No matter how big a customer you are, when a vendor wants to sell you a product at $239,000 a pop, you have to ask yourself serious questions whether it can save you money or give you some competitive edge. Reading Ian Murphy’s Spotlight Review of HP's Service and Network Virtualization instantly set me off [...]
IBM’s play in Service Virtualization (SV) for testing In January 2012, I mused over the implications of IBM’s acquisition of Green Hat, vendor of a product that simulated external interfaces for software testing. Fifteen months later, I’ve had another look to see whether things have panned out as I imagined. It seemed to me that [...]
A recent Chilean film called NO narrates the campaign to defeat General Pinochet’s 1988 referendum that would have allowed him to remain as President after having ruled Chile as a despot for 12 years. Despite his tight grip on power and oppressive, dictatorial rule, Pinochet was put under international pressure to allow a vote. He [...]
Software application development has had to embrace a ‘mobile-first’ philosophy for the road ahead. Smartphone and tablet sales have skyrocketed, web usage from mobile devices far outstrips that seen at the desktop level and mobile data channels are now reported to run with a heavier and more enriched stream of content than ever before. For [...]
After fixing the problems of Vista with a successful Windows 7, Microsoft has decided that it is time to be much more bold. Part of this is a change in the types of devices in the market and part of it is the maturing of new business models. This has resulted in Microsoft taking four [...]
HP software and service announcements of March 20th Application transformation sets out HP’s portfolio of products and services for helping organizations transition their application portfolios to the next generation of Cloud-enabled, mobile client-served application solutions. It is a strategy well aimed at the thinking about modernization and rationalization that is current in many enterprises. Of [...]
Yesterday IBM announced its intention to acquire software test tool vendor Green Hat. You might be forgiven for wondering why IBM needs Green Hat’s portfolio when it already has its own suite of Jazz-based Rational test tools that cover test execution, test management and test lab management. The answer is simple. The Green Hat tools [...]
A new paper from CIC is now available for download with the kind permission of Microsoft where we examine the benefits and challenges of early lifecycle testing for a cluster of technical test types, commonly known as performance testing. The aim is to bring managers up to date on the latest thinking on the subject and [...]
Security, is a big nightmare. You have no idea what else may be running on the computer that your software is to be installed on. To be sure that your software is protected and to protect your users, developers must improve their secure code skills.
No matter how well an application is designed or how hard developers try, in a world of complex software we need to rely on QA and software testing to ensure that applications are secure and stable. Unfortunately for many companies, they still treat the QA and test teams as an afterthought. Unless that changes, software will never live up to the hype or be the successful tool that most users expect it to be.