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Wednesday 20 July 2016

Distributed services architecture testing: industrial and economic problems

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%. The 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.

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Friday 24 June 2016

Practical experiences in the usage of MIDAS in the logistics domain

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'.

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Service functional testing automation with intelligent scheduling and planning

Our paper on extreme automation of high level service testing tasks, such as intelligent dynamic scheduling of test cases and reactive dynamic planning and execution of test campaigns, has been written in cooperation with our partners of LIP6 - Pierre et Marie Curie University and French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), UMR 7606 UPMC - CNRS - and has been accepted at the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2016), Pisa, Italy, April 4-8, 2016.

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Sunday 5 June 2016

Testing HSSP services with MIDAS

Testing real-world healthcare services architectures with MIDAS

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Wednesday 1 June 2016

Service functional test automation

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.

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Tuesday 8 March 2016


Test Extreme Automation as a Service

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