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Server virtualization provides an immediate reduction in hardware and configuration cost. But in focusing merely on the hardware side of virtualization, are we leaving money on the table?  While organizations can reduce the number of boxes they need, and save the cost of replicating servers for virtual test beds, these servers are becoming commodities. What if we could apply the benefits of virtualization where we spend 80 percent or more of the IT budget - in the key enterprise software that runs our business and in the extensive development, support and maintenance costs of these applications? Today's leading businesses rely on a mix of distributed technologies and new functionality, such as service-oriented architecture (SOA). Virtualization can improve the quality and time-to-market for these systems. But how can teams virtualize to improve the quality and time-t... (more)

Making a Case for a Test Case

For software testers to create a detailed test case during the QA process can be tricky: sometimes it's not an option; sometimes it's wasted effort. Here are ways to help make that decision. Part of the skill set required to be a good tester involves the ability to assess a software project and decide when it's worth putting in the effort to create really detailed test cases. Sometimes the software will lend itself to unstructured testing, sometimes the development methodology will dictate a specific approach, and sometimes every possible facet will need to be covered. If you pl... (more)

HP Extends Software to Meet Requirements for Mainstream SOA Adoption

HP introduced new and enhanced quality and management software designed to increase the success of mainstream deployment of service-oriented architectures (SOA) by businesses. SOA is an approach to delivering IT services in a secure and manageable way that uses loosely connected, reusable and standards-based technology that can be aligned to changing business needs. For SOA to be broadly adopted and deliver business value, an entire organization must have confidence that the services it provides function correctly, scale as demand increases and meet operational requirements. To ... (more)

SOA: Preparing for Mashups

It’s important to remember that there is a huge resource being created on the Web these days in terms of both services and content. This includes access to SaaS applications (that are better than their enterprise-bound counterparts), service marketplaces (such as StrikeIron), and even mash-able applications that you can mix and match with other Web 2.0 applications / APIs / services or enterprise applications / services to quickly solve business problems. However, having such a resource available for the price of a broad-band connection does not mean you'll be able to lever... (more)

iTKO Enhances SOA Test Solution With LISA 4.5

iTKO LISA announced the general availability release of LISA 4.5. LISA 4.5 extends the functionality of the LISA 4 suite, adding service virtualization for load and performance testing, and customer-driven enhancements. "We are exceptionally pleased with the adoption and innovative usage of LISA in our customer base. iTKO customers are tackling the hardest quality and integration challenges in the field, for LISA 4.5, we focused on customer-driven enhancements," said Shridhar Mittal, CEO of iTKO. "These enhancements deliver improved usability, integration platform support, and S... (more)

Application Development in the Clouds - Mike Vizard and John Michelsen

Mike Vizard at eWeek recently hosted a podcast with ITKO???s John Michelsen, on "Application Development in the Clouds." In this conversation, John and Mike talk about how cloud computing is going to upend the way IT organizations think about SOA and application development in general. Mike started by mentioning the increased number of dependencies that SaaS brings to SOA testing. John said Mike really nailed the problem - it is something we are seeing in every engagement that relies on third party or shared services environments. The traditional waterfall method, and its assumpt... (more)