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A common development challenge is accurately scoping the amount of effort required when creating new applications. This can occur when an application's requirements are first being designed, or even before. Since one of the most frequently-overlooked capabilities of service virtualization is the ability to rapidly prototype and test the impact of new services directly from initial user stories, I'm going to address that today. At the very beginning of an application's lifecycle, there comes a time when the team meets to discuss what the code should do. Often, there are many questions surrounding the feasibility of a new application, and the burden falls on the developer to indicate whether something is possible and to scope the level of effort required. When dealing with new technology or a completely new idea, this can be very difficult or nearly impossible. The de... (more)

Be Thankful for Service Virtualization & Simulated Test Environments

To reduce the risk of business interruption in today's interconnected systems, organizations need to test across a complex set of applications, such as SAP, mainframes, third-party services, etc.. However, such systems are extraordinarily difficult to access for the purpose of testing. Service Virtualization provides simulated test environments that eliminate these constraints- enabling organizations to test earlier, faster, and more completely. Here are 10 specific reasons to be thankful for service virtualization... 10. Dev.QA control over the test environment inclusive of dependencies Development and QA often need to jump through hoops in order to get access to the test environments required to complete their development and testing tasks. Even worse, when the test environment is finally available, it typically lacks applications that lie beyond the organization'... (more)

Parasoft Introduces Service Virtualization Maturity Model

Parasoft Corporation has announced the availability of their Service Virtualization Maturity Model. Parasoft has been guiding customers through the rapidly-growing service virtualization market since its inception. This vast experience shaped the Service Virtualization Maturity Model, which helps IT organizations set realistic expectations for adopting and optimizing this extremely promising new technology. Service virtualization represents an opportunity for organizations to develop and test complex applications faster and more comprehensively. With the adoption of service virtualization, organizations significantly reduce the CapEx and OpEx of managing development and test environments. By providing anytime, anywhere access to the behavior of dependent applications that are difficult to access/configure for development and testing (e.g., databases, mainframes, 3r... (more)

What's the Business Value of Service Virtualization?

With today's interconnected applications, a complete and realistic test environment is nearly impossible to stage. However, without reliable access to a complete and reliable test environment, testing is delayed or curtailed. The result is that organizations risk: Brand erosion as faulty software drives away customers Delays in time to market which diminish market share Exposure to legal liability associated with application failure (security, reliability, performance) That's where service virtualization comes into play. How Service Virtualization Helps Service Virtualization, with its ability to simulate complex environments, is truly a game-changer. Service Virtualization is a method to simulate the behavior of system components in complex, component-based applications. Service Virtualization provides software development, QA, and performance testing teams access ... (more)

Service Virtualization ROI: Is it Worth It?

Last week, we explored the business value of service virtualization: how service virtualization's simulated test environments speed innovation, accelerate time to market, and reduce risks. It's not hard to see the potential benefits of service virtualization. However, many organizations are skeptical about whether service virtualization is really worth the cost and effort. If you've been wondering if service virtualization is worth it, consider the opportunities for ROI in terms of OpEx reduction, CapEx reduction, risk reduction, and incremental top-line revenue... OpEx Reduction from Service Virtualization The reduction in operation expenditures is predicated around three major cost savings: The elimination of wait time The reduction of time needed to configure environments The reduction of access fees Wait Time Reduction from Service Virtualization QA and performanc... (more)

Accelerate the SDLC with Service Virtualization

No matter what industry you're in, software is increasingly becoming the interface to your business. Organizations that are able to increase the speed and quality of innovative software releases will capitalize on differentiable competitive advantages; those that cannot will languish behind competitors. Not surprisingly, many enterprises have begun flirting with the idea of accelerating the SDLC to drive innovation through software. However, it's critical to realize that there's an optimal balance between speed and quality with software delivery-as with all engineered products. We're in an era in which leading organizations must reassess the true "cost of quality" for software. Remember: the cost of quality isn't the price of creating quality software-it's the penalty or risk incurred by failing to deliver quality software. As organizations begin to accelerate the ... (more)

What Is Service Virtualization

If you've had to test one of today's composite applications, you know that "access" has become one of the most daunting barriers to SDLC acceleration. Whether we're talking about access to dev/test environments or access to dependent applications, the ability to pull all the required pieces together in order to test thoroughly is equivalent to herding feral cats. If you haven't experienced this fun firsthand, consider this: our recent research revealed that systems under test have an average of  30 dependencies, but team members have consistent access to only 6.  The time available to access test environments is extremely limited (4 hour slots) and 30% of that limited time was consumed by configuration/setup tasks. Ultimately, testers had time to execute only 50% of the available test plan. Service virtualization is a revolutionary new technology that helps you brea... (more)

Parasoft Service Virtualization Wins Dr. Dobb’s Jolt Award

Parasoft Corporation, leader in helping organizations define and deliver defect-free software efficiently, is pleased to announce that their service virtualization solution, Parasoft Virtualize, received the top honors in the prestigious Jolt product awards. The Dr. Dobb's Jolt Product Awards have been presented annually to showcase products that have "jolted" the industry with their significance and made the task of creating software faster, easier, and more efficient. Jolt judge Gary Evans explained, "Your code is clean, your unit tests show green bars all the way. And then you hit the wall that is all too common in large organizations with complex applications: You need to test against a mainframe, five databases, and invoke nine services from your intranet. But these are all part of your production environment, and you have to wait weeks, or months, before you ... (more)

Top 13 Service Virtualization Resources of 2013

In 2013, Parasoft saw a tremendous level of interest in Service Virtualization across a broad spectrum of industries (including retail, financial, health care, insurance, hospitality, utilities, and entertainment). Here's a list of our 13 most-accessed Service Virtualization resources in 2013. Service Virtualization: Accelerating the SDLC [RESEARCH] This new Gartner research portfolio provides insight on why SV is a "must-have" for accelerating the SDLC, a first-hand look at SV at Comcast, and recommendations for organizations getting started with SV & SDLC acceleration. Parasoft Service Virtualization Wins Jolt Award [NEWS] Dr. Dobb's recognizes Parasoft's service virtualization as must-have technology for accelerating testing efforts and eliminating delays in the application delivery lifecycle. Service Virtualization Maturity Model [PAPER] This maturity model hel... (more)

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Top 10 Service Virtualization Questions from Gartner AADI

Parasoft has been showcasing our Service Virtualization solution at Gartner AADI this week. Since there's been so much interest in service virtualization, we thought we would take this opportunity to share the most frequently asked questions. 1. What is service virtualization? According to Wikipedia, service virtualization is "a method to emulate the behavior of specific components in heterogeneous component-based applications such as API-driven applications, cloud-based applications, and service-oriented architectures. It is used to provide software development and QA/testing teams access to dependent system components that are needed to exercise an application under test (AUT), but are unavailable or difficult-to-access for development and testing purposes. With the behavior of the dependent components 'virtualized,' testing and development can proceed without a... (more)