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, 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 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
Parasoft SOAtest is a comprehensive, collaborative automated test tool suite
designed specifically... (more)
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 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)
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
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.
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Comprehensive identity management... (more)
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."
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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)
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)
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)
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)