Service Virtualization ROI – The return is real!
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Wikipedia defines ROI to be a performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to compare the efficiency of a number of different investments. And to justify almost any spend today in IT, you must have a well-defined business case sharing how to get to a positiveROI quickly.
With the increased focus on software quality, testing has never been more critical. However, standing up today’s complex application test environments is both expensive and a cause of project delays. This is why one investment organizations should seriously consider is the adoption and implementation of a service virtualization solution to speed time to testing with reduced cost, resulting in a quick and continuously growing ROI.
Service virtualization enables development teams to create virtual components emulating the behavior and performance of dependent software and services for the purposes of testing. These virtual components can offer the same functionality as the real software but with a much smaller technical footprint. They can be run on commodity hardware offering members of the development team a personal test environment available 24/7 at a fraction of the cost. There is no longer a need to stand up complete test environments or wait for dependent software to become available before end to end integration testing can start and be continuously executed.
As Service virtualization is a critical part of a comprehensive testing framework and contributor to business success, service virtualization solutions offering a positive ROI enables businesses to justify their decision to move forward. How much of a return will depend on how well the solution supports an organization’s needs, the technologies implemented by the organization, and the solution’s ability to reduce the cost, time, and effort to stand up complex testing environments. Just remember not all of the service virtualization solutions available today are created equal. Teams really need to look at the number of protocols and message formats supported by the solution. They need to consider ease of use and if virtual components can be turned on or off at will without requiring application configuration changes. Teams should also consider the long term commitment to enhancing the solution. For example, is new functionality or support for additional protocols/message formats being made available frequently?
WinterGreen Research Inc. recently performed an independent service virtualization study and published their ROI findings in a paper entitled “The Economics of Software Testing: Service Virtualization”. After interviewing test organizations and understanding their testing challenges and testing costs, the WinterGreen team also developed a service virtualization ROI calculator, in conjunction with the economics paper, to help organizations see the real value of this technology. Using data based on real customer scenarios, the service virtualization ROI calculator will quickly determine the probable return on a service virtualization investment. After applying the calculator to multiple situations, the result was that the IBM Rational Solution for Test Automation, and its service virtualization capability, can decrease the cost of testing by 30% on average. So with poor software quality being the largest man made problem and earlier and continuous testing the solution to uncovering and fixing the problem, then IBM Rational service virtualization capabilities must be the preferred choice. IBM Rational service virtualization enables teams to make delivering higher software quality at a lower cost a reality. Now that’s a real ROI story!Click here to get your copy of the WinterGreen Research paper!