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STARWEST 2012 – Track – California

2012 October 4
by jonathon.wright

Challenging times demand more creativity.  STARWEST will fill your testing tool kit with innovative ideas that will help you become a better test leader. Get better organized, improve your processes, and strengthen your skills so that you can be more efficient and accomplish more with less.

Test Automation as a Service

We’ve all heard the claims that cloud computing will, without any up-front investment, provide instant scalability, flexibility, and availability for testing-on-demand. But how well does this work in practice? Is it really the perfect environment to create powerful testing solutions? If so, why would your businesses invest in creating its own custom test automation frameworks to support your solution lifecycle management, when there’s a solution to meet everyone’s needs? Based on his experience, describing recent successes and the pitfalls to be avoided, Jonathon Wright explores these questions, and the pros and cons of using the “Testing as a Service” model. Sharing real world examples, he shows how you can transform the automation services in your organization and how you can take your company on the journey into the cloud regardless of your automation maturity. Influence and contribute to the future direction in the “Testing as a Service” community.

STARWEST 2012 – WorkShop – California

2012 October 2
by jonathon.wright

Code Coverage is for Testers too

Projects often set a goal of 80%, 90%, or even 100% code coverage. So, what is code coverage anyway, and why can it mean many different things? How can testers help the team reach its coverage goals? And why should we care about code coverage anyway? From a tester’s perspective, Julie Gardiner explores the variety of code coverage metrics, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each, and gives examples of how these metrics are used in real projects. Through demonstrations and exercises, learn about a plethora of coverage metrics—statement, branch, decision, branch condition combination, and more. Julie describes the automated tools teams need to calculate and evaluate code coverage. Leave with the confidence to ask about your project’s current coverage levels, the knowledge to set realistic coverage goals, and the ability to guide testers and developers to improve your project’s code coverage.


SoftEd Fusion 2012 – Track – Sydney

2012 September 13
by jonathon.wright

Fusion will run over 2 days, with sessions on Agile methodologies, Enterprise Architecture, Cloud testing, business analysis, test automation, performance testing, and project management. There should be some great learning (and networking) opportunities, so this will be one of the best ways you could spend your training budget this year if your job involves creating software at large companies:

 

 

 

 

Test Automation As A Service

We’ve all heard the claims that cloud computing will, without any up-front investment, provide instant scalability, flexibility, and availability for testing-on-demand.

  • But how well does this work in practice?
  • Is it really the perfect environment to create powerful testing solutions?
  • If so, why would your businesses invest in creating its own custom test automation frameworks to support your solution lifecycle management, when there’s a solution to meet everyone’s needs?

Based on his experience, describing recent successes and the pitfalls to be avoided, Jonathon Wright explores these questions, and the pros and cons of using the “Testing as a Service” model.

Sharing real world examples, he shows how you can transform the automation services in your organization and how you can take your company on the journey into the cloud regardless of your automation maturity. Influence and contribute to the future direction in the “Testing as a Service” community.

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Testing Techniques – ISO – 29119 – Part 4

2012 April 26
by jonathon.wright

Spot how many times you can spot the word “Automation”

Link on http://www.wordle.net/

Wordle: ISO - Part 4

Test Automation As A Service – Return on Investment

2012 March 15
by jonathon.wright

After over 10 years of framework development experience implementing a number of frameworks I finally had a chance to spend some time investigating into the real return on investment numbers (not the ones vendors would like you to believe).

The driving force behind this was when a client ask how to automate over 10,000 business process tests (currently in the form of manual assets) into test automation assets without investing any real additional effort or money? to accelerate regression testing phase in a few weeks time?

Normally I would discuss the options around 5th generation frameworks using Business Process Modelling (BPMNv2 stored in xPDL) to represent Business Process Scenarios (BPS stored in AXML/Workflow v4) to convert the current test assets Business Process Tests (all 10,000 of them).

However, due to the considerable amount time it would take to not only convert existing assets into a usable format to drive the automation solution exceeded the clients times scales. This started me thinking around one of the concept that I have previously discussed on companies becoming ‘Automation Ready’ very similar concept to the CMMi/TMMi as an independent assessment  to provide as a guideline for companies to adhere too:

Automation Maturity Model Index (AMMi)

  • Solution assessment looking directly at the companies Automation challenges and possible opportunities for improvement.
  • Test Asset index to evaluate how the test artefacts are stored and the encapsulate the process that manages them.

The example here was how to take a company using no automation solutions with test assets stored in a legacy file template. In this case the AMMi index  was around the D4 rating with A1 been the very best automation solution and process integration that you could possible achieve   (based on the moment in time when the assessment was completed i.e. Q1 2012. based on the below follow principle):

“The best aspects of proven test approaches that have evolved over the past decade, and this echoes some of the changes towards more lean and agile business methodologies. Which are in a constant state of evolution – just as the underpinning technology evolves over time.”

With this in mind the best possible automation solution today may not be the right solution for every client. Therefore, sometimes half the battle is just starting on the Automation journey by taking them one step closer to becoming ‘Automation Ready’.

In this example the recommendation to follow the age old approach of Manual’mation to encapsulate the manual execution phase using proven FastForward technologies to capture a journal that can be used to drive ‘Automation by Example’ in the future to in a generic XML format extracting all the necessary test artefacts to allow them to be able to run all 10,000 scripts for regression purposes.

Check out the following presentation for further information:

BCS – SiGIST – December – Keynote

2011 December 13
by jonathon.wright

Keynote presentation on “Testing as a Service” at the BCS SiGIST Conference:

Testing as a Service (TaaaS)
Jonathon Wright
Co-founder of TaaaS.net + Innovation & Automation Competency Lead

The current economic climate is making companies review their approach to IT even more closely. From a recent Computer Weekly article: “… the prediction that 60% of the average enterprise will have 60% of its applications in the cloud.” (Karl Flinders, 19/10/11). However, the same vision could also extend to IT services and particularly testing. Existing technologies of virtualisation, business process modelling, cloud based test automation tools and rapid and easy internet access allow for the development of approaches that allow companies to order testing as a service and pay only for what they use. There is no need to spend large sums on test environments and data, test tool selection and maintenance. The use of cloud based services mean you can select the right level of service at a time when you need it and at the volumes you need it whether it is one or one thousand testers on one or many environments, located locally or around the world. The use of service allows dynamic scaling within minutes. This presentation introduces the approach that we are taking to evolve this service to our existing clients.

Conference Agenda (PDF)
Speaker Abstracts & Bios (PDF)

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TaaaS.net – IP v6 Day

2011 June 7
by jonathon.wright

WORLD IPV6 DAY is 8 June 2011 – The Future is Forever

WORLD IPV6 DAY

On 8 June, 2011, GoogleFacebookYahoo!Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”. The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.

Please join TaaaS.net to test drive and help accelerate the momentum of IPv6 deployment.

HOW TO TAKE PART

Interested in joining the other organisations that are taking part in this initiative? Select your type of organisation below and you’ll find everything you need to participate in World IPv6 Day:

TEST YOUR IPV6 CONNECTIVITY

Want to find out your IPv6 readiness? Use this test.

Check out – www.worldipv6day.org for further information.

5th Cloud Circle Forum

2011 May 24
by jonathon.wright

Venue: Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria

Date: 19th May 2011

Hot Topics: Hosting Round Table Discussion on “Testing in the Cloud”

  • Who is responsible for Quality of the cloud services?
  • Who should do the Testing of the cloud services?
  • What is the Standards for cloud services?

Above – our very own Gordon Marsh, TaaaS Blogger

Discussions -

“We have W3C for Websites compliance & regulations, so shouldnt we standard like WC3 for the Cloud?” Jonathon Wright @ Rhodes W1

“IBM are working with other cloud suppliers to establish standards for cloud service provider compliance.” IBM Representive

Google – More than 3 million businesses have “Gone Google” – Come along to an event near you in order to understand more about how Google Apps can help your employees to work in smarter and more effective ways. Click here to find out where your closest event is being held and book online.

IBM: The key to business success in a Cloud adoption is a robust, proven architecture… discover how to get Cloud Computing right by clicking here and gaining the essential facts you need.

InTechnology: How better to understand the tangible benefits of Cloud Computing than through a real life case study….discover how InTechnology is providing Phoenix Managed Networks the reliable, cost-effective data communications infrastructure required by its customers, along with a range of managed services. Please click here.

EMC: The business benefits of Cloud Computing are dramatic and achievable, but trust is still a stumbling block for many. ‘Building A Trusted Cloud: Deployment Strategies For Private And Hybrid Clouds’ will give you the knowledge to enable a trust-based Cloud to meet compliance, information protection and agility needs (addressed to CIOs, CSOs, and other C-level executives responsible for guiding their organisations to capitalise on the Cloud). Please click here to find out more.

Microsoft: Discover how Microsoft’s ‘Cloud-burst’ helped to clean up London’s streets in this unique report….Click here.

SunGard Availability Services: For all the talk of Cloud Computing – and there has been a lot – a number of concerns persist in the minds of executives considering adoption of this technology concept. At or near the top of the list of concerns is the question of information or data security; click here to learn more.

Zeus Technology: Zeus customers discuss their move from appliance-based to software-based application delivery in this thought provoking white paper, producing a competitive comparison based on a set of customer interviews. Click here to read the full story.

Future Testing Conference

2011 May 19
by jonathon.wright

Venue: Thistle Marble Arch

Date: 18th May 2011

Topics:

  • New approaches and ideas for managing testing both traditional and Agile projects
  • Moving to Agile from traditional projects: the role of traditional testers in these teams.
  • Test Management and Reporting in an agile environment.
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Cloud Testing
  • Mind Mapping as a test tool
  • Requirements management and mapping
  • Scenario-Based Development & Testing
  • Test Automation Strategies

Check the Unicom or Future Testing Conference websites for further details.

Keynote presentation on “Test Automation in the Cloud” Next Generation Testing Conference:

Test Automation in the Cloud
Jonathon Wright & Gordon Marsh
Co-founders of TaaaS.net

What is the future of test automation? The possibilities associated with cloud computing provide instant scalability, flexibility and availability for testing on demand with no up front investment. This provides the industry with a perfect opportunity to utilise powerful test automation solutions.
The global testing cloud marketplace will allow for the joint collaboration of leading test specialists following industry best practice. This enables firms of all sizes to access the latest test approaches and methodologies whilst providing a unified platform for domain experts to represent business processes and user story acceptance criteria in a natural language.

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Conference presentation on “Test Automation as a Service” Next Generation Testing Conference:

Test Automation as a Service (TaaaS)
Jonathon Wright
Co-founder of TaaaS.net & Director of Testing, Product Development & Architecture

Practically every area of the commercial software industry is being continuously revolutionised by new concepts and technologies.
The diversity and customer reach of web technologies is a fabulous opportunity for many organisations, but it is also a minefield of complexity requiring new skills and new thinking. If automated testing has any future it must work proactively with business to address these opportunities.

http://www.next-generation-testing.com

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Microsoft Azure in Action

2011 April 4
by jonathon.wright

Venue: Microsoft London

Date: 29th March 2011

Why:  Microsoft Vision for Cloud Computing offering a holistic approach that enables organisations to determine what they need from the Cloud and how it fits into their environment.

What: Microsoft Azure (Storage | Compute | Management)  “Build to expect & withstand failure”.

NOTE: Microsoft Azure Appliance Servers (used by DELL | HP) Containers (yours for 3million per unit).

Some interesting cloudy stats:

  • MSN Messenger 10 Billion Transations Per Day;
  • Over 370 Million Hotmail Accounts;
  • 3 Billion Bing Searches Per Day.

Interesting point on Microsoft radar  “ROI Improvements for DEV/TEST enviromnents on demand (Hyper-V Cloud | VM Role)”

I’m now looking forward to finding out more about the Microsoft Azure Connect & Data Sync solutions next