What is a Development Testing Platform?

Posted on Sep 24, 2015

DevelopmentTestingPlatformGuidance.pngHow would your life change if you had a software development equivalent of Google Navigation or Waze...something that aggregates and analyzes a large number of disparate data points to help you chart the best path to your goal?

Such systems do exist—they're called "Development Testing Platforms." And the latest report by voke Research explains how they can help teams eliminate surprises, accurately and automatically assess a release candidate's readiness, align development efforts with business objectives, and enhance collaboration & communication.

A few signs that a Development Testing Platform could provide value to your organization:

  • There's a gap between management expectations and development reality.

  • You're focused more on chasing after defects than preventing them.

  • You're unhappy with your current rate of defect leakage into production.

  • You're using individual point tools rather than a solution that provides holistic insight and prescriptive actions.

The value of a Development Testing Platform really depends on your role:

  • Managers gain insight across disparate teams within the software supply chain and make the appropriate corrections to meet desired objectives. Managers can “report up” the risk of a project in a way that can be quantified and consumed by senior managers or the business.

  • Developers use prioritized tasks to focus efforts on the quality tasks that have the greatest impact. Developers continue to be creative without having to revisit source code at a later date to remediate it due to defects. 

  • Testers can execute tests with more insight into the status of the application under test and greater confidence in the quality of the source code.

  • Executives gain accurate information about the status and reliability of the project based on the correlation of data with business objectives.

Sound interesting? Then download the complete voke Development Testing Platform report to get a detailed analysis of how a Development Testing Platform could help your organization leverage advanced risk detection and analytics to reduce business risks. 

For a preview, here's an excerpt from the executive summary:

"A current and common enterprise talking point is that every company is now a software company. While this is true, the gulf between what the business expects and what is delivered is as wide as ever and increasing continually. Regardless of the type of application, business leaders expect the application to meet business needs in a timely fashion, delight customers, and fit within the negotiated budgetary boundaries. Both business and IT must understand that software runs the business and is part of the brand promise. This means that a software failure equals a business failure. And, both must understand the consequences of software failures and work together on defining business risks and implementing strategies to proactively prevent these risks from reaching the customer.

Unfortunately, software failures continue to occur with regular frequency. The current situation is that business and IT identify time-to-market as a top priority with staggering urgency while almost ignoring the software failures and the damage they bring. With high profile and catastrophic software failures continuing on a regular cadence, business and IT must adjust priorities and focus on what is happening with their software. Now more than ever, they must understand the consequences of failure and what is ultimately important to the business. Most organizations are rocketing down a path of faster time-to-market assuming that quality is a forethought when, in fact, quality is an afterthought at the expense of time-to-market. Without proactive planning and methods for measuring and preventing risk, organizations will always be chasing software failures rather than preventing them. 

The old adage of “there is never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over” is more accurate than ever. Software teams must reinvigorate their thinking and not only focus on detecting software defects – finding bugs, but also preventing software defects in the first place – early defect prevention. This shift will reduce the cost of rework1, decrease business risk, and provide more insight into the readiness of software for the business. 

Development testing empowers organizations to build quality into applications from the beginning, prevent unnecessary defects associated with faulty source code, and consistently leverage best practices to ensure source code is secure and performs well.

Using such development testing techniques as static analysis, unit testing, dynamic analysis, coverage analysis, and runtime error detection enables early defect prevention while reducing the risk of application failure. Additionally, leveraging a complete development testing platform automates the consistent application of these development testing techniques across the enterprise. By combining development testing techniques with a development testing platform, organizations can increase efficiencies and decreases risk throughout the software lifecycle and across the software supply chain."

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