Requirements must keep pace with agile

It long has been understood that requirements are the very first step in the application life cycle. After all, you can’t build what you don’t know, so requirements are what inform software development from the beginning. Requirements take time to create, though. Business meetings result in ideas for new products or features, and then business … continue reading

ALM Essentials: Rules and principles to follow

Magdy Hanna, CEO of Rommana Software and chairman of the International Institute for Software Testing, laid out some of the most important rules, tips and crucial components that a developer, project manager or tester must focus on in the ALM process. What’s in an ALM tool: “Application life-cycle management is supposed to span the whole … continue reading

Software testing no longer stands alone

Long gone are the days when a tester would sit on one side of the wall and wait for the developers to throw code over. Today’s testers are not only wearing their testing hats, but also the developer’s hat, the security team’s hat and IT’s hat. “Testers need to be able to pick up any … continue reading

DevOps: It’s all about the culture

In an environment where the development teams get along with the operations teams, organizations are finding it easier to deliver software faster, with better quality. What’s their secret? DevOps. “With DevOps, you get agility, you get speed, you have the ability to deploy applications very quickly, which means that you can release new features and … continue reading

Flexibility is critical for Big Data analytics

Big Data analytics is transforming the way entire industries operate, and yet individual organizations are still struggling to unlock the value of their data. Given the speed at which businesses operate today, a lot of tool and platform providers are attempting to balance the power and scalability of their offerings with ease of use. Although … continue reading

DevOps and business forge a new definition of APM

Applications are growing more complex and living on a wider range of platforms than ever before, and the application performance-management space is evolving along with them. APM platforms are providing more unified, flexible and predictive monitoring hubs for developers and operations, spurred to deliver more targeted application information faster. At the heart of this changing … continue reading

The modern Visual Studio tool belt

Developing in Visual Studio is more complicated than it used to be. As Visual Studio 2015 approaches, Apache Cordova tools and open-source efforts around the .NET ecosystem open an array of new cross-platform and cross-OS possibilities for Windows developers looking to branch out across devices and onto Linux and Mac. As Microsoft’s flagship IDE grows … continue reading

Keeping a mobile tester’s head above water

Being a software tester is no easy feat, especially when technology is constantly changing. In the past, when testers had to assess an application, they didn’t have to worry a whole lot about different operating systems, devices or screen sizes, according to Joe Schulz, director of mobile testing at Orasi. “We have lots of different … continue reading

Navigating a shifting PDF component landscape

PDFs have been around for a long time—more than two decades, in fact. As the platforms displaying the format have evolved beyond a simple desktop, more and more tools and components proliferate behind the scenes to ensure those documents crisply render and display on whatever application or screen they pop up in. Since its inception … continue reading

Scrum and the enterprise

The race to be the best, deliver high-quality software and to be the first to market has many organizations turning to different methodologies in order to speed up the development process. One methodology organizations have been flocking to in particular is Scrum. “I always will recommend Scrum if an organization is new to Agile and … continue reading

Testing in a modern, mobile and agile world

Test early and test often is a mantra every tester these days is familiar with, but with the advent of mobile and methodologies such as DevOps and agile, testing can get lost. “Organizations are expected to put code out faster, and there are pressures to do that, said Kyle Cochran, vice president of product management … continue reading

Software licensing trends mean business

Software licensing models are continually evolving to accommodate new technologies and business models. Over the past 15 years alone, licensing terms have expanded to take into consideration the mobile population, virtualized servers, multicore processors, subscription models, and the digital delivery of products. Metered usage may represent the next wave of change as the number of … continue reading

How to get Git into the enterprise

Developers love Git. But as Git adoption grows in the enterprise, the complexity can become overwhelming, and in retrospect, some say more thought should have been given to things like access control. While centralized version control systems remain popular, Git is gaining traction fast, especially among agile teams. Since more enterprise tool vendors are integrating … continue reading

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