Automation can significantly enhance delivery throughput and product quality, but it can be costly to implement and maintain. This is particularly true for tests that are complex, mimic human behavior, or are rarely executed. Exploratory, user experience, and user acceptance testing are just a few test types where manual practices are the best approach.
Many of today’s testing tools are built for quality assurance (QA) teams who have significant technical skills and will be using these tools as platforms for automation. However, the tool’s workflow, the degree of documentation, and the setup can be overkill for QA roles performing certain manual tests. Advertised as a “spreadsheet-checklist hybrid on steroids,” Testpad provides a test case management platform that maintains the feel of Microsoft Excel (which is still a popular test case management tool) and minimizes the technical jargon and specifications in the documentation. A key Testpad goal is to motivate everyone to test on a common platform whether they are in a business or IT role or even external to the organization. Testpad is gradually expanding its integration partners; qTest, Jira, GitHub, and Pivotal Tracker are just a few out-of-the-box integrations currently available.
Testpad takes a unique approach to test management. It focuses on enhancing the manual testing experience by providing intuitive features that are natural to both technical and non-technical roles. However, organizations looking for automation capabilities will likely need to look at other options as Testpad’s focus is on manual testing.
COVID-19 has forced software companies and their suppliers to refocus efforts around prioritizing systems and workflows that are nearly 100% digital in nature. As a result, Info-Tech has observed the quick emergence of six market themes that are highly relevant after COVID-19. This note series will profile key vendors and how they fit into the post-COVID-19 world.
IBM is changing the terms of its ubiquitous Passport Advantage agreement to remove entitled discounts on over 5,000 on-premises software products, resulting in an immediate price increase for IBM Software & Support (S&S) across its vast customer landscape.
Is it true that everything that can go wrong will go wrong? Don’t bet on it to not.
While Microsoft is not a prominent player in the RPA space now with its Power Automate solution, compared to Blue Prism, UiPath, and Automate Anywhere, its latest acquisition of Softomotive, maker of WinAutomation, demonstrates Microsoft’s dedication to mature and expand its RPA offerings.
Test data management tools offer you the ability to provision, mask, and govern the access and use of your test data, alleviating these manual, laborious and error-prone tasks from your testing, operations, and DBA teams.
When trying to implement Agile as a defined process, Scrum turned BAs or other roles into order takers with the title “product owner.” This undermines the entire value proposition of product management.
Agile systems delivery (implemented through Scrum) is quickly becoming an accepted norm in IT. But using Scrum successfully in an organization requires a deep understanding of how it works and why. For example, many of our members don’t understand the importance of selecting a Product Owner who has three ears.
Reeling from the pandemic response executed by governments all the over world, companies are accelerating their implementation of low-cost automation. That bodes well for UiPath – a leader in RPA aiming to go public this year.
Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, tells Jane Foster, the woman he’s trying to impress, that on his home world of Asgard, the realm eternal, science and magic are two sides of the same coin. Had Jane been a part of the operations teams at Google (or other mature online service providers), she would have immediately realized we have a similar technology right here on good old Earth. We call the science site reliability engineering (SRE), and service level objectives (SLO) is the magic behind it. SRE is a powerful concept for organizations that are serious about keeping their customers happy. It is therefore important for them to develop well-thought-out SLOs and make certain that management is intellectually equipped to derive valuable business perspectives from them.