Deployment models & regulated industries
Here’s an elephant in the SaaS room: on-premise offering is rarely feasible for new service providers. It means extra effort to create a separate version of the test management solution — an effort that is better spent gaining early traction. Qase is no exception: they are a Cloud-only service.
Cloud-only services, while offering extra convenience and flexible pricing, won’t work for heavily regulated industries. Even the private cloud option is not good enough: banks, insurance companies, government agencies can only store their data in-house.
Regulations-wise, both tools pass the requirement to create an externally auditable log of actions. aqua, however, takes it a steps further and enables users to revert changes done by other users.
Good user management is essential when it comes to third-party services. You should pick one that meets your data access policy, fits the scope of the business, and matches the size of the company.
Both tools demonstrate solid depth of test management functionality.
Test cases in Qase
Test management with aqua
Integrations & Automated Testing
Qase and aqua take two different approaches to automated testing. While aqua allows you to hook all the popular third-party test automation tools, Qase takes the matter into its own hands. Luckily, if you’re unhappy with out-of-the-box integrations, both tools offer REST API to link the test management solution with any other external tool.
aqua also brings a unique integration among test management solutions — a Chrome extension to run tests and immediately document them. aqua Test Recorder enables you to record interactions, edit captured data, leave comments, annotate screenshots, and then send everything to your company’s aqua server. This approach saves time on all the tab switching, and immediate documentation ensures the QA specialists share everything they observed.
For context, virtually all aqua competitors lack a first-party Chrome extension. They have to rely on third-party solutions that often cost extra money and lack native integrations with test management solutions.
Dashboards are a time-saving visualisation tool for QA and also a great way for non-testers to see how things are going. Both Qase and aqua offer them.
For clarity, this section refers to non-dashboard reports that can be generated and exported outside of the test management solution. Qase only provides the dashboard functionality, so they indeed won’t tick any boxes here.
aqua has the functionality to perform Application Lifecycle Management, replacing multiple if not all tools that your team uses. Qase, on the other hand, is a test case management solution.
Let’s look at everything else that didn’t quite fit other categories.
aqua and Qase offer similar test management functionality, with aqua slightly edging out the competitor. There’s also some parity when it comes to integrations, automation, and dashboards. aqua, however, can be your ALM solution while Qase is not designed for that. Apart from dashboards, Qase’s reporting functionality is virtually non-existent. Most crucially, entire industries can’t use Qase due to the lack of an on-premise version. aqua, on the other hand, offers both Cloud and On-Premise.
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