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Expertise on Automated Testing Tools at SD West Conference

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

From PRnewswire

Phoenix and Huso will share their knowledge with participants on how to make automated acceptance tests readable by the business people who help to specify them. Subject matter experts and product owners can assist in verifying the test content and can  use the test script as a living, executable requirements document.

To produce more client-readable test scripts, testing  tools need to support the business terms used on each project.  Participants will learn why no out-of-the-box automated testing  tool can provide business terms for all possible customers and  projects. This course will explore different mechanisms for and  levels of domain specific testing language support: extensible  scripting languages, hierarchical abstraction, inheritable  extension by different organizational entities, and test component extraction and re-use.

Empirix speaker at FutureTest software testing and QA conference

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

From Mediawire

Larry Trimm, Vice President and General Manager of Empirix’s Web Business Unit, will share his insights during a panel discussion at FutureTest 2008 on Wednesday, February 27.

This inaugural event “will expand the horizons of software testing and quality assurance,” says FutureTest 2008 Chairman Alan Zeichick. “Senior managers involved in enterprise software testing and QA will be exposed to exciting new ideas that range from recruiting, motivating and retaining top testing talent, to applying lessons from successful open-source initiatives to measuring ROI on IT test/QA projects. Executives at software test tools and services companies will learn about the newest trends and best practices, to help them gear up their offerings to anticipate the next wave of test/QA requirements.”

Moderated Zeichick, the panel discussion will examine how modern integrated tool suites and best-of-breed solutions complement the ALM. Hear from the experts about what works, what doesn’t, and why. Panelists also will explain how and why modern methodologies integrate testing and quality assurance into every phase of the application life cycle.

“Empirix is proud to sponsor an event that is so effectively targeting the issues of software testing and quality assurance,” says Timm. “I am looking forward to sharing my expertise with industry peers and learning from them as well.”

Performance testing virtualization software

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

From TheHN 

Automated web load and stress testing software developer, Web Performance, Inc. (WPI), has released its latest investigative research on virtualization software, VMware ESX Server 3.

Server virtualization is considered one of the most significant changes in IT operations in the past decade, making it possible to manage groups of servers with a greater degree of reliability at a lower cost. For some IT operations managers, however, questions remain about how much overhead virtualization adds. In addition, how much slower does a single web application run in a virtualized server compared to a regular, non-virtualized server?

The latest performance report from Web Performance, Inc. takes a look at a typical PHP-based web application, and measures the performance both with and without virtualization in the premier virtualization product VMWare ESX.

The test was set up with two identical software installations, one running directly on hardware, i.e. the traditional server configuration, and another running inside a virtual machine. Any server-based application would have sufficed; for the test the open source CRM package SugarCRM was used. The primary measure of performance used for the test is user capacity, which we define that as the number of simultaneous users that the system can support while meeting the specified performance criteria.

The results showed that the number of simultaneous users that could be handled by the virtualized server was 14% lower than the number of simultaneous users being handled by the traditional server configuration.

New risk tool testing successful

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

From United Press International 

Texas-based Digital Defense Inc. announced it has successfully completed testing of its new information security risk assessment management tool.

DDI is a developer of information security assessment services among other risk management technologies. Officials announced DDI’s new information security risk assessment management tool, applied to the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute’s Octave Allegro, has moved through successful testing.

Octave Allegro, an information security risk assessment management technology, is an upgrade to Octave and developed by Carnegie Mellon SEI for federal agencies. SEI announced it has verified that the new DDI risk assessment tool is compliant with Octave.

“We are very pleased that SEI has determined our risk assessment management tool is compliant to Octave Allegro,” Tom DeSot, Digital Defense chief compliance officer, said in a statement. “Our clients have been looking forward to using this platform to help them manage the large amounts of data that must be collected and analyzed during an information security risk assessment. Our new tool, in combination with one of our service offerings, greatly eases this management burden for our clients.”

Company officials say the new management tool will be offered to organizations that contract Digital Defense for its information security risk assessment services.

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IMS expands to include OSS/BSS and billing systems

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

From TMC net

he IMS Forum’s fourth IMS Plugfest event, to be held February 25-29, 2008, at the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab in Durham, N.C., has been expanded to include billing and OSS/BSS support for IMS.

The IMS Forum Plugfests are industry networking events which bring together dozens of industry-leading IMS vendors to collaborate and work on projects together. For a period of five days, programmers and software developers from around the world build real, full-featured IMS networks which are tested after completion. By giving these vendors access to multi-vendor interoperability test beds, leading test equipment, IMS cores and applications, as well as multi-protocol engineering expertise, they can speed product development and help ensure interoperability between their products. They can also reduce time-to-market and acceptance testing cycles by pinpointing bugs and conformance issues.

In addition, these vendors can have their products and services validated by a respected industry organization, while working out of a respected third-party lab. Thus, these Plugfests serve as the initial “proving ground” for industry-recognized certification for IMS applications and services interoperability.

The IMS Forum and the UNH IOL will hold an open house and round table conference on Feb 28 to allow IMS service providers, analysts, equipment vendors and system integrators to witness IMS Plugfest IV live. The open house will also include a live demonstration of IMS benchmarking. The round table will be moderated by Ronald Gruia, principal analyst, emerging telecoms, at Frost and Sullivan.

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Coverity Raises $22M for Software Testing

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on February 23, 2008

From Red Herring

Coverity, a five-year-old, privately-held firm that markets products that analyse and test the integrity and security of software, on Tuesday said it took $22 million in its first funding round. This is an unusually hefty round for a firm that markets software tools used by developers rather than customer-facing application software more easily understood by corporate decision makers and venture investors.

The rapid emergence of the web as a marketplace and the popularity of open-source software have placed immense pressure on software creators to write programs that can withstand the stresses of rapidly changing environments and upgrade cycles.Coverity will use its cash infusion from Foundation Capital and Benchmark Capital to acquire other firms in related disciplines, to extend its technology reach, and to augment its internal product development capabilities.

Coverity also announced a new board of directors which includes a number of senior executives from  development and software testing companies such as Mercury Interactive, Cadence and Pure Software.

Testing company acquires testing company

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

From Processing Talk

Intertek, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services, is to acquire Epsilon, a leading provider of hazardous-area site assessment, product testing and certification services.

‘Epsilon is a perfect complement to our burgeoning hazardous locations product testing and certification business,’ said Gregg Tiemann, President, Commercial and Electrical Division, Intertek. ‘Their expertise provides our clients with a full range ATEX and DSEAR services from one provider; bringing cost efficiencies and further speeding their time to market.
The deep Epsilon regulatory and technical knowledge in this area will be a valuable resource to our clients and staff’.

Epsilon Managing Directors Sean Clarke and Stephen D’Henin added, ‘As many of our customers have a global presence, we can provide a secured infrastructure that enables us to deliver high quality services to them, now and in the future.

Intertek has offices and laboratories in over 100 countries worldwide and becoming part of that network we can more effectively deliver what our clients need, wherever they are in the world’.

The integration of Epsilon with Intertek provides manufacturers with a full suite of complementary service lines required for launching products globally.

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Software defect crashes London Heathrow’s luggage system

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

From IT World Canada

LONDON – Leave your luggage behind, British Airways told travellers Wednesday morning after a software upgrade crashed baggage handling systems at Heathrow Airport. The failure affected thousands of passengers at London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4 (T4).

Thousands of long haul travellers travelling with British Airways have been asked to travel without luggage if they are flying from Heathrow Airport’s T4 Wednesday.

The terminal has two sorting machines for built-in redundancy in case of system failure. However, the upgrade managed to bring down both machines.

BAA said it had technicians working all night to try to identify and then fix the problem. The system is currently running, however BAA is continuing to test the system to restore it to its full capacity before carriers can use it again.

Along with BA, the baggage handling failure is affecting Qantas, KLM, Air Kenya and SN Brussels.

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New software testing tool for C and C++

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

From PR Web

Dynamic Memory Solutions, a leading developer of software testing and debugging tools for C and C++, today announces the latest release of the most advanced software debugging tool, Dynamic Leak Check for HP-UX Itanium, introducing support for 32-bit applications.

Dynamic Leak Check for HP-UX Itanium is a high speed memory leak and heap corruption detector. Dynamic Leak Check detects many difficult to diagnose software errors in C and C++ applications. It now supports both HP-UX 64-bit and 32-bit applications running on Itanium architecture.

Richard Harper, Chief Operating Officer of Dynamic Memory Solutions states, “We are pleased to announce 32-bit application support in our newest release of Dynamic Leak Check for HP-UX Itanium servers. Additionally, our support for 64-bit applications is better than ever. Expanding the capabilities of our products is just one example of our commitment to our customers as well as our desire to offer all HP-UX Itanium users our uniquely fast and easy to use tools. As with the Solaris and Linux versions, Dynamic Leak Check for HP-UX Itanium does not require a recompile or relink of the software being tested. This saves companies performing software development countless hours of testing while producing a rapid return on investment.”

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Is this the golden age of software testing in China?

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

From China Business Intelligence 

The China’s Computer Market 2008 Forecast Report has been released recently. It showed that in the first three quarters of 2007, the software industry in China has registered sales revenue of $50 billion, up 23.6% on pcp, accounting for 10.95% of the entire electronics and information industry’ sales revenue. As the software market matures, people have higher and higher expectations over software features, quality and reliability. In October 2005, Ministry of Labour and Social Security formally listed computer software product tester (software test engineer) as one of the new professions. In only two years’ time, software testing has become a powerful dark horse in the software industry.

“In the early 1990s, software industry was still at an infant stage in China. Most software projects were very simple, the whole code writing and development process could be handled by one person. As industry competition intensified, software companies were gradually evolving from one-man-band small shops to software engineering co-operations. Although division of labour could improve software development efficiency and functional varieties, it also lead to increasing number of bugs between modules and deteriorating qualities,” said Mr Wang Yazhi from CONCEPT Information Technology Ltd, a major software development company in Beijing. Quality impairment would not only damage a software firm’s competitiveness, it could also lead to massive economic loss for software users or even personal injuries, such as medical accidents.

As China’s software enterprises continue to prosper, the importance of software testing has also been increasingly appreciated by software companies. Many large and medium software companies have begun recruiting professional staff to take care of software testing. Ms Ran Chunjuan, a former testing manager in Wuhan Superidea Technology Ltd, said that “in Superidea, the ratio between software testers and developers is 1:4. Although this is still well behind the international best practice of 1:1, it is still a great improvement from 1:8 a few years ago.”

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