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Cloud services have really captured the imagination. According to a Gartner survey 71% of organizations have adopted SaaS (Software as a Service) within the last three years. Quality Assurance teams, however, seem to have missed the boat, barely leveraging the benefits of the cloud. While enterprises and their so-called "QA Verified" software may be cloud-based, Test Management itself generally isn't. Advantages of Test Management in the Cloud The benefits a cloud-based approach brings are plentiful and are particularly pertinent for QA teams. Top of the list for most companies adopting SaaS is the cost-savings. The ability to eradicate setup and ongoing maintenance costs for your QA toolset and data storage is most welcome. Working via a browser means no special software/hardware overhead. Consider the nature of most test projects and you'll find that they involve ... (more)

Solstice Software Expands Testing Validation Support for SOA Web Services Projects

Solstice Software, specialized in behind-the-screens message testing, announced the availability of Integra Enterprise 5.0, the company’s enterprise-class integration testing suite. The latest version of Integra Enterprise provides process-level visibility and validation, enhanced security testing, and expanded support for industry leading enterprise protocols. "The combined top level support, service-level enhancements, and expanded message-level support provide an unprecedented end-to-end view for testing integration," according to the company. The ability to quickly diagnose — at a component level — where in a process an error exists, provides dramatic time savings in SOA testing. By giving control of this view to testers and business users who understand the logic, Integra Enterprise enables testing teams to effectively validate SOA and integra... (more)

Parasoft SOAtest Wins Best SOA Testing Tool as Part of SYS-CON Readers' Choice Awards

Parasoft Corporation, the leading provider of automated error prevention solutions for software development, announced today that SOAtest, the industry gold standard for ensuring secure, reliable, and compliant Service Oriented Architectures, has won SYS-CON Readers' Choice Award. SYS-CON announced the winners on January 16, 2006. "This award reflects the clear leadership enjoyed in 2005 by Parasoft Corporation with SOAtest in the Best SOA Testing Tool space," said SYS-CON Group Publisher & Editorial Director Jeremy Geelan. "We are very proud of SOA Web Services Journal's proactive role in helping to facilitate this community-driven process and congratulate Parasoft Corporation and its product team on all the work that underlies the winning of this prestigious award." Parasoft SOAtest is a comprehensive, collaborative automated test tool suite designed specifically... (more)

SOA World Product Review: iTKO LISA 4 SOA Testing

Testing is a first-order constituent of SOA governance. Assuring that services and service infrastructure components meet functional and technical requirements across lifecycle stages and environments, including production, is an architectural precept in SOA. Gone are the days when testing was an isolated hop in the old disjointed SDLC. You know the one I'm talking about - an architect would design a component, hand it to developers to develop and they would hand it to testers to test, and testers, in turn, who would hand it to system administrators to operate. The components were often large, complex, and dependent on other complex components and systems, and so it was hard to write enough test cases to adequately assure quality. The result was a lot of uncaught errors that led to a vicious cycle of patches and more testing, consuming valuable enterprise resources... (more)

ZapThink Announces SOA Training in Chicago

ZapThink today announces the opening of registration for its four-day Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Boot Camp, providing in-depth, hands-on training and certification on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and taught by notable SOA expert Jason Bloomberg. The LZA SOA Boot Camp will run from September 21-24, 2009 in Chicago, IL. "Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOAs, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know from vendor-centric conferences and training," said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. "IT professionals want to learn from their peers about what it really takes to put together a well-designed SOA, and desire third-party credentials to assert their SOA knowledge. The Licensed ZapThink Analyst boot camps give Enterprise Architecture practitioners the SOA education and credentials t... (more)

WSO2 Debuts Cloud Computing Identity Authentication

Identity Session at Cloud Expo WSO2, the lean enterprise middleware company, on Wednesday announced the debut of WSO2 Cloud Identity. The newest hosted WSO2 Cloud Service helps companies eliminate the complexity of deploying identity management and authentication across multiple SaaS (software as a service) applications as well as internal and traditional systems. By supporting a broad set of authentication and security standards, WSO2 Cloud Identity gives administrators a central identity management system while users gain single sign-on access to different cloud applications. Initial cloud application support includes Google Apps, which is available with today’s beta release of WSO2 Cloud Identity, and Salesforce.com, which will be added at the end of the month. Register Today and Save $800 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Comprehensive identity management... (more)

Cloud Expo Bronze Sponsor Releases OLAP Engine for Performance Testing

SOASTA Session at Cloud Expo "Performance Engineering is a perfect application for the next generation of this technology." said Ken Gardner, CTO and Executive Chairman, SOASTA, "as it’s become increasingly difficult to use existing enterprise tools to uncover the issues that cause latency and unreliability in the new world of rich-media, high traffic, consumer-facing websites." Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Gardner, whose company SOASTA Inc. is Bronze Sponsor of Cloud Expo 2010 East being held April 19-21, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, was speaking on the occasion of SOASTA's announcement today - just one week before Cloud Expo - that it has extended its industry leading performance testing solution CloudTest with the release of CloudTest Analytics, the first real time Business Intelligence engine purpose-... (more)

SYS-CON.TV: SOA Testing with Wayne Ariola of Parasoft

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Solstice Software Joins SOA Link to Help Define SOA Test Quality

Solstice Software, the leader in end-to-end integration and SOA testing, announced that the company has joined SOA Link, a new multi-vendor SOA governance and interoperability initiative established in May. Solstice will support SOA Link's mission by jointly identifying governance and testing use cases with the other SOA Link members. Solstice Software provides Solstice Integra Suite, an automated end-to-end integration and SOA testing tool for large, complex systems. Integra Suite reduces the time, cost, and complexity of SOA and Web services testing, validates the functionality of IT systems, and better aligns them to business processes and objectives-a key goal of lifecycle governance. "With SOA Link, we see the convergence and alignment of registry and change management, with high-quality integration and SOA testing initiatives," says Chris Benedetto, vice presi... (more)

SOA World Editorial — Getting on the Grid

One of the most interesting aspects of being a consultant is that I get exposed to any number of different facets of system design in the course of an assignment. While I tend to focus more on application and integration work, I find it fascinating to deal with the concepts of services in the context of infrastructure. In the past, I've been called upon to design Service-Oriented Infrastructures (SOI) - the hardware and platform software, along with customizations for the needs of the actual deployment environment - instead of creating an application architecture. SOI is really a different way of looking at the concept of services - from the viewpoint of the operational staff. Most of the time, we tend to view services from a line of business or at the very least an application development perspective. There's nothing wrong with viewing SOA this way - it's very impo... (more)

Why End-to-End Testing For Integration and SOA is Essential

We expect a lot from SOA. We want business agility to support growth, attention to customers and efficient, collaborative operations. But you can’t expect what you don’t inspect. Composite applications that are constantly changing call for a new testing paradigm to assure that business processes will work as expected over the complex, heterogeneous environments of multiple protocols and transports. We need visibility across ESBs, across the application life cycle and across the producer-consumer community. Agility demands automation for speed and reusability. It also requires testing functions unique to integration – which is why this is a new investment for most organizations. The risk of not becoming more agile for business results is part of the drive to make quality assurance key in any SOA initiative. Hear real-world examples of what automated... (more)