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Evaluating Software Quality Tool Vendors

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.

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Top software testing trends for 2017


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

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German Retailer Solves Data Testing Challenges with TestBench

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 Challenge
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.

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Great Testing theme day hosted by MAF (Movex/M3 andvändarförening), Swedish M3 User Group

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.
Find out more about Gabriel’s success here>>

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Ecommerce Website testing

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.

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Protected: UK UAT Survey Results

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US UAT Survey Winner

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the prize draw from our recent UAT survey is Rajesh Sachdeva of the United Healthcare Group.
We thank all of those who took the time to complete the survey, sharing their knowledge and experience of user acceptance testing and its part in the application delivery process.
As promised those that took part will get prior access to the results and report which will be published shortly.

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The Shift Left Conundrum in Agile and SOA Testing

What does Shift Left mean?

Simply put, Shift Left is a mode of software testing that involves shifting testing to the left of its usual position in the delivery pipeline, so that it occurs as close as possible to the build process. This is a commonly accepted approach in the software testing industry, even if the concept itself is not entirely new but repackaged for the agile age.

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Biscuits. The answer is biscuits.


On hearing that word I was reminded of the endearing broadcasts and interviews with Jess Thom, a lovely lady who spoke about Tourettes syndrome. Her inspiring frankness and humour helped me gain a sympathetic understanding of some of the challenges associated with that condition. If you don’t know it, Google it and be prepared to smile and at the same time be grateful.

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The Challenges of Test Automation


I watched my colleague Jim Trentadue (J32 to me) talk to a Chicago “Lunch & Learn” audience this week about the challenges facing those trying to create a successful test automation strategy. It was a very interactive session which was not aimed at any of our solutions, it was entirely general.

I had not seen this presentation before and dutifully noted down the key points he made along with those offered from the experienced audience.

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