aqua vs Qase: what you should pick for test management

There are certainly more test management tools than hours in the day to go through all of them. We’re here to help: this article compares aqua ALM and one of the newest test management tools — Qase.

aqua vs qase

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.

aqua deployment models

aqua deployment models

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.

Deployment model

aqua

Qase

Vendor Cloud

Yes

Yes

Private Cloud

All plans

Enterprise

On-Premise

Yes

No

Logging

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.

Feature

aqua

Qase

Logging

+

+

Change history

+

+

Change reversal

+

-

User Management

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.

Qase role selector

Qase role selector

aqua's permission editor

aqua’s permission editor

Criteria

aqua

Qase

Default user roles

Yes

Yes

Custom roles

Yes

Yes

Permissions for roles

100+

70

Individual permissions

Yes

No

Non-enterprise tier user limit

5-100

SSO

All plans

Enterprise

LDAP

All plans

Enterprise

Test Management

Both tools demonstrate solid depth of test management functionality.

Test cases in Qase

Test management with aqua

Feature

aqua

Qase

Test cases

+

+

Test scenarios

+

+

Test reports

+

+

Shared steps

-

+

Nested test cases

+

-

Bulk edits

+

+

Scripts

+

-

Release planning

Versions, Agile sprints

Versions

Labelling

+

+

Custom fields

+

+

Parametrisation

+

+

Filters

+

+

Folders

+

+

Views

+

-

Shared views

+

-

Workflows

+

-

Logging

+

+

Change history

+

+

Change reversal

+

-

Comments

+

+

Attachments

+

+

Mentions

+

-

Email nudging

+

-

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.

Feature

aqua

Qase

Management Integrations

Yes (Jira link, Jira sync)

Yes (Jira, Redmine, YouTrack, Trello, ClickUp)

Automation integrations

Yes (10 tools)

No

First-party automation

No

Yes

REST API

Yes

Yes

External versioning

No

Yes (Github, Gitlab)

Auto-translation in workspace

Yes

No

Misc. integrations

No

Yes (Slack, Bamboo)

Full list of aqua integrations

Full list of aqua integrations

Dashboards

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.

Qase’s dashboard widget selector

Qase’s dashboard widget selector (including duplicates)

Qase pie chart

Qase pie chart

aqua dashboard with KPI Alert at work

aqua dashboard with KPI Alert at work

Feature

aqua

Qase

Dashboards

Yes

Yes

Data

Any data

15 widgets

Custom fields data

Yes

Yes

Graph types

Pie, bar, stacked bar chart; table chart

Pie chart, time series plot

KPI Alerts

Yes

No

Reporting

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 report example

aqua report example

Feature

aqua

Qase

Table of contents

+

-

Pulling any data

+

-

Custom layout

+

-

External text & imagery

+

-

Drag-and-drop

+

-

Custom bands

+

-

Text formatting

+

-

Image formatting

+

-

Diagrams

+

-

Pivot tables

+

-

Scripts

+

-

Parametrisation

+

-

ALM

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.

Feature

aqua

Qase

Test case management

+

+

Requirements management

+

+

Defect management

+

+

Software dev. methodology

Agile, Waterfall, Extreme Programming

-

Workflows

+

-

Project management

+

-

aqua project plan

aqua project plan

aqua workflow

aqua workflow

Misc.

Let’s look at everything else that didn’t quite fit other categories.

Feature

aqua

Qase

No-hassle trial

30-day, fully-functional trial

Severely limited free tier

Free licences for browsing

Unlimited

Unlimited

Customer success manager

All plans

Enterprise only

Conclusion

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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