Parasoft announced the general availability of the new Parasoft Service Virtualization, an open, automated infrastructure for continuous testing. With the latest release, teams can provision simulated test environments and launch associated test scenarios via a readily accessible API. This enables fully automated continuous testing, which is a critical component of continuous delivery and continuous release. Even if the team needs to launch a myriad of different test environments, each of which runs an extensive set of test scenarios, all the necessary provisioning and test execution can be fully automated.

Beyond promoting tools and the new “Continuous Integration” buzzword, Ariola and Dunlop make a good point in their short book: We mustn’t accept that the trend toward accelerating the development process will magically improve software quality; indeed, we should expect the opposite. And if we are going to mitigate risk in today’s environment, we need to reengineer the software development process in a way that considers business risk to be one of the metrics, along with the other traditional results of our automated testing and Continuous Integration systems.

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Alan Zeichick, founding editor of SD Times, is principal analyst of Camden Associates.