“Business processes that once took place among human beings are now being executed electronically. They are taking place in an unseen domain that is strictly digital”. Customer value and end-user experience, that are at the heart of all digital initiatives, are realised in the multi-channel ‘front office’, but rely heavily on the dependable, safe, secure and performant behaviour of the ‘back office’, where “large and fairly complicated conversations that you’ve triggered occur entirely among things remotely talking to other things: servers, switches, routers, and other Internet and telecommunications devices, updating and shuttling information back and forth”. In the past, these components were stand-alone applications and were considered non mission critical because they didn’t interact directly with each other, but were intermediated by people that were able to control and, if necessary, bypass their behaviours and modify their outcomes “by hands”. Now, these components interact without human intermediation and their end-to-end interactions become mission critical since there is no manual alternative. Systematic testing of these components, architectures and processes is a growing critical challenge that is having a big impact on the Quality Assurance (QA) and Testing market that must respond to the demand for greater assurance that underneath interconnected components are dependable, secure and performant for all users. The World Quality Report 2015-2016 - that results from a survey among 1,560 CIOs and IT and testing leaders, from 32 countries across the globe - relates a spectacular progression of the allocation to QA & Testing in percentage of IT spend: (i) 2012: 18%, (ii) 2013: 23%; (iii) 2014: 26%; (iv) 2015: 35%; (v) 2018 (predicted): 40%. Budget increase suggests a growing awareness of the value of QA & Testing as a critical contributor to the digital transformation, but, according to field and market research and our direct experience, distributed services architectures test raises enormous industrial and economic problems and the available infrastructure is still inadequate.
Wednesday 20 July 2016
By Libero on Wednesday 20 July 2016, 19:19
Friday 24 June 2016
By Libero on Friday 24 June 2016, 20:39
Our colleagues of ITAINNOVA, M. A. Barcelona , L. García-Borgoñón and G. López-Nicolás have published a new article in the International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer on 'Practical experiences in the usage of MIDAS in the logistics domain'.
By Libero on Friday 24 June 2016, 20:17
Sunday 5 June 2016
By Libero on Sunday 5 June 2016, 23:39
Wednesday 1 June 2016
By Libero on Wednesday 1 June 2016, 20:58
This paper, written in cooperation with the LIP6 - Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC) and French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), UMR 7606 UPMC - CNRS - and Dedalus S.p.A. - a leading provider of healthcare IT software in Europe and simplyTestify early adopter - has been accepted at the 10th Workshop on System Testing & Validation (STV) - 19 October 2015 - organized by Fraunhofer Fokus, hosted by ETSI and co-located with UCAAT 2015.