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Razor Sharp Functional Testing in The Modern Era

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There it was. Written on our little white board where employees generally write an inspired quote or some fun trivia. But today, after a particularly grueling product meeting trying to determine our minimum viable product (MVP) for an upcoming new release, I went to fill my coffee and saw this written on the board. Occam’s Razor […]

Peer-to-Peer: How Record and Playback is Killing Your Productivity

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I am often asked about the difference between record and playback testing approach and data-driven testing methodology. This post outlines the difference between the two, and illustrates why one of them is killing your productivity. Record and playback testing methods were developed in the 1980’s, and were a great use of technology at the time. […]

The Economics of Business Components in Test Automation

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What is a Component? A business component is the basic building block of scriptless test automation. It provides the ability to quickly and easily build a test case by breaking down the flow through your business application, one step at a time. In its most basic sense, a business component represents an individual application screen. The […]

Evergreen Automation: Solving a Classic Test Automation Problem

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The Classic Achilles Heel in Test Automation One of the classic challenges in testing, and the Achilles heel in many a test automation program is the difficulty in keeping test cases current as changes are made to the applications under test.  While some applications remain reasonably static, there are others that are much more change-centric and […]

3 Things I Learned at Oracle OpenWorld

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I, along with 60,000 of my closest friends, descended upon San Francisco last week to participate in Oracle OpenWorld 2016. There was a tremendous amount of valuable content, education, information, discovery, debates (over technology as well as politics), and good fun. With that many people and that much content, however, it’s hard to recap it thoroughly. […]

To CIOs: Did Critical ERP Security Updates and Patches Cause the PoS Breach?

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Recently an article appeared on the Computing UK website entitled, “Oracle attackers ‘possibly got unlimited control over credit cards’ on US retail systems, warns ERPScan.”  The article talks about exposure to potentially every credit card used in US retail as a result of the control hackers gained to Point of Sale (PoS) systems when exploiting […]

7 Things You Need to Know about Automated Testing Before Your Next Test Cycle

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I run across a lot of testing organizations that haven’t yet made the leap to automated testing.   There are a lot of misconceptions about test automation and there are many things that these folks are unknowingly missing by not taking that step. If you’re one of them, please read on. Common misconceptions about test […]

From Handcuffed to Highly Competitive CA Technologies Podcast

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Every large enterprise organization is in the software business. JP Morgan Chase employs nearly 30,000 programmers. To put that in perspective, that’s nearly 10,000 more programmers than Google, according to Google’s Annual Report. Why would a financial company have a software team bigger than Google? Because software fuels their commerce and runs their business. Because […]

How Do You Choose What Tests to Automate?

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I get this question a lot and am often asked when we start Professional Services engagements with our clients. The answer is simply to identify applications that present the highest potential business risk and start there. What do I mean by business risk? If you look at the application(s) under test, and answer these key […]