Borland updates Silk Portfolio, focusing on performance and collaboration across all testing assets

Borland, a Micro Focus company, today announced updates to the Borland Silk Portfolio – extending its comprehensive set of quality and performance testing tools for desktop, web, cloud and mobile to include network and collaborative testing. The latest version will help enable customers to gain a truer understanding of what global end users are experiencing. As a result, customers can be empowered to deliver high-quality applications that run at optimum performance levels quickly and efficiently while improving team collaboration.

To meet the expectations of today’s commercial software consumers, enterprise organizations must understand and test true user experience on a large and global scale in order to deliver quality business applications that work flawlessly. While software development teams battle an ever-expanding number of platforms, browsers, mobile devices and operating systems, traditional application testing is not enough. To further add to application quality complexities, a lack of collaboration between development, business and quality assurance teams means that changes to a development project are not effectively communicated to all stakeholders, fuelling schedule delays and additional costs.

Silk Performer has introduced new features to simulate a variety of wired, wireless and mobile network technologies. In addition to mobile bandwidth limitations like 3G, HSPA+ and LTE, the solution also simulates packet drop rate and latency. It enables enterprise organizations to measure the impact of different network conditions like poor antenna signal, high latency on long distance connections and reduced transfer rates, meaning issues can be anticipated and tested out before they occur.  This enables them to ensure quality user experience no matter how and from where their users access their applications. Furthermore, through SilkPerformer Remedy, organisations can now load test Remedy AR System Web solutions, the four-tier system architecture, to simulate IT system users experience reliably on a large scale.

To address the challenge of successful collaboration between technical and business focused users, Silk Test and Silk Central have introduced a collaborative approach to linking business objectives to testing teams called keyword-driven testing (KDT). Developers and testers can now develop the test keywords and let the business analysts and domain experts define the complex business workflows using the keywords, enabling more effective test collaboration. This helps increase productivity and improves testing return on investment (ROI) by reducing the cost and time needed for test design, automation and execution.


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Calypso to launch CATT automated testing tool

Calypso Technology, a provider of capital markets software, has announced the introduction of Calypso Automated Testing Tool (CATT), a software automated testing solution, designed to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and implementation risk by enabling customers to minimize the time and costs associated with the software testing required prior to upgrades and new installations by up to 40%. CATT includes a suite of pre-configured test cases based on common business logic that is deployed on an easy-to-use web interface. Calypso is the first capital markets software provider to deliver an automated testing solution for its cross-asset front-to-back office platform.

“CATT will transform the way our industry performs testing of its software solutions through automation and standardization,” said Keith O’Brien, SVP of Calypso Professional Services and visionary behind CATT. “In addition, CATT is available as part of a complete managed service to further reduce the maintenance, staff and hardware typically required for pre-production testing.”

CATT supports and mirrors the full business logic and processes in Calypso in the test environment. CATT will translate functional requirements to repeatable test scripts that are presented via a web-based user interface. Built on the basis of the data-centric and key value based approaches, CATT integrates critical functionality such as reconciliation and regression testing. It leverages the native language of Calypso software, the open technologies of JBOSS and Java, to enable testing in a development environment. Using CATT, customers can achieve shorter time to market with reduced implementation times.

“Our vision is to develop CATT as the foundation for all project management, release management, maintenance and configuration management – to not only augment implementations but to create value for customer throughout the entire product lifecycle,” states O’Brien.


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Tosca Testsuite Rated Top Functional Test Automation Tool of 2015

Tricentis, the continuous testing company and global leader in enterprise agile software testing solutions, was rated by IT Central Station as the top functional test automation tool of 2015. IT Central Station offers a crowd sourced platform where users are able to share their opinions about all tech products available in the enterprise tech community. This year, IT Central Station compiled 42,000 user views of the top Testing Tools available in 2014 in order to determine how vendors fared over the course of the year. Tricentis’ Tosca Testsuite, a testing suite providing functional software testing tools to help reduce business-related risks while optimizing their cost and efficiency, was positioned in fourth place overall, but dominates the list as the top rated functional test automation tool.

“Tricentis is proud to have been rated as the top functional test automation tool of 2015 by IT Central Station. We are also extremely pleased to have IT Central Station and users recognize Tricentis Tosca Testsuite as a market leading testing suite,” said Sandeep Johri, CEO of Tricentis. “We enable enterprises to achieve extremely high levels of automation with their software testing which is critical in enabling them to rapidly deliver their mobile, web, and cloud applications to market.”

With an increasing need for enterprises to continually meet shorter time-to-market demands, Tricentis helps to deliver continuous testing solutions that optimizes business risk coverage and helps enterprises achieve unprecedented test automation rates of up to 95%. Tricentis’ software has been successfully deployed worldwide by more than 400 global enterprises for web, mobile, desktop, and cloud applications in the financial services, insurance, energy, utilities, manufacturing, media, retail, government, and technology industries. Tricentis has the highest renewal rate in the industry, with more than 95 percent of customers renewing their contracts.


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TestPlant launches eggPlant Network

eggPlant range now includes network emulation allowing testers to comprehensively test app performance

TestPlant, the maker of the eggPlant range of software quality tools, today announced the launch of eggPlant Network. The product allows test and operations teams to emulate network conditions as part of the test and measurement of real user experience for digital services.

The assessment of how network conditions affect the user experience is often overlooked, as observed by leading technology research and advisory firm Forrester. There is a distinct gap in the armory of most enterprise “testing centers of excellence” for this element of testing application performance.

The eggPlant range already includes eggPlant Functional for automated GUI and device testing and eggPlant Performance for enterprise and cloud server testing. eggPlant Network adds a third and essential dimension to service assurance testing, allowing measurement of an app’s performance over GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 4G, satellite and LAN/WAN connections.

The eggPlant Network appliance is easy-to-use. No network management experience is required – testers simply tell eggPlant Network where the client and the server are located and what’s the network connection and its condition. eggPlant Network then automatically configures an accurate and repeatable emulation of that connection.

“Today’s applications have to communicate over networks and their perceived performance is greatly affected by the type and state of these connections. Previously, if testing of networks was included, near-perfect internal networks were used giving optimistically favorable results,” says Antony Edwards, CTO of TestPlant. “We’ve introduced eggPlant Network to inject realism into the whole test environment.”

eggPlant Network is on show at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 2 – 5 March 2015. Come visit us in Hall 6, stand 6J41.

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TestPlant is an international software business based in London. It has development centers in the USA and the UK with sales and support centers in the USA, the UK, Germany and Asia as well as an extensive network of business partners. TestPlant’s products are used in over 30 countries by well over 350 enterprise customers in sectors which include Financial Services, Automotive, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Media and Entertainment, Retail and Defense and Aerospace. The eggPlant range is a set of tools which supports the design, development, test and management of software applications for mainframe, desktop and mobile use in any technology platform environment. The tools are relevant in agile, mobile, web and DevOps deployments. eggPlant use improves and reports on the quality and responsiveness of software systems, reduces time to market and lowers costs by introducing process automation. The eggPlant tools have been granted patents with several applications pending. The company’s achievements have been recognised within the software industry and by the venture capital community. TestPlant is also a Red Herring Global Top 100 company, a Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 and an EMEA 500 business and is a recipient of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

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SmartBear Supports Selenium WebDriver

SmartBear Software now supports Selenium WebDriver, an open source automation tool with one of the largest user communities in the software development world.

New versions of SmartBear’s TestComplete and QAComplete now integrate with Selenium WebDriver, allowing teams to get more value from their Selenium tests and deliver web applications with what should (on paper at least) be higher quality and faster time to market.

Selenium is platform-agnostic, offers multi-browser support, and works with various integrated development environments (IDEs). These capabilities make Selenium appealing to development teams for test automation and unit testing of their web applications.

On the other hand, the pressures of iterative testing in an agile or continuous delivery environment drives quality assurance (QA) teams to use tools that are easier to use and offer higher levels of abstraction for testing application business logic.

When used by itself, Selenium typically does not fit the needs of both developers and testers and can make it challenging to achieve a high degree of collaboration and automation. Close collaboration between development and QA professionals becomes even more essential when releasing high-quality software products in shorter release cycles, particularly when driven by continuous integration practices.

Additionally, relying only on Selenium can make it difficult to implement the test management practices that allow a strategic approach in an agile and DevOps environment. Testers can be hindered in their effort to prioritize testing of key features, trim down unnecessary tests, account for risk, and determine test coverage.

“Selenium is becoming the standard for web browser automation testing as it has the support of all the major web browser developers,” said Dennis Callaghan, Senior Analyst at 451 Research. “The reusability, test management, and reporting capabilities provided in SmartBear’s new product releases build upon the massive automation benefits Selenium already provides.”

“There are a lot of things that the Selenium WebDriver Project does well and there are a lot of things that it doesn’t do at all,” said Jim Evans, one of the core contributors to the Selenium project and the man behind the Selenium Internet Explorer Driver, and .NET bindings. “The developers of WebDriver project have decided they are not terribly interested in providing these solutions. Things like test case tracking, reporting, pass fail analysis, and longitudinal analysis of historical test trends are things that the WebDriver project has really never made any attempt to solve. And it’s the place where very often a commercial automation vendor would excel and do a lot better than something that our open source folks would be able to come up.”


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