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Testing performance enhancement on SAP solutions

Posted in Load testing,Software testing by testing in London on May 31, 2007

From Business Wire

Juniper Networks has announced the results of testing conducted in collaboration with SAP AG at SAPs Enterprise Services Community Networking Lab (ENL) in Palo Alto, Calif. The Juniper Networks WX and DX application acceleration platforms provided users up to a 99 percent improvement in network access times for SAP® solution-based transactions and reduced CPU demands on application servers by as much as 50 percent, while the Juniper Networks Secure Access SSL VPN platforms provided secure client-less access to SAP solutions for distributed and mobile users. Juniper Networks high-performance network infrastructure provides customers using SAP solutions with a responsive and trusted infrastructure that allows them to create competitive differentiation and improve overall business flexibility.

At SAPs ENL, the Juniper Networks solutions were tested in a series of real-world business scenarios in use with SAP solutions with transactions requiring interaction between multiple application components and data aggregation from multiple sources. The tested business processes were derived from the SAP Discovery Server offering, which is based on the SAP ERP 2005 application. A range of network conditions were tested with latency, bandwidth and other network quality variances, which can slow the response times for end users.

The Juniper Networks enterprise solutions were tested over simulated fractional T1 and T3 wide-area networks (WANs) with both low and high latency times. For data-intensive transactions over these four WAN simulations, the combination of DX and WX platforms improved user response times an average of 86 percent, peaking at 99 percent for a 5MB transaction of the Knowledge Management component of the SAP NetWeaver® platform over a 768 Kbps link with 300 ms of latency.

Software testing solutions to combat web app concerns

Posted in security testing,Software testing by testing in London on May 30, 2007

From Compliance Home

Checkpoint Technologies, a premier professional services firm specializing in software quality assurance and testing, announced that it has become an authorized reseller for SPI Dynamics, the leading provider of web application security testing software.

Checkpoint Technologies will offer SPI Dynamic’s comprehensive and accurate suite of application security products that support the entire Web application lifecycle, from development and quality assurance to deployment, ongoing operations management and auditing.

SPI Dynamics’ comprehensive suite of products and services identify and remediate web application and web services security vulnerabilities throughout the application development lifecycle. These award-winning solutions also enable security professionals, QA testers, and developers to work together to verify compliance with over 22 security policies like SOX, HIPAA and PCI.

Website testing at ad:tech show

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on May 29, 2007

From PR Leap

London May 2007, leading European website testing and optimisation provider, Maxymiser will exhibit at the forthcoming ad:tech show in Germany. Building on six months successful operation in the UK, Maxymiser is preparing for an expansion into the German market in Q3 2007.

With the largest population of internet users in Europe, the German market is a key target for Maxymiser’s multivariate testing and website optimisation solutions. By performing live testing on different creative and text content for websites, multivariate testing can deliver significant uplift in website performance towards any defined key metric.

Acceleration of the requirements life-cycle

Posted in General by testing in London on May 28, 2007

From Dr Dobbs on Requirements lifecycle acceleration

It is hard to believe that in the year 2007, IT departments still have major issues and delays on the majority of projects. The most recent Standish, Gartner, and Forrester reports tell us that 50 percent of project costs are dedicated to rework, and over 60 percent of projects still fail to meet business objectives. This is despite the fact that IT has spent billions on development, testing, and project management technologies.

Fundamentally, the problem isn’t the talent of the development organization or the lack of modern software design and automated software testing tools, its misunderstanding business needs. Modern development and testing tools are built to be “blank slates”, where the technical users of dev and testing tools create business applications that meet business needs. Its understanding what the true business needs are that is so challenging.

If you had to boil it down, IT methodologies and platforms have matured so teams “do things right”, the problem comes into play when they spend too much time and money “doing the wrong things” (ie: not meeting business requirements in the first place.) This is where all this rework timelines come from.

Hedge funds highlight need for stress testing

Posted in General by testing in London on May 27, 2007

From Market Watch

Hedge funds help provide liquidity and reduce volatility in financial markets, but because of their complexity and the growth of the structured products they often trade, portfolios should be stress-tested for the impact of a worst-case scenario, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a report published Monday.

The OECD report, authored by Adrian Blundell-Wignall, didn’t call for regulation of hedge funds or of their trading partners, usually investment banks, but it did emphasize that consumer education and protection was important given rapid expansion of derivative products in the retail market.

Investment banks appear well capitalized against hedge fund exposure, but given the share of daily trading that hedge funds generate, it remains unclear whether financial stability issues might emerge in a market slide, according to the report.

Structured products “haven’t been tested when major anomalies in volatility arise,” said Blundell-Wignall.

While those products help reduce volatility mix, they are “highly exposed to downward price gaps in the ‘risky’ assets used in their construction,” he added.A market fall of 20%-25% “would be a major test” of whether structured products and the hedge funds that trade them are permanently reducing volatility, the report said.

Hedge funds have around $1.4 trillion in assets under management, along with additional leverage of more than $5 trillion as implied by their return performance, the report said.

London has become established as the capital for hedge funds.

Lab Test Verifies Quantum DXi-Series Delivers Performance Benefits

Posted in General by testing in London on May 26, 2007

From PR Newswire

Quantum Corp. has unveiled a new Validation Report authored by ESG (Enterprise Strategy Group) Lab focused on Quantum’s DXi-Series disk backup and replication appliances. The Validation Report verifies a number of clear customer benefits provided by Quantum’s DXi-Series appliances and is based on ESG Lab’s hands-on testing of Quantum’s latest disk-based backup data de-duplication and remote replication offerings.

According to analysts at ESG, the kind of data de-duplication technology in the Quantum DXi-Series appliances will be one of this decade’s most important new data protection advances. ESG Lab Validation Report highlights from the Quantum DXi-Series testing include:

  • Industry leading appliance-based performance
  • Practical and efficient remote replication for disaster recovery
  • Quick, simple integration without changes to existing backup processes
  • Flexibility to present multiple interfaces through a single appliance
  • Data reduction capabilities of up to 50:1

ESG Lab’s expert third-party perspective within its Lab Validation is based on its own hands-on lab testing as well as interviews with customers who use tested products in production environments. This Validation Report was commissioned by Quantum and tests were hosted in a Quantum facility.

OpenDemand Load Testing Software Wins IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Award

Posted in Load testing,Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on May 25, 2007

From PR Web

OpenDemand load testing software has been named winner of the “Best Open Computing Solution” award in the annual IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards competition, recognizing IBM Business Partners for their ingenuity, innovation, customer satisfaction and outstanding achievements in providing on demand business solutions.

OpenDemand worked with IBM to introduce OpenLoad On Demand, the first viable load and stress testing solution for small and medium sized businesses (SMB). Existing tools were too complex and costly to implement such that many SMB organizations often did not test at all, which placed their business at serious risk, resulting in loss revenue and productivity.

OpenLoad On Demand leverages only open standard and open source based technologies. It is integrated with Eclipse and deployed on WebSphere Application Server Community Edition and Cloudscape on Linux. With OpenLoad On Demand, SMB companies now have access to a viable solution for ensuring the quality of Web applications and ultimately mitigating their technology while minimizing business risk.

As a result of deploying on open standard and open source technology, OpenDemand was able to dramatically reduce the time and resources required by its clients to ensure the quality of their business critical Web applications. For example, one banking client leveraged OpenDemand’s solution to reduce its testing cycles from 3 months to 3 weeks and its overall Web application testing staff from 15 to 5 engineers.

NEC Perform Successful Testing At WiMAX Plugfest

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on May 24, 2007

From Search by headlines

NEC Corporation announced today they performed successful testing at the third Mobile WiMAX Plugfest held last week in Sophia Antipolis, France. NEC was one of 32 WiMAX equipment and test equipment manufacturers to perform interoperability of Mobile WiMAX equipment.

The telecom system testing was conducted between May 13 and 19.
NEC has joined with its mobile WiMAX flexible basestation platform and mobile WiMAX card. Both these platforms allow users to connect seamlessly across wide area wireless networks delivering full mobility and a high quality of service.

The establishment of the WiMAX R&D centre in Taiwan will allow interoperability testing to continue apace and to drive the global adoption of Mobile WiMAX as the next generation wireless networking technology.

Successful Interoperability Testing for IPsphere

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on May 23, 2007

From Business Wire 

Avici Systems has announced that its Soapstone Networks has successfully completed interoperability testing of the IPsphere Forum (IPSF) “Service Structuring Stratum” or SSS. The IPsphere specification defines a software framework and interface set based on web services standards. IPsphere members-service providers, equipment vendors, and software developers have been working for two years to develop the specification. The SSS permits service providers to commission network, content, and processing elements contributed by other service providers. Soapstone demonstrated the ability to connect transport element abstractions to higher level business frameworks provided by other IPsphere member companies.

On May 22, 2007 Soapstone Networks contributed the test harness used to validate interoperability at the Berlin meeting on an open source basis to IPsphere. This allows all IPsphere member companies access to the test harness source code and to contribute their own enhancements.

With the completion of interoperability testing, the IPsphere specification takes another step toward being accepted as a requirement in service provider “ITTs” or Invitations to Tender. It is expected that in the future service providers will require vendors bidding on network equipment or software contracts to demonstrate IPsphere compliance as a condition of bidding.

HP COE of SOA and testing

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on May 22, 2007

From zdnet

HP has announced further commitment to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) with new consulting services and software that draw heavily on its acquisition of Mercury Interactive last year.

At a press conference, the company outlined its strategy to manage the IT operations that underpin a service-oriented architecture (SOA), a modular system design to bring business applications on-line faster.

With an SOA, a company creates services, such as network authentication or customer look-up, that can be used in different situations. With these pre-built services in place, businesses should be able to roll out new applications faster by combining existing services.

HP’s products focus on establishing rules, or governance, for using those services, as well as testing services and managing the data centres that run them.

Also on Monday, HP announced it has more closely integrated testing and governance software from Mercury Interactive with its long-held line of management software.

Thomson Financial said the governance tools allow the financial services firm to have one person, rather than more than 20 people, manage the process of introducing services.That means the company can bring products to market in hours versus weeks, which was “a huge ROI (return on investment) for us,” said Vladimir Mitevski, vice president of product management for core services at Thomson Financial.

HP executives also detailed enhancements to the company’s Systinet registry, which gives users more detailed controls for approving the use of services.

There is a module for software testing services and simulating the impact of changes through a Web-based testing product that doesn’t require writing code, according to HP executives.

HP also beefed up its consulting with a “centre of excellence” in which HP consultants will work with SOA architects at corporations.

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