Service Virtualization, Development Testing, API Testing Tips

Service Virtualization, API Testing Webinar with Forrester and Alaska Airlines

Posted on May 18, 2015 8:18:00 AM

Why Testers Can't Test: Solving the Test Environment Dilemma

The business demand for "more innovative software, faster" is driving a surge of interest in DevOps, Agile and Lean software development practices. However, today's testing processes are typically bogged down by the difficulty of
  • Accessing complete Dev/Test environments—including all system dependencies.

  • Acquiring complete, sanitized test data.

  • Continuously executing the tests needed to ensure a positive end-user experience.

Join Forrester's Diego Lo Giudice and Alaska Airlines' Ryan Papineau this Thursday (May 21) for the webinar Why Testers Can't Test: Solving the Test Environment Dilemma. The speakers will explore how leveraging advanced simulation for development and test helps leading organizations meet business demands while reducing risks.

  • Take a deep dive into Forrester's latest research on service virtualization and advanced automated testing.

  • Learn Alaska Airlines' best practices for managing the complexity of multiple dependent systems for testing.

  • Hear about how Alaska Airlines leveraged service virtualization to address common testing challenges.

  • Get Forrester's insights on why API testing is now essential for modern application delivery—and predictions for the future of API testing.

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Topics: Service Virtualization, API Testing, API Integrity

What Do Software Defects Really Cost? The $2.3 Billion Bug

Posted on May 14, 2015 8:25:59 AM

Software development teams are scrambling to keep up with today's relentless demand for more innovative software—faster. Most are exploring new ways to accelerate release cycles (agile, lean DevOps..). Yet, based on the number of software failures now making headlines on a daily basis, it's evident that simply speeding up existing processes isn't doing the trick. 

How can software development professionals respond to this need for speed without increasing the risk of costly defects? That was the topic of Wayne Ariola's What Do Defects Really Cost? Much More Than You Think session at StarEast last week. Ariola revealed his research on the true cost of software defects—and why a new approach to testing/QA is required if you don't want to be responsible for a software failure that lands your organization in the headlines.

The following synopsis of that session was written by Noel Wurst, Managing Editor at Skytap, the leading provider of on-demand Environments as a Service (EaaS). It was originally published on the Skytap Blog...

Passive Quality Culture Leads to “Ticker Shock”

Asking a roomful of software testers, “What do defects really cost?” and then telling them, “much more than you think,” before anyone got the chance to answer is a pretty gutsy move. It’s certainly one that could’ve easily backfired for Parasoft chief strategy officer Wayne Ariola at last week’s STAREAST conference.

It did not backfire, and after waves of evidence of the immense financial impact that defects in production can have on an enterprise, I got the feeling that many in the room made mental notes to have some very serious conversations with various departments upon returning home.

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Topics: continuous testing

How Automated API Testing Saved a NZ Bank $2.1 million

Posted on May 7, 2015 8:12:28 AM

To reduce the risks associated with their business-critical transactions, a leading New Zealand bank and financial-services provider wanted to extend their existing GUI-based testing to more extensively exercise the application logic within internal systems.

This logic resides within their ESB: a message broker component that features 80+ services and 750+ operations. The ESB represents a single point of failure within the infrastructure—but the company was unable to test it directly or automatically.

With the expertise of Parasoft partner IntegrationQA and Parasoft's market-leading API Testing solution, the company gained a service testing methodology supported by automated, reusable tests that performed a broad scope of testing directly from the service/API layer.

The result: they saved over $2.1 million NZD in testing and development costs over an 18 month period.


The Challenge: Ensuring that Application Logic Continuously Satisfies Expectations for High Reliability

The company's existing functional testing process provided some degree of black-box testing for the integration points between front-end and back-end systems. However, the company feared that this approach of relying on the front-end as the sole entry point for testing new functionality, technology updates, and large-scale changes to the existing infrastructure was not deep and rigorous enough to ensure that the application logic continuously satisfied the company's high reliability standards.

To reduce their risk exposure, they wanted to extend their existing end-to-end test scenarios to include direct and extensive testing of the ESB and associated services. However, they lacked access to the domain expertise and technology required to take their existing testing process to this level.

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Topics: API Testing, API Integrity

API Testing Survey

Posted on May 1, 2015 7:39:46 AM

With the recent explosion of APIs and attention paid to the "API Economy", more and more development teams are finding that testing their enterprise and mobile applications now requires some level of API testing. But what level of API testing is actually being performed? And is the status quo achieving the expected results? 

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Topics: API Testing, API Integrity

Parasoft: Leader in API Testing, Test Automation

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 7:33:47 AM

We're pleased to announce that Parasoft was named a Leader the new Forrester Research report on Functional Test Automation Tools*. Forrester Research gave Parasoft the highest score among all vendors in the Current Offering category, citing its strength in API testing, UI automation, and key integrations.

According to the report, "Parasoft’s API testing roots and comprehensive integrations pays off. Parasoft has a very strong product offering...[Its] strong vision on the use of analytics to drive greater testing performance, implemented in its current products and road map, make it a key player in the continuous delivery world allowing developers to promote low-risk, quality-release candidates in delivery pipelines."

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Topics: API Testing, API Integrity

API Testing: Top 5 Myths [Infographic]

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 7:30:00 AM

We're fast approaching a time when all communications between humans and machines, as well as machines and machines, will ultimately be driven via APIs. To truly protect your brand in this "API Economy," it's essential to have solid processes for the identification, integration, and testing of APIs in conjunction with your business priorities.

After all, if your application fails to deliver the expected business results, your customers and partners won't care if that failure stems from code you developed internally or from an external API that you've integrated.  If you consume it, you own it. 

With so much at stake, there's no better time than the present to examine the reality behind some of the most common API testing myths emerging across the industry…

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Topics: API Testing, API Integrity

Why Today's SDLC Requires a New Perspective On “Test”

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 8:30:00 AM

In response to today's demand for "Continuous Everything," the software delivery conveyer belt keeps moving faster and faster.  However, considering that testing has been the primary constraint of the software delivery process, it's unreasonable to expect that simply speeding up a troubled process will yield better results.

(I Love Lucy fans: Just think of Lucy and Ethel at the candy factory, struggling to keep pace as the conveyer belt starts putting out chocolates faster and faster.)

In most organizations, quality software is clearly the intention, yet the culture of the organization drives behavior that increases the risk of exposing faulty software to the market.  Most software quality efforts stem from a bottom-up approach to testing, which is focused on adding incremental tests to validate new functionality. 

This approach is no longer sufficient for today’s accelerated release cycles—where faulty software has a direct impact to the brand and bottom line.  Releasing with both speed and confidence requires a definitive understanding of each application's distinct business risks and the probability of exposure.

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Topics: Development Testing

How Static Analysis Helps a Leading PC Company Prevent Defects

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 8:25:00 AM

A leading personal computer company is dedicated to adding market-differentiating software "preloads" to their systems, and wants to continue their trend of reducing field-reported defects for those preloads.

Working with Parasoft, industry leader in Development Testing and defect prevention, they have adopted a custom-tailored static analysis solution for eliminating defects early in the software development lifecycle. This "shift left" enables them to accelerate delivery while ensuring high reliability.

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Topics: Static Analysis, Static Code Analysis, Development Testing

API Testing Crowned Winner of the Parasoft March Mayhem Tournament!

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 2:47:24 PM

Some of us honestly predicted static analysis or service virtualization to win it all, but the activities couldn’t quite muster up the appeal needed to beat out API testing as the testing activity that delivers the greatest value.

That isn’t to say that static analysis, service virtualization, or any of the other testing activities are slouches—far from it. But when you, the people on the front lines, had the mic, API testing turned out to be the cure for what’s ailing your software. 

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March Mayhem Heats Up: Vote Now for Your Top Development Testing Practices and QA Strategies

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 10:54:56 AM

March Mayhem is coming to a head following two webinars discussing the value of the Eight Great testing activities.

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