November 24th, 2011
As Agile software development becomes more and more popular, it creates added pressure on accelerated testing and validation. BDD (Behavior Driven Development) tools such as JBehave, Cucumber and Cuke4Duke help speed up the unit/functional validation directly from continuous integration (CI) and produce test results.
HP Quality Center can be integrated using standard/custom API with executed BDD to increase seamless visibility into the test conducted and test coverage for specific scenario or story. This can be further augmented with more robust UI based automated suite (primarily created with HP QTP or BPT) and execute them to perform customer oriented sign off.
Quality Center continues to be leader and single source for software quality rollout and making go/no-go decision when tests are done.
February 16th, 2010
Benefit of application support/development outsourcing is well known to fortune 1000 customers. In almost all cases customers have various degrees of application outsourcing (AO) for applications that are under sustained mode. Customers are also expected to test periodically and report bugs/enhancement requests to an outsourced vendor. Customers have access to Quality Center within their environment whereas outsourced vendors have their own defect tracking system to manage the SDLC of the application.
A current challenge for customers with outsourcing is to track enhancements/bugs via manual mechanism resulting in lower productivity. In addition to this, there is no way to tracking the SLA with outsourced vendor or reinforce the accountability to right levels.
HP Quality Center can integrate with a 3rd party defect tracking system over the web and offer a seamless value to both customer and outsourcing vendor to meet quality objectives. Quality Center’s synchronizer adapter SDK can help bridge this gap and extend the ALM ROI to the next level. This will not only keep two organizations connected but it also increases the productivity and hence profitability on both sides. Customers who have one or many outsourced vendors and have global presence should give a serious thought to this.
November 17th, 2009
It’s very common to create automation assets with robust exception handling to address positive/negative test condidtions. In almost all cases, what is overlooked is the data selection and how to optimize the ‘data’ rows to maximize the test coverage.
It’s scientifically proven that it’s not necessary to cover all combinations but cover all possible ‘pairs’ that make sense to maximize the coverage and reduce the execution time. It’s very common to spend months of time to finalize the test data by the business groups. In a common scenario business group gets dump of database with thousands of rows as test data. The validity and optimization related to number of rows is always overlooked.
Next generation testing technologies (automated testing) are looking to fill this gap via integrated solution or built ins. Tough economic times require tough measures and inefficiencies are to be dealth with thoroughly. It’s time to take a serious look at the data optimization related to test’s business result.
Here is a great website that has lot of Pairwise Testing resources.
November 14th, 2009
Application Deployment and upgrades are common activities in current IT infrastructure to support the business demands. Customers always look for ‘one-time’ events such as performance validation and optimization services.
Recent news by HP Software and Solutions’ group to offer its solutions via MSP (Managed Services Provider) program is welcome news as it allows customers to take control of their immediate need via ‘operational expense’ by leveraging the solution on project basis. HP MSP program has also enlisted very select partners to offer the solution to keep the cost very competitive.
SMB customer base are key beneficiary from this program as their appetite to invest in capital expense is limited compared to large enterprise customers. This model has very quick time to market proposition that suites SMB customers aptly.
From customer’s view point it’s very valuable as customer can take control of event by deploying the solution that is industry proven at fraction of cost. It gives leverage to both parties to understand solutions’ perpetual demand/needs.
For more info, please visit http://h20229.www2.hp.com/partner/assets/Brochure/4aa2-6503enw.pdf?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN