Why is Investing in Software Testing Labs and IP-led testing Crucial?

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Long line of teaching bots are being designed to deliver various functions and automate processes. The latest instance is Root, a new code-teaching robot that is programmed to inspire students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) studies. What it brings for us is something new and fresh, pumping high volumes of anticipation and reinforcing the need for Quality Assurance.

While Root is yet to make a real entry, the bot has been designed to teach coding skills right from kindergarten folks to the adults. Enterprises are leveraging various testing mechanisms and platforms to test various products, services, applications, devices, etc. Whether it’s a Google Pixel, Apple iPhone, or a Samsung Note, testing it for uniqueness and performance is indispensable.

Digital Transformation is changing the dynamics of testing software and applications to make it ready for the digital landscape. So, testing within a holistic environment is absolutely crucial. The digital customer needs a connected interface and a solution over a single platform. Considering all these aspects while testing and enabling integration is essential. This further reinforces the need to leverage Test Environments.

How do companies respond to varying customer needs in the digital landscape and ensure enhanced customer service? A dedicated Testing Center of Excellence (TCoEs) with testing frameworks takes your Quality Assurance (QA) initiatives to a new high. This could, and will, help enterprises to adapt to the ongoing digital turmoil.

The immediate impact is obvious – reduced time-to-market, assured security, enhanced performance, and consistent customer satisfaction. Additionally, a dedicated testing lab can help find flaws in the design, processes, and defects in performance, incompatibility with hardware/software. So, not just for speed, but also for quality and transformation, enterprises are moving towards overall automation.

What is a Testing CoE and why leverage it?

It is a comprehensive framework that helps businesses to establish strong QA processes. It is built with assets – People, Process, and Technology – woven together to ensure quality.

Gartner estimates that “By 2020, 50% of customers will have dismantled Test Centers of Excellence (TCOEs) as they shift to competency centers, agile methodologies and DevOps to provide business agility.”

The implications are clear, a well-built Agile TCoE can drive continuous improvement and bring effectiveness in the QA initiatives. Quite the reverse, an inadequately designed TCoE can bring in unnecessary processes and death to the ultimate goal with ‘uncalled’ bureaucracy.

What you need after such volumes of investment is continuous improvement and constantly enhancing performance that fails to derail your testing efforts.

How do you ensure that? The steps for building a strong CoE very much define the ultimate objective that you want to achieve.

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Additionally, IP-led solutions enable you to build responsiveness towards inherent challenges in a volatile economy, where the solutions remain particularly focused on leveraging tested Frameworks and Accelerators. These Frameworks and Accelerators are built and applied for various domain-specific clients across various scenarios.

Towards Automation…

Digital Transformation continues to drive the IT strategy and create ripples in the QA and testing space. At the same time, the buzz around Agile and DevOps continues to grow in the QA space. In a scenario like this, businesses are increasingly adopting automation by leveraging Testing Frameworks and IP-led testing services.

At the same time, challenges are also increasing around managing and bringing down the costs of maintaining Test environments. There is a constant requirement to find efficiencies at every stage in the QA process, where testing remains a challenge and cost to bear.

Leveraging Test Automation frameworks and Accelerators is the most obvious solution for business today. A TCoE provides a holistic approach to attain excellence for a testing organization or unit. The proprietary framework comprises core elements that address all aspects of an organization.

Digital Transformation and its Impact

In its report ‘Building the Digital Platform’, Gartner states, ‘As digitalization moves from an innovative trend to a core competency, enterprises need to understand and exploit platform effects throughout all aspects of their businesses. Not doing so will threaten their ability to: deliver; attract and retain talent; and have their products/services perceived as value-adding by customers.’

This puts additional pressure on businesses to deliver and be resilient in this digital age. There is a pounding need for end-to-end testing under varying scenarios. There are multiple functionalities to be tested under various operating systems and for various devices. Devices with different resolutions, shapes, and sizes pose tremendous compatibility issues.

There are massive investments that brands make to go and live the digital dream. Ultimately, there is a clear indication to garner higher ROI from all these investments. So, the pressure is on getting the application market-ready that proportionately puts pressure on the testers and developers.

Having the right infrastructure in place helps leverage capabilities like Test Environments, Testing labs, IP-led testing labs, comprehensive Testing frameworks. The ultimate aim is to please the users and get the application/product faster into the marketplace. In this way, businesses continue to leverage the best practices to sustain productivity and ROI to ultimately meet market expectations.

Moreover, as enterprises progress into the digital space, there is a need to test and integrate the legacy systems within the new age digital landscape and make them ready for the future applications. There is a constant requirement to upgrade the existing systems and test them for any expected contingencies. This creates and reinforces the need for independent software testing, where businesses can leverage third-party expertise to bring value and assured capabilities in testing, making the process more scalable.

Independent Software Testing capabilities

Enterprises are looking at minimal investments and leverage third party services that bring expertise and are scalable. At Gallop, our specialist software testing services are backed by Proprietary Testing IP (Enterprise Test Acceleration Suite – ETAS) for enhanced productivity and in-house R&D teams.

We have provided independent software testing services for more than a decade and have enabled clients to achieve substantial market acceleration and higher ROI in their QA initiatives.

We offer a combination of proprietary R&D and Intellectual Property around software testing and also provide access to a huge talent pool of specialized career testers. With our IP-led Test Accelerators, we have helped clients across various industries to realize benefits from their testing efforts and get commercially viable.

Connect with us to leverage our Software Testing Labs, IP-led Testing services, and Testing CoEs to streamline and accelerate your QA initiatives, and ultimately achieve bang for your buck!

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

How Critical is Functional and Compatibility Testing for a Healthcare provider?

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A recent Mckinsey report on Healthcare discusses ‘Why should senior health insurance leaders make “digital” a strategic priority?’ at length. In the 1950s when various institutions started implementing technology with the sheer aim to automate standardized tasks, even healthcare began leveraging IT to automate processes and churn high volumes of statistical data.

The report further mentions that the adoption of IT for Healthcare can be compared to any other industry. Almost two decades later, industries experienced the second wave of digitization/IT adoption. It was responsible for 2 changes –

  • It integrated various aspects of core processes with an organization
  • It supported B2B processes such as supply-chain management for various institutions across industries

Automation and digitization is critical for Healthcare providers, as there are highly recurring tasks that have to be done at speed and with absolute accuracy.

When you refer to digital, it implies a range of technologies and applications that can facilitate automation, rational decision making, and enhanced connectivity with the end users, and more innovation that is data-driven.

While digitization could be a solution, equally important is building a robust and market-ready system. The obvious reason is to offer a fresh, agile, digitally resilient and secure business-user interface platform.

Functional and Cross-browser testing plays a major role in building a responsive and market-ready Web platform for the users in an industry that yearns for consistent results and performance. While Cross-browser testing is critical for Web application testing, the first step in the process is to check for a published list of supported browsers and then assess the percentage of browsers to cover.

On the whole, interconnecting the entire system and functions with a web application is a humungous task and to get it operational is the biggest challenge. So, arduous testing of these health applications is a must and ensuring that the application goes through various testing phases is important.

Today, users are assessing healthcare related applications not only across browsers, but also across devices with various dimensions. In this scenario, building an application that is compatible across devices and browsers is very much business-critical.

Compatibility testing is a non-functional testing implemented to assess the application’s compatibility across various environments, segmented as forward compatibility testing and backward compatibility testing.

The key objective is to confirm that the application is compatible across different hardware, operating systems, databases and versions of the browser. Compatibility Testing is a testing process that involves developing hardware and software configurations, designing, and executing tests in real scenarios.

A web interface for your customers not only provides convenience of use, but also plays a key role in showcasing the company’s brand image. If not displayed effectively, it can shatter the company’s position and lead to loss of customers.

Additionally, if the software is not compatible with the most current hardware devices, then the entire effort of hardware upgrade is futile. The core purpose of upgrading hardware is to accelerate the operations and offer enhanced experience.

There could be some serious consequences of skipping an effective compatibility test:

  • If the software is not compatible across browsers and various versions of the browser, then the users will eventually lose interest for any further experience.
  • If the software doesn’t show compatibility with various other devices like printers, etc., it will become a serious dismay for the end users and could lead to hardware damage as well.
  • If the software is not compatible across various database versions, it may lead to interoperability issues.
  • If the compatibility is not experienced with the network, the user might have to experience performance and bandwidth issues.

At the same time functional testing tests various components and features in the application – refers to activities that validate an action or function of the code. More particularly, it helps answer question from the user’s perspective – Can the user perform this action? Is the feature performing the way it should?

It is typically need-specified testing.

It is a testing technique that is applied to test various features/functionalities of the application, considering diverse scenarios that would include failure paths and boundary cases.

There are 2 approaches to functional testing – requirement-based testing and business-process-based testing:

  • Requirement-based testing: In this category of testing the requirements are prioritized based on the risks involved and tests are planned accordingly. This ensures that some critical tests are included in the overall testing effort.
  • Business-process-based testing: This involves considering a day-to-day business scenario while planning the tests. Business knowledge is applied in this case to devise and execute the tests.

Moreover, testing across multiple browsers is a herculean task and it might not be achievable all the time. It is virtually impossible! So, what do we do?

A comprehensive testing approach has to be incorporated to successfully test across various browsers, platforms, and resolutions.

Let’s have a look at some latest cross-browser compatibility testing tools that Mashable has recently listed:

  • Ghostlab offers a step-by-step testing solution for scrolls, clicks, reloads, and form inputs across connected devices and also tests user experience. By leveraging the advanced built-in inspector, you can detect and fix problems rapidly.
  • BrowserStack offers LIVE, web-based browser testing with immediate access to every desktop and mobile browser (as of now more than 300). It further holds ability to test local and internal servers with a secure set-up.
  • Sauce Labs enables you to execute tests in the Cloud for over 260 different browser platforms and devices, offering a comprehensive test infrastructure that includes Selenium, JavaScript, Mobile, and Manual testing facilities.
  • Browsera enables testing for cross-browser layout issues by mechanically comparing each browser’s output and reporting JavaScript errors. There is no installation required and the tests are executed entirely on the Cloud.
  • Litmus provides a one-stop email and cross-browser testing solution that helps display your site across browsers for verification and does Link validation to avoid any backlisting of URLs.

Gallop has been particularly working with the Healthcare sector to empower healthcare providers to serve their end-users effectively in this evolving and challenging digital landscape. A US-based healthcare critical communications provider engaged with Gallop to enable its online platform with Gallop’s Functional testing and Cross-browser compatibility testing expertise.

It is particularly important to understand here that the client offers software solutions for the healthcare sector, where communication is critical and the service is highly sought after in the US. There were 3 clear objectives laid out – Functional Compatibility testing, Browser Compatibility testing, and Integration testing.

Considering sensitive information was being shared with patients, it was absolutely crucial to keep a zero error scenario. The key challenge was an unstable testing application that had inadequate functionalities to test the business requirements.

The team specifically tested 2 major products – Pulse and Nurse Call system. Along with varied suggestions to enhance functioning of the applications, the team authored test cases, achieved maximum code coverage, and executed them effectively to identify and report defects.

Additionally, we executed intensive regression test suite after each deployment so that the previously tested functionalities work even within the new build. With the latest regression suite, Gallop was able to ensure increased stability for the critical messaging application.

The client was able to achieve a tangible 40% reduction in post-production defects. This further helped improve the brand’s credibility in the healthcare space, which is absolutely business-critical.

Gallop has been working closely with leading and innovative enterprises in the Healthcare segment and we understand the requirements of the sector and criticality it holds with the end-users.

Connect with us to gain speed to market and build a robust and secure digital interface for the millennial consumer.

Though Gallop is not associated with all the tool vendors mentioned above, we do leverage our strategic partnerships with vendors to extend added benefits to our clients.

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An Insight into the Different Users of Lean Functional Testing Tool – LeanFT

An Insight into the Different Users of Lean Functional Testing Tool - LeanFT

A successful implementation of Agile and DevOps-based software methodologies in any organization requires a shift-left approach in the testing process. Functional test automation tools help provide a strong ground for implementing this approach properly.

However, working with prominent functional test automation tools such as UFT and the latest from HP – a lightweight Lean Functional testing tool – LeanFT – requires a very specific skillset and mindset. Writing code for testing waterfall-based products requires a very different approach as compared to writing testing code for solutions like LeanFT that have been specifically built for continuous testing and continuous integration as they induce a continuous development process for easy integration with Agile and DevOps teams.

The knowledge and expertise required to build robust, scalable, and stable tests with agile collaboration in the development and QA ecosystems using LeaanFT is a different set of capabilities than that required for ecosystems not being built for Agile systems.

Let us try to understand some of the types of users and developers of LeanFT in detail.

  1. DevTesters: The new generation of users of LeanFT are named as DevTesters and can be classified as technical users. A Devtester is capable of developing the code, as well as perform testing too. They work only in the languages and IDE that the developers use. These users have knowledge of UFT and can leverage it along with their Selenium expertise to work easily with LeanFT. Moreover, tests in LeanFT are authored using C# (Visual Studio) and Java (Eclipse) and the interactions with AUT are scripted using the LeanFT libraries and thus Devtesters easily adapt to LeanFT environment. These users are the target audience for LeanFT.
  1. Agile Automation Engineers: This group can be classified as more technical users than the regular test automation engineers and usually have good exposure to agile testing methodologies. With their agile testing expertise, they can easily handle and work with LeanFT.
  2. Test Automation Engineers: These users are technical users and already have good exposure building frameworks and are comfortable with creating test automation with the UFT. They have exposure to other languages and can easily work with LeanFT as it typically adopts UFT’s test objects and descriptions along with the Object identification mechanisms. Prior knowledge of existing concepts, mechanisms and tools of UFT proves highly useful for them to work easily with LeanFT to build stable and robust test scripts.
  3. Subject Matter Experts: These can be categorized under non-technical users without the knowledge of core programming activities. They mostly use tools like business process testing and script less keyword driven approaches to drive the concepts of test automation. They will not have a need to use LeanFT but work more with BPT approach directed towards test automation.
  4. Business Analysts/Testers: These users are non-technical and play an important role in defining STP, test flows and focus more on needed coverage. They are unable to code complex automated tests and thus have been placed under non-technical users.

After knowing about all these LeanFT users, let us know something about how to migrate your existing UFT scripts to LeanFT which is simple, easy and effortless with Gallop’s QuickLean. LeanFT coupled with UFT can be the perfect choice for web application testing. Gallop can help you do a comprehensive Web Application Testing for your applications with a totally tool agnostic approach.

QuickLean is an innovative migration accelerator that helps migrate your UFT scripts to LeanFT and there are many advantages due to usage of the automated migration solution. Some of these merits are: the migration takes place at an effective mode, facilitates easy creation of test assets that are easy to maintain and can be used at a later point. Moreover, minimal knowledge transition and management oversight is required with these migration accelerators, thus reducing overhead costs and helping business remain as usual during migration.

Upload your existing UFT scripts to know more about QuickLean’s effectiveness and migration process. Contact Us Today!

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Overcoming Top Challenges during UFT to LeanFT Migration

Overcoming Top Challenges during UFT to LeanFT Migration

Earlier, in the Waterfall, Spiral and other traditional models of software development, the Software Testing was performed at the end of the Software development life cycle (SDLC) due to which defects or bugs were identified at the end of the SDLC that needed additional timelines for fixation and finally ended up with disparity in agreed timelines for quality product delivery. Today’s enterprises demand agility and quickness towards release of quality products that is possible only through effective automation testing using best test automation tools. The agile methodology follows the sprint concept; few features are developed and tested in parallel which demands Shift-Left approach; the practice of integration and testing at every phase of the software development life cycle. Thus, the Software testing life cycle (STLC) has taken a Shift left practice with the test automation being performed in parallel with development.

Moreover, even the new emerging technologies like Cloud, Big Data demand agility and speed to deliver on-time quality products thus assuring continuous testing and continuous delivery through effective automation tools like Unified Functional Testing (UFT) and many others. Test automation varies with the nature of business and though UFT has been an industry standard solution for automation for quite some time, with the on-going technology innovations, recently HP has unveiled LeanFT during the recently concluded HP Discover June 2015. LeanFT has many added features & is more advanced than UFT and it empowers a common IDE for developers and testers. However, in the migration of these UFT scripts to LeanFT, there are some major challenges that have been detailed below.

Common challenges during UFT to LeanFT migration:

  1. People Acceptance to the new Change: The introduction of new functional LeanFT tool needs the acceptance from the enterprises and organizations to adopt the new technology.
  2. Skill Set Needed; Knowledge of C# and Java: The major challenge that occurs with UFT migration to LeanFT is that the testers should have the knowledge of C# or Java as LeanFT has language support for C# and Java and UFT scripts exist in VBScript. With no more of VBScript involved, it might be a steep learning curve for testers but Java and C# are supposed to be better alternatives and would lead to more collaboration between developer and testers.
  3. Resource Availability: There should be availability of ample resources having functional knowledge of the above technologies to perform and successfully migrate UFT Scripts to LeanFT.
  4. Time Involved in Script Development: The time involved in the development of UFT scripts to LeanFT involves considerably lot of effort from the testers as detailed below:

If there exist 10,000 lines of UFT scripts – if suppose each script takes 2 hrs effort to develop the new script by a tester & if a tester does 20 scripts per day on a normal average (8 hrs) then, in order to convert 10,000 scripts it takes substantially longer time running into numerous man hours that increases both cost and time. Further, the cost factor involved for already existing test suite in UFT which runs into thousands of code lines, that is already under execution and maintenance also relatively involves lot of cost & effort of testers to get it migrated to LeanFT.

  1. Effort Involved in Manual Migration of UFT Scripts to LeanFT: In order to manually migrate UFT scripts, it involves a lot of effort as the tester needs to author a new script that takes more effort to develop the entire script from the scratch.
  2. Timelines: Along with the cost factor mentioned earlier, the timelines defined for a particular migration also gets affected. The other major challenge is though UFT is highly suitable for automation, and supports a vast range of technology services, but the effort extended for migration takes relatively longer time for script conversion while LeanFT is highly suitable for Agile, DevOps and is effective for continuous integration and continuous testing, as most enterprise applications today opt for the Agile methodology.

In view of the above facts let’s take a look up at the new Migration solution that overcomes all the above and provides a useful migration from UFT to LeanFT without any hindrances and ensures a cakewalk migration.

What is the latest tool that helps for easy migration from HP UFT to LeanFT?

QuickLean by Gallop Solutions is the World’s First Automated HP UFT to LeanFT migration tool. QuickLean team worked in close proximity with the HP R&D team to come up with World’s first automated tool for UFT to LeanFT Migration.

What does QuickLean perform?

QuickLean converts your HP UFT scripts to be readily used with HP’s latest and advanced functional test automation solution – LeanFT. QuickLean makes your Agile Test Automation journey easy and fast with HP LeanFT. Hassle free migration from UFT to LeanFT is easy and simple with Gallop’s QuickLean migration solution. It helps save time, cost and eases the entire process of UFT to LeanFT migration saving time by nearly 80%.

With a number of migration tools existing in the market, choose Gallop’s QuickLean tool to migrate your HP UFT scripts to LeanFT. It marks a typically sensible investment that any business should consider when taking the plunge and switching from Unified Functional Testing to Lean Functional Testing. The few challenges of manual switching can be far more destructive than you expect, so a readymade solution that automates the entire process is the best thing you can adopt for easy and painless migration. Contact Gallops’ team today to know more about QuickLean.

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