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What sort of tester are you?

keep calm and continue testing.pngDid you know there are several specialized roles in the QA and testing profession?  What type of testers have the highest earning potential? Which testing path if any is right for you?


Read on to find out more. 

Why do enterprises need to have a full lifecycle approach to deliver mobile apps?

Mobile TestingWhen your company launches a new mobile application, you have to perform a through dev and test on it before you release it to the public or the results could be catastrophic.


Your company brand depends on you delivering a mobile application that is worthy of your organization. Keep reading to find out what steps you need to take to create an effective mobile application lifecycle management strategy.  

Labels: Mobile

Streamline your project upgrade process with the HP Application Lifecycle Management Robot

p1.pngThe HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Robot is a mass upgrade tool that streamlines and automates the ALM upgrade process, enabling you to upgrade any number of ALM projects faster and more easily.


We made a number of improvements to the ALM Robot recently, which will save you a lot of time when you upgrade your projects.  Continue reading to learn more about the ALM Robot, and the benefits it provides.


(This post was written by Roy Gold, Product and Program Manager of the ALM Customer Success Team)

Announcing HP Unified Functional Testing version 12.01! The next advancement in automation testing


We are proud to announce the release of the first service pack on top of UFT 12!


Read inside what it contains and why it is a mandatory service pack for our customers.

Calling all agile team members. Make your sprints more effective

How hard is it to include load and performance testing in your sprints?StormRunnerLoad-2.png


Pretty darn hard - right?


The code's not ready...  The performance testers / engineers aren't available.   You don't have access to LoadRunner.


There's lots of reasons why you might not be doing performance testing.   Well, there's a storm coming.. .a storm that will help you take control and test what you want and when you want...  Keep reading to learn more.

Labels: Agile

You're invited to a party in the cloud.


What is the future of testing?


The future of testing is fast, iterative and agile.    


The future of testing is mobile and in the cloud.


The future of testing is HERE.


Keep reading to learn about the storm that's about to arrive.

Agile and the “Fosbury Flop” – Setting a New Standard

Fosbury flop.pngWhat does the "Fosbury Flop" have to do with agile software development? Read on to find out and learn how to "flop" your way to being more agile in your enterprise.


Results from InformationWeek “How To Test Without Production Access” webinar

Results from InformationWeek “How To Test Without Production Access” webinar

We had another great webinar on July 22, 2014; recording available here. A lot of fun sharing some solid information along with InformationWeek on this very relevant topic of 'How to test without production access."  I start by sharing a bit on COPQ (Cost of Poor Quality) and transition into helping you understand the challenges and review the four legs of the table along with references from major analysts in the market on ROI and results . I would like to encourage you to join me as we cover 'How to Test without Production Access' in four (4) easy to understand ways, including:

1.  User virtualization
2.  Service virtualization
3.  Network virtualization
4.  Data virtualization


You know that you cannot risk going into production without testing in an actual production environment, but you do not have access to production. In this webinar, you will learn why User Virtualization, (UV), Service Virtualization (SV), Network Virtualization (NV) and Data Virtualization (DV) have been so important to your peers and competitors in dealing with this issue through references, best practices, compelling ROI and Break Even Calculations.


Attend this webinar to learn how to:

1.  Make your prior to production environments like production;
2.  Ensure quality of feature function to production in the shortest time possible;
3.  Deliver high performance and resilient apps into production.

HP ALM 12.01 Launch – Fresh out of the Oven

SME-bakeries-resized.jpgIf you are familiar with baking, you understand the anticipation that comes when you pull that wonderful delicacy out of the oven at just the right moment.



The feeling is the same when it comes to software. We have just released HP ALM 12.01 and the anticipation is palpable.  Keep reading to learn more about the improvements and how you can best utilize them. 

Results from “The What, When, Who, and How of Software Lifecycle Virtualization Capabilities"

Results from “The What, When, Who, and How of Software Lifecycle Virtualization Capabilities” webinar

We had another great webinar on July 16, 2014; recording available here. This was a very active discussion (got a lot of comments, questions, and emails all live during the webinar) as Theresa Lanowitz (Voke) and I shared our experiences and what we are hearing / seeing in the market related to Software Lifecycle Virtualization. We would like to encourage you to join us as we cover Software Lifecycle Virtualization in four (4) easy to understand ways, including:

1.  What

2.  When

3.  Who

4.  How


Listen to see the results of the three (3) polls, our response to real-time feedback in the webinar, and answers to some of the questions we received. We are sure this will prove to be time well spent for you, and provide the talking points you need, especially as you are starting and expanding Lifecycle Virtualization within your organization.

What’s cooking in Orlando? No, not the weather. It’s Agile 2014 and HP is going!

Agile 2014.pngThe hottest Agile event of the year is coming July 28-Aug 1 in Orlando.  Find out how you can connect with us at the event and get to see our innovative products firsthand.


Keep reading to see where the HP Software team will be and some of our favorite sessions.

Yo and the art of Application Lifecycle Management

yo-app-2.pngYo! These two simple letters became a cultural phenomenon during the 1990s. And now, it is one of the hottest mobile applications in the market.


Keep reading to find out what sets Yo apart from other applications and what it can teach us about Application Lifecycle Management.  

Results from “Top 5 Testing Challenges: Mobile, Cloud, Agile, Performance, and Big Data” webinar

Results from “Top 5 Testing Challenges: Mobile, Cloud, Agile, Performance, and Big Data” webinar


We had a great webinar on July 9, 2014. Several hundred people participated and contributed to the fact that our ability to test and deliver quality software is more complicated than ever today due to the rapid changes across many domains causing “Testing Challenges, including:

  1. Mobile
  2. Cloud
  3. Agile
  4. Performance
  5. Big Data

What can we learn about quality testing from J.D. Power and Associates?

JD Power.jpgWhen I make a big purchase, I continue to look for reviews of my purchase to make sure I made the right decision. This is especially true when I bought my car.


As I looked through this year’s J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality and Dependability report, I saw a headline that popped out at me “Initial Quality Problems Increase Due to Technology.” I immediately thought of the implication of technology on testing and the complaints that I hear from testers. Keep reading to find out what steps you can take to improve your quality and what lessons we can learn from this article.

WEBINAR: Software Lifecycle Virtualization: What, When, Who, and How

Join us for an upcoming webinar titled, "Software Lifecycle Virtualization: What, When, Who, and How" with Todd DeCapua (HP) and Theresa Lanowitz (Voke) for the live broadcast on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST and 10:00 a.m. PST 


Effective and efficient communication and collaboration is more critical than ever in today’s global environment. However, many organizations are faced with aging and inflexible software lifecycles and infrastructures without a unified or systematic approach. Software lifecycle virtualization technology is playing an increasingly important role in the application lifecycle and affecting the developmental ability of testing teams to access limited or unavailable services in a simulated, virtual environment. Such technology speeds application delivery, eliminates risks and reduces cost by virtualizing services within existing environments. 

‘The day after the days after HP Discover’ or ‘Trabajar en Las Vegas!’

Brian Palagyi at Discover.jpgNow that I am home once again from HP Discover and have had some time to breathe, I want to share with you what the experience was like. I had the opportunity to speak with many customers, and they asked me some tough questions.


Here is the rundown of what I was asked and what was buzzing around HP Discover.

HP Unified Functional Testing’s Insight in action: The Office Watchdog

Capture.PNGHP Unified Functional Testing’s image-based testing feature, Insight, has some powerful capabilities that can be used for some interesting (and fun!) purposes.  One thing I’ve been using it for is to keep an eye on my cubicle and check up on who’s been nosing around.


Continue reading to watch the video of Insight in action as the office watchdog, and learn how I created the script.


(This post was written by Roee Weisbert, of the UFT R&D team)

HP ALM: tools that enable collaboration, deployment and development

tools.pngWhen you begin any project (be it construction or an IT project) you need to make sure you have the proper tools available before you begin.


Consider this your checklist for the tools you need before you begin to build and deploy your applications.

The power of HP Application Lifecycle Management with distributed teams and key stakeholders

joined hands.pngWhen you look over your application teams, what do you see? Do you see disparate units working in silos or do you see a unified team that understands how to work together?


Keep reading to find out how you can bust up silos and separation within your organization and built a more cohesive environment.

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  • I have more than 12 years in IT, with over 10 years working with the HP Quality Management suite of tools—seven as a Professional Services consultant for Mercury/HP. Additionally, I am the Regional Practice Lead for the Quality Management Strategy and Solutions organization which helps drive inovation in the areas of Best Practices and constancy of delivery.
  • Bruce Randall has 18 years of experience in technology product management and product marketing, has authored numerous articles, whitepapers and other content, and has presented in multiple technology forums. More importantly, Bruce has enjoyed working with thousands of customers and technology stakeholders to better understand their problems and to address them with technology solutions and services.
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  • Eric Odell has over 15 years’ experience in enterprise technology as the head of product marketing for numerous B2B startups. His background includes mobile, email security & archiving, application lifecycle management, the cloud, and software development tools. His key expertise and research focuses on mobility and the user experience.
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  • Kelly has over 20 years experience with enterprise systems and software in individual contributor and manager roles across product management, business development and product marketing. A majority of my focus has been in areas directly related to applications spanning from developer environments, enterprise Java, integration middleware, SOA infrastructure, SOA Governance and now application lifecycle management. Kelly has a B.S. in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara.
  • Malcolm is a functional architect, focusing on best practices and methodologies across the software development lifecycle.
  • Michael Deady is a Pr. Consultant & Solution Architect for HP Professional Service and HP's ALM Evangelist for IT Experts Community. He specializes in software development, testing, and security. He also loves science fiction movies and anything to do with Texas.
  • Oded Klimer is a User Experience Manager & Strategist at HP. For more than a decade he has been Innovating, testing creating, and managing successful User Experiences with a wide variety of products for start-ups as well as fortune 500 companies. Oded holds an M.Sc. from the Technion, majoring in Human Factors Centered Design
  • Backed up with over 20 years of IT experience ranging from Application Development, QA, Product Management and Product Marketing, Ofer Spiegel has acquired deep insight into the intricacies of Enterprise IT and its versatile challenges.
  • HP IT Distinguished Technologist. Tooling HP's R&D and IT for product development processes and tools.
  • 36-year HP employee that writes technical information for HP Software Customers.
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  • Rick Barron is a Program Manager for various aspects of the PM team and HPSW UX/UI team; and working on UX projects associated with He has worked in high tech for 20+ years working in roles involving web design, usability studies, and mobile marketing. Rick has held roles at Motorola Mobility, Symantec and Sun Microsystems.
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