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Business innovation thrives with software innovation and quality matters now more than ever. Application teams are running to keep up with business demand by embracing the technologies and methodologies that will help them build faster with confidence to engage consumers, go mobile and release continuously. How does a modern testing team keep up? This blog will focus on the importance and role of the tester, the innovations in testing processes, test tools, test automation solutions and best practices and discuss how to balance speed with quality through Agile, mobile, web, composite and cloud application testing.

HP Mobile Testing and Three Things I Learned at Mobile World Congress 2012

It’s clear to me that mobile is rapidly becoming the modern systems of engagement, and it seems like almost everyone is rapidly rolling out new applications.  Earlier today HP made several announcements about our ongoing work to help organizations meet the dynamic demands to support modern application delivery of mobile applications and mobile services.   (Here's the press release)


I want to expand a bit on our mobile application testing approach and think reflecting on my recent experience at Mobile World Congress is a good place to start.  The mobile industry isn’t moving fast, rather it’s crazy fast.  


On a scale of 1 to 10… it feels like we’re approaching 11.   


 I came away from this year’s weeklong event with three key observations:

Mobile Month continues! More webinars about Mobile Application Testing

We’re pushing through the end of January with more mobile month insight and help.   We just finished producing an On-Demand webinar focusing on Mobile Challenges.  “Address the end to end challenges of mobile application delivery with HP Software”

We also have a great session next week where we’ll have a panel of 5 mobile experts who will respond to your live questions about mobile applications, mobile testing, mobile security; pretty much anything mobile.  “Solving Mobile Application Challenges – Your Questions answered by an Expert Panel”

Emulators vs. Real Devices for Mobile Application Testing - The Answer Might Surprise You

As mobile month continues with information and insight about mobile challenges and solutions.  Testing applications on mobile devices can be complicated and challenging.   Often, one of the considerations that all QA teams have to address is the question of ‘how’ to test the mobile application.   Of the many options, it often can be distilled into two main options:  Emulators or Real Devices.  In this post, our guest blogger – Gidi Pridor will explore the options and share factors that you should consider when answering the question:  Emulators or Real Devices.


ps - remember to register for our Mobile Month Q&A webinar on the 31st of Jan

Mobile Testing – Mobile Apps can do almost anything – but can you test them?

Mobile applications are everywhere.  You see them being used on planes, trains and automobiles.   I’m sure that many of you received new mobile devices as gifts for the holidays and are busy playing Angry Birds or Words with Friends.   The power and flexibility of mobile applications to change business processes and implement innovative solutions is amazing.   I recently downloaded an app that lets me measure my heart rate with my phone!  It’s not surprising that mobile is taking off.


But, what does that mean for the QA teams that are responsible for testing mobile applications?  They face a number new challenges that mobile devices introduce.    


Remember to register for next week's mobile month webinars:  


1.   Are These Mobile Testing Dilemmas Keeping You Up at NightDate/Time:         2 pm – 3 pm EST, January 23, 2012


2.  You Can't Afford to Fail: Take the guesswork out of mobile performance testing with Shunra and HP

Date/Time:   11 am -12 pm EST, January 24, 2012 

Delivering better mobile performance

As we continue Mobile Month and we’re continuing to share insight, innovation and solutions to help you address your mobile challenges.   Mobile performance is one of those areas.  You are either willing to that there might be a problem, or are proactive about ensuring that our mobile users have the best possible experience.  I’ve seen research that indicates that users expect their mobile devices to perform more or less as fast as their PC.    So, if you’re taking the chance that performance will be OK, then that might be a pretty big gamble.    


Today, we have two guest bloggers – Mark Tomlinson and Esther Levine, from Shunra who are sharing their insight and perspective about how to deliver better mobile performance


Also, we're very interested in hearing from you... about your experience with mobile testing.  If you have a few minutes, please share your perspective in our BRIEF Mobile Research survey.

Mobile Performance Testing and the 'Update Surge’

Have you encountered performance challenges with mobile applications?  


In many situations, the only ‘performance’ problem I have is a bad signal or no signal at all.  Don’t worry - I’m not going to talk about mobile carriers and which is better, but I am going to talk about performance and load testing of mobile applications.  In fact, I learned about an interesting load testing scenario that you need to consider in when testing your mobile applications.

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  • 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.
  • HP IT Distinguished Technologist. Tooling HP's R&D and IT for product development processes and tools.
  • 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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