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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.

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

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. 

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)

Hang out with me at HP Discover and see what I see through Google glass!

my glass2.pngFor those who are attending HP Discover, the rule is what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! (Well not really, we encourage you to share what you learn during the week.) However for those who can’t make it to Discover (or if you are attending and just want to have fun using a new social media concept) feel free to follow me during the event.  I plan to share is much information and interesting facts or opinions live using Google glass. Read on to find out how you can become part of the inner circle of HP Discover.

Think you know everything about Application Development Management?

fabulous_las_vegas.jpgHP Discover is the hottest Application Lifecycle Management event of the year. (Seriously, it is going to be 108 degrees in Las Vegas this year!)

 

Keep reading to get the guide to find your way around this year’s event and how we plan on expanding your knowledge about Application Development Management.

For mobile application testing, do you head to the wild or to the lab?

Mobile is having a remarkable impact on software testing—highlighting its importance but also driving the need for expanded practices to ensure a great customer experience. This dynamic is leading to the discussion in testing communities on the alternatives of lab testing vs. crowd sourced (often called “in the wild”) testing.  In this blog, I’m going to share a perspective that changes the dialog and provides an alternative view.   I’m going to take the position that in-the-wild testing is a complementary practice to in-the-lab testing. Read on to here why…

Labels: mobile testing

Testing around the world – Real world observations from 6 continents

cooper with cheetah.jpgWhat are the unique quality challenges faced around the world? I have recently been on a journey to uncover the answer to this question. I have spent the last year and half traveling the globe, learning and sharing how HP can help improve your software quality now and in the future. 

 

Keep reading to find out some of the similaries and differences of software testing in different regions around the globe.

5 things I learned at STARCanada 2014

p1.png.jpgI’ve just returned from the STARCanada conference at the Toronto Hilton.  I was there to attend the keynote and track presentations, and also to present a track session on cross-browser testing.  And although Agile is all the rage, I couldn’t come to Toronto and not visit one of the world’s most famous waterfalls!  Continue reading to find out what I learned while I was there.

Labels: Agile Testing

Announcing HP Unified Functional Testing version 12

UFT logo.jpgLast week we announced the release of the HP Apps 12 suite of tools. Unified Functional Tools is a key part of this suite.

 

Keep reading to find out how this end-to-end functional testing solution addresses functional automation needs.

UFT 12: Staying in step with Application Lifecycle Management 12- Part 2

UFT 12.pngUnified Functional Testing and Applications Lifecycle Management are as complementary as peanut butter and jelly or Laverne and Shirley. This software pair is back and is ready to revolutionize your environment.

 

This is the second part of my two-part series on the benefits of UFT.  Keep reading to learn more about improvements to the install process and why you can’t afford to wait to install it. 

4 tips to improve the performance of your HP UFT tests

p2.pngHP Unified Functional Testing (UFT) and QuickTest Professional (QTP) have been integrated with HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Quality Center (QC) right from the beginning.  You can store your tests in ALM/QC, and when it’s time to run them, QTP/UFT downloads them from ALM.  There are a number of factors that affect the time that it takes to open and run these tests.

 

Continue reading to learn four tips that could help you significantly improve that time.

 

(This post was written by Amir Wigelman and Slavik Muravetskiy, from the UFT R&D Team, and Yossi Camjalli, from the Performance Center of Excellence Team)

UFT 12: Staying in step with Application Lifecycle Management 12

UFT 12.pngApplication Lifecycle Management (ALM)   & Unified Functional Testing (UFT) are about to turn 12!  Do you really want to wait until they turn into teenagers to experience what they can do for your environment?  The only thing better than learning what’s new with UFT 12, is seeing for yourself.  

 

Keep reading to find out what has been added to these applications. That is, If you think you can handle the truth.

Introducing HP Apps 12 and its implications for the Future of Testing

HP ALM Unified Automated Collaborative.pngToday marks the introduction of our comprehensive Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and testing suite HP Apps 12.  HP Apps 12 caters to a spectrum of stakeholders and encompasses exciting new enhancements for a unified ALM experience. This new testing solution enables enterprises worldwide to deliver applications that power their businesses faster than ever before with first-rate quality and performance

A guide to Image-Based Testing with HP UFT’s “Insight”

p5.pngOne of the main competitive advantages of HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT) is its wide support for different technologies.  But even after supporting all of these technologies (and more), there are always technologies that that are too rare or complex to justify developing UFT support.

 

In order to bridge the gap, UFT 11.50 introduced Insight, which uses images in order to identify test objects, and is fully integrated into UFT. 

 

Continue reading to learn more about Insight’s capabilities, and how you can harness its power in your automated tests.

 

(This post was written by Motti Lanzkron from the UFT R&D Team)

Nimble use of HP UFT’s Insight feature…

UFT logo.jpgIf you have ever experienced failing object recognition by a testing tool, I want to introduce you to Insight. This is a new feature of HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT) 11.5.

 

Keep reading to find out how it will help you in your testing environment and what sets it apart from existing tools.

 

Guest post by Rohit Vyas

HP Software Presales and Solutions Consultant.

India, APJ

Benchmark your QA and Test team on your iPad in minutes

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Have you ever wondered how your QA and Testing team compares against other companies around the world?   We now have an easy way for you to benchmark your current position and set goals for the future. 

 

Keep reading to find out how to get the new myWQR2013 mobile app and get the results immediately.   

 

 

HP Unified Functional Testing Service Pack 11.53 is Released!

We are proud to announce that a new service pack has been released. This service pack is packed with new features, enhancements, bug fixes and support for new technology versions, another demonstration of our increased content delivery velocity since we moved to the iterative delivery practice.

 

As before, this service pack is accumulative, meaning that you can install this service pack to upgrade to 11.53 directly from UFT 11.50, 11.51, or 11.52.

 

Read inside if you would like to learn what does it include and how it can assist you.SP3.JPG

What’s new in the Cloud ? This time under the skyline of the Gaudi city

HP Discover Barcelona is coming up – have you booked your tickets yet?Barcelona.jpg

 SaaS, cloud, data driven apps and mobile will drive the growth of Software IT in 2014.  What does it mean to us??

Join our session at HP Discover to hear "What’s New and What’s ahead in HP’s Automation Suite" – add session BB 1929 to your schedule. We would love to see you ...

Labels: Cloud| mobile| SaaS

Emerging Trends in Testing – conclusions from the 2013-2014 World Quality Report Web Event

wqr.jpgHow does your company stack up to the industry in software quality and testing? For instance, did you know that, despite the rapid rise in mobile testing (from 31 percent in 2012 to 55 percent in 2013--one year!!), close to half of respondents this year report that they still lack mobile testing experts?

 

Keep reading to find out how you can use the results of the report to propel your business forward.

Improving your software testing with better test case development

solutions_qualityassurance.jpgTest case development occurs in many different settings.  In fact, some of my favorite times to analyze a test case is while sharing a cup of coffee with a co-worker. We sit across from each other at a table and hash out the specifics of the test case on a pad of paper. 

 

There are other times where a more formal stance needs to be taken—it all just depends on the scenario. The most important thing is that test cases are honestly discussed and analyzed. Without guidance, your case may simply fall flat and fail to perform.

 

Continue reading to learn the four steps you should follow to improve your test cases.

 

Guest post by

Sarah Roderus, CTFL, CI, ASE

TCT Computing Group, Inc.

Using SAP structured parameters in HP Unified Functional Testing 11.52

p11.pngHP Unified Functional Testing (UFT) 11.52’s integration with SAP Solution Manager enables you to use complex hierarchical SAP parameters in your tests.  You can access the individual elements in the SAP parameter as if it is an object, making the writing and maintenance of the test a snap. 

 

Continue reading to learn more about this integration, and how you can use SAP parameters in your UFT tests.

 

This post was written by Yan Yang (Ellie), from the HP UFT R&D team.

Regular Expressions in UFT

p3.pngRegular expressions (‘regex') are a common feature in many programming languages and utilities.  In HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT), you can use regular expressions in the descriptions used for object identification, but there are a couple of small twists to keep in mind.  

 

Continue reading to learn about regular expressions in UFT, and how to use them correctly to identify objects in your tests.

 

This post was written by Motti Lanzkron, from the HP UFT R&D team.

5 types of regression software testing to try today

When you think of regression testing, what comes to mind? Do you imagine spending hours sitting in a dark room with your head buried in code? Or, instead do you allow the power of automation to make your job easier?

 

Continue reading to find out five different, and effective, types of regression testing that you can implement in your testing suite today.

 

Guest post by

Sarah Roderus, CTFL, CI, ASE

TCT Computing Group, Inc.

Understanding the web test object model in HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT)

The meaning of the following script line should be obvious to anyone using HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT):

 

                Browser("B").Page("P").Link("L").Click

 

It says “Click link "L" on page "P" of the browser "B"

 

Continue reading to find out why UFT’s designers decided to represent browsers and browser objects in this way.

 

This post was written by Motti Lanzkron, from the HP UFT R&D team.

 

Doc is getting to explore the Federal Reserve

FRBFront.jpgDocs is going to  systematically Exploring @  Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas with the DFW ALM user group  please join us on Tuesday, August 13 2013   4:30 - 7:00 pm

Test automation without writing a single line of code … really

Have you ever wondered why most companies never get past fifteen to twenty percent automation? It is an interesting question, isn’t it?

 

Register for this web event and learn about a test automation methodology that is helping many companies increase testing efficiency and reduce script creation and maintenance costs.

 

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Accelerating your mobile application testing effort

A majority of mobile applications are being retrofitted to fit existing or legacy applications and systems. This adds a major layer of, complexity to testing—which hasn’t happened to software testing since the invention of personal computers. This Renaissance of technology has, for the most part, been ignored.  Over two-thirds of companies that have developed mobile device applications never moved beyond the unit testing phase of mobile applications. This leaves them vulnerable.

 

Continue reading to find out how you can accelerate your functional and mobile testing effort.

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New HP UFT Best Practices Document: "Cross-Browser Functional Testing Best Practices"

 

A new HP Unified Functional Testing best practices document has just been published, called "Cross-Browser Functional Testing Best Practices".  It provides concepts and guidelines for designing and executing functional tests that involve different browsers, and some best practices for developing portable cross-browser tests using HP Unified Functional Testing.

 

Continue reading for more information about this document.

6 steps to write test cases using exploratory testing methods

hpdiscover13.pngAt HP Discover 2013 Las Vegas we compared the power of a Jedi’s light saber with manual testers using HP Sprinter. Both need to use the force to complete their task.

 

 Manual testers need to communicate detailed information to a developer or business user; they usually rely on some form of written communications in the form of a very detailed test case or defect. In my opinion, having to communicate information on this level is like having to disassemble and reassemble your blaster between every shot.

 

 Let’s take a look at this task and see if there is a better way to communicate between testers and developers. Follow me on this journey, won’t you?

Discover the future of software testing in Las Vegas

Las Vegas.jpgIf you are listening carefully you can hear the future of testing in Las Vegas at HP Discover this week. (Trust me, you can hear it beyond Las Vegas.)

 

Read on to find out how. 

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