The What, Why, and How of Interoperability Testing

Software systems have had at least some need to share data and status (interoperate) with each other for over half a century.
For humans, interoperability has typically been a matter of clarity and complete content in written and spoken communications. As situational stress mounts, managing …

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The Business Case for Outsourced Software QA

Outsourcing is one of the of the most difficult decisions a company can make. Whether you’re an established brand or a start-up, your goal is to intelligently deploy capital on ‘things’ that grow your business. Make the wrong decisions and you risk losing revenue. Make …

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5 Myths About Software Testing & QA That Need to Die

One of the definitions of the word myth is ‘an unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution.’ As such, the word has become synonymous with the notion of a false idea that we tell ourselves to avoid confronting a …

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SaaS Testing: Key Challenges and Effective Solutions

SaaS. It sounds like something a teenager might do, but it’s one of the hottest trends in software. SaaS stands for Software-as-a-Service. On-demand software that eliminates many of the purchase-cycle and maintenance frustrations customers experience with packaged software.
You might have heard SaaS referred to …

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6 Tips to Improve Collaboration Between Software Developers & QA

Collaboration requires communication. At least, effective collaboration does! Without supportive communication practices, even the most well-planned project can turn into a confusing jumble of “who’s done what, who’s doing what, and what are the specific issues that need prioritized?”
How Important is Good Communication?
The …

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Software Testing in the Age of DevOps

Waterfall to Agile to Dev/Ops, software development from concept to finished product has changed more than software organizations from two or three decades ago could possibly have imagined. Nonetheless, the days of eighteen-month release cycles with the rigid separation of development and quality are gone.

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Stress Testing for Love

Holidays can be a challenge to your online presence. Whether you’re an online retailer or a dating website, any form of e-commerce can suffer from unpredictable spikes in site traffic and heavy transaction volume during holiday seasons. Combine random peaks in traffic with everyday pressure …

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Is an Enterprise Testing Strategy Right For Your Company?

One thing all brands have in common is the need to keep their customers happy. If you’re reading this, you likely rely on releasing high quality software to keep your customers, well…happy. While creating a great release relies on great development, insufficient testing could lead …

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API Testing: Best Practices and Sage Advice

API is acronym speak for Application Programming Interface and its full name is a good description of what it does. An API is a user interface to an application where the intended user is another program. The most common uses of APIs are in ecommerce …

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Load and Performance Testing: A Super Bowl Cautionary Tale

The 2017 Super Bowl came with an ad from a virtually unknown construction supplies company, 84 Lumber. It was intended as a recruitment ad but contained a strong message about immigration. The 90-second ad aired just before the halftime show and directed viewers to a …

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The Truth About End-to-End Testing

Much thought and planning has gone into how to structure software quality tests and a great deal, if not most of it, concerns the balance of testing costs versus results.
One focus of this controversy is end-to-end testing. End-to-end testing is the verification of a …

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