Borland, a Micro Focus company, today announced updates to the Borland Silk Portfolio – extending its comprehensive set of quality and performance testing tools for desktop, web, cloud and mobile to include network and collaborative testing. The latest version will help enable customers to gain a truer understanding of what global end users are experiencing. As a result, customers can be empowered to deliver high-quality applications that run at optimum performance levels quickly and efficiently while improving team collaboration.

To meet the expectations of today’s commercial software consumers, enterprise organizations must understand and test true user experience on a large and global scale in order to deliver quality business applications that work flawlessly. While software development teams battle an ever-expanding number of platforms, browsers, mobile devices and operating systems, traditional application testing is not enough. To further add to application quality complexities, a lack of collaboration between development, business and quality assurance teams means that changes to a development project are not effectively communicated to all stakeholders, fuelling schedule delays and additional costs.

Silk Performer has introduced new features to simulate a variety of wired, wireless and mobile network technologies. In addition to mobile bandwidth limitations like 3G, HSPA+ and LTE, the solution also simulates packet drop rate and latency. It enables enterprise organizations to measure the impact of different network conditions like poor antenna signal, high latency on long distance connections and reduced transfer rates, meaning issues can be anticipated and tested out before they occur.  This enables them to ensure quality user experience no matter how and from where their users access their applications. Furthermore, through SilkPerformer Remedy, organisations can now load test Remedy AR System Web solutions, the four-tier system architecture, to simulate IT system users experience reliably on a large scale.

To address the challenge of successful collaboration between technical and business focused users, Silk Test and Silk Central have introduced a collaborative approach to linking business objectives to testing teams called keyword-driven testing (KDT). Developers and testers can now develop the test keywords and let the business analysts and domain experts define the complex business workflows using the keywords, enabling more effective test collaboration. This helps increase productivity and improves testing return on investment (ROI) by reducing the cost and time needed for test design, automation and execution.