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Five commandments for successful COTS package testing

Businesses are increasingly adopting commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products or packages like ERP, CRM, and HR management systems to fulfill crucial enterprise functions. There is huge investment...

HP Quality Center 11 – What's New?

HP is a market leader in testing tools and the latest releases from its stable, the HP 11 suite of products – that include HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)...

Implementing QA Successfully for Capital Market Firms – A Practitioner's Viewpoint

Capital market firms are continuously trying to launch innovative products by leveraging IT to keep pace with new regulations, trends, and breakthrough technologies. The firms face...

Effective capacity management with modeling and simulation-assisted performance testing

Today, businesses realize that uninterrupted application availability can impact their outcomes significantly, and can be achieved by concentrating on the performance aspects...

Quality is Not Just a Testing Problem

Triggered by factors such as unstable economic conditions and changing customer expectations, insurance as an industry is increasingly counting on IT for reduced liabilities. This paper analyzes the various...

Realizing Efficiency and Effectiveness in Software Testing through a Comprehensive Metrics Model

Test metrics serve as important indicators of the efficiency and effectiveness of the software testing process. Hence, analyzing defined test metrics will help organizations identify areas for improvement...

Creating Business Value with Mature QA Practices

Two Infosys quality assurance (QA) practitioners discuss some mature QA practices that are helping organizations realize enhanced business value on their...

Tuning a Career in Performance Testing

Performance testing is a niche skill that is in high demand today. But acquiring and retaining the right set of people is proving increasingly difficult in a profession in which...

Data Archival Testing

With exponential rise in data, organizations are considering data archival testing as extremely important for them from a data management perspective. Data archival...

Strategy for Testing Merger of Banks

Testing the merger of two banks can be a challenging proposition for Quality Assurance (QA) teams. The impact, scale and complexity of the merger, all add to the challenge. A comprehensive test strategy that addresses...

Enhance Mobile Application Performance with Successful Network Impact Testing

Network impact testing is extremely important to ensure the robust and functional performance of a mobile application in varied network conditions. This paper explains...

The Enterprise Quality Assurance (QA) Transformation Model

An enterprise's ability to ensure the quality of IT systems and processes makes all the difference between the success and failure of a business outcome. Hence, it is imperative for every forward-looking...

Choosing the Right Cloud Based QA Environment for your Business Needs

Organizations embarking on a Cloud adoption journey in their QA environments would do well to remember the golden principle of moving long-term resources to private clouds and short-term, sporadic...

Overcoming Challenges Associated with SaaS Testing

Successful SaaS Testing involves putting together of the right test strategy, automating tests for functional and non-functional requirements, and leveraging...

Developing a Successful Point-of-Sale (POS) Test Automation Strategy

Quality Assurance (QA) teams in the retail industry find it challenging to extend test automation to Point-of-Sale (POS) systems because of certain inherent characteristics of these systems. To successfully ...

Test Automation at the Enterprise Level

Traditionally test automation has been confined to large programs with sizeable budgets since they are able to demonstrate ROI in a more compelling manner. ...

Testing Controversies

With the growing complexity in business and technology, testing and Quality Assurance (QA) have become fundamental elements. While there...

Begin Cloud Adoption with QA Environments

QA infrastructure costs are increasingly getting under the scanner due to economic volatility and shrinking budget allocations. Organizations are looking at Cloud for their infrastructure...

The Challenges Associated with SaaS Testing

Today, organizations are more interested in readily available business applications, with extremely short time to market. This interest is being driven by lack of capital budgets for software development and on-premise deployments, as well as...

A Practitioner’s Approach for Successfully Implementing Service Virtualization

Adoption of a well-defined Service Virtualization lifecycle can alleviate many problems faced by implementation teams. To maximize benefits, the adoption methodology must be...

Common Concerns with Traditional QA Environments: Is Cloud the Answer?

Applications come with a unique set of functional and non-functional requirements. This necessitates the need for having multiple QA environments to validate business applications, across...

Need for a Comprehensive Test Maturity Model

Constant change and ever growing complexity of business has necessitated that IT and Test/QA organizations make thorough and periodic introspection of their processes and delivery ...

A Practitioner's Guide to Modern SOA Testing

The IT industry is being redefined as a result of today's dynamic business needs. The need for market-changing phenomenon such as SOA, internet business models and cloud computing has become an imperative because...

Enabling Performance Testing with Functional Test Tools

Quality Assurance teams typically face two major challenges during the performance testing phase - procurement of expensive tool licenses and unavailability of newer/ compatible versions of performance testing tools. While ensuring the quality...

Key Capabilities of a Service Virtualization Solution

Large organizations face the constraints of systems such as mainframes, components under development and sensitive data sources that delay projects. As a result, IT teams either copy a complete environment in a test lab, or...

Service Virtualization for Modern Applications

Modern approaches such as Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) carry great promise and provide an effective model for lean, agile and componentized IT that can adapt quickly. However, classical testing methodologies...

Infosys and HP's Business Process Testing Solution for Oracle Siebel Applications

The lack of a dedicated solution to test Oracle Siebel Applications, has forced QA teams to adopt stop gap arrangements that have resulted in poor quality of applications, effort-insensitive engagements...

New Age Approach to Test Oracle Siebel Applications

The traditional way of testing the Oracle Siebel Application has several drawbacks, and ideally speaking not suited for testing packages. An approach that focuses on reuse of existing business components for manual...

Maximizing QA Performance

Several environmental factors limit software testing teams' ability to perform better from a QA standpoint. These extraneous factors greatly influence the outcome of Quality Assurance (QA) efforts. They must be assessed and tracked...

Enhancing Test Effectiveness through Test Data Management

Test Data Management (TDM) in non-production environment is crucial for proper validation of business functionality. Challenges encountered in test data administration include lack of specific data requirement, inaccessible back-end...

Driving Better Business Process Scalability with Modern Software Quality

Enterprises today are required to provide support for new business processes in an increasingly heterogeneous and evolving IT systems environment. Traditional testing tools and processes do not adequately meet...

Test Data Management - Enabling Reliable Testing through Realistic Test Data

Test Data Management (TDM) is critical to ensure system and application quality and reliability of complex, high volume applications with a wide range of data types. Infosys’ experts propose a comprehensive TDM...

Data Warehouse Testing

Increase in enterprise Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), data center migrations, compliance regulations, focus of senior management on data, and data-driven decision making have made data warehouse testing common. Our expert focuses on different components...

IT Applications for Healthcare: Leverage Processes for High Quality

To deliver affordable and quality healthcare, companies need to utilize IT applications. In addition, they must ensure that all IT applications comply with regulations such as SOX 404, FDA 21 CFR and Part 11. An integrated process framework...

Performance Engineering and Global Software Development

The need to achieve system performance in a way that reduces risk and improves cost-effectiveness and time-to-market for performance-critical systems is one of the principal goals of IS organizations. This requires a holistic and quantitative...

Understanding the 360-Degree RISK Management Model

Organizations, often, view risks as threats and devise means to avoid risks instead of planning effective mitigation strategies. Risks provide opportunities for innovation. Managing risks well has a positive impact on business. This paper discusses the...

Business Rules-based Test Automation: A Novel Approach to Accelerated Testing

The key to survival in a feverishly-changing market is flexibility. Insurance technologists need to review their insurance systems to introspect on how faster product delivery can be ensured ...

This article appeared in the SETLabs Briefings Special on 'Insurance: Powering Modernization' (Apr. 2007).

Independent Validation of Cash Management Applications

Cash management services are increasingly being conducted via web-based applications. Independent validation is critical to the successful functioning of cash management applications, given the ‘online’ nature of cash. ...

This paper has been published in HSBC's ‘Guide to Cash and Treasury Management in Asia Pacific 2007’.

Test Automation for Effective Post-Deployment Testing

Post-deployment testing is a challenging process that requires a creative approach for success. Existing levels of functionality of software applications need to be maintained during upgrades and modifications. ...

Performance Engineering and Global Software Development

One of the principal goals of IS organizations is achieving system performance in a way that reduces risk, improves cost-effectiveness and time-to-market for performance-critical systems. This requires a holistic and quantitative approach to performance ...

Should Performance be an Integral Part of the SDLC?

Findings reveal that poorly performing IT applications are bleeding corporations to the tune of US $60 billion per year. Diagnosing and fixing these applications is both a science and an art that can reap rich dividends for organizations. Infosys experts tell you how in this article.

This article appeared in the SETLabs Briefings on 'Enterprise IT Perspectives' (Oct - Dec, 2006).

Realizing Business Value with a Testing Center of Excellence

In the age of global transformation technology, organizations are faced with mounting pressure to develop applications at a rapid pace, while reducing costs of development and maintaining high quality standards. These needs have led to a series of operational changes ...

Understanding the Enterprise Test Automation Vision

Several organizations have replaced manual testing with test automation tools. While they have reaped its benefits, the journey has had its fair share of roadblocks. Among the common roadblocks are the User Interface-driven tools ...

Operational Excellence through Efficient Software Testing Metrics

As organizations mature, the practice of metrics programs to improve enterprise quality is gaining widespread acceptance. While the need for metrics has been recognized, implementation of structured measurement programs is still lagging, ...

Building a Robust Suite for Automated Regression Testing of SAP Releases

SAP R/3 offers flexibility in configuring applications. This advantage, however, poses risks in terms of the impact it can have on the business owing to the size, complexity and demand for shorter implementation cycles. In addition, there...

Application Deployment in the Securities Industries: Making Functional Test Automation Work

Automation is critical for business units operating in the highly competitive and interconnected environment of the financial securities sector. Infosys undertook an in-depth study of the automated testing capabilities across a range of security firms. ...

Capacity Planning for Testing Websites

In recent times, a growing number of web-based projects have been unable to meet deadlines. This is essentially due to an inadequate understanding of the process of capacity planning and its implications on system architecture and design. ...

Models for Evaluating Review Effectiveness

Delivering a high-quality and reliable product is the main focus in software development. The basic quality measure is the defects in the product. Defects found in the later phases of product development are mainly because of faulty design and code...

Parametric Test Optimization

In software, the narrowest sense of software product quality is commonly recognized as lack of 'bugs' in the product. This definition is usually expressed in terms of defect rate or reliability of the software. With changing times, many product organizations have...

A Parametric Approach for Security Testing of Internet Applications

Security is a prime concern for all Internet applications. During testing of an application, security does not always receive due importance. Often, security testing is limited to security functionality testing as captured in the requirements document. ...

Test Result Reporting

Result-reporting can be carried out at various stages of testing — for instance, system, integration, etc. This paper highlights the importance of result-reporting in the context of software testing. It also addresses some of the areas of result-reporting at a high level.

The When and How of Test Automation

Test automation improves the quality of products and applications. However, deciding on the right time for automation, defining the scope of automation and selecting the right tool for automation are vital to its success. ...

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