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IDT Enhances Recruiting Effort with New Robot

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On Monday, February 17, 2014, two representatives from Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT) travelled to Blacksburg, Virginia to recruit prospective employees at the Virginia Tech career fair. They were seeking students interested in careers in automated software testing. But on this trip, they were not alone. Students who visited IDT’s booth were greeted by a new… Read more »

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Creating an Automated Testing Center of Excellence

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By Elfriede Dustin–IDT’s software engineers have set up and work in an Automated Testing Center of Excellence. This environment is characterized by virtualization, automation and continuous integration. Whether it’s used for development testing or system testing, both developers and testers can take advantage of this setting.  For purposes of this discussion, developers and testers will… Read more »

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Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT) Recruits at Virginia Tech

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On Monday, February 17, 2014, two representatives from IDT will recruit at the CSRC Career Fair at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. The event, sponsored by the Department of Computer Science within the College of Engineering, will run from 3:00pm to 7:00pm in the Squires Student Center. IDT is seeking Engineering and Computer Science undergraduate… Read more »

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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 Systems Engineering (MBSE) and Development… 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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