Test your software, not your patience
As our need to deliver software faster and meet market demands has increased, something usually has to give. The old adage says that you can only deliver against 2 of the 3 mandates (cost, timeframe, quality), so choose which one won’t happen. However, that is no longer an acceptable answer. As an increasing number of organizations are going “agile”, quality concerns are being raised yet again. But being “agile” doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality. As a matter of fact, with agility can come increased quality as more people are testing the software more frequently. Stricter rules about exit criteria from one sprint to another and the overall pressure from users who want it now and working properly or they will use something else has made delivering quality software more important than ever.
Because of this elevated pressure for software of higher quality, IBM Rational software continues to increase their investment in helping organizations improve the quality of their software deliveries and the results are showing. IBM Rational was named “Software Testing Solutions Champion” by Info-Tech Research Group in their February 2013 Vendor Landscape on Software Testing Solutions. The report goes on to say that “IBM offers a comprehensive suite of products aimed at testing the most demanding and complex apps.” As well as “IBM offers the strongest testing product in this landscape.” This is truly a sign that the IBM investment is paying off.
In 2012, IBM Rational acquired Green Hat and quickly integrated their technology with other software quality solutions. This resulted in the announcement of IBM Rational Test Workbench providing service virtualization capabilities combined with functional, performance and integration testing in a single workbench solution. Rational Test Workbench in combination with IBM Rational Quality Manager provides a complete solution for software quality.
About the Author
Eric Naiburg has worked in the software development industry for over 20 years and is co-author of UML for Database Design and UML for Mere Mortal both published by Addison Wesley. Eric is currently responsible for capabilities marketing of Rational’s application lifecycle management solutions including Agile Software Delivery, Quality & Test Management, Requirements Management and Collaborative Lifecycle Management. He rejoined IBM in 2008 as the team leader for InfoSphere Optim Solutions and later was responsible for Information Governance Solutions. Prior to rejoining IBM, he worked for Ivar Jacobson Consulting, CAST Software and Logif Works Inc.