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The balancing act…

For years application testing and the management of quality assurance have been mature and well organized functions.  Products were established, practices in place.  But to every known software community, a disruptor, or two, or three will arise. 


The world economy pushed budgets to the breaking point, with fewer resources for writing and testing code.  Off-shore development went main stream in an attempt to alleviate some of the pressures of time, resource budgets and personnel, but where did that leave testing? 


And then, there’s Agile, now all grown up, being adopted widely and adding its own unique challenges to testing.  The pieces of the puzzle:  testing best practices, procedures and organizations must embrace these changes and evolve to support new methods and skill sets.  And in spite of the disruption and rapid pace of change, QA only realizes success when high quality software is released into production. 


Delivering High quality software and the testing that allows that to happen is our reason for showing up to work each day.  And it is reflected in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant:


Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites --

HP a Leader for Integrated Software Quality Suites


This timely and well articulated report on the pressures facing testing organizations today is worth a click through and a read….while your test runs in the background. 


The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2011 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendor’s measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


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