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SAP testing Business ByDesign

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on July 31, 2008


“The most important thing to remember about Business ByDesign is this is a whole new category of software. This is not a product like any other product in the world. You’re talking about configuring a solution, downloading the solution off the Internet, but also not just doing one thing, like does CRM. Other companies might do just HR; we’re talking about the platform for small and midsized companies, downloadable off the Internet on a ready-to-run basis.”

“When I say get right, I mean the functionality, and the features that our customers really want. We’re testing it with customers now, and they’re running it, and they’re telling us what they would like to see. Think of them as beta. So when we launch and have a generally available product, it has all the features and functions, it’s scalable and it can perform beautifully in a global world.”

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HP, Yahoo, Intel Launch Cloud Computing Test Bed

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on July 30, 2008

From Washington Post

Yahoo, Hewlett Packard and Intel are jointly announcing a new cloud computing research initiative called the Cloud Computing Test Bed. Users will be able to build and launch new applications on the platform.

It’s being described as “a globally distributed, Internet-scale testing environment designed to encourage research on the software, data center management and hardware issues associated with cloud computing at a larger scale than ever before.”

System Integration Testing

Testing and In-house development

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

From PC World

The growing risk of defects from increasingly complex in-house software is costing companies dearly, according to new research from IDC. Seven in 10 companies said their code base is more complex than in the last two years, and 72 percent said debugging software was “problematic”. The cost of fixing this costs medium to large firms on average between £2.5 million and £11 million every year, IDC estimates.

The use of best practices, an assessment of automated testing technology, as well as a consideration for process and organisational change, would help businesses improve testing and development. It is important that businesses understand the long term costs of poor quality software development, and invest properly early in the development cycle, said an IDC spokesperson.

Usability testing application

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on July 28, 2008

From Killerstartups

Usability testing can be a time-consuming and pricey process that is generally too expensive to outsource. SilverBack, from Clearleft, is a Mac application that makes it easy, quick, and cheap for everyone to perform usability tests with no setup or expense by using hardware already in a standard Mac computer. This downloadable software allows for easy capturing of screen activity, video and voice to catch participant’s reactions, and the ability to add chapter markers on the fly.

30 day free trial period is offered.

Customer Experience Testing

Automating website testing

Posted in testing tool by testing in London on July 27, 2008

From Enterprise Open Source

A typical development cycle consists of multiple iterations with new functionalities being added continuously. Along with the need to test a new functionality, you also need to validate that the functions added earlier still behave the same. This is known as regression testing.

Regression testing in initial iterations is manageable manually. However, as the number of test cases increases, the effort, time and complexity for the testing team increases proportionally.

To overcome this complexity, automated testing offers a convenient solution and ensures that the code that is being developed or maintained works. It allows testers to execute a set of defined tests within a predictable time period and compare the results accurately.

Web application testing

Testing tool vendor annouces record growth

Posted in testing tool by testing in London on July 26, 2008

From Click Press

Facilita has announced record growth over 2007 and 2008; the revenue of the enterprise-level application performance testing company has increased by 31%. Over the same period, the load testing technology company has gained a significant number of new customers, despite global economic pressures.

Facilita develops enterprise level IT performance and load testing tools alongside bespoke software testing solutions for a wide variety of major corporations and government institutions.

One of Facilita’s performance testing applications is Forecast, a powerful and flexible load testing and stress testing toolset. Forecast easily and accurately tests the performance and scalability of applications and systems by simulating hundreds to thousands of concurrent users, enabling the end-to-end performance of an application to be evaluated by applying consistent, measurable and repeatable loads.

Agile Scrum and conducting

Posted in Acceptance testing,Software testing by testing in London on July 25, 2008

From InfoQ

Principle 2: Encourage individual responsibility for product quality

Because Orpheus has no conductor and therefore no single person to take responsibility for the quality of its performances, each member of the orchestra feels a very real and personal responsibility for the group’s outcomes. Orpheus gives every individual the opportunity to lead, but it also creates an imperative that everyone pull together. Instead of focusing solely on perfecting their own approach to performance, each musician takes a personal interest in perfecting the performances of their colleagues and the overall sound of the orchestra.

On a Scrum team, quality is the responsibility of the whole team. It does no good for one person’s code to be bug-free, if problems in other parts of the code base make the product unusable. Therefore, team members are encouraged to seek out and adopt quality-enhancing practices such as Behaviour Driven Development, Pair Programming, Continuous Integration, and automated Acceptance Test.

HP integrate PPM with Quality Center

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

From Information Week

Perhaps more important than features is the way HP has integrated PPM Center 7.5 with other fixtures of the product line. PPM is now tied to the HP Universal Configuration Management Database, the system that captures all configuration settings and information about changes to them in one place. That would allow a review within the PPM system of how frequently changes were being made to an application, whether they were short-term or long-term fixes, and what resources were invested to accomplish them.

PPM also is integrated with HP Quality Center, the software testing and quality assurance package that stemmed from its acquisition of Mercury Interactive.

It’s also integrated with HP Service Management Center, where business stakeholders can gain visibility into what happened to their request for an added IT service, how the project is progressing, and what is the defect count as code is produced. With this integration, a business user could tell the PPM system that there’s a problem with a new application and there needs to be an enhancement.

Careers in software testing

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on July 23, 2008


A career in software testing can follow both: a highly technical career path (e.g., developing the expertise in the use of specialist tools) or a strongly business focused route, which could lead to a prominent role within the business.

An individual in a trainee role can rapidly progress through the levels of a test engineer, senior test engineer, team lead, test manager, and then into other management roles within the organization.

Most software testers aim for the top position of a quality head. However, they need to gain the expertise on all of the quality processes in the organisation, before attaining such a position.

WAN testing

Posted in General by testing in London on July 22, 2008

From CRN

With that in mind, the CRN Test Center examined three offerings aimed at making WANs more efficient—so traffic can move and work can get done. While a number of WAN optimization appliance vendors declined to provide products for us to review comparatively against their peers, there were a couple of vendors that made their software-based WAN products available, as did an open-source community that is working on a Linux-based solution.

Our methodology was straightforward: Software was installed on a simulated WAN and examined for ease of deployment and use, performance, features and cost. In the performance testing phase, files were transferred between endpoints on a WAN both with and without the optimization software to gauge whether it improved transfer performance.

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