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Information Age: IT organizations not ready for ‘deluge’ of changing apps

Information Age considers the implications of the results of new research from Original Software which reveals that many corporate IT departments may be unprepared for the accelerating pace of change in business software applications. Analysts estimate there will be as many as 200 billion apps downloaded to smartphones, tablets and other devices by 2017. Despite this deluge of new software the research shows that corporate IT organizations don’t seem to be paying enough attention to the challenges of quality control and have little faith in the applicability of their software testing technology.

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Insurance & Technology: How Insurers Can Avoid “Black Swans” in Product Launches

Insurance & Technology, a US publication that “provides insurance business and technology executives with the targeted information and analysis they need to be more profitable, productive and competitive,” recently published a contributed article by Original Software CEO Colin Armitage.

“We’ve all seen it happen: An IT project plagued with delays, changes and complications goes so far off the rails that it becomes a liability,” wrote Colin, describing projects such as new product launches that exceed budget by more than 200%–sometimes as much as 400%. Industry pundits call these projects “Black Swans.”

“Disasters are avoidable, though,” Colin reassured readers.

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Testing Center of Excellence – What is it for?

Center of excellence. What a phrase. The NASA Space Center has truly been a center of excellence, making its reputation not only from its successes but for the manner in which it reacted to failure.

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HP QC & QTP Annual Fees – good money after bad?

Since HP acquired Mercury Interactive in 2006 there has been considerable disquiet in the market as support costs for Quality Centre and QTP have steadily risen. Many users have been able to negotiate discounts on their annual fees or to gain more flexibility in how their licenses can be deployed. HP’s licensing model is known for its complexity and some users have fallen foul of its restrictions and found themselves with an un-budgeted additional cost at the end of the year.

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When you drive your car, do you write code?

By George Wilson

You are providing input and instructions and internal code is making the car do many of the things you want it to do (ok, maybe not the steering thankfully!). So, I suppose in your analogy you are coding your car to do what you want. You understand the language – Turn the key to start it.

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Banks aren’t spending enough on IT

As the news broke before Christmas of yet another banking systems failure, which prevented customers from accessing their money and paying for goods, so did the argument that the main reason behind this proliferation of banking tech disasters is years of severe underinvestment in IT.

RBS boss Ross McKewan came out and said that the problems they have been experiencing have been down to underinvestment in underlying technology, which they are now trying to turn around. They know that these issues are seriously inconveniencing their customers, who will go elsewhere if they don’t get a better service.

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Are HP QTP & Quality Center the emperor’s new clothes?

It may be a tale from our childhood but I can think of no better analogy for the current state of test management and test automation tools market: The Emperor’s New Clothes. Now for those of you who cannot recall the story let’s have a quick recap.

The Emperor by definition was a powerful chap and one who wanted acclamation and praise from his court.

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The Problem with HP

Old Tools

Ensuring that your business applications are fit for purpose might not be sexy but it is fundamental to the success of your organization.

New CIOs: How To Gain Control Within The First 30 Days

I came across this interesting article written by Mitesh Patel and published on BCW called: “New CIOs: How To Gain Control Within The First 30 Days” .

Two key points that I picked up in that article were the poor documentation a new CIO will inevitably face in their new role, and the absence of an audit trail.

Without these two essential requirements, “…how can any CIO confidently agree to deliver the required innovation with no visibility of what is in place today; no insight into the cost base; and no confidence in the resilience of the current infrastructure?”

If high quality software is at the heart of the CIO’s commitment to align with the business, it is without doubt that a CIO needs to ensure that the application lifecycle is streamlined and efficient.

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John Brandon 10 predictions for the CIO in 2020

I came across this very interesting article, written by John Brandon, CIO.com

It’s about what the CIO can expect in their job function over the next eight years. The writer emphasizes that certain roles will dramatically change, such as: business planning, cyber security, robot management and the cloud.

He also states that this information was collected directly from industry leaders, analysts, and CIOs themselves to discover the challenges that lay ahead.

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