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Electric Cloud's Juan Jimenez recently blogged: "Consider this statement of truth – the bane of any Continuous Delivery strategy is testing. You can have wildly fast builds...completely automated Continuous Integration and Delivery... but if your Continuous Testing slows your Agile-ity to a crawl, it’s all for naught, sire. Consider as well that the number one root cause for software failures is insufficient testing, and the number one reason for that is the time and effort it takes to perform full testing. When there are conflicting priorities, corners are cut and test schedules suffer as a result." At Parasoft, we couldn't agree more. Unless the process of testing is optimized and streamlined along with the rest of the SDLC, your SDLC acceleration efforts are likely end up releasing bugs to customers at an unprecedented pace. But how can you achieve your quality obje... (more)

[Video] SDLC Acceleration: Faster in What Direction?

By Noel Wurst, Managing Editor at Skytap This article was originally published on the Skytap Blog At the 2014 SDLC Acceleration Summit, Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at Salesforce.com, led a fantastic discussion panel that asked the question, "Sure, your SDLC is accelerating, but in what direction?" The panel addressed the biggest barriers to SDLC acceleration, how to overcome them, and what the real benefits are to truly delivering better software faster. This panel consisted of: Kevin Bedell - Director of Architecture, Zipcar Geoffrey Davis - Software SOA QA Engineer,... (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)

Does Continuous Deployment Mean Continuous Disappointment for Customers?

By Dhruv Gupta, Director of Product Marketing at Perforce This article was originally published on the Perforce Blog. An interesting article came out recently, “Why Continuous Deployment may mean Continuous Disappointment for your Customers.” It correctly identifies the human need for a shiny, new thing every so often. And it argues that the practice of continuous deployment could lead to disenchantment with incremental updates. The article cites examples of companies whose customers were left disillusioned by incremental additions or subtractions to existing capability. There a... (more)

Creating Complete Dev/Test Environments in the Cloud

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 ... (more)