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You can't truly accelerate the SDLC without a dependable continuous testing process. Evolving from automated to continuous testing requires on-demand access to a complete, realistic test environment. Yet, such access can be extremely difficult to achieve with today's increasingly complex and interdependent applications. Consider these recent research findings from voke: On average, organizations require access to 33 systems for dev/test, but have unrestricted access to only 18 Only 4% of participants report immediate, on-demand access to dev/test lab environments The majority of participants wait days or weeks to gain access to lab environments These constraints frequently slow or stop the progress of development (44%) and testing (68%) Attempting to increase test environment access by building out staged test environments with conventional infrastructure can be ... (more)

Top 3 Themes for Delivering Better Software Faster

By Wayne Ariola, Parasoft Chief Strategy Officer It's a great time to be in the business of delivering software. Today, every business needs to leverage software to differentiate its products or services. So, like it or not, every business is in the software business. This theme resonated at the SDLC Acceleration Summit that occurred May 13th in San Francisco. The sold-out event offered the real-world experiences of 18 industry leaders, from analysts to architects, who have been challenged to deliver better software faster. A number of topics seemed to percolate frequently in the int... (more)

[VIDEO] How to Improve Software Quality & Shorten Time to Market

Identify business risks early and automatically with process intelligence For years, development teams have responded to challenges in the SDLC by implementing new tools. While this approach yields benefits at the micro level, many teams are experiencing a productivity plateau, even a regression, at the macro level. This largely because deploying tools in an ad-hoc manner fails to address process-level issues. Additionally, the data from disparate tools scattered throughout the SDLC can create noise that become roadblocks to implementing sound software quality policies. This is w... (more)

What is Service Virtualization — Learn the Basics in 12 Minutes

If you've had to test one of today's composite applications, you know that "access" has become one of the most daunting barriers to SDLC acceleration. Whether we're talking about access to dev/test environments or access to dependent applications, the ability to pull all the required pieces together in order to test thoroughly is equivalent to herding feral cats. If you haven't experienced this fun firsthand, consider this: our recent research revealed that systems under test have an average of  30 dependencies, but team members have consistent access to only 6.  The time availa... (more)

[Case Study] API Testing and Service Virtualization Reduce Testing Time 20x

Ignis Asset Management is a global asset management company, headquartered in London, with over $100 billion (USD) in assets under management. Ignis recently embarked on a large project aimed at outsourcing the back office as well as implementing the architecture and applications required to support the outsourcing model. "To meet the business's needs, a number of projects have to be developed and delivered in parallel," explained Aaron Martin, Programme Test Manager at Ignis. "However, we didn't have the resources, budget, and management capacity required to create and maintain... (more)