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New HP Service Virtualization 3.50 delivers enhancements for faster app development and testing

screenshots.pngSVT tools make continuous application testing simpler and more effective by mimicking production-like test environments. Check out how the new updates available in HP Service Virtualization 3.50 offer protocol enhancements for SAP, new simulation capabilities and more.

HP Service Virtualization: Answering the Challenge of Performance Testing

Have you experienced the pain of an inefficient performance test? As a result, you will spend time scripting or focusing on performance issues with a component that is out of scope or unchangeable.


Keep reading to find out what the seven benefits of Service Virtualization for performance testing are and how they can help you.

Quality matters now more than ever

Today’s application organizations are demanding “Faster, faster!” But in a world of instant feedback and heightened expectations, application quality is the difference between customer acclaim and loyalty or irreversible brand damage.  Quality matters just as apps matter, now more than ever and HP, with a 60+ year legacy of quality and testing, is now delivering the next breakthrough in enabling quality for today’s style of IT with Apps 12. 


Keep reading to learn how our investment in quality and application delivery will enable achieving that elusive balance between unprecedented velocity (of app delivery) with uncompromised quality.

Announcing Apps 12! Now you can balance unprecedented velocity and uncompromised quality

sizzlevideopic.pngNow playing at an application project near you:  AppMatters with HP Apps 12, helps world-wide teams deliver applications that shift you into overdrive-- launching business innovation faster than ever before with remarkable quality.  Learn more about this watershed release below.

Unprecedented Velocity, Unsurpassed Quality—HP ALM

Imagine the possibilities.jpgI have seen the newest version of HP Application Lifecycle Management, and I promise that you will be excited to see how we have improved your favorite software.


Keep reading to find out what this latest version holds for you.

No app is an island – why integration is key in managing large scale projects

TomC.pngWithin IT, it is crucial that applications are connected and communicating.  If they are not connected, they quickly become siloed and inefficient.

With large projects this is especially true. Keep reading to find out how a single source of information can enable your organization to easily accomplish your goals.  

’Beyond ALM 11’ or ‘Brian: A Return to the Blogosphere’

palagyi in israel.jpgNew versions of products coming out, organizations looking beyond just quality assurance... everyone is growing up so fast <tear>. I admit I have been away, but it was for good reason. 


I have just returned from Israel learning about the secrets of the new version of Application Lifecycle Management. Keep reading to see what morsels I can tell you about today.

Tags: ALM| devops| HP ALM

A World of Opportunities for Testers with Specialist Expertise: World Quality Report highlights

Have you read it yet? The World Quality Report?wqr.jpg If not, this is your opportunity to find out what your peers are doing around the world.


The World Quality Report (2013-2014) is the industry’s largest market analysis resource on application enterprise, quality and testing practices. It addresses key findings in Quality Assurance and Testing.  This valuable report provides the industry’s largest comprehensive annual and global commentary of the latest findings in this evolving but often overlooked discipline.

Co-produced yearly between IT consultancies HP, Capgemini and Sogeti, the report has expanded its geographic and topic scope for 2013-14. Keep reading to find out how you can get a copy.

Want to learn how to go beyond Agile development? Transform agility across your entire enterprise

 Beyond Agile Development.pngIf you simply think of “Agile” as a software testing process, you should consider how your enterprise could react if it had the flexibility of “Agile.”


Join us for a webinar where we will discuss how your organization can make the shift to managing enterprise agility. Keep reading to find out how you can attend.

How to overcome 9 common obstacles to friction-free agile Dev/Test for composite applications

Overcome Wait time.pngToday’s application teams run a never-ending relay race to deliver high quality software to market as fast as possible. But the complexity of modern applications poses special challenges, especially to critical testing processes. Here is how one HP customer overcame their multiple barriers for seamless end-to-end application testing.


Guest post by Ferhan Kilical, senior product marketing manager

Live from Israel—Improving install and the customer experience

isreal1.jpgAfter an amazing week in training in Israel, I am sharing the insights I learned about  performance, customer experiences, reporting and quality.


 Keep reading to find out what I learned during my time in Israel and how security plays a role in the newest version of HP Application Lifecycle Management.

Meeting of the ALM minds--Live from Israel

ALM Israel.jpgDoes your shareware offer the Flexibility, scalable and control that you find with Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)? And will these options continue in the next version? 


I am live in Israel this week learning the secrets of the latest ALM release. Keep reading so I can slip you the secrets that I learn.

Supercharge HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) in your environment

Faster ROI with AML Through Education.pngEducation is the power behind advancement. This is why it is so important that your users have a full understanding of what HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) can do for your organization.


Keep reading to learn about the benefits of the latest version of HP ALM and three ways you can equip your team to maximize them.

Need an on-ramp to Agile Application Delivery? Test Drive and “HP Discover”

Agile Delivery, Automated testing, Service Virtualization, Mobile quality..These are all terms you hear about every day in the business of application development and delivery.  But do you really know how to harness them within your organizations to enable you to deliver high quality applications faster?  


We recently recorded a session entitled "Enable enterprise agility by managing feedback loops" which will give you a closer look at agile delivery. You can watch it here.


Much like learning to drive, taking a test drive of the software that will support your teams to balance speed and quality and meet goals faster is a wise investment.  Join HP Software at HP Discover Barcelona as we provide you the opportunity to take a test drive on the road to agile application delivery.  


Here's the session specifics:  BB1662 - Master the Agile app lifecycle: A live demo of HP Software innovations for apps

Wednesday, Dec 11, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM



HP Discover (Barcelona) - what’s up Doc

barcelona_02_big.jpgHeading to HP Discover makes me feel like a five-year-old boy waiting in line to sit on Santa’s lap. I feel like a kid who has spent weeks memorizing everything he wanted for Christmas. So I decided to write an open letter/ wish list to Santa with all of the things that I want to see at HP Discover.  You are more than welcome to borrow anything off of my list, because I was taught to share.

SDLC Automation Solution, (Overview) Henry Ford style

wheel.pngTearing down the walls of an antiquated and archaic process and replacing it with automation and integration can be a complicated process. The automated assembly line for cars in 1908 taught us that the key to this revolutionary idea was its simplicity. Now it is your turn to streamline the supply chain of applications, Ford style!

My journey to HP World—Saudi Arabia

HP World 1.jpgWhat issues do organizations face in the Middle East? This is the specific reason we held HP World in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We wanted to hear directly from those in this area and present solutions to address these issues.


One of the major issues that was brought to my attention while at the event was the lack of women in the area that are in the workforce. Keep reading to find out what we suggested to encourage women to enter the workforce after graduating college.


Guest Post by Ferhan Kilical, HP Software Senior product marketing manager

Tearing down the wall between Dev and Ops to create quality DevOps

Myles 3.jpgToday’s enterprises need to become more agile in order to effectively compete.  To keep up, IT organizations not only need to deliver services faster, but at the same time, they need to make end-to-end quality their focus. For IT organizations that are ready to take the journey to what we call DevOps, COBIT 5 can serve as an instructional guide. COBIT 5 defines an expansive role for quality by saying that quality is effectively the outcomes generator for the enterprise. This makes the wall between development and ops an artificial one.


Quality clearly needs to be designed into the application, but it also needs to be measured throughout the application lifecycle. For this reason, COBIT 5 defines this process as ensuring the consistent delivery of solutions and services that meet enterprise and satisfy stakeholder needs. A key idea here is that projects and programs deliver services (enterprise capabilities) and these capabilities need to be continuously improved and made more efficient during their lifetime. How many of you in quality think this way?

Exploratory testing in an Agile environment – Part 3 of 3

Exploratory testing is a technique for getting rapid feedback from an application under test, by simultaneously learning, designing tests and executing tests.  This is the final part in a three-part weekly series on exploratory testing in an Agile environment.  Continue reading to learn when to use exploratory testing.


This post was written by Noy Bar from the Customer Success team.

Moving from a system of record to a system engagement requires app rationalization

Rock and.jpg"Crossing the Chasm" author Geoffrey Moore recently asserted that enterprises have extracted 90 percent of the potential value from system of record software such as ERP (enterprise resource planning), and that we need to engage today’s knowledge workers and customers in ways that they are familiar with and prefer. We need to focus energy and money on the system of engagement, the app. This means we need to liberate expenditure from legacy back-office and front-office systems and refocus it on the enterprise system of engagement. However, for most orgs, 70 to 80 percent of IT investment is socked away in these legacy systems that will only derive only 10 percent more value. Unless investment needs to be evaluated and largely refocused, IT organizations will find themselves irrelevant and between the proverbial rock and a hard place when it comes to generating business value and productivity.

Exploratory testing in an Agile environment – Part 2 of 3

Exploratory testing focuses on test design and execution, bug investigation and reporting, and setting up the session in order to do the testing.  This is the second in a three-part weekly series on exploratory testing in an Agile environment.  Continue reading to learn about some of the practical aspects of exploratory testing.


This post was written by Noy Bar from the Customer Success team.

Exploratory testing in an Agile environment – Part 1 of 3

Exploratory testing was born out of ad hoc testing, which is seen as unstructured, sloppy and careless testing performed by unskilled testers, without any planning or documentation.  The term ‘exploratory testing’ was coined to emphasize the fact that structured thought processes are involved, differentiating it from ad hoc testing. 


This is the first in a three-part weekly series on exploratory testing in an Agile environment.  Continue reading to find out more about exploratory testing, where it came from, and its characteristics.


This post was written by Noy Bar from the Customer Success team.

Yes, Application Lifecycle Management is part of IT performance management at HP

Dog Food.pngOur customers constantly ask me whether we use what we make. So here is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. We do eat our own dog food! We use Executive Scorecard to manage our software delivery. To make this work, we pull data from our Application Lifecycle Management instance (yes, we put requirements into QualityCenter and test against those requirements), Service Management, CRM, and Finance. Just like our customers, we want to see, understand, and act with respect to the software we deliver. We want to improve our product release tracking, but more important, we want to release quality software. Just like you, it is extremely important that we discover bugs post-release.

Applications teams—join me at HP Discover to discuss and debate being Agile, not Fragile

Join  me at HP Discover and attend a session on Wednesday, June 12th, at 10:30 am in Murano 3201 to discuss, learn and debate the challenges of delivering applications faster with high quality.  We will share our POV, best practices and tips for software tools. We will discuss how to leverage software tools to drive better collaboration, faster cycle time and higher quality.  We will also address the new technology challenges that come from going mobile, adopting Agile methodology and embracing cloud.



Learn to love ART again...let HP ALM be your art museum and bring out your creative inner self.

How do you ease the transition from HP Quality Center (QC) to HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)? We posed this question to Susan Merriman who plays a lead role in HP Software’s global Education team. She helps organizations create effective enablement programmes. Susan shows how one customer, Open Grid, used an innovative learning tool to prepare its people to drive the most value from the company’s investment in HP ALM.


Keep reading to find out how Open Grid is using HP Adoption Readiness Tool (ART) to make the most of its HP ALM deployment.

4 steps for developers and testers to create composite applications that are "Agile" not "fragile"

Getting ahead of developing and testing today's composite applications is like getting ahead of urban sprawl… we need help from technology and practices; it can’t be managed with brute force.  Agile development and testing teams need to plan for and implement 4 key steps to ensure their composite applications function, perform and are secure.


Keep reading to uncover the four steps to take now to prepare for testing in today’s environment.

Defining a Project in Application Lifecycle Management or Quality Center


Would you use words like continuous or insightful to describe the topology of your project within ALM or QC and does it reflect the current state of your applications, or does your projects within ALM seem disjointed or fragmented with no clear direction?      

New CIO Research: The Top Five Causes of IT Project Failures

After years of slow progress on improving success rates in application software development, a new report called Strategies for Project Recovery reveals that, as an industry, IT organizations are regressing.  This post explore the findings of this report.

Defining, Measuring, and Managing Success in App Modernization Projects

In my second post of last week, we started to introduce the topic of success criteria for application modernization projects.  To quote a section from last weeks post, “Quality no-longer equates to back-end testing, instead includes managing the complete application lifecycle through a quality lense. “  I wanted to double-click on this “quality lense” and see if we could start a discussion on the top success criteria we see our customers focusing on for application modernization projects.  

About the Author(s)
  • Brian is a Product Marketing Manager for Application Development Management Solutions with and previously for Project and Application Portfolio Management, with extensive experience in presales and implementation roles.
  • 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.
  • This account is for guest bloggers. The blog post will identify the blogger.
  • 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 Cooper is a leader in the fields of quality assurance (QA), software testing, and process improvement. In November 2012, Michael joined the HP Software Applications team. Michael brings more than 15 years of hands on and QA and Testing leadership experience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • WW Sr Product Marketing Manager for HP ITPS VP of Apps & HP Load Runner
  • Areas of expertise include project/portfolio management, software education and application lifecycle management
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