, those short-term savings could end up as long-term expensive mistakes.

OK, we’re inclined towards promoting well-established tools. After all, we’re here to sell products from the Micro Focus suite. 

But we’re happy to tell you honestly that open-source and other free software has its place. Just keep in mind that you are likely to need to customise the tools, and that takes time and perhaps some expert knowledge, whereas commercial solutions should work out of the box.

So, what about these paid tools from Micro Focus? Aren’t they just old, expensive software from the days of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)? And they probably aren’t a good fit for Agile and modern methods of working, right?

Well, no – this isn’t true. It might have been a fair point in the past, but the current breed of Micro Focus tools are updated to support what test professionals need, and the pricing models have changed to make the tools affordable to any business.

As well as being constantly updated to support the latest technology and applications, Micro Focus tools are now built to support integration with a wide array of third-party solutions, including open-source options. This isn’t the closed-door ecosystem you might think.

The real cost of testing is the people involved, not the tools themselves. Giving people the right tools for the right job will save you time and effort, and will lead to a better quality of product. This is where you’ll make the real savings – not by avoiding costs upfront via cheap or free alternative tools.

Think of your testing tools as an investment in the long-term success of your business. Getting the right setup for testing your applications and systems gives you the confidence of having a strong foundation for your operations.

We’re here to help you work out which option is right for you by explaining the benefits and features of the Micro Focus tools. 

Many mid-sized enterprises and most large enterprises buy commercial software because they see the value in building an efficient, effective and scalable test function. We’re here to help you choose the right tools that will adapt and evolve to suit your business.

With our help, you’ll understand the benefits and features of the Micro Focus products, and you’ll get the best advice on how to buy the tools. Check out Ways to buy to find out more, or get in touch at any time to talk with us. 

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