HP Test Software Adds Mobility, Enhances Automation

HP has announced enhancements to its Unified Functional Testing (UFT) offering and added a new Mobile module – both expected to ship in early December – to address two of the biggest forces driving the software application quality assurance market: the need for speed and anywhere, any time demand exemplified by the hypergrowth of mobile computing. “There’s relentless push for speed,” said Kelly Emo, Director, Product Marketing, HP Software.

In 2012, organizations are asking how can they deliver software innovation to their customers faster. But that’s exacerbating a long-term problem. “Part of the story people aren’t talking about is what happens when you’re running as fast as you can… and issues show up? As organizations attempt to go agile, they’re cutting staff.”

Emo said software QA staff need time, and become a bottleneck in this environment. The result, he said, is that the results are becoming worse.

According to Gartner, Inc., worldwide spending on enterprise application software will total $120.4 billion in 2012. The mobile app market market was $128 billion in 2011 and will be $150 billion in 2012. Just under 30 billion mobile apps

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were downloaded last year, and that number will grow more than 5x, to 185 billion apps, by 2014.

“Speed, efficiency and confidence are the goals of effective testing in an Agile or adaptive environment,” said Margo Visitacion, Vice President, Forrester Research. “Leveraging of automation is critical in order to be able to achieve those goals; it’s a necessity for today’s test professionals and unfortunately, most teams are not prepared to do that. They lack a cohesive automation strategy that has them relying too much on manual testing that is not easily leveraged.”

HP been attempting to make QA better for the last10 years, said Emo, trying to put test back into DevOp, which requires more automation. “Testers have been kind of pulling out their hair” as they struggle with trying to bring everything together, which is something HP started doing with UFT v11. “In 11, we started to bring it all together, one visual experience.” Automation and agility, that’s the “nirvana stage”, he said.

“The change needed is pervasive; teams need to change how they approach testing – it’s got to be holistic,” said Visitacion. “They have to change the way they hire — they have to be more strategic. They have to test on a broader set of connected platforms, it has to be flexible. The tools have to change to provide to a more connected, flexible and adaptable experience so that they can test as early and as often as possible.”

HP’s announcements include: UFT 11.5, Sprinter 11.5, which automates testing tasks, and UFT Mobile, which automates application functional testing on mobile devices via public and private cloud testing environments.

There’s a lot of competition out there in the test/QA market, said Emo, but HP has been the market leader for some time, and currently holds about 40% of the market. The company’s sweet spot has been medium to large enterprises organizations, but it has a growing SMB market served by its channel partners.

One segment that is taking off is software as a service, or cloud-based testing, he said. “I think SaaS is giving organizations the ability to do more of what they should be doing.”

Author: Steve Wexler

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