5 Signs You Need to Migrate From Your Legacy Test Management Tool

Jasmine Chokshi
August 14, 2018

Legacy test management solutions have no place in today’s unforgiving business climate. Many older test management systems are clunky, laden with extraneous features rather than practical functions. Large automation suites hold up the speed of DevOps teams, don’t provide adequate and timely coverage. And unfortunately, the problems only pile up with aging software. Lack of support, the high cost of maintenance and operations, difficulty finding resources that have expertise in the legacy software – these are just some of the problems.

Here are a few signs that your legacy software tool or application lifecycle management product needs to be retired.

1) The real cost of running a legacy system is very expensive

Apart from the expensive license cost, the additional costs just keep piling up. From database expenses to maintenance fees, to build additional features and functions and consulting with experts, the overall cost of a legacy system is too prohibitive for you to be profitable.

2) You are spending more time fixing the tool, less on test management

With a dated interface and limited browser support, the legacy tool causes more problems than it solves. Frequent software crashes are a drain on your efficiency. The inefficient interface and unwieldy navigation, new testers often get frustrated executing simple tasks. Ultimately, tester productivity and output suffers.

3) Integrations

Siloed architecture of older tools means that they don’t mesh well with your project management tools or CI/CD tools. Modern DevOps teams several products for various intents be it Selenium, Jira, Jenkins, TestNG, Cucumber.

4) You cannot scale Agile

Legacy tools were designed for a different era. Over the past couple of years, Agile and DevOps practices have become the norm, requiring organizations to deliver software at the speed of business. Legacy tools with an unwieldy design and are yet to catch up with the modern developmental challenges. They can often slow you down.
You can’t scale Agile if your tool is not meant for Agile teams.

5) Lack of real-time insights and data

The agile pace of development demands instant metrics to show your progress, successes a heat maps through the lifecycle. Modern test management tools offer advanced analytics, dashboards and real-time, cross project reporting for various metrics to give you high visibility. Armed with this data you can make informed decisions and stay on top of your quality game.

If your organization is struggling with these and other issues using legacy test management or application lifecycle management tools, then it is time to make that change. QMetry offers several easy migration solutions.

For instance, users Micro Focus Quality Center are now wondering about future support and agile-readiness of the product. QMetry has productized a ‘minimum effort’ solution for migration from Quality Center and implemented it successfully for several customers.

The main benefits of making a transition to QMetry is that our products are Agile and DevOps ready, integrated with several issue tracking and automation platforms. Furthermore, we have a stand-alone solution that is inside Jira for fast-growing Agile teams.

Benefit from excellent reusability, traceability and extensive test coverage, and gain full visibility via AI-driven quality metrics. Migrate swiftly to make the most of a future-ready solution.

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