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The Second International Workshop on Advances and Innovations in Systems Testing.

Posted in conference by testing in London on December 31, 2007

From University of Memphis

General Chair Sajjan Shiva welcomes you to The Second International Workshop on Advances and Innovations in Systems Testing.

We define Systems Testing as a strategic and interdisciplinary area of interest encompassing all theoretical and practical aspects of the testing of systems including hardware testing, software testing, requirements testing, and testing of business rules.

The workshop is organised by the Systems Testing Excellence Program – STEP at The University of Memphis. STEP is an interdisciplinary program under the auspices of the Departments of Computer Science, Management Information Systems and Computer Engineering, and FedEx Institute of Technology.

The workshop will be a mixture of presentations and open discussions. Vendor exhibitions and industry presentations are being planned.

A couple of software QA and testing questions

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on December 30, 2007

From Software QA/test center

What is ‘Software Quality Assurance‘?

Software QA involves the entire software development PROCESS – monitoring and improving the process, making sure that any agreed-upon standards and procedures are followed, and ensuring that problems are found and dealt with. It is oriented to ‘prevention’.

What is ‘Software Testing’?

Testing involves operation of a system or application under controlled conditions and evaluating the results (eg, ‘if the user is in interface A of the application while using hardware B, and does C, then D should happen’). The controlled conditions should include both normal and abnormal conditions. Testing should intentionally attempt to make things go wrong to determine if things happen when they shouldn’t or things don’t happen when they should. It is oriented to ‘detection’.

Organizations vary considerably in how they assign responsibility for QA and testing. Sometimes they’re the combined responsibility of one group or individual. Also common are project teams that include a mix of testers and developers who work closely together, with overall QA processes monitored by project managers. It will depend on what best fits an organisation’s size and business structure.

See this software testing book list for useful books on Software Quality Assurance and Software Testing.

UK Software testing companies

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

There is an interesting list of software testing companies in the UK on DMOZ. Surprisingly quite a short list.

  • Acme Consulting – Consultancy providing testing services to major investment banks in the city of London.
  • Acutest Ltd – The independent software testing consultancy specialising in testing IT and technology centred change offers services, clients, careers, out of hours and a location map.
  • AG Technical Limited – Provide manual and automated testing across the development lifecyle. [Farnborough, GU14 8UL.]
  • Elite Testing Consultants – Testing services company which provides solutions for financial service companies.
  • Empowerment Quality Engineering Ltd. – Test consultancy providing specialised test services to the telecommunications, financial and pharmaceutical sectors.
  • E-SmarTest, Ltd. – Offers testing services and courses aimed at assisting software test professionals to deliver improved and high quality software.
  • Etest Associates (UK) Ltd. – Software testing and quality assurance solutions for information systems and e-business.
  • E-testing Consultancy – Specialising in software quality and performance testing in Europe and the UK. Also offers ISEB certification training in software testing.
  • 3MEX – Consultancy engaged in the delivery of software testing, change and configuration management services.
  • Nmqa Ltd. – Provider of technical software testing and quality assurance solutions in the UK. Services include functional, automated, performance and non-functional testing.
  • QAIST Limited – Provides testing solutions including test management, consultancy, recruitment and training.
  • Quality & Performance Consulting Ltd. – Providing Software testing, Project Management, Systems and Networking Solutions.
  • StarBase Computer Services Ltd. – Specializes in application testing and monitoring offering a range of services and training including load testing, automated testing, application management and managed testing.
  • Test Partners Ltd – Services include functionality, compatibility, usability, accessibility, load and stress, email and multimedia testing.
  • Testing Automation – Specialists in automated software testing, especially Mercury Interactive’s and Omsphere’s testing tools. Developers of the Decision Engine Simulator tool.
  • UK Testing Ltd – IT test analysis and consultancy services. Includes client portfolio.
  • Zebsys Ltd. – A consulting firm that provides small to medium-sized companies with professional software testing services for Web-based systems.

The next steps for IT outsourcing in India

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on December 28, 2007

From Seattlepi

First come the familiar problems. One is India’s clogged and insufficient infrastructure: workers in Bangalore can spend four hours a day in traffic. Then there are the tax breaks that subsidize the industry, some of which expire in 2009.

Employees have learned to switch jobs for better pay, and salaries are going up by 10-15 percent a year. For senior staff, they will soon reach Western levels.

Second, competitors are starting to emerge. IT industries in other parts of the world, such as Central Europe, may never match India’s in size, but they can still pick off valuable contracts. Meanwhile, foreign IT firms have been beefing up their Indian subsidiaries.

In 2002 the six biggest — including Accenture, IBM and HP — had fewer than 10,000 employees in total in the country. Their combined Indian work force now exceeds 150,000. This enables them to rival the Indian firms in scale and cost, while exploiting their stronger brands and international scope.

The third category concerns future threats. In the short term a slowdown in IT spending looms as America’s economy weakens. In the longer term Indian firms must keep abreast of technological changes. Many of the services they now provide will eventually be automated; this is already starting to happen, for example, in automated software testing.

Western firms, meanwhile, increasingly want Indian providers to do more than just keep systems running; they want help in developing new solutions to business problems — something few Indian firms are set up to do.

The question is whether the industry’s business model can cope with these threats even as the potential for growth in its established markets declines.

NTT Group to Test Carrier Ethernet

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on December 27, 2007

From Billing World

In order to address the shortcomings of IP, and to minimise service disruptions for VoIP and IPTV services, Japanese telecommunications giant NTT Group is set to put carrier Ethernet technology PBT to the test in early 2008. NTT will be joining a growing number of telecomms service providers intrigued by the potential of carrier Ethernet (also known as Provider Backbone Bridging-Traffic Engineering within the IEEE). Already, BT Group, Verizon, Deutsche, Telefonica SA and France Telecom have all talked of testing or actually rolling out the technology.

PBT is an early implementation of Ethernet that is expected to compete with T-MPLS as a layer-two technology for packet transport (see “Standards Watch” column in March/April B/OSS Magazine). While both T-MPLS and PBT strive to augment or trump the traffic engineering capabilities of SONET/SDH transport technologies, some believe PBT might do a better job of preserving existing OSS and back-office investments. That could lower the cost of migrating to newer transport technologies, as layer-two Ethernet-based PBT would eliminate the need for expensive MPLS-aware routers at layer three.

Alcatel-Lucent and others in the MPLS camp, such as Cisco and Juniper, have pointed out that using MPLS for IP routing is a more mature and proven option. Alcatel-Lucent, for example, has an Ethernet switch and metro service edge router. The company believes MPLS should exist in the metro so that Ethernet can behave as a carrier-class technology. Alcatel-Lucent has pointed out that the delivery of multiple services usually involves meshed, not point-to-point services (such as video and VoIP). Because PBT is a point-to-point technology, addressing issues in the control plane, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and Juniper contend PBT is less effective in merging services at layers one through three. They believe MPLS is the most scalable way to address multicast needs.

 Software testing in the Telecom sector

Software testing definition

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on December 26, 2007

From Wikipedia

Software testing is the process used to measure the quality of developed computer software. Usually, quality is constrained to such topics as correctness, completeness, security, but can also include more technical requirements as described under the ISO standard ISO 9126, such as capability, reliability, efficiency, portability, maintainability, compatibility, and usability. Testing is a process of technical investigation, performed on behalf of stakeholders, that is intended to reveal quality-related information about the product with respect to the context in which it is intended to operate. This includes, but is not limited to, the process of executing a program or application with the intent of finding errors. Quality is not an absolute; it is value to some person. With that in mind, testing can never completely establish the correctness of arbitrary computer software; testing furnishes a criticism or comparison that compares the state and behaviour of the product against a specification. An important point is that software testing should be distinguished from the separate discipline of Software Quality Assurance (SQA), which encompasses all business process areas, not just testing.

One of the top ten tools for 2008

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

From Rismedia

Google Optimizer — Google has been outstanding at introducing new services — FREE services I might add — and my latest favorite from Google is the Web site Optimizer tool. With this tool you can do testing of alternate versions of Web pages, to see whether certain text or images or page layouts will convert visitors into paying customers. Don’t waste time guessing — find out for sure what works on your Web site. Optimizer rocks!

Software testing market

Service Delivery Management: Solutions for Telecom

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on December 24, 2007

If you are looking for a whitepaper on Solutions for Telecom in service delivery management try Zdnet.

The process of managing service delivery in the telecom sector is becoming increasingly difficult. Oblicore provides service delivery management software and best practices for service level and business service management to many of the world’s best known telecommunications carriers. This paper provides insight into the range of services and service agreements Oblicore customers monitor and manage with Guarantee. These include customer-centric Service Level Agreements (SLAs), internal IT and telecom SLAs and Operational Level Agreements (OLAs), SLAs and underpinning contracts with partners for content, roaming and interconnect services, and sourcing contracts for call centers and other outsourced IT and business services.

Software testing in the Telecom sector

Software testing conference 2008

Posted in Events and improvement,Software testing by testing in London on December 23, 2007

From Association of Software Testing

The Association for Software Testing is pleased to announce its third annual conference (CAST 2008), to be held July 14-16. The meeting will be held in Toronto, Canada, and this year’s theme is “Beyond the Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Software Testing”.

Interdisciplinary approaches draw from diversified branches of learning or practice, such that insights can be drawn upon and synthesized to influence a particular craft. The CAST 2008 Program Committee is now seeking papers that explain how one, two or more disciplines might assist with software testing.

Examples could include ways in which statistics and metrics combined with critical thinking can help software testers interpret performance test results; ways in which logical thinking combined with document design and modeling help testers better understand business requirements and execute functional tests; or ways in which research in human/computer interaction might influence usability testing.

Programme test management job

Benchmark testing performance and scalability

Posted in Load testing,Software testing by testing in London on December 22, 2007

From Sourcewire 

Actuate Corporation have announced the results of a benchmark test conducted at the IBM Innovation Centre, reaffirming Actuate as the industry’s highest performing and most scalable platform for generating information applications. The tests focused on the collaborative reporting capabilities of Actuate iServer 9.

Proven by this benchmark test, Actuate’s unique Collaborative Reporting Architecture, running on Actuate 9 iServer, can scale with near-perfect linear efficiency and support a user population of millions, regardless of the size or scope of their information applications. This scalability and unparalleled performance results in faster and more accurate report production, lower costs and higher user satisfaction for organisations in the financial services, government, education, healthcare/sciences, telecommunications and public sector markets.

Benchmark tests conducted at the IBM Innovation Center tested the performance of Actuate 9 using a 64 CPU core IBM P5 959 server running the AIX operating system, while the Actuate iServer cluster consisted of eight 8-CPUs leveraging dynamic logical partitioning. Tests focused on the collaborative reporting capabilities of the Actuate iServer, specifically report generation, standard viewing, interactive viewing, on-demand reporting and Web-based report authoring of BusinessReports. Test highlights include:

• For all activities, near perfect scalability up to 64 CPU cores
• 1.8 billion batch report pages generated per day
• 43,000 active users viewing reports with the standard viewer
• 10,000 active users interactively viewing reports
• 10,500 active users running and viewing on-demand reports
• 1,000 active users of BusinessReport Studio on 6 iPortal CPU cores

All tests adhere to Actuate’s strict response time standards of less than five seconds for more than ninety percent of the user requests. This exercise, like all Actuate benchmarking projects, is fully documented including details of report designs, server configurations, testing environment and test results.

Fast software testing

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