HP Re Software Testing: It’s A Lot Like Herding Cats!

The latest version of HP Service Virtualization (v2.3), the company’s enhanced virtual application services software intended to help development and testing teams respond rapidly to demands to deliver innovative, new business processes, accelerates hybrid and cloud composite application development and testing, said Kelly Emo, Director of Marketing, HP Software. Application teams need to deliver even faster as they adopt composite application architectures, which bring together several different services to form an integrated business process, but these new application technology and delivery models – composite, cloud and mobile – can also impede application quality and time-to-market if organizations are not equipped with the right development and testing tools.

“The best analogy [for software development] is herding cats [and] software testers get caught in the middle.” Developers are being asked to develop new apps fast, often involving elements already in production, but when trying to test against that, operations tell them no, or drastically slow down the process, and it’s even more complicated when you throw in the cloud. “Customers just can’t get access to those services… or even worse, they are getting access and being charged a fortune for every access.”

Service Virtualization is a technology that enables organizations to virtualize services they can’t get access to, she said. Virtual testing can speed up app development, especially as we move more to composite apps, the mix of in-house and cloud, she said.

Technology Business Research analyst Jillian Mirandi said software is the troubled company’s bright spot, and remains at the heart of corporate turnaround apsirations. ‘Although HP Software is small relative to HP’s corporate total (making up just 4% of total revenue), the business unit maintains HP’s highest operating margin and growth, making it a key asset to HP.’

Nearly two-thirds of HP Software is made up of IT and cloud management solutions, with assets from OpenView, Mercury, Opsware and Peregrine at its core, said TBR. IT service management (ITSM) is a core competency of HP Software and will continue to generate revenue growth for the business in 2013.

Although HP has faced a sea of woes recently – litigation with one of its historically strongest partners (Oracle) to multiple CEOs in the last few years, continued layoffs, a recent massive write-down of its EDS purchase., and the latest “oops”, an $8.8 billion write-down for its purchase of Autonomy – does it matter to HP customers, asks Forrester analyst Richard Fichera?

‘What will be the impact on the tens of thousands of HP customers who have purchased millions of servers, massive amounts of storage, services, clients, and whatnot? My considered opinion is that it really doesn’t matter at a tactical level.’

HP remains at its heart a very efficient supplier of critical infrastructure for the modern enterprise, wrote Fichera. ‘Fundamentally, if you are interested in making sure your corporate compute resources will keep you competitive in the 21st century, HP is a perfectly viable and competitive supplier.’

HP Service Virtualization 2.3, consisting of HP Service Virtualization Designer and HP Service Virtualization Server, expands support for new protocols and data-models, including: protocol support for Java Database Connectivity (JDBC); single and multi-end point services integrated with IBM WebSphere MQ components; and adding a fully documented Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)/Internet Protocol (IP) framework. The software is integrated with HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), including HP LoadRunner, HP Performance Center, HP Unified Functional Testing, HP Service Test to simplify the building, sharing and reuse of virtualized services for application testing.

Author: Steve Wexler

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