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SOA testing comparison review

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on November 30, 2007

From SOA world

Parasoft Corporation announced in a independent study, InfoWorld found Parasoft SOAtest to be the best overall solutions after reviewing five different testing solutions used for SOA testing.

Parasoft SOAtest is a comprehensive, collaborative test and analysis solution suite designed specifically for test and validation of Service Oriented Architectures. Parasoft SOAtest streamlines the process of rapidly constructing robust regression suites.

“Parasoft SOAtest is the overrun with useful support tools,” stated Rick Grehan, contributing editor of InfoWorld’s Test Center. “Parasoft SOAtest handles testing coming and going, and it has an overall feel of maturity missing from several of the other tools.”

Additionally, InfoWorld’s article provides a comparison matrix for the competing Web service testing solutions. This matrix illustrates Parasoft SOAtest performance running head-to-head with other competitors; ultimately it ranked as the best choice in nearly every category.

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Telco testing UK mobile-payment solution

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

From Card Technology

Mobile network operator O2 today launched Britain’s first major trial of NFC-based mobile payment–testing how well consumers will take to tapping mobile phones to cover transit fares and make retail purchases.

More than 500 O2 subscribers will take part in the six-month test, using contactless phones to board metro trains, buses and trams throughout London, with the city’s popular Oyster transit purse. And major UK credit card issuer Barclaycard will allow about half of the trial participants to spend up to £200 to make low-value purchases at any of about 1,000 merchant locations in London now accepting contactless cards.

“This isn’t a technology trial,” Colin Swain, head of research and development at Barclaycard, told Card Technology following a press conference in London today. “This is very much a focused test: How does the customer feel about using mobile phones for payment.”

The trial is significant among the dozens of NFC pilots launched over the past two and a half years because it involves major players in the mobile, banking and transit industries and taps into one of the largest fare-collection schemes in the world in Oyster, owned by Transport for London.

The operators could generate other revenue, as well, for example, by encouraging subscribers to send or receive more data or make additional voice calls. As part of the O2 trial, subscribers will be able to tap chips embedded in smart posters, which will automatically dial a number, send a text message or download a URL that could open a mobile Internet session. A subscriber, for instance, could tap his phone on a chip embedded in a movie poster that would prompt him to download a ring tone or video clip or look up show times.

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Compatibility testing the migration to Vista

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

From Search CIO

Windows Vista migrations will soon be on the rise, according to Forrester Research, but software compatibility problems are still putting off a lot of customers, say some Microsoft partners.

Although only 2% of businesses currently run Vista, Forrester analyst Benjamin Gray issued a report last week predicting that one in three businesses will initiate Windows Vista migrations by the middle of 2008.

Vista is much more widespread in the consumer market, where it’s bundled with new PCs. But Forrester’s most recent survey of both large and small companies estimates that 84% of companies are using Windows XP, 11% are using Windows 2000, 1% are using Linux and 2% are using other versions of Windows — including Vista.

Gartner doesn’t predict market share, but does estimate that it will be two years before Vista outsells XP.

Software compatibility is their major hang-up, Barrett said. Even those clients who are thinking about a Windows Vista migration have a ways to go, because testing applications usually takes six to nine months, he said.Software testing isn’t the end of it, either. Hardware compatibility is also an issue with Vista, and Microsoft partners like Technology Specialists won’t address that until the software problems are resolved.

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Is the Testing Phase a security weakness?

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

From Internet News 

Despite so much concern over data security these days, there’s one point of weakness that might not have occurred to many IT managers: their testing process.

Many modern ERP and CRM applications have to be tested with live data, since “dummy” or made-up data typically isn’t enough, and that potentially means databases are open to anyone in the testing process.

Adding to this problem is the fact that many development and quality assurance (QA) and testing departments have been outsourced to India and other overseas locations. This puts companies in the bind of using live data to test, or spending the time to make dummy data.

Gamma Enterprise Technologies, a provider of application data management software for firms running SAP software, today released the results of a survey of SAP users that found protecting this data is a big concern for customers. Perhaps not surprisingly, Gamma also believes it has the solution.

The survey shows that nearly 70 percent of the 175 respondents across 23 countries are concerned about the exposure of sensitive data in non-production environments like testing. Despite these concerns, most survey participants have no plans for improving their security practices.

It might seem obvious not to use production data in a testing environment, but it’s generating enough records properly testing SAP software applications is just not that easy. SAP customers have databases of five to 10 terabytes or more, and to properly test an application would require many gigabytes of data to fill the data fields in the application, Swanson said.

To address this, Gamma offers InfoShuttle Data Security, which enables organizations to use, customize and create sophisticated rules for masking sensitive information that has been moved into development, testing, training and sandbox environments.

The product provides 24 different rules to scramble data moving across the enterprise while protecting its integrity for use in testing. This involves steps like scrambling names, addresses, social security numbers and other fields while maintaining that data in the live database.

NSE expansion in UAT

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on November 26, 2007

From KBC

Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) is increasing its trading capacity in anticipation of the Safaricom IPO.

NSE Chief Executive, Mr. Chris Mwebesa says the bourse has already ordered for additional servers to cater for the increased demand.

“The ATS (Automated Transaction System) that was commissioned last year has the capacity to handle 150,000 trades in a 3hr session, because of the Safaricom IPO, we anticipate our trading environment to triple, we are therefore increasing our servers to handle this trading traffic,” said Mwebesa.

The presentation of the draft information memorandum to the NSE comes immediately after the same was made this week to the capital markets regulatory body CMA.

During the presentation to the NSE, Investment Secretary Esther Koimett, said the government was considering using an electronic system of application for the Safaricom IPO.

User acceptance testing of the system is currently being undertaken, and we have already briefed the market regulator to see whether we can go forward with this system.”

Koimett said, discussions were currently going on between the capital markets regulator, and other stakeholders involved in the Safaricom IPO on the viability of the system.

Ixia enhances the Test Conductor automation tool

Posted in testing tool by testing in London on November 25, 2007

From Test and Measurement

Ixia, a leading, global provider of IP performance test systems, announced recently a major expansion to its test automation tool set with the release of Test Conductor 1.1. The release simplifies device under test configuration, offers vendor-agnostic execution, integrates with HP/Mercury Quality Center and enhances trend reporting.

Test automation tools provide the organisation and framework that allows network equipment manufacturers and service providers to develop, organize and execute quality assurance tests. Test Conductor allows organizations to run QA tests at every step in a product’s life cycle – from development, to integration to deployment. The bottom line is quicker time to market, combined with higher quality. F5 Networks uses Ixia Test Conductor to do just that.

Test Conductor 1.1 expands its applicability through four major features. The DUT configuration module (DCM) simplifies device configuration and monitoring, using capture/replay to eliminate the need to write scripts – creating a library of reusable configuration procedures. Test Conductor 1.1 offers vendor-agnostic execution, allowing test scripts from any test vendor to integrate smoothly with Ixia-based application tests.  Its integration with Mercury Quality Center eliminates the need to segregate network testing plans from other test plans and provides a tight coupling of general purpose test management processes and Ixia testing solutions. Test Conductor’s trend reporting has been enhanced to reduce the time to report and analyse trends during a product’s life cycle.

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CMMI and User Acceptance Testing

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

 From InformIT

This chapter describes how to communicate successfully, especially during the all-important User Acceptance Testing phase.

Before the technology solution goes live and is available to the users, the project team needs to make sure that all involved parties are on the same page. For this, communication throughout the project is critical.

Tip: Engage the users early and often. There is no substitute for real users.

Steve: All the way through a project, you want to take every opportunity you can to validate with the customer and supplier that you’re on track. But with all the preparation, it still comes down to the successful launch and full deployment of the new capability. Your customer satisfaction, a large chunk of your supplier’s payment, and your professional ego are wrapped up in the pivotal events around going live with your product. It’s like you’ve gone through all the rehearsals, and now it’s time to perform.

Consistently delivering a successful premiere—seamlessly inserting new or enhanced technology solutions into your environment—is not without its perils. For instance, you don’t want your project to be the one in which UAT came to mean “user angry at technology” instead of “user acceptance testing”

Empirix replace HP/Mercury at LBi

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on November 23, 2007

From Source Wire

Empirix announced today that Europe’s leading digital agency, LBi, has replaced its HP/Mercury Testing Solutions with Empirix e-TEST suite.

LBi is a leading European full-service digital agency that provides its clients with online marketing and technology solutions. LBi uses a multi-disciplinary approach when creating digital solutions for its clients, which involves developing and implementing a creative strategy, using the most relevant technological platforms and media available. Therefore the quality, scalability and performance of these platforms are critical to the success of LBi’s work, and the performance of their clients’ digital challenges.

In May LBi, which counts BT and P&G among its clients, identified a need for a more efficient and integrated set of testing tools. After evaluating solutions in the marketplace it selected Empirix’s e-TEST Suite. Reasons for the switch include better functionality and a greater cost/benefit ratio.

e-TEST Suite, which comprises e-Manager Enterprise, e-Tester and e-Load, will allow LBi to build and organise its entire testing process by defining, specifying and executing manual or automated tests, that will enable LBi to validate and manage any defects that may be uncovered.

In addition, e-TEST Suite will help LBi automate functional and regression testing, and manage performance, scalability and load testing. John Williams, CTO at LBi said, “Our passion for delivering excellence for our clients means we constantly seek new ways to improve what we do. Rigorous testing is key, not only for LBi’s reputation, but also that of our clients.”

Call for Papers on Security Testing

Posted in security testing,Software testing by testing in London on November 22, 2007

From Eventseer

Collocated with the International Conference on Software Testing, Lillehammer, Norway, April 9-11, 2008

Testing is an activity that aims at both demonstrating discrepancies between a system’s actual and intended behaviors and increasing theconfidence that there is no such discrepancy. The security of a systemclassically relates to the confidentiality and integrity of data as well as the availability of systems and the non-repudiation of transactions.

Because confidentiality and integrity can be compromised in many different ways, because availability and non-repudiation guarantees aretremendously difficult to give, and because testing the mere functionality of a system alone is a fundamentally critical task, testing security properties is a real challenge, both from an academicand a practical point of view.

The goal of this workshop on security testing is to provide a forum forpractitioners and researchers to exchange ideas, perspectives on problems, and solutions. We solicit both full (8 pages) and short (2 pages  in the following non-exclusive areas:

  • network security testing
  • application security testing
  • testing access control requirements
  • runtime monitoring of security-relevant applications
  • security testing of legacy systems
  • stopping criteria for security testing
  • cost effectiveness issues
  • comparisons with security-by-design and formal analyses
  • adapting classical testing techniques to security
  • security test generation and oracle derivation
  • specifying testable security constraints
  • test automation
  • penetration testing
  • regression testing for security
  • robustness and fault tolerance to attacks
  • test-driven diagnosis of security weaknesses
  • process and models for designing and testing secure system
  • tools and case studies
  • industrial experience reports
  • when to perform security analysis and testing
  • white box security testing techniques
  • compile time fault detection and program verification

Stress testing Pirates

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on November 21, 2007

From QJ 

Director of Community Relations for Flying Lab Software and Pirates of the Burning Sea, has news for all of you stress testers out there: not only was the second PotBS stress test a success, but all stress test players may participate in the Pirates of the Burning Sea beta, just like that.

Hewitt also noted that Flying Lab Software had originally announced that only stress testers who managed to reach level 5 could stay for the Pirates of the Burning Sea beta after the stress test ended. Since the majority of the stress test players had met that goal, anyway, Flying Lab Software has decided to just let all stress testers in the beta, regardless.

For those of you who may have been unable to download their Pirates of the Burning Sea client in time to apply their second stress testing key code, never fear. Mr. Hewitt also said that Flying Lab Software will be working on a way to include you in the beta test as well. Stay tuned for more information regarding this matter.

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