In today’s digital world, every company is a software company. Businesses are investing heavily in software so they can transform their analog or hybrid business models into newer, more effective digital models. With HP Application Delivery Management solutions, organizations can accelerate software delivery to deliver at a speed that matches customer demand, create optimized user experiences across multiple OS and devices and optimize their apps to handle modern load, performance and security challenges.

“HP is the world leader in automated software quality,” said Raffi Margaliot, senior vice president and general manager of Application Delivery Management for HP Software. “Customers trust us to provide the most comprehensive portfolio for testing and delivering applications in the new style of IT.”

HP made the 2015 SD Times 100 list for its contributions to the QA, Security and Performance category. Using its solutions, software teams are delivering better-quality software faster that performs reliably in production, allowing business to differentiate.

Accelerate Development
Organizations everywhere are transitioning from Waterfall processes to Agile processes in order to be more responsive to change and accelerate development. Now, many companies are embracing DevOps to accelerate delivery and business innovation. As they move to Agile and DevOps, HP helps them overcome the challenges of rapid delivery.

“Part of it is a process issue and part of it is a tool issue, but at the end of the day, our customers aspire to move much faster than they did before,” said Margaliot. “Not all of them are going to embrace continuous deployment like Facebook with deployments in production a day, but they are trying to move toward continuous delivery to meet market demands more effectively.”

HP Application Lifecycle Manager (ALM) and HP Agile Manager help software teams extend their ALM and Agile processes into DevOps by leveraging the power of Big Data to enable predictive ALM. Using analytics and machine learning, software teams can finally comprehend the vast amount of information buried in source-code-management systems, test-management systems, production logs and production monitoring data. Using HP ALM and HP Agile Manager, it is possible to predict risk, timelines and application quality throughout the application life cycle.

“HP ALM brings development and operations teams together, lowering silos and increasing collaboration,” said Margaliot. “We’re feeding far more information from the operations side than developers have had access to before so they can develop and test their applications according to the real usage on the production side.”

Anytime, Anywhere Reliability
The simple days of supporting just Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer are long gone. Now, software teams have to ensure that their applications run everywhere: on popular browsers, including Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox; on operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS and Android; and on various form factors, including tablets, smartphones, watches, glasses and the Internet of Things.

“Our customers are facing challenges testing every part of an application given the growing environmental complexity,” said Margaliot. “HP Mobile Center helps our customers build a mobile app that automatically tests every application on every form factor, operating system and browser—and every change that is being introduced without compromising time to market.”

The testing capabilities also extend to the sensors on modern mobile devices. By monitoring the sensors that are participating in an application—including GPS, camera, video, oscillator, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, and barometer—software teams can test very complicated scenarios. The capability is especially helpful for customers who are moving past mobile applications to the Internet of Things.

Master Performance and Load Testing
Web and mobile applications are driving exponentially more traffic than they have historically. In the past, bank customers would check their bank balances maybe twice a month, usually after their paycheck arrived. In the mobile era, the same customers are now using apps to check bank balances more frequently, if not daily. “Higher user engagement requires much more scalability and reliability on the back end,” said Margaliot. “Whether it’s Black Friday or other peak load times, e-commerce and other consumer-facing sites need to support massive amounts of traffic coming from mobile devices.”

Often performance failures are highly visible, such as when the Affordable Healthcare Act became effective and the site crashed because it was unable to handle the volume of traffic.

“The problem was a lack of performance testing,” said Margaliot. “It was the first time performance testing issues became the subject of a congressional hearing.”

Using HP performance and load testing solutions such as StormRunner Load and Network Virtualization, companies can avoid the cost and angst of site outages and mobile app failures.

In the future, HP will further help customers in their journey to DevOps using Big Data and predictive analytics. It will also introduce new solutions for testing the problems the Internet of Things will introduce.”

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