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Wednesday 20 July 2016

Distributed services architecture testing: industrial and economic problems

We could look for one in the genetic technologies, or in nanotech, but their time hasn’t fully come. But I want to argue that something deep is going on with information technology, something that goes well beyond the use of computers, social media, and commerce on the Internet. 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. On the surface, this shift doesn’t seem particularly consequential—it’s almost something we take for granted. But I believe it is causing a revolution no less important and dramatic than that of the railroads. It is quietly creating a second economy, a digital one.

Customer value and end-user experience, which are at the heart of all digital initiatives, are realized in the multi-channel ‘front office’. But they rely heavily on the dependable, safe, secure and performant behavior 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 did not interact directly with each other, but were intermediated by people that were able to control and, if necessary, bypass their behaviors 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 "in an Always-On World." Systematic testing of these services, architectures and processes is a growing fundamental challenge that is having a significant impact on the Quality Assurance (QA) and Testing market, which 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 industry



Our partners 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

SAC 2016
31st ACM Symposium 

on Applied Computing 

Pisa, Italy   April 4-8, 2016
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

Simplify the test with simplyTestify




simplyTestify is a geo-distributed, multi-instance, and multi-tenant SaaS/PaaS. It implements a self-provisioning, pay-as-you-go, lowest cost, and easy-to-use Test & Verification automation utility for distributed and large-scale architectures of services and things. The simplyTestify utility guarantees an elastic, dependable, secure, and performant service.

Advanced model checking, temporal logic, and probabilistic inference technologies empower the Test & Verification methods and tools provided by the simplyTestify SaaS. They let customers achieve extreme automation, namely low code and intelligent robotization, optimization, and routinization of all the Test & Verification tasks.

The simplyTestify PaaS enables researchers and practitioners to author, upload, install, and deploy on the simplyTestify SaaS their Test & Verification methods and tools.

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