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Testing service requirement London

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on October 31, 2007

From Public Technology
II.1.1) Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Provision of consultancy services to re-implement Oracle eBusiness Suite (HR/Payroll and Financials).
II.1.2) Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance:
Service category: No 7.
Main place of performance: Cambridge House, 109 Mayes Road, Wood Green, UK-London N22 6UR
NUTS code: UKI2.
II.1.3) The notice involves:
A public contract.
II.1.4) Information on framework agreement:
II.1.5) Short description of the contract or purchase(s):
Metropolitan Housing Trust (MHT) wish to appoint a supplier who can act as a prime contractor in providing a range of programme/project management and consultancy services in order to assist in the re-implementation of Oracle eBusiness Suite R12: HRMS/payroll; financials.
The response to the ITT should make explicit reference to the various modules and the issues outlined in the documentation.
The services to be provided should encompass but are not limited to: project planning and initiation; requirements gathering including identification of R12; functionality/process changes etc.; reporting including protection of existing investment; custom code-bespokes and interfaces (if applicable); design and implementation of all existing modules in test and live, resolving critical issues, and workflow configuration; interfaces; system testing; user acceptance testing; data migration; project management; training; business change management.

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RadView unveils product for load testing

Posted in testing tool by testing in London on October 30, 2007

From Flex Developers Journal 

RadView Software Ltd. has announced that its WebLOAD Professional has become a full-featured product to load test applications developed with Adobe Flex 2 software and the AMF3 protocol.  WebLOAD’s support for Adobe Flex covers all phases of load testing and enables users to record, edit, parameterize and load test their Flex applications.

Adobe Flex 2 is a cross-platform, open source application development framework that enables enterprises to create RIAs that dramatically enhance user experience and improve the way people interact with the web.

Designed specifically for Adobe Flex 2, the WebLOAD Flex Add-On enables viewing, editing, debugging and automatic verification of both the messages sent to the server and the AMF response returned from the server. During execution of the tests, WebLOAD allows users to monitor run-time statistics and its management console can also monitor pre-defined statistics for application services already integrated into the Flex environment such as XML\HTTP SOAP, Web Services, databases and more.

Performance testing guide

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on October 29, 2007

From Information Week 

F5 is proud to release the industry’s most transparent and robust performance testing guide into the public domain. To create a more level playing field, F5 is releasing a guide on how to create performance testing methodologies. With this publicly available guide, customers have a framework for evaluating the performance of multiple ADC products with consistent definitions and evaluation criteria.

Demonstrating the new performance testing guide, F5 has created this report comparing the latest products from F5, Cisco, and Citrix (F5’s BIG-IP LTM 8800, Cisco’s ACE 8GB, and the Citrix NetScaler 12000). This report compares and evaluates many common performance metrics across a wide variety of scenarios. Tests include using various web page sizes, HTTP request counts, and different types of traffic including Layer 4 (L4), Layer 7 (L7), SSL, and HTTP acceleration technologies such as compression and caching. Using a broad range of test parameters and public testing guidelines ensures prospective customers can make informed decisions based on their application requirements, without concern of vendor bias from selective reporting or conflicting performance definitions.

SAP donates testing tool to Open Source project

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on October 28, 2007

From Computer Weekly

SAP is to contribute its memory testing tool from Netweaver to the Eclipse open source project.

The memory analyser is designed to help Java developers test memory usage for applications created using Eclipse. Typically, when developers create an application, they set aside a certain amount of memory on the server designated to that application. However, enterprise applications often run continuously and can use up that memory over time, frequently requiring a server shut-down.

SAP said developers would be able to use the SAP software to determine how best to optimise memory usage without having to shut down their servers and interrupt critical business processes.

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Measuring Computer Performance

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on October 27, 2007

From Windows IT Pro 

One of the most overlooked IT disciplines is that of computer measurement and testing. How can you compare different parts of your IT infrastructure if you’re not using a sound testing methodology to ensure that you’re truly comparing apples to apples?

That’s where an organisation like the Computer Measurement Group (CMG) enters the picture. In their own words, the CMG is a “not for profit, worldwide organization of data processing professionals committed to the measurement and management of computer systems.” CMG was founded in 1974, and has been active in advancing knowledge of computer measurement tools and techniques ever since.

According to Director Dr. Michael Salsburg, the organization and its members has been primarily concerned with performance evaluation of existing systems in an effort to maximise performance and optimise capacity management. “We currently have a strong interest in measuring server virtualisation, and also in exploring the advantages of the ITIL standard,” says Salsburg. “I think the adoption of ITIL really does have a payback for the organizations that adopt it.”

Another area that the CMG is exploring is the realm of business performance management (BPM) and how effective standards and measurement criteria can help define that growing segment of the IT infrastructure.

According to CMG spokesperson Lana Torres, the CMG will also be holding their 33rd Computer Measurement Group 2007 annual conference on December 2 -7 in San Diego, CA. The conference will cover load and stress testing, benchmarking, performance optimisation, software performance engineering, resource management, capacity analysis, simulation and analytic modeling and cost management.

Salsburg explains that the conference would be a good fit for anyone who is tasked with the responsibility of acquiring computer equipment. “We have some people who’ve come to this conference year in and year out,” says Salsburg. “Many of them work at some of the world’s largest IT infrastructures, places where performance testing and capacity planning are vitally important.”

Usability testing is key

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on October 25, 2007

From m-net

Businesses that rely on their web presence are being told to test their site’s usability early and often if they want to maximise effectiveness.

Trent Mankelow, a senior usability consultant and co-founder of local company Optimal Usability, told a New Zealand Computer Society audience today in Wellington that all websites should be checked to some degree to ensure users find them easy to use, easy to understand and satisfying.

He used work the company did with one of New Zealand’s biggest websites – Telecom’s now defunct XtraMSN portal – to demonstrate the effectiveness that even basic testing can have.

He said that in 2004, Telecom wanted to showcase and boost broadband use, and used Optimal Usability to measure the effectiveness of key changes it had made to the website. Testing was conducted over three days, measuring the reactions of five representative users each day.

Mankelow says they quickly discovered users were baffled by XtraMSN’s key change and main selling point for the still new broadband technology – a flash-based photo gallery. Some users thought the gallery was an advert and ignored it, while most did not understand that they could control the gallery.

After making seven recommendations on layout changes, such as slowing photo transition times, removing photo fade and moving control arrows, Mankelow says XtraMSN doubled broadband uptake and subsequently won a number of awards for the website.

In 2006, the company again tested changes to the XtraMSN home page made to maximise page impressions to its channel or subject pages. It eventually adopted a side bar of grouped channels based on the subject – such as Rugby or Entertainment – and also on the subject’s popularity with users.

However, Mankelow says usability testing need not be an expensive or time consuming exercise.

“As long as the users are representative – not your colleagues, but someone who will typically use the site in the real world – even testing just one user will be better than no one at all,” he says.

Mankelow suggests that, ideally, at least five users should be tested in order to establish patterns of behaviour that highlight design problems. “But most importantly, you should test early and test often.”

Other advice includes: always inform users what a link will do (whether it will download a PDF, for example); users always hate pop up adverts; to test whether your site caters for the colour blind, print it out in black and white; and go to a free usability advice website developed by the US government at:

International Test Conference

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

International Test Conference 2007 is now in progress in Santa Clara. It runs from
October 23rd to 25th. The Test Week 2007 Advance Program is available here.

International Test Conference, the cornerstone of TestWeek(tm), is the world’s premier conference dedicated to the electronic test of devices, boards and systems-covering the complete cycle from design verification, test, diagnosis, failure analysis and back to process and design improvement. At ITC, test and design professionals can confront the challenges the industry faces, and learn how these challenges are being addressed by the combined efforts of academia, design tool and equipment suppliers, designers, and test engineers.

With the theme “Facing Nanometer-Technology Test Challenges,” the 2007 conference will focus on breakthrough ideas to address the challenges of providing high-quality, cost-effective tests for nanometer-technology designs.

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Microsoft announces MSDN Tester Center

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

From InfoQ

Microsoft announced the opening of the Tester Center on its MSDN site. The intent of the site is to promote the test discipline as a primary role in the software development lifecycle.
James Whittaker best describes the intent of the site:

At the Tester Center, our goal is to provide a community where software testers can share knowledge and learn from each other about testing, our day-to-day job functions, processes, the tools we use, and the various roles we play.

Focus on the test discipline within the Microsoft developer community has often been an overlooked aspect of the software development lifecycle. This is exemplified by the lack of test tooling within the Visual Studio development environment itself until recent versions of Visual Studio Team System. However, the Visual Studio Team System SKU of Visual Studio was often too expensive for many organizations leaving many developers to fend for themselves.

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ISEB Software Testing Qualification changes

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on October 22, 2007

From BCS

ISEB are now able to offer the following qualifications:

Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing
This qualification bridges the gap between foundation level and practitioner level, and addresses the need for the candidate to adopt a different approach in thinking than that required at foundation level.
This qualification is a prerequisite for the practitioner exams.

Practitioner Certificate in Test Management
This qualification enables testing practitioners to gain professional recognition for advanced level skills in the managerial aspects of testing.

Practitioner Certificate in Test Analysis

This qualification enables testing practitioners to gain professional recognition for advanced level skills in the more technical, analytical aspects of testing

These three qualifications will replace the current ISEB Practitioner Certificate in Software Testing. The ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing remains unchanged.

Virtual fence nearly ready for acceptance testing

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on October 21, 2007

From Sign On San Diego

Defense contractor Boeing Co. has told the government it believes it has solved most of the problems that have delayed use of the first section of a high-tech “virtual fence” along the nation’s borders for months. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, however, said they’ll wait until acceptance testing now set for late October is done before passing judgment. The 28-mile section of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona is the first of thousands of miles planned on the nation’s southern and northern borders.

Operation of the nine 98-foot towers north of the Arizona-Mexico border near the port of entry at Sasabe has been delayed for at least four months because of computer software glitches. The $20 million virtual fence pilot project remains on hold because software designed to integrate the results of sensor hits, radar readings and camera sightings wasn’t working correctly. A glitch in the programming has kept it from providing a common operating picture for agents, who plan to use it to spot and capture illegal entrants and smugglers.

He called acceptance testing “a little bit like buying a car. We didn’t want to get stuck with a lemon,” he testified. That testing is now set for the last week in October, Benson said.  The virtual fence is being tested first in Arizona, the focal point for illegal crossings into the United States from Mexico. But plans call for installing 1,800 such towers along both the Mexican and Canadian borders.

Even if the system passes, other tests may follow, and other faults may crop up during operation.“Our guys have said the true test of whether we’re accepting it is whether the Border Patrol is using it,” Benson said. “It’s not ready for prime time. We still have a little way to go.”

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