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How to assess application modernization quality with continuous software testing

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DevOps definitions managersQuality is essential to every project. That is the clear message from businesses across every industry.

Today’s enterprise IT environment, however, is more diverse and complicated than ever before. The combination of technologies, including mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain, are helping businesses drive competitive advantage. While companies are adjusting to this evolving business landscape on a macro level, delivery teams are also reacting and adjusting on their own modernization and optimization journey. Many delivery teams are finding a need for streamlined, continuous software testing.

Application modernization

While new applications are being deployed, established applications are still necessary for standard business operations. A typical enterprise may have 1,000 applications or more with dependencies across multiple clouds and on-premises ecosystems, plus possible regulatory dependencies.

As a result of this complex application ecosystem, many organizations are looking to Kubernetes to simplify the management of applications, ensuring cloud portability and rapid delivery across the full software lifecycle. This is supported with a microservices architecture, which breaks down single, often monolithic applications, into a collection of smaller, independently deployable services managed by different teams.

Test software quality throughout the delivery lifecycle

Throughout the application modernization and optimization journey, it is essential for delivery teams to assess quality at every opportunity. The combination of automated testing and test service virtualization can help teams asses the quality of their deliverables throughout the delivery lifecycle.

Quality is essential and as the need for dynamic, agile quality assessment grows, the software test automation market is also growing.

How to find the right tools for continuous software testing

The challenge can be selecting the right tools to enable continuous software testing through the DevOps pipeline. Some criteria to consider when choosing a vendor include the following:

  • Product design, architecture and scalability. Tools should streamline workloads now and in the future. Evaluate product specifics, such as the ability to share data and a common web-based UI across integration testing, functional testing and performance testing.
  • Ease of deployment and use. The ability to use one solution for testing all types of technologies and environments will enable all teams to remain in communication, ensure a strong feedback loop and improve overall agility.
  • Vendor support and services. Be sure testing tools can grow with your company.

 

These criteria align well with those used by EMA to evaluate DevOps continuous testing platform products in a recent report. Based on their assessment with wide range of users, EMA awarded the DevOps 2020 Top 3 award for Continuous Testing Platforms to IBM Rational Test Workbench.

Learn more about continuous software testing and find the right set of tools for your company.

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