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Case Study: Automating Performance Tests for Complex Systems

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Background: This case study will focus on applying automated software testing to performance and functional tests against complex system of systems. These tests are run on multiple systems with multiple operator views.  These operators interact with the various consoles and are required to coordinate actions that appear on multiple display consoles throughout the test.  They… Read more »

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5 Steps to Using MBSE to Enhance Automated Software Testing

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By Phil Monte- There are many challenges inherent in the deployment of large, complex software systems and Systems of Systems (SoSs). To address the intricacies of the design, development, testing, integration, and maintenance of these software systems, IDT has developed a technical approach that utilizes Automated Software Testing combined with Model Based System Engineering (MBSE)… Read more »

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Automated Software Testing Myths and Realities

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A lot is demanded from technology and automation. When an organization evaluates Automated Software Testing for its test effort, it often has to work through some of the myths that can surround it. Otherwise, stakeholders may have unrealistic expectations and test engineers may give up on automation before it is successful. Some people have the… Read more »

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Virtualization: More than Just a Technology Buzzword

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By Seth Watts There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the word virtualization these days. It’s a popular concept, yet not everyone knows what it means. Virtualization is really quite simple; basically, it boils down to using software to simulate hardware or another piece of software. Hardware is expensive and virtualization offers an opportunity to use… Read more »

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Automated Software Testing: Pitfalls to Avoid

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While most software developers and testers understand the value of Automated Software Testing, not all have been able to implement it successfully. Several years ago, IDT conducted a survey of test engineers and received over 700 responses.[i] When asked why, in their experience, automated software testing was not being used, the largest percentage stated that… Read more »

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Please Fasten Your Seatbelt

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As I sit at my local airport, waiting for my flight to Washington, DC, I pause to appreciate all of the technology that goes into making modern air travel possible. Ticketing systems take in thousands of requests per day and must respond to flight deviations, adverse weather conditions and missed flights. State of the art,… Read more »

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Case Study: Automated Installation Procedures for Network Testing

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Background: This case study will focus on Innovative Defense Technologies’ application of  automated software testing to shipboard installation procedures for network testing.  The ships featured in this case study contain a complex network of subsystems.  These subsystems are tightly coupled, requiring high availability and low network timing tolerances.  The subsystems must be integrated and then… Read more »

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Bringing Artistic Freedom to Software Testing

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By Vinny Vallarine What is it that attracts engineers to software development? It is a field that incorporates intellectual engagement, strict rules and processes, and creative freedom. For many, the artistic piece is the main lure.  For this group, nothing can compete with the artistic freedom inherent in developing and testing software. However, there are… Read more »

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Does Automation Answer Your Software Testing Questions?

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Several of our recent blogs have focused on making the business case for Automated Software Testing. We have described a process by which companies and development teams can evaluate the costs and benefits of a transition from manual testing to automation. Today’s blog will outline where we have been, address other considerations, and wrap up our focus… Read more »

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Is Changing your approach to Software Testing a Risky Business?

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The benefits of implementing automated software testing solutions are abundant. However, in any discussion about making the business case for implementing automated software testing, one area that should not be overlooked is an honest evaluation of the potential risks.  These would include any events, actions, or circumstances that might prevent an automated test program from… Read more »

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