What do you like best?
Firstly some business context
Our organization used IBM Rational Test Manager and IBM Rational Functional Tester
We improved the IBM Rational functional tester to integrate and use selenium instead of IBM's proprietary object recognition technology. At this stage we continued to use IBM Rational test manager to drive our selenium scripts
To go to the next step and remove link with IBM Rational test manager and thus save money, we tried X studio
It was an excellent fit and we are up and running in less than 3 days
The product designers had a direct insight to our new feature requests and sometimes when we asked for something it was given within 2 days in a new build (not just to us but for the whole community)
Best of all the paid version was just 8 USD per license and even the free one had a simple advertisement banner (that hardly hurts and hence was not very distracting)
This was an amazing change compared to how IBM Rational would charge several thousand dollars for support that hardly matched Xstudio levels
What do you dislike?
There were some good features of IBM Rational test manager and the way we organized our tests that we got too used to.
It took a slight tuning for Xstudio to fit into our specific scenario
While not bad at all, XStudio can continue to try to adapt to a very light weight easy to use and change method of organizing test cases in folders, and associating them with builds or sprints.
The specifications of what is optimal are difficult o gather as every team has its own needs. So coming up with a solution that can fit all is extremely difficult but still because you asked for what can be improved I am telling this
Recommendations to others considering the product
Invest to meet with the founders in the very beginning of your journey
The founders are very passionate about the product and can help you a lot
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
IBM Rational Test suite cost us 100,000 USD per seat (floating with support)
Xstudio cost us 8 USD per seat and Selenium was free
We had 50 active users of Rational software
So our savings were (100000-8)*50 = 5 Million a year