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Testing financial data migration

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on March 31, 2009

From Computer Weekly

“It is never easy to take one company’s propriety systems and input them into your own, no matter how modernised they are. But Nationwide has been on a massive great change programme. That should make it much easier than if it had legacy systems,” said Skinner.

“The challenge will be transferring data in a seamless way so the customer does not see the gaps. Abbey had huge problems [integrating with Santander], with some customers not receiving their bank cards for three months.

“You need rigorous user acceptance testing and training, and further testing before you go live. Ideally you go live over a bank holiday weekend.”

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Reducing product testing time

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on March 30, 2009

From The Hindu Business Line

But what if product testing time could be reduced, without compromising on road safety?

This is where electronics and software come in, promising manufacturers a two-in-one combo – faster innovation with no dip in safety standards.

One such instance is the testing lab at Ashok Leyland’s Technical Centre in Vellivoyalchavadi, about 30 km north of Chennai. The ‘Six Poster Road Simulator’ gains significance on two counts — first it is the only one of its kind in the country to test fully laden truck or bus with three axles, in other words, six wheels. Second, it recently received accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Calibration & Testing Laboratories, for mechanical testing.

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Load and stress test tool

Posted in Automated testing,Load testing,Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on March 29, 2009

From PRnewswire

Ingenieurbuero David Fischer GmbH has released a new version of its web load and stress testing tool “Proxy Sniffer”.

In addition to Windows and other Unix-like operating systems the web stress test tool now also supports Mac OS X with its own installation kit.

Furthermore, the 4.2 version comes with an improved presentation of measurement data, allowing a considerably more efficient analysis of the performance of web applications.

Proxy Sniffer is mainly used for testing the stability and response-time behaviour of web shops, web portals and on-line banking applications. By simulating hundreds or even thousands of web users Proxy Sniffer enables you to anticipate the performance under actual operating conditions of the tested web application.

Agile testing question

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on March 28, 2009

From Dr Dobbs

Q: Is Agile testing possible with globally distributed or outsourced teams?

A: Agile can work with distributed teams, but the whiteboards, post-it notes and index cards of co-located Agile teams need to be adapted. Additionally, self-managing teams make several decisions and changes in “plans” each day, and keeping everyone on the same page can become extremely challenging. Further, separate sets of boards and notes mean that managers and executives have no cross-project visibility. Distributed teams need a solution that gives all the visual impact and information import of the physical-board approach in a virtual package that is accessible from anywhere, at anytime, and that updates in real-time.

Software Testing and Quality Assurance Book

Posted in Events and improvement,Software testing,Software testing book by testing in London on March 27, 2009

From Amazon

This book is not primarily for software test and QA (Quality Assurance) professionals who are working in ‘typical’ organisations. The Best Practice approach in this book is based on ITIL testing and is well suited to any IT organisation that takes its software testing serious. Moreover, unless software engineering practices across the organisation are mature the approach will probably fail. However, that does not prevent even an organisation with a yet to be developed testing process from selecting best practices and tasks set forth in this book and applying them. The net result will be an incremental improvement, and may be the catalyst for larger improvements with large wins.

This book is invaluable to organisations that are committed to software engineering at the defined, managed or optimising levels of maturity. It distills formal test practices drawn from a variety of ITIL and IT service Management sources into a succinct, process-oriented guide. The book is filled with templates and examples to set up and manage the process. ITIL and IT Service Management are not rigid, but can be tailored to any software practices and approaches, especially by using the plans and templates provided.If your organization is pursuing software change without risk, or are contractually required to have a formal software engineering process or process capability, this book will address the software testing process areas of a larger initiative.

Automated regression testing for POS

Posted in Automated testing,Software testing by testing in London on March 26, 2009

Cornell-Mayo Associates (CMA) today announced the release of its Lookback™ regression tester, which will enable retailers using the company’s OPUS Millennium® and Omnistore™ POS solutions to respond more quickly to business requirements by increasing the speed of implementation and enhancing the quality of software updates.

Lookback allows for easy verification that the sales application is functioning as expected. Users can manually key the Test Plan, after which the saved Plans are played back on the register to simulate the keying of the transactions. Results of the original and playbook recordings can then be compared using automated tools provided as part of the package.

By providing the ability to capture inputs from the POS application, re-run test scripts automatically and replay them multiple times, CMA’s Lookback streamlines the Quality Assurance (QA) process and ensures that all the code works via an automated and speedy test suite. Ultimately, the Regression Tester saves valuable time spent on manual testing, which lowers the cost and time to delivery of software enhancements.

SAP testing

Posted in Automated testing,Software testing,Software testing book,testing tool by testing in London on March 25, 2009

From SAP

This book provides administrators, as well as quality and IT managers with an integrated approach to testing SAP solutions. Reader uncover the theory of testing, as well as best practices for conducting a testing project and for the implementation of operation and load tests.

Get a detailed description of the most important SAP-related test tools and discover how the SAP Solution Manager can support you in planning and implementing large test projects and concrete operation tests. In addition, you’ll learn the ins and outs of eCATT and familiarize yourself with the Coverage Analyzer and the SAP Test Data Migration Server. Performance tests are covered by the authors in painstaking detail: Profit from the description of a typical SAP performance testing project, and learn about the different monitoring options including SAP LoadRunner by Mercury.

Microsoft VSTS testing event

Posted in Load testing,Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on March 24, 2009

From Sys-con

Microsoft is holding a series of invitation only events and I have the ultra-secret invitation codes available for you. (Well, I guess it’s not an ultra secret event, cause I’m allowed to share them with you) You’ll be able to see the best of VSTS 2008 while also getting an early view at what is coming in VSTS 2010.

VSTS or Visual Studio Team System provides multi-disciplined team members with an integrated set of tools for architecture, design, development, database development and testing of applications. Team members can continuously collaborate and utilise a complete set of tools and guidance at every step of the application life cycle.”

Sessions include: Test Driven Development – Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability.

Quality Engineered Software & Testing Conference 2009

Posted in Events and improvement,Software testing by testing in London on March 23, 2009

The Quality Engineered Software and Testing (QUEST) conference is back in Chicago for 2009. It runs from the 20 – 24 April 2009. Topics covered include

For more information visit QAI Quest

Rational performance tester book

Posted in Load testing,Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on March 22, 2009

From IBM

“Using Rational Performance Tester Version 7”  describes how performance testing fits into the overall process of building enterprise information systems. We discuss the value of performance testing and its benefits in ensuring the availability, robustness, and responsiveness of your information systems that fill critical roles for your enterprise.

Based on years of project experience, we describe the key requirements needed in performance testing tools and how the IBM Rational Performance Tester tool was developed to meet those requirements.

This book is structured into two parts:

  1. Understanding Rational Performance Tester
  2. Applying Rational Performance Tester to enterprise application testing
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