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Review of a Cloud Based Software Test Management System

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Test Management Tools are very important for effectively managing your Requirements, Test case preparation & execution and Bug reporting.

There are many Test Management Tools available on the market, a few example of which include HP Quality Center and IBM Rational Quality Manager.

HP Quality Center is sold as a web based Tool, but in order to allow users to access it from the web browser, it needs to be installed in an in-house server. Quality Center also requires installing some ActiveX controls in the Client machines.

Setting up and using HP Quality Center requires some skill. I often get requests  asking for guidance to set up Quality Center. In fact there are a number of courses on offer aimed solely at teaching people how to use Quality Center.  Additionally, the price of Quality Center used to be high.

I used to ask myself why there is no efficient Test management Tool available at an affordable price so that small startups and companies can also use them?

Recently I got to know about a Cloud Based Software Test Management Tool  called “ReQtest“. ReQtest is be provided as a SaaS service (Software as a Service).

If you are not very familiar with Cloud computing or SaaS, you can read this post. In summary, using the Cloud you will avoid the burden of installing and setting up the software or Tool and it will make updates to the software very easy.

Though Cloud based systems have many advantages, there are few things that  need to be verified before you start using Cloud based system. The important thing is a low Downtime. The latest technologies help to have almost a full uptime. Anyway, we need to make sure that Cloud based systems are using those latest technologies to avoid any Downtime. Another important thing is taking Data Backups so that we can continue our business if something unexpected happens to the Server Data. Given that ReQtest is used by big companies such as Sony Ericsson and Thomas Cook, I believe they have an excellent Server Uptime and enough Data Backup facilities.

ReQtest is seamlessly integrated into three modules for writing the requirements, writing and sharing test cases and for bug reporting.


ReQtest makes creating and managing requirements effortless. ReQtest supports both agile and traditional development methods and makes it easy to get an overview of all your requirements.

Using ReQtest, requirements, design documents and test documents are all stored in single place,  instead of  spreading  out over different servers, e-mail, document archives etc.  Since ReQtest is web-based, it allows various stakeholders to view the requirements.

Ranking and prioritizing requirements is  a simple task in ReQtest.  We  can prioritize requirements using any kind of scale: numeric, high/low/medium, or the MoSCoW scale (Must, Should, Could and Won’t).

Test Cases

ReQtest has a test case module in which test cases can be written and assigned to testers in a team. Test cases can be easily grouped so you can follow up on results,  for example to find test cases with status OK, failed or not run.

When you create a bug report from a test case, ReQtest automatically copies information from the test case to the bug report. This makes it easy to quickly create structured, high-quality bug reports.

You can Customize the contents of forms in ReQtest to make them fit your process even better. Some of the things you can change include the contents of lists as well as adding, reordering and removing fields.

The key features of the Test Case module of the ReQtest Tool –

  • Checklists are a powerful complement to test cases, allowing you to quickly create lists of short test instructions.
  • Traceability allows you to see which requirement a test case is based on, and which bug reports are linked to a particular test case.
  • It is easy to attach files, for example design documents, use cases or screenshots.
  • Test cases can easily be e-mailed to project members or other persons

Since ReQtest is web based, you can share test cases with both our customers and suppliers, with different access rights for each if required.

Bug Reporting

You can easily customize the contents of forms in ReQtest to make them fit your business. You can rename, add and remove fields as well as use your own scales to describe the priority and severity of bug, for example using numeric scales, letter scales, or descriptive texts. Bug reports can easily be e-mailed to project members or other persons

Starting to use ReQtest is NOT a difficult task. ReQtest is structured in a logical manner and can be easily understood by anyone who uses a computer regularly.

ReQtest has extensive statistical functions which are particularly useful when working with requirements and test cases, especially for decision-makers at various levels.

You can choose different chart types and export charts as an image or an Excel file. The traceability matrix gives a clear summary of all the links between requirements, test cases and bug reports.

ReQtest allows the users to save Frequently Used Searches so that they can be accessed easily later.

And, ReQtest give you Free support by phone, by e-mail and remote desktop.

ReQtest offers a 10 day free trial for the Tool with full access to all features. Starting your the Free Trial is easy.

You just fill this Simple Form for getting the Free Trial. Once you submit the form, you will receive the verification link to your email. The verification link will allow you to set a password for your account and you can start using the Free Trial right away.

It seems they are providing the User Interface in two languages (English and Swedish). You need to choose your preferred language when starting the Trial. I chose “English” and started exploring the various options available in ReQtest. So far it all looks good. You can share your experience of the ReQtest trial in the comments section.


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