Service Virtualization, Development Testing, API Testing Tips

What's the Biggest Problem with Software Delivery? [Survey Results]

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 12:05:00 PM

We recently asked development managers, architects, developers, quality engineers, and other stakeholders to share their opinions about the current state of the software development lifecycle and what's needs to change in order to deliver better software faster. 

Here are the responses to the question "What is your single biggest challenge with software delivery today?"

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Topics: SDLC Acceleration

The Best Way to Beat Development Bottlenecks [Survey Results]

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 8:30:00 AM

At this year's SDLC Acceleration Summit, Parasoft asked development managers, architects, developers, quality engineers, and other stakeholders to share their opinions about the current state of the software development lifecycle and what's needs to change in order to better balance cost, quality and speed. 

Here are the responses to the question "If you could wave the magic wand, how would you beat development bottlenecks?"

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Topics: SDLC Acceleration

Creating Complete Dev/Test Environments in the Cloud

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 8:26:00 AM

You can't truly accelerate the SDLC without a dependable continuous testing process. Evolving from automated to continuous testing requires on-demand access to a complete, realistic test environment. Yet, such access can be extremely difficult to achieve with today's increasingly complex and interdependent applications. Consider these recent research findings from voke:

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Topics: Service Virtualization

How to Use and Abuse Autogenerated Unit Tests

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 9:20:00 AM

Automated Unit Testing Use Cases vs. Abuse Cases

By Jason Schadewald, Product Manager at Parasoft

When people think of autogenerated tests, unit tests, or testing in general, they often carry a lot of expectations about the state of the technology and about the value it should have.

The following video (recorded at a recent Atlanta Java User's Group event) begins by delving into the details of what modern autogeneration can actually achieve and which unexpected needs it fulfills. The presentation is followed by discussion of how autogeneration and assisted generation needs to evolve to meet the growing needs of developers.

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Topics: Development Testing, Unit Testing

[VIDEO] How to Improve Software Quality & Shorten Time to Market

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 6:26:00 AM

Identify business risks early and automatically with process intelligence

For years, development teams have responded to challenges in the SDLC by implementing new tools. While this approach yields benefits at the micro level, many teams are experiencing a productivity plateau, even a regression, at the macro level. This largely because deploying tools in an ad-hoc manner fails to address process-level issues. Additionally, the data from disparate tools scattered throughout the SDLC can create noise that become roadblocks to implementing sound software quality policies. This is where process intelligence can help.
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Topics: Development Testing, continuous testing, SDLC Acceleration

Confessional: What's the Greatest Barrier to Software Quality?

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 8:30:00 AM

What Software QA Professionals Really Think

At StarEast 2014, we asked several software development professionals to (anonymously) share their thoughts on "What is the biggest barrier to software quality?" Their responses touched upon a number of obstacles. Some of the most common themes were:
  • Poorly-defined or constantly changing-requirements
  • Insufficient time
  • Lack of management buy-in
  • Too many errors injected during development
  • Poor collboration between dev and QA
Watch the video to see exactly what your colleagues revealed in Parasoft's confessional...

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Topics: Development Testing

What is Service Virtualization — Learn the Basics in 12 Minutes

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 9:06:00 AM

If you've had to test one of today's composite applications, you know that "access" has become one of the most daunting barriers to SDLC acceleration. Whether we're talking about access to dev/test environments or access to dependent applications, the ability to pull all the required pieces together in order to test thoroughly is equivalent to herding feral cats.

If you haven't experienced this fun firsthand, consider this: our recent research revealed that systems under test have an average of  30 dependencies, but team members have consistent access to only 6.  The time available to access test environments is extremely limited (4 hour slots) and 30% of that limited time was consumed by configuration/setup tasks. Ultimately, testers had time to execute only 50% of the available test plan.

Service virtualization is a revolutionary new technology that helps you break through these constraints by providing ubiquitous, global access to complete dev/test environments. Organizations leveraging service virtualization are able to conduct testing earlier, faster, more thoroughly, and more accurately—significantly reducing the risk of application failure. 

In case you're just starting to explore service virtualization, we've compiled the following playlist to help you understand what it is and if it's a good fit for you organization.

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Topics: Service Virtualization, SDLC Acceleration

DDJ's Best Testing Tools of 2014: Parasoft Development Testing Platform

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 8:30:00 AM

We're pleased to announce that Parasoft' Development Testing Platform was selected for the prestigious  Jolt Awards 2014: The Best Testing Tools presented by Dr. Dobb's Journal.

Jolt judge Mike Riley wrote:

"For organizations looking for a soup-to-nuts testing system, Parasoft's Development Testing Platform offers an omnibus solution with a wealth of features. Continuous testing, process monitoring, issue tracking, automated defect detection, real-time progress status, task planning, and drill-down from requirements to code are just some of the capabilities that Parasoft's platform has to offer. And thankfully, the platform  integrates with a variety of open source tools, as well as many third-party bug tracking and requirements management systems that may already be in place within a company.

This isn't just a single executable that's quickly installed. It is a complex platform that demands a good deal of forethought and planning to implement, and strict adherence to processes to use effectively. It's also not cheap. Yet for those companies desiring a comprehensive solution that covers nearly all aspects of testing throughout the software development lifecycle, rather than a series of point products they have to integrate manually, Parasoft delivers a platform that is hard to beat."

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Topics: Development Testing

Freedom from Software Testing Bottlenecks: On-Demand Webinars

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 7:30:00 AM

With the approaching holiday in the US, why not take a few minutes to explore some revolutionary new ways to achieve freedom from the constraints most common in our industry today: software testing bottlenecks that impede efforts to accelerate software delivery without compromising quality.

You can now watch the following recent "Parasoft Power Hour" webinars on-demand:
  • Service Virtualization Enables Continuous Testing: Learn how to eliminate constraints associated with static staged test environments and explore how service virtualization can help your organization bring higher quality-functionality to the market faster and at a lower cost.

  • API Testing Tutorial: Explore the latest strategies for ensuring the functionality, security, and performance of  transactions through API-driven applications—even when dependencies are not available for testing.

  • Development Testing for Agile Teams:  Learn best practices for implementing defect prevention best pracitces like static analysis, unit testing, peer review, coverage analysis, runtime error detection, etc. in Agile environments.
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Topics: Development Testing, Service Virtualization, API Testing, API Integrity

[Video] SDLC Acceleration: Faster in What Direction?

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 8:30:00 AM

By Noel Wurst, Managing Editor at Skytap

This article was originally published on the Skytap Blog

At the 2014 SDLC Acceleration SummitPeter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at, led a fantastic discussion panel that asked the question, "Sure, your SDLC is accelerating, but in what direction?" The panel addressed the biggest barriers to SDLC acceleration, how to overcome them, and what the real benefits are to truly delivering better software faster.

This panel consisted of:

  • Kevin Bedell - Director of Architecture, Zipcar
  • Geoffrey Davis - Software SOA QA Engineer, Schwab Technical Services
  • Christine Eliseev - Founder and Managing Partner, QMAT Solutions
  • Charles Griffith - Co-founder, AwayForce Labs
  • Burt Welsh - Software Release Manager, Cisco

We've broken up the discussion into the four videos below, and we encourage you to attend next year's Summit, and those further down the road. Stay informed for future summit dates/locations by visiting the SDLC Acceleration Summit website, or following on Twitter@SDLC_Summit.

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Topics: SDLC Acceleration

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