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A Refresher: 6 Types of Testing with Microservice Architectures

Working in a distributed system is going to affect how you approach testing. In an article for Business 2 Community, Carey Wodehouse discusses six types of testing and how they are suited to microservice architectures: Base testing Unit testing Integration testing Load testing Stress testing Resiliency testing Micro Scrutiny End-to-end base testing just examines on a fundamental level if the software actually works. Wodehouse says it also works out the “steady state” of the distributed …

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Measure Transformation Success with Digital KPIs

How is your digital transformation going? “Good, I hope,” might be the sincere yet vacant answer. CIOs need to take more conscious steps to establish metrics to gauge transformation progress. In an article for CIO magazine, Clint Boulton explains how “digital KPIs” are fit for this job and shares some advice on how to use them well. Key to Knowing Digital KPIs are “measurable values for evaluating the performance of digital business initiatives.” Depending on …

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5 Reasons Why More Data Doesn’t Guarantee Better Decisions

Analysis paralysis is not the only reason why an abundance of data still fails to enable better business decisions. Data has contextual limits that must be considered. In an article for Business 2 Community, Kaan Turnali discusses five other reasons that data fails to yield the right insights: Data is only raw material for better-informed decisions. Technology alone can’t deliver better decisions. Lack of leadership results in lack of direction and consistency. Enterprise data demands …

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Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey 2017

What happens when you survey nearly 4,500 CIOs and technology leaders globally about the changes they are facing? In the case of Harvey Nash and KPMG, you get a 60-page report documenting every aspect of what IT leaders are currently facing. Here is a sampling of the data collected from this robust analysis. Data for Days First, let’s address the thing that every report under the sun mentions: Businesses continue to report a tech skills …

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Confronting Your Ignorance of Analytics

When you are not watching a show that seemingly everyone else is watching—like Game of Thrones—you might start to get annoyed at just the mention of the show. Unfortunately, some businesses that have undeveloped data analytics can develop a similar attitude toward analytics. But it is important to “embrace the unknown” and push past the resentment over being out of the loop. In an article for CIO magazine, John Edwards discusses how to demystify the …

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IT Transformation: Success Hinges on CIO/CFO Collaboration

When CIOs and CFOs collaborate poorly, it has a significant negative impact on the benefits of IT transformation. Forbes Insights and Dell EMC have conducted a global survey of 500 CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and CFOs, and this point was one of their major conclusions. Here are some other eye-opening insights of their research. Transforming on (for?) a Dime Among the key findings: 89 percent of executives agree that “significant barriers” prevent CIOs and CFOs from …

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Analytics Training Isn’t Enough to Create a Data-Driven Workforce

A common phenomenon with training and workshops is that people leave them excited to put their new knowledge to work—but it never happens. Rather, the things they learned become an anomaly, and they continue with business as usual. This is especially a risk that comes with something as heady as analytics. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Adele Sweetwood discusses how to get employees to truly adopt a data mindset: Form competency centers. Create …

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7 Software Testing Metrics That Are Useless by Themselves

For metrics to be useful in any situation, they must always be established and measured from a perspective of, “You need to see the forest for the trees.” There are many metrics that are outright useless by themselves, and they can do damage if you make decisions based on them in isolation. In an article for DZone, Gilad David Maayan gives examples of seven useless metrics. Myopic Metrics Number of test cases executed: There are …

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Are You Measuring What Matters with DevOps Metrics?

The newer the business discipline, the more likely that the metrics supporting it are going to be spotty and half-baked. It is just part of the learning process, and several organizations are going through this with DevOps right now. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Gordon Haff pinpoints some tips for rooting out more effective DevOps metrics. No Half-Measures He begins by sharing four important things to remember about DevOps metrics: There shouldn’t be …

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The Myth of the Tech Talent Shortage

Virtually every business complains about the talent gap, of being unable to acquire all the skills it needs to push objectives forward. And a lot of business literature backs up this tech talent shortage—or it has, until now. In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco Rayome shares findings from a new Forrester report that claims the tech talent gap is partially in our heads. Talent Found? According to Rayome, tech talent is both available and …

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4 Competing Testing Techniques Compared

In a fine dining restaurant, you are presented with a lot of silverware. Any fork on the table will get the job done, but for various reasons, each is more appropriate for one occasion than another. Software testing is somewhat similar in this respect. In an article for TechBeacon, Matthew Heusser examines four different testing techniques and how they stack up: Context-driven testing Exploratory testing Session-based exploratory testing Scenario-based testing Scoring Tests According to Heusser, …

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Use Brute Force If You Want Innovation in Your Company

Every company on Earth claims it is pursuing and actively fostering innovation, but come on—if that were the case, everyone would be Google. The truth is that, for most, unlocking innovation is about as well understood as using black magic to summon spirits. But in an article for Harvard Business Review, Dylan Minor, Paul Brook, and Josh Bernoff take data from 3.5 million employees to arrive at more concrete, definitive pathways to enabling innovation. Crowdsourced …

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How to Avoid 5 Mistakes of Customer Data Analysis

Numbers may not lie, but they also do not tell the whole story either. For all their good intentions, businesses often mistake the message that their accumulated customer data is sending them. In an article for CIO magazine, Anna Frazzetto discusses five particular mistakes businesses make and how to not fall victim to them: Forgetting about exceptions Missing customer blind spots Looking backward instead of forward Not letting the customer lead Forgetting to explain the …

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Are You Accurately Measuring Your Company’s Digital Strength?

Traditional metrics measure traditional things, and the wave of digital transformation is anything but traditional. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jeff Maling, Rod Fertig, and Arun Muthupalaniappan share three new metrics for measuring digital strength that they have identified. These metrics are the result of analyzing trillions of data points collected from 1,000 U.S. companies: Digital magnitude Digital share Digital momentum New Metrics for New Times The authors describe digital magnitude as the …

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How Will AI Change Software Testing?

Sure, a rogue AI might accidentally annihilate humanity eventually, but the time in-between then and now is looking pretty rosy. Particularly, AI might have some unique and positive effects on software testing. In an article for TechBeacon, Paul Merrill discusses some of the things we can expect to see in the near future. The Future Is Almost Now Obviously, the tools used to test software will change. AI will take care of selecting and managing …

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