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.
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.
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So how do you test whether your web site has been rendered correctly and continues to operate correctly across a wide range of devices?
Every company has an on-line presence ranging from a static web site to a complete e-Commerce portal. Equally, every company knows that their on-line presence will be accessed on a plethora of devices, from PCs, through tablets and phablets to smartphones.
– Chooses new automation product to drive growth of testing services –
London, 17 April 2014: Original Software, the global software quality company, has today announced a strategic partnership with Fujitsu New Zealand Ltd.
The New Zealand arm of the leading provider of IT products and services for the global marketplace has a large testing practice that is predominantly engaged in manual testing. Fujitsu’s intention is to grow an automated testing service through the use of Original Software’s ‘TestDrive’ automation product.
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.
The industry thought leaders in application quality, present a strategy for moving into software test automation with less stress!
20th June, 2012 – Original Software, a leading vendor in Application Quality Management (AQM) and Automated Software Quality (ASQ) solutions, today announced its attendance at the TestExpo event where, one of the company’s leading application quality experts, Jonathan Pearson, will be presenting a conference session on the subject of moving from manual testing to automation.
TestExpo is a free event aimed at everyone with an interest in software quality.
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.
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”?
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.
AQM vendor bucks conventional tester wisdom which says that achieving quality is difficult
15th December 2011, – In its annual round up and planning for the year ahead, Original Software, a leading Application Quality Management (AQM) vendor, renowned for its innovative technology, reveals how it continues to break the mould in application quality, by driving down the cost and risk of software delivery projects. Several customer examples confirm how the software vendor has helped deliver a proven ROI in months rather than years.
Coca-Cola, a global leader in the beverage industry, often reluctant to comment on the IT suppliers it uses, needed a solution which would enable them to build rapid and maintainable automation.