Appvance Insights

Here we share thoughts and observations about what matters most to our customers from experts at Appvance and our partner companies. We welcome your comments and feedback.

The QA Wall is Real

The QA Wall is real New research shows that a bottleneck still slows down software release frequency As more organizations make the move toward DevOps, many still experience a software testing bottleneck—dubbed the QA Wall—that puts a damper on the speed of software releases. This is according to new data from a Vanson Bourne survey…

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The Genesis of Automated Testing at Google in 2005

How automated testing launched at Google

By Gene Kim, Award-winning CTO, Author and DevOps Enthusiast

This is the third of three articles on automated testing contributed by Gene Kim. About this article, Gene says he “wanted to share with you one of the most fun and amazing stories that emerged during the creation of The DevOps Handbook“.

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Gene Kim, CTO, Author and DevOps Enthusiast

Key to DevOps transformation

The importance of effective automated testing

By Gene Kim, Award-winning CTO, Author and DevOps Enthusiast

In this post from Gene Kim, our favorite DevOps enthusiast, he shares a case study that shows how critical automated testing is in any transformation process. Read on to learn how BazaarVoice was able to accelerate software releases by implementing effective automated testing and continuous integration.

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Mercury Interactive was sold

Why it is time to seriously look to upgrade

We believe that the HPE divestiture of Mercury Interactive is a disaster for LoadRunner, QTP, UFT and Performance Center Customers.

On September 7, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) announced an $8.8 billion deal to divest of most of its software operations, selling them to Micro Focus, headquartered in the UK. In the agreement, HPE will off-load all of the software it acquired from Mercury Interactive in 2006, including LoadRunner, QTP, UFT and Performance Center. What does this mean for users of HP Mercury products? We can tell, from the layoffs that have already begun, that it is not going to be good. How bad exactly? Read on.

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Demolish the QA Wall

What demolishing the QA wall looks like

What demolishing the QA wall looks like

By Gene Kim, Award-winning CTO, Author and DevOps Enthusiast

At Appvance, we’re passionate about helping companies break through the QA Wall—a bottleneck created because legacy software test automation tools were not designed to move as fast as Dev and Ops can now move. We talk with enterprise technology leaders every day who are seeking to accelerate software releases while maintaining (or improving) application quality, performance and security. That’s why we asked Gene Kim, our favorite DevOps enthusiast, to share his insights in this post.

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Finding Software Bugs is Now Life or Death

Finding software bugs is now life or death Why it’s time to re-think software test In the 1960s when software was mostly used by rocket scientists, it was certainly true that a bug could be the difference between life and death. But for most of the past 50 years or so, we took bugs for…

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The Short Answer: Gene Kim

In this series, we ask industry experts to provide a short answer to a big question. Recently, Gene Kim answered our big question: What do you think is the biggest hurdle in the DevOps QA process today? “There’s no doubt that one of the largest obstacles for achieving DevOps outcomes of fast flow and high…

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Business Brief: The QA Wall

The QA Wall

Why it’s time to re-think software test automation

Enterprise organizations making the move to DevOps can quickly run into a QA bottleneck. Rapid builds lead to rapid releases that ultimately hit a wall. Legacy QA automation tools will not break down the silos nor address the major issues of use case creation and maintenance. Without empowering Dev and QA teams with new automation technology, DevOps will remain an enterprise pipe dream.

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Velocity, Meet Quality: Why DevOps must define QA as Code

Velocity, Meet Quality: Why DevOps must define QA as Code You’ve heard of pair programming and test-first development. You’ve heard of agile software development. You’ve heard of continuous integration, daily builds and continuous delivery. You’ve heard of infrastructure as code. These keystone practices make possible a DevOps culture of continuous (daily, weekly, monthly or regularly…

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Video: How Does DevOps Impact QA?

Video: How Does DevOps Impact QA?

Bringing a DevOps culture into an enterprise requires at its core a 10X speed increase in QA. this webinar investigates the new concept of Unified Testing, where a use case can be re-used across multiple test types by QA team members.