software testing

ERP upgrade or roll-out? It’s OK, the users will test it….

One of the reasons for buying an ERP style application (typically at vast cost) is the avoidance of the development effort that goes with designing, building and maintaining home-built applications.  There is also potential for fewer staff in all roles such as Business Analysts, Systems Architects, Programmers and Testers.  This on-going cost reduction and the added benefit of a readily available flow of the latest market-led features means you will have a modern, bug free, up to date platform to support current and future business needs, at a fraction of the cost of the old system.  For these reasons, the painful price tag becomes acceptable and the ROI case a matter for the accountants and crystal-ball gazers.

The reality may turn out to be a little different to this enticing vision, particularly when considering the effort, and associated cost involved to move to this new world.  When looking back it may transpire that the investment made has ended up being greater than anticipated. That is not to say that it is not worthwhile, but just more costly, possibly considerably more costly, than was expected.  The result is that the new ERP, and this includes upgrades or migrations not just new installs, is now of even greater financial significance because of this major investment.

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Software Testing News: “QA – the Yawn Function of IT?”

Given the mission critical role they play, it’s odd that testing and QA are perceived in some quarters as little more than a necessary evil. Do you agree? Read the Software Testing News article.

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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Unconsciously falling foul of the regulators – website mis-selling

Mis-selling

Keep on the right regulatory track as far as mis-selling is concerned, FS companies would do well to get their website testing in order.

Windows 8.1 update glitch stops RT starting up

Microsoft Surface RT gadget owners were left frustrated this week as the Windows 8.1 upgrade stopped their devices working properly. Customers also complained that the 8.1 update for Internet Explorer didn’t work with Outlook and other Google services.

Microsoft put the onus on Google, saying that changes it had made to its search function were responsible.

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Original Software Positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

July 17, 2013 – Original Software, a leading provider of software quality solutions, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the “Visionaries” quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites.i Compared to the previous report, Original Software has moved up the “Ability to Execute” scale, taking it closer to the “Leaders” quadrant.

Knowledge workers and IT professionals use Original Software technology to streamline quality processes such as user acceptance testing, conference room pilots, manual and automated testing, defect fixing, project management, and regulatory audit of applications.

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The Battle for Software Quality

Most IT executives agree that any company that is able to rapidly deliver software applications of a consistently high quality within minimum budgets will enjoy significant competitive advantage. However, despite this, it is generally accepted that the challenges surrounding software quality remain untouched. Testing is still perceived as a huge bottleneck.

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Affymetrix Chooses Original Software to Support its Centre of Excellence for Software Testing

Microarray technology firm claims TestDrive as the only software testing solution to support its heterogeneous mix of business applications

Feb 2, 2012, – Original Software, a leading Application Quality Management (AQM) vendor, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Affymetrix, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFFX), to support a strategy of building an AQM Centre of Excellence for the provider of genome-wide analysis tools. Original Software’s solution suite has been selected because of its ease of use and ability to support the FLEX technology that is used within Affymetrix’s hosted HR application.

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Software Testing Resolutions for 2012

It’s always amazing how every year the month of January sparks the desire in many people to reflect on past promises, challenges and successes. Once the moment has gone, a sense of clarity and a surge of determination takes root, and a new list of promises kick-starts a change and a passion to do well for the new year ahead.

Although this helps set about many good changes, trying to stick to these promises can sometimes prove quite a challenge!  How many of you can relate to the the goal of, “I shall join the gym and get fit and healthy”?

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How the Grinch Stole Scripting!

A Tester’s Winter Tale – “How the Grinch Stole Scripting!”
Every Tester in Testville liked testing a lot. But the Grinch, who sat north of Development – did not!

19 December 2011 – An IT adaptation of a popular children’s Christmas story has sparked much interest within the software testing community today.

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