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.
Oracle reported slightly better-than-expected Q2 FY20 results, but despite substantial revenue numbers and high growth areas such as Oracle Cloud, Fusion ERP, and Autonomous Database, it’s unclear when these market segments will accelerate revenue growth materially.
Ansible from RedHat has steadily gained market share since its introduction and has now surpassed its two main rivals (underscoring how quickly things change in DevOps). Will Ansible push Chef and Puppet out of the open-source configuration management tool market?
Microsoft continues to expand its integration with third-party tools for Azure DevOps. The latest plugin is for Octopus Deploy, a software configuration management tool with a 1.2% market share. Azure DevOps and Octopus Deploy work together to present users better visibility into their software pipelines, all the way from idea to production.
Azure DevOps has expanded its ecosystem of utility tools to include Tasktop, an integration plugin that connects Jira to Azure DevOps. Tasktop allows bi-directional synching of information (like user stories, priorities, tasks, etc.) with one-click actions, without having to leave the system they are working in (Azure DevOps or Jira).
The team at Rally Software (now a Broadcom company) has introduced several enhancements to their UI, Team Board, and is testing new integration.
The Ionic Framework is an open-source SDK that builds on popular standardized web technologies. Developers can use this toolkit to build hybrid mobile applications across multiple platforms.
VMware challenges IT to be more than it may be comfortable with: technologists as members of an elite caste charged with the moral use of technology and guarding the uninitiated against negative consequences.
Analysts make their bones on prognostication and prediction, and the imminent demise of any given technology is a mainstay of their subject matter. San Francisco-based VMware has made its sacrificial offerings but for two different auguries. First the place and dominance of public cloud as the center of the enterprise IT activity and work. Secondly, and more importantly, the enduring importance of self-service, elasticity, measure service, broad network access, and pooled resources.
ALM Works Structure for Jira enables Atlassian customers to track and manage projects at scale.