Service Virtualization, Development Testing, API Testing Tips

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 Salesforce.com, 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


Software Quality Confessional [VIDEO]

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 8:48:00 AM

At EELive!, we asked several software development professionals to discuss the state of software quality. Here's what they had to say...

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Topics: Development Testing


An Elevator Pitch for Software Quality

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 7:06:00 AM

By Jason Schadewald (@resolvedfixed), Parasoft Product Manager

Elevator software.  Boring, right?  Tell that to José Vergara, whose elevator trip sent him crashing upwards more than 30 stories into the roof of a building.

While it’s not clear that software is at fault in this case, it’s certainly easy to imagine scenarios where it could be.  Yes, the elevator should have been maintained.  Yes, it could just as easily have been a hardware failure.  That simply means good systems need to be designed to withstand multiple simultaneous failures, to have built-in mechanisms to disallow operation under certain failure conditions, and to have visible failure modes for all to see.  Once you have a good, solid, safe design, test it thoroughly. 

Someone’s life might depend on it.

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Topics: Development Testing, Safety Critical, Embedded Testing


API Testing Tutorial [WEBINAR]

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 8:35:00 AM

Attend API Testing Bootcamp This Thursday

As the risks associated with application failure have broader business impacts, the integrity of the APIs you produce and consume is now more important than ever. An API that fails to deliver the expected level of security, reliability, and performance can thus have tremendous business impacts—both to the organization producing it and to those consuming it. 

If you want to ensure that your applications succeed in the API Economy, Thursday's API Testing Bootcamp webinar (12p,-1 PDT) is for you!  

We'll start by exploring four challenges to API integrity: Broader attack surface area, elevated potential for unexpected misuse, exceptionally unpredictable demand, and test environment access.

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Topics: Service Virtualization, API Integrity


[Infographic] SDLC Acceleration Summit Poll Results

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 9:07:00 AM

At the 2014 SDLC Acceleration Summit in San Francisco, industry experts gathered to discuss the future of the SDLC and share best practices for delivering better software faster. Throughout the event, attendees participated in real-time "SDLC Pulse" polls to share their opinions about the current state of the SDLC and what's needed to reach the next level.

This infographic features some interesting findings from those poll results…

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Topics: SDLC Acceleration


SDLC Acceleration Summit Wrap-Up: Top 3 Themes for Delivering Better Software Faster

Posted on May 29, 2014 9:15:52 AM

By Wayne Ariola, Parasoft Chief Strategy Officer

It's a great time to be in the business of delivering software. Today, every business needs to leverage software to differentiate its products or services. So, like it or not, every business is in the software business.

This theme resonated at the SDLC Acceleration Summit that occurred May 13th in San Francisco. The sold-out event offered the real-world experiences of 18 industry leaders, from analysts to architects, who have been challenged to deliver better software faster.

A number of topics seemed to percolate frequently in the interactions among attendees and panelists:

  • How can established companies steer the ship to be more nimble? Faced with regulations, long-established processes, and perhaps more transaction-critical applications, how can larger companies promote change?
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Topics: Service Virtualization, SDLC Acceleration


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