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Bonjour foxes! I was at the Velocity Conference in London last week. Of course, fish & chips is still a must eat, a double-decker is far more than a bus, and pea shooting is, as always, so... British! But away from these classic London cultural elements, at Velocity I heard more and more about performance. I saw many tracks related to rendering, browser optimization, even the neuronal impact of slowness; etc. But it was always about one user at a time... only. Not so much as a word was uttered about challenges with multiple users or back-end and infrastructure related tests. Does it mean back-end load testing is over and I'm the only one who is not aware of it? Did an international committee sign a declaration to the end of problems on the server? Did the server problems melt in the sun behind the clouds? Am I to believe that your user experience with one user wil... (more)

New Websense Survey Reveals State of Web 2.0 Use

Websense has revealed the findings from a global survey of 1,300 information technology managers across ten countries, asking about their perceptions of Web 2.0 in the workplace, testing their understanding of Web 2.0 technologies and assessing their organizations' level of security preparedness. Web 2.0 sites and applications allow user-generated content and comprise the majority of the top 100 most visited sites on the Internet, including search engines like Google and Yahoo!, resources like Wikipedia and news sites like CNN. Key findings from the Web2.0@Work(TM) survey include: Web 2.0 in Business is Here to Stay Web 2.0 has made an impact in the workplace and will continue to change the way organizations conduct business as more Web 2.0 applications make their way into the corporate environment. Though many Web 2.0 services were designed for consumer use rather t... (more)

Segro Selects ComplyXL to Speed Up the Spreadsheet Reporting Process Across Europe

Segro (SGRO) is Europe's leading property investment and development company providing business space across Europe, and is one of the largest REITs in the world. With headquarters in the UK, Segro has locations across Europe in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. Issues As the spreadsheets were being updated on a daily basis, with no real way to check the spreadsheets or control the changes except manually, it became imperative that spreadsheet controls were put in place in a non intrusive way, that could be rolled out easily throughout Europe with minimal disruption. Rob Healey, Service Delivery Manager for Europe was tasked with finding a solution that would link into the new initiative to analyze the information, both the financial and property details, held in spreadsheets across Europe, to be able... (more)

Gorilla Logic Announces FlexMonkey for Adobe Flex

Adobe AIR on Ulitzer Gorilla Logic, firm known industry-wide for providing “gorilla” consultants that deliver a 10X productivity improvement over other options, today announced the release of FlexMonkey 1.0. FlexMonkey, an open source testing tool for optimizing automated and unit testing of Adobe Flex RIAs, is another example of Gorilla Logic’s commitment to assisting clients and the market in developing the highest-quality applications possible. ”Adobe Flex is the leading standard for enterprise RIA development. When developing Flex-based mission-critical systems for our clients, we needed a production-quality testing tool that would tightly integrate with Flex Builder and FlexUnit,” said Eric Owens, FlexMonkey Product Manager. “FlexMonkey 1.0 is the answer to that need: by automating our interface testing with record/playback functionality, we provide higher qual... (more)

The Reality of Software Testing in an Agile Environment

Introduction The definition of agile testing can be described as follows: "Testing practice for projects using agile technologies, treating development as the customer of testing and emphasizing a test-first design philosophy. In agile development, testing is integrated throughout the lifecycle, testing the software throughout its development."* Agile is a methodology that is seeing increasingly widespread adoption and it is easy to understand why-especially if you consider the developer and user point of view. Users: Don't want to spend ages being quizzed in detail about the exact requirements and processes for the whole system, and then have to review a large specification, which they know could come back to haunt them. Developers: Don't want to have to follow a tight specification, without any expression of their own imagination and creative talents, especially if... (more)

LookStat Announces Free Trial of its Back Office Services for Stock Photographers

LookStat announced it is offering a free trial of its new microstock keywording and uploading services to stock photographers who are active in microstock. “We’re committed to creating technology and services to enable stock photographers to streamline their workflow and to spend their time on what they do best – creating great images,” said Rahul Pathak, LookStat’s CEO & Founder. LookStat offers the following services: • Keywording – IPTC-embedded title, description and 30-50 keywords that are SEO friendly and microstock compliant. • Retouching – All image post-processing including RAW conversion, color correction, cleanup and logo removal. • Uploading & Submission – Uploading and submission of images to up to 10 microstock sites. This includes complete management of the submission process including upload quotas, model release attachment and resubmission. • Anal... (more)

Software Revolution Is About To Explode

In the phone industry, we became barraged by long-distance carriers and a multitude of options. In the utility industry, many of us are, for the first time, having to choose from options we don't really want to understand. When a patent expires on a drug we now have a plethora of generic drugs to choose from. In all cases, the options and complexity grows. The prices also come down. The same thing is about to happen in the software industry. New tools and capabilities make building, selling and delivering Web-based software solutions accessible to a much wider audience. A material percentage of the software requests we see every day are from folks who, just five years ago, would have had a tough time getting into the software business. If you want to get into the software business, a revolution is about to happen; get on it. If you want to have simpler, faster software choi... (more)

Microsoft's David Chou on Azure Open Government

In this blog David Chou provides an excellent synopsis of the core mechanics and fundamental value of Cloud computing. He focuses on Microsoft Azure naturally, and so does this other recent white paper. Business elasticity – As a service In a nutshell these articles describe that the primary business benefits of Cloud computing is that it frees you up from the operational burdens of maintaining the underlying machinery of databases and servers yourself, while enjoying a scalability of platform as if you had deployed a huge farm of them. You can simply rent this capability of being able to “scale out”, meaning you dynamically grab as many other servers as resources as and when you need them, and then release them when you no longer do so. This means “business elasticity” – Your organization is flexing in response to the market conditions it is experiencing, and can ... (more)

Apply Agile When Deploying Apps

The application release lifecycle is unnecessarily complex, manual and time-consuming and its cumbersome nature is putting businesses in a position of weakness. This one very critical process determines how fast a business can deliver products to market and yet is complex, error-prone and full of bottlenecks. An application release process can drive products to market faster, to strengthen the overall product roadmap and get the business to be more reactive to market needs. A focus on speed of deployment is an off-shoot of the growth of cloud and Agile development methodology. The bottom line is - the faster that new features, fixes and improvements reach the customer, the better for everyone. The same principle applies in an enterprise environment - the faster the latest version of an application reaches users, the more productive they can be. Both environments r... (more)

Best Practices for Load Testing Mobile Applications | Part I

Mobile applications and mobile websites have become a major channel for conducting business, improving employee efficiency, communicating, and reaching consumers. In the past, mobile played a smaller role in business applications, so performance issues and outages were less of a concern. This is no longer the case. Today, performance problems with mobile applications lead directly to revenue loss, brand damage, and diminished employee productivity. Part I of this article discusses the differences between testing traditional web and mobile applications, specific challenges associated with mobile load testing, mobile testing basics and best practices for recording mobile load test scenarios. In Part II, we will look at how to conduct realistic tests and how to best analyze the results. Application developers have long understood the need for load testing conventional... (more)

Crowdsourcing Your Way to Usability Testing

Software developers and service providers need a period of usability testing before launch to find out how the product stands up in the hands of end users. An experienced QA team will ferret out bugs and identify major issues, but they won't use your software like a customer will. The value of focus testing is not up for debate, but the way you run it most definitely is. How Does It Work? Crowdsourcing-based usability testing services is an emerging niche and you'll find a choice of online services capable of delivering valuable information on your product's usability. Try My UI and User Testing are two good examples and they both offer the chance to see potential customers using your software in real-world conditions. The pricing varies, but you're looking at $35 to $39 per tester for a single test and there are discounts for bulk orders. You provide the software ... (more)