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Software testing tool helps reduce costs

Posted in testing tool by testing in London on June 30, 2008

From Bank Systems & Technology

It used to take Arizona Federal Credit Union (AFCU) nearly two months to test the software updates that it gets every quarter from its core customer-service software provider, a unit of Brookfield, Wis.-based Fiserv, according to Kevin Bingham, an AFCU VP. As “application owners,” each department in the Phoenix-based credit union was responsible for testing the part of the software release that related to that department, he explains. It took about two months for all of the departments to finish, Bingham reports, adding, “When they had to spend time on testing, that would take team members off the front line.”

Bingham had worked with automated software testing earlier in his career, so he already was familiar with the available products, he says, noting that the credit union initially considered software from HP (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Detroit-based Compuware.

According to Bingham, not only did Compuware’s TestPartner automated-testing tool have a better price point, it also featured more user-friendly functionality. For example, he relates, TestPartner leverages a storyboarding-based visual approach to testing, which lets staffers view screenshots throughout the testing process; if a problem surfaces, they can more easily go back and pinpoint the steps leading up to that error.

Software testing company to charge per defect

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on June 29, 2008

From Channel Times

STC Thirdeye Technology, an independent software testing company, has released a new innovative business model: Pay Per Defect. This model aims at attracting clients, and enabling them to pay only for software defects instead of complete projects.

The model is exclusively designed for mid- and large-sized organizations to meet their testing needs. The objective of this model is to resell defect-free systems within time by cutting QA budgets. The ‘Pay Per Defect’ model will allow vendors to significantly cut QA budgets, and manage multiple software releases.

Initially, the client requirement and identifying the type of testing service required test is clarified. Besides, a required simulated test is also created for user infrastructure.

The next phase uses skilled QA engineers, and experts to validate the system, and find actual bug’s from GUI. Parallel to this, domain experts review such defects before submitting the actual defects to the client. All the approved defects will be uploaded into defect tracker, and will be released to the client reference as testing deliverables.

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Data generation tool automates testing of software

Posted in testing tool by testing in London on June 28, 2008

From OpenPR

Grid-Tools Limited, a leading vendor of test data management and information lifecycle management software uses its data generation tool to enable sQuidcard to meet a tight launch deadline for its e-Money alternative to cash and debit cards. sQuidcard is a leading e-Money alternative to debit and credit card networks, and is set to become the product of choice for sub £10 tap-and-go transactions.

When rolling out a solution of this complexity to millions of card holders and potentially handling tens of millions of transactions a year, sQuidcard had to be certain that the data underlying the system was tested to the limit.

“The e-money payment network is launching in May,” explained Barry Williams, the Commercial Director of sQuidcard, “but we had to be certain that it could scale to handle millions of customers and transactions.” At the heart of the problem was a tight delivery schedule for developing the solution, and the need to test it rigorously. “In our testing, we had to simulate a situation where sQuid had been in existence for a number of months, or years.” sQuidcard neither had the time to key all this data in by hand, nor the capability to generate realistic data on a large scale to test the system under a diverse range of scenarios.

Automated data generation and testing was the solution.

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New release of automated testing tool

Posted in Automated testing,Software testing by testing in London on June 27, 2008

From Linux PR

Froglogic has announced version 3.4 of the leading, cross-platform automated GUI testing tool Squish. Squish supports creating and running automated GUI tests for applications based on a variety of user interface technologies including Trolltech’s Qt toolkit, Java AWT/Swing/NetBeans, Java SWT/Eclipse RCP/JFaces, Web/HTML/AJAX and Mac OS X Carbon/Cocoa.

Squish is being successfully used in QA departments across the world in companies such as Ericsson, Reuters Financial Software, EADS, Siemens, Synopsys, Xilinx, Trolltech and France Telecom Group.

Squish offers a versatile testing framework with a choice of popular test scripting languages (Python, JavaScript, Tcl and Perl) extended by test-specific functions, open interfaces, add-ons, integrations into test management systems, an IDE that supports the creation and debugging of tests and a set of command line tools facilitating fully automated test runs.

Squish 3.4 brings many, exciting new features to increase the productivity and effectiveness of QA engineers. This includes

  • Usability improvements in the Squish IDE
  • Improvements in the dedicated toolkit support in all Squish editions such as support for Qt 4.4 and a powerful extension API for Squish for Java and Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede) support
  • Support for testing applications of different GUI technologies from within one test case
  • New integration plugins for the Ant build system and the CruiseControl continous integration framework

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Stress testing (of sorts)

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

From Street Insider

At this week’s Financial Managers Society’s 2008 Finance & Accounting Forum, Greg Doner, CEO of FIMAC Solutions, the industry leader in standalone CRE stress testing solutions, gave a key presentation about Commercial Real Estate Stress Testing to senior executives from the nation’s top financial institutions.

“For the past two years, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of Thrift Supervision have warned about the levels of sector risk within the commercial real estate loan portfolios of U.S. financial institutions. This year the regulators’ cry for lenders to implement CRE stress testing has become louder than ever,” said Doner, a 20-year bank veteran himself.

“Many of the nation’s 8000-plus community banks have been thwarted when it comes to CRE stress testing, mainly because of the high costs associated with bringing in an outside consulting firm to stress the loans and analyze an organization’s entire portfolio. But there is a pressing need for lenders to segment their CRE portfolios and analyze risk by sector; this is something that regulators have been very vocal about in 2008.”

FIMAC, an experienced developer of risk management software for the banking industry, made the decision to create a standalone CRE stress testing software solution that banks, savings and loans, credit unions and other financial institutions can begin using in-house this summer to satisfy regulatory need.

Qualitree addressing software testing needs

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on June 24, 2008

From CIOL

As India is poised to become the leader in software testing market with an increasing number of companies outsourcing software testing to India, Qualitree is geared up to meet the needs of the growing market.

An increasing awareness to the automation of testing, introducing new methodologies, creating strong training practices, and building in-house competencies in the deployment of various test automation tools are the key points to serve the testing industry.

Leirios announced recently that it is changing the company’s name to “Smartesting”. The new name is aimed at immediate recognition of the company’s core business – software testing.

K. Gopinath, CEO, Qualitree, and Michel Guez, Vice President, Business Development, Smartesting, share their views about the future of the software testing industry and the LEIRIOS Test Designer in an interaction with CIOL.

CIOL: What are the services that Qualitree offers in the space of software testing?

K Gopinath: Qualitree offers solutions in the area of Automation of Software testing. This includes Training in test automation tool, Consulting and Advisory Services in the area of Test Automation, Migration Services and lastly Create, Manage and Sustain the complete testing practice.

CIOL: How does Smart testing different from conventional testing?

KG: Smartesting helps in automating the design process, which in the conventional process is done manually. The test requirements (black box aspects of the system under test) are represented as a model (ex. UML) that can be automatically converted to tests/test scripts, which in turn can be executed by test execution, tools such as QTP/WR.

Latency benchmarking in one integrated test solution

Posted in Load testing by testing in London on June 23, 2008

From Thomas Net

CodeStreet has introduced the first fully integrated capacity planning and latency benchmarking test solution for the RMDS platform, allowing financial firms to use latency as the criteria for evaluating their infrastructure performance under specific stress conditions. The capacity planning and latency monitoring facilities are components of CodeStreet’s Market Data Works (MDW) suite.

As firms invest heavily to reduce latency, the means to verify, test and plan for future market data volumes lags behind. CodeStreet’s new capacity planning and latency monitoring environment allows market data administrators to simulate market conditions at specific loads, benchmark observed latencies at these loads and monitor latencies all the way through to the desktop.

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Software Testing Certifications Now Attainable by Taking Online Classes

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on June 19, 2008

From Newsblaze

In response to the increased demand for the Certified Software Test Professional (CSTP) and the Certified Test Manager (CTM) certifications in the international community, IIST is proud to expand the CSTP and CTM certification programs by making these esteemed certifications attainable online, to a worldwide audience of Software Testing and Quality Professionals. Unlike exam-based certifications, education-based certifications are the only way for test professionals to learn practical methods and techniques, helping them do their job better and maximize their performance. Completing the educational requirements and the exams online is great way to attain CSTP or CTM certifications at your own pace, place and time.

Required CSTP Body of Knowledge areas:

  • Principles of Software Testing
  • Test Design
  • Managing the Testing Process
  • Test Executions and Defect Tracking
  • Requirement Definitions, Refinement and Verification
  • Test Automation
  • Static Testing (Inspections, Reviews, and Walkthroughs)

Required CTM Body of Knowledge areas:

  • Test Process Management
  • Test Project Management
  • Test Process Measurement and Improvement
  • Test Organisation Management
  • Risk Management
  • Test Automation Strategies and Architectures
  • Software Quality Assurance (Available June 30th)

SOA Software, iTKO team up to offer SOA lifecycle management & QA

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on June 16, 2008

From Zdnet

SOA Software and iTKO have teamed up to offer enterprises continuous management and quality assurance across the entire lifecycle of service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications.

The new offering incorporates the LISA Testing, Validation, and Virtualization Suite from Dallas, Tex.-based iTKO and Policy Manager and Service Manager from Los Angeles-based SOA Software. The two companies say the combined solution will provide protection across the entire design, development, and change lifecycle.

Among the benefits of the combined solution are:

  • Continuous compliance and quality automation from concept to production support for SOA, with LISA validation natively executed as part of the workflows within SOA Software Policy Manager.
  • Visibility into SOA policy compliance levels, with all tests, test results, endpoint data, and models viewed in a single repository.
  • An increase in the types of SOA policy that can be modeled and validated, ensuring reliable service level outcomes.
  • Service virtualization of endpoints, locations and binding properties from SOA Software combined with simulation of service behaviors and data from iTKO.
  • Enhanced runtime validation of live SOA applications for both functional and performance purposes.

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Testing conference records 33% growth

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on June 13, 2008

From PR Newswire

The Association for Software Testing announced Monday an update to its traditional 3-day conference programme:  a fourth day.

The decision came from conference organizers on Monday because of demand for Jerry Weinberg’s Monday, July 14 tutorial titled “The Tester’s Communication Clinic,” which sold out last week. Weinberg has agreed to
host the tutorial again on Thursday, July 17.

Weinberg, who many consider the software testing industry’s first tester, has a 50-year track record of influencing the craft of exposing bugs and issues in software. Among his notable accomplishments was
establishing the first separate software testing group, aiding in producing life-critical software for Project Mercury.

Since then he has produced hundreds of articles and over 30 books. According to his website (http://www.geraldmweinberg.com), his book “The Psychology of Computer Programming” published in 1971 is considered “the beginning of the study of software engineering as human behavior.” The conference will also be the site for the launch of his new book, “Perfect Software and Other Testing Myths.”

Weinberg will also be a keynote speaker, presenting a talk titled “Lessons from the Past to Carry into the Future,” about the steps needed to create software testing into a bona fide profession.

Weinberg, Kaner, Sabourin and Barber are among the few notables in the software testing industry in attendance at CAST. For the full program, see http://www.cast2008.org.

The conference expects to draw software professionals from 60 companies around the world. Registration is open to AST members and non-members.

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