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Software testing for better project management

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 31, 2008

From ITPnet

Many organisations wait until late in the development cycle to test new software and often limit testing due to time constraints. This approach can create pain for the project manager in the form of cost overruns, missed completion dates, overlooked requirements, undetected errors and dissatisfaction among customers and users.

In this course, you will discover why and how to integrate testing throughout the software development process in order to uncover bugs, ensure performance, enhance quality and lower costs. Using a set of integrated classroom exercises beginning with requirements validation and ending with implementation, this course demonstrates how management of testing activities relates to the life cycle of projects involving software development of projects.

Gain the necessary insight and training to develop, document and execute a project plan that incorporates an ongoing software testing program. Get specific tools to enable you to plan for and assess test results. This course is designed for project managers, test managers and anyone who must ensure the production of high quality software delivered on schedule and within budget.

UK market software testing

Compuware annouce 2007 Q3 results

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 29, 2008

From PRnewswire

Compuware, a multi-faceted organisation that supplies automated software testing tools such as QALoad amongst its portfolio of offerings, has announced final financial results for its quarterended December 31, 2007.

“Compuware achieved Q3 results that demonstrated both the strength and growth potential of the business,” said Compuware Chairman and CEO Peter Karmanos, Jr. “Specifically during Q3, the company delivered a dramatic increase in total product commitments, excellent operating cash flow,
growing maintenance and improved year-over-year license fees in some of its most important product lines. I join Compuware employees around the world in maintaining my confidence in the future of the business, both in the near and the long-term.”

Compuware reports third quarter revenues of $309.3 million, compared to $315.1 million in the same quarter last year. Earnings per share — before restructuring charges — were 14 cents. On a GAAP basis, earnings per share were 13 cents, an increase of 18 percent from 11 cents in the same quarter
last year, based upon 282.5 million and 343.1 million shares outstanding, respectively.

Compuware’s third quarter net income — before restructuring charges –was $38.8 million, an increase of six percent from net income of $36.5 million in the same period last year. On a GAAP basis, Compuware delivered net income of $35.6 million in Q3, down slightly from Q3 of last year.

Compuware also released a survey in collaboration with the Ponemon Institute revealing  that an overwhelming majority of organizations surveyed risk  compromising critical information by using actual customer data for the  development and testing of applications.

Vodafone tests new technology

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 27, 2008

From Cnet

Wireless carrier Vodafone Group is testing femtocell technology, which uses mini base stations in homes and small offices to improve indoor 3G coverage.

The larger version of this concept is the picocell, which is already an established technology for ensuring 2G/GSM coverage in corporate settings. Femtocells, however, are designed to improve 3G mobile-broadband coverage by rerouting data use off the operators’ cellular networks and onto wired DSL connections where possible. As mobile-Internet usage grows in popularity, such an approach has great appeal for operators worrying about the strain on their 3G network capacity.

An article in The (London) Times on Thursday claimed that Vodafone was “considering products from (femtocell) suppliers such as Ubiquisys.” Speaking to ZDNet UK on Friday, the founder and chief technology officer of Ubiquisys, Will Franks, said he could not confirm or deny the report.

Femtocell technology has attracted significant interest and investment in the last six months. T-Mobile recently announced its own trials, while Cisco Systems bought an undisclosed stake this week in the U.K. femtocell supplier IP.access. Ubiquisys, also a U.K. company, received an undisclosed investment from Google in July 2007.

Testing solution for telecom sector

Virtualisation and test environments

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 26, 2008

From ZDNet

At the enterprise level your average IT director will be looking for ways to automate resource management of hardware while high level system changes that will impact services are carried out. Crucially, they will want to do this right through the integration, testing, staging and user acceptance testing phases before committing the systems into production.

IBM, Intel, Zeus Technology and host of other names come to mind if I think about whom I might have last spoken to on virtualisation. But I’ll go the obvious route and mention VMWare as its Stage Manager product is in precisely this space. You’ve heard of the application management lifecycle right? Well this is the service transition lifecycle.

VMWare’s take on the subject is as follows: As new services or changes to existing services are being introduced (such as rolling out an upgrade to Exchange 2008 or making changes to a complex SAP installation) they often follow a sequence of stages such as integration, test, staging and user acceptance checking to ensure they are successfully tested, approved and configured for risk-managed deployment into production. IT typically maintains numerous dedicated “shadow instances” of the production environment to support the activities of each of these stages. These systems are prone to “drift” out of synch with the production configuration, jeopardizing the successful execution of system changes and updates and increasing the risk of production downtime.

Network emulation for business continuity testing

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 25, 2008

From Continuity Central

This article addresses a critical element of the business continuity life-cycle: testing and rehearsing the plan. When it comes to technological aspects of business continuity, IT departments are faced with the need to perform rigorous and realistic testing of business continuity procedures and capabilities for network and application systems.

A network business continuity test plan includes testing fail-over and recovery strategies on the production network with production systems, personnel and procedures. However, this step is a small component of the overall business continuity test plan. The bulk of system testing is done in the lab to avoid needless disruption of the corporate network and the attendant loss of productivity. This article identifies the steps for network business continuity system testing in the lab environment; such testing authentically replicates the load, delays, bandwidth contention, errors and other impairments found in the production and backup networks, providing an accurate prediction for how the plan will work under actual disaster conditions.

BCM system testing: business requirements

When IT departments begin examining network business continuity plans, the discussion can get sidetracked on how to overcome technical issues and limitations. It is important to realize that business requirements drive technical requirements. As the NISCC Good Practice Guide on Telecommunications Resilience points out, a business impact analysis (BIA) focuses on services, not technology.

RTOs might vary based on monthly, annual or seasonal business cycles. An automated process might have a manual fallback system as an alternative for short-term recovery. Government regulations may mandate RTOs for some systems or processes. The network business continuity test plan emphasizes the purpose for the process by correlating test results back to the business requirements.

Test set chosen for WIMAX performance analysis

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 24, 2008

From Electronics Tlak

Radiated performance test system includes the ETS AMS-8500 antenna measurement system, the Agilent EXA signal analyser and Agilent’s E6651A Mobile WiMAX test set. AT4 wireless labs has chosen Agilent Technologies and ETS-Lindgren to provide WiMAX test equipment for use in radiated performance test (RPT). AT4 wireless is one of the first test labs to provide radiated performance testing for WiMAX. As the WiMAX Forum Lead Lab and first worldwide WiMAX Forum Designated Certification Laboratory, AT4 wireless is developing RPT capability in its US-based branch by adding the ETS-Lindgren RPT system.

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This test system includes the ETS AMS-8500 antenna measurement system, the Agilent EXA signal analyser and Agilent’s E6651A Mobile WiMAX test set. This RPT solution will augment AT4’s other test systems, which include its own wireless Mobile WiMAX test set.

‘Given that RPT will be introduced as part of certification testing for Mobile WiMAX in 2008, AT4 wireless has been working hard with our partners to provide the WiMAX industry with the test facilities and test sets they need’, says Fernando E Hardasmal, CEO of AT4 wireless in Herndon, Virginia.

Telecomms testing solutions 

The evolution of software testing

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 22, 2008

From Information Week

Software testing has undergone an evolutionary process. The early stages of software testing were primitive and did not fully meet intended goals: better quality products through broader and deeper testing coverage, taking less time to test, and reducing quality-related costs.

The current state-of-the-practice, which we refer to as “Software Testing 3.0”, is now emerging. Software Testing 3.0 offers the culture, methodologies, beliefs, and techniques that will enable software testing to truly deliver the full potential of quality engineering, test automation and global resources.

This paper will trace the evolution of software testing through its first two phases, discussing the shortcomings or “disconnects.” It will then present Software Testing 3.0, and conclude with a discussion of why senior executives should care – in essence, why it matters to them that software testing is finally evolving to a point where it can meet and exceed management expectations.

Agile testing 

CR System Test Devices

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 21, 2008

From Thomas Net

Fluke Biomedical has announced  the addition of the 07-QRX QA RADCHEX to their CR test-system platform. This factory x-ray calibrated NIST/PTB traceable meter replaces the industry-standard 07-CRX (wired) CR RADCHEX, improving the industry-standard device with wireless technology.

The 07-QRX QA RADCHEX is ideal for use by quality-assurance personnel, service engineers, and biomedical technicians to calibrate, troubleshoot, test, and document CR system performance. The device replaces the need for both the imaging plate and plate reader, providing a tremendous boost in user productivity. It can be positioned anywhere a CR imaging plate is used, making it universal in application for every imaging department. A simple interface and self-contained design speed testing, combined with an internal readout device eliminates the need for a laptop interface for the technician on the go.

Test management and QA

European test house Testronic lab gets approved

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 20, 2008

From PRnewswire

PCMCIA, the tradeassociation for PC Card(TM) and ExpressCard(R) technologies, has announced that leading European test house Testronic Laboratories, via its PMTC facility in Hasselt, Belgium, has been approved to offer compliance testing for the ExpressCard Standard in Europe.

Testronic Laboratories is the third test house to be approved to test ExpressCard products to ensure that they meet the Standard’s requirements. Compliant systems and modules are able to display the ExpressCard logo; an orange rabbit that tells consumers that ExpressCard products are interoperable, hot swappable and plug’n’play.

The multi-step ExpressCard compliance program assures product interoperability. The first step requires manufacturers to submit an approved product compatibility checklist. The second step requires formal interoperability testing, which consists of (1) a standardised test procedure conducted between participating host systems and module products and (2) a set of mandatory tests against a “gold” suite of compliant host systems and modules. This can be done either through a test house or PCMCIA-sponsored workshop.

ExpressCard “plug ‘n’ play” applications include memory, local area network (LAN), wireless broadband (WWAN), WiFi, memory adapters, parallel adapters, serial adapters, TV tuners, smart card readers, instrumentation, 1394A&B and serial ATA (SATA). ExpressCard technology also supports the advanced serial I/O technologies: USB 2.0 and PCI-Express.

Dell, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Lexar Media, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Sony, Texas Instruments and Toshiba are among those supporting development of the ExpressCard standard.

1st IEEE International Workshop on Security Testing

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 19, 2008

EXTENDED DEADLINE – Friday, January 25th

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 the confidence that there is no such discrepancy. The security of a system classically 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 are tremendously 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 academic and a practical point of view.

The goal of this workshop on security testing is to provide a forum for practitioners and researchers to exchange ideas, perspectives on problems, and solutions. We solicit both full (8 pages) and short (2 pages; both in the IEEE two-column format provided at
submissions in the following non-exclusive areas:

  • network security testing
  • application security testing
  • testing access control requirements
  • security 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

We encourage authors of technical and position papers as well as experience reports to submit their work in pdf format via the easychair system at Submissions must not be submitted elsewhere, and authors of technical papers are asked to precisely state the problem they are solving. Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE digital library. One author of each paper must agree to attend the workshop that is collocated with ICST in Lillehammer, Norway.

Important Dates:
Submissions due : January 25th, 2008
Reviews back: March 2nd, 2008
Camera-ready copies: March 10th, 2008
Workshop: TBA (around April 10th, 2008)

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