Software Quality Matters Blog
Software testing has come a long way since the great halcyon days of room-sized computing. There are more ways, and things, to test than ever before. With software technology continuously and confidently striding into the future, some test companies are paying close attention to what the trends are doing.
One of the pitfalls new testers experience often is forgetting to test their software, applications, apps, and web sites over all the platforms that they would work with. For software, web sites, and apps to compete in today’s market, the more “cross platform” they are, the more successful they will become. The term “cross-platform” or “multi-platform” is the ability for a particular program to run seamlessly on various computer platforms and/or operating systems.
The world of software testing is much more complex than most would imagine but it doesn’t have to be. When I tell friends about my days of testing computer games or interfaces for Microsoft, they think how fun that would be for a living and it would be such an easy job. While the process can be fun, there are many times and incidents where it can be challenging and involve quite a bit of work, time, and effort.
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As an SAP specialist we would really value hearing your views and capturing your experiences. It will only take 3-5 minutes to complete, yet understanding how users are coping with this increased rate of change whether you are implementing EHP 7.0 or EHP 8.0 or considering the leap to HANA will help us continue to optimise the upgrading experience.
Poorly tested software is damaging to companies. Getting the product to market is critical and skipping over testing during development whether on purpose or by accident can mean the difference between increasing revenue and losing customers.
Testing gets overlooked.
I have been involved in presenting and positioning and proving our software test automation solutions for some time now.
Oftentimes, the sequence of events is:
• Much effort is applied by the customer to produce an RFI or RFP which is issued to a list of test automation tool vendors
• Significant effort is applied by each vendor to respond with hopes of making the cut
• A selection is made by the customer based on some scoring about the suitability related to the responses
• The chosen vendor arrives on-site to do some sort of Proof of Concept
• If the chosen vendor works well enough, a decision is made to proceed
There are problems with this approach. The RFP or RFI that is issued is a hodge-podge of sundry, sometimes nebulous requirements that have little to do with real needs from a business perspective.
When it comes to software testing, there’s plenty to think about for IT and QA management.
Choosing the best method of software testing depends on a number of factors – for example, what are the objectives? Who is conducting the testing, and how much experience do they h
I recently spent 4 days at a customer, a large retailer based in Germany, who is embarking on a massive undertaking to modernize their IBM i based system.
This effort involves database normalization, conversion of the database from DDS-defined files to DDL-defined SQL tables and re-writing significant portions of their RPG code in Java.
The initial focus for the modernisation is on the data; how to validate that the new SQL tables have the correct structure and that the data has been migrated correctly.
Great “Testing” theme day hosted by MAF (Movex/M3 andvändarförening), the Swedish M3 User Group, which we presented at with our Nordics and M3 partner, SOSY
Our thanks go out to MAF and Infor Sweden for hosting us. Steffen Westergaard and Kurt Enevoldsen from Gabriel, one of our M3 customers, did a great job of presenting their testing challenges and how they are using Original Software to improve their testing, saving time and money.
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Ecommerce validation (overview planning)
By their nature eCommerce websites have many paths to navigate to get to the eventual goal of making a sale. It is impossible to predict the stream taken as this could be different for every customer depending on their requirements. So exhaustive testing of all these areas is just not possible and it wouldn’t make sense to attempt it.