aqua vs qase
Automation
25 mins read
April 28, 2022

Why Enterprise companies pick aqua over Qase

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.

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Kirill Chabanov
Denis Matusovskiy
Tania Zhydkova

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
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

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

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
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Test Management

Both tools demonstrate solid depth of test management functionality.

Test cases in Qase

Test management with aqua

Feature
aqua
Qase

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.

Feature
aqua
Qase
Yes
No
Yes ( Jira link, Jira sync )
Yes ( Jira, Redmine, YouTrack, Trello, ClickUp )
Yes ( 10 tools )
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes ( Github, Gitlab )
Yes
No
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
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

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

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
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
Yes ( 30-day, fully-functional trial )
Yes ( Severely limited free tier )
Yes ( Unlimited )
Yes ( Unlimited )
Yes ( All plans )
Yes ( 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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