We're entering the next stage of virtualization. We've gone from physical servers, to virtual machines, to containers – and, now, to serverless apps, also known as functions as a service. At each stage, the number of instances goes up, and the lifespans get shorter. And each stage required new approaches to monitoring and security.
By Maria Korolov
Digital automation intelligence firm TestPlant announced the acquisition of NCC Group’s Web Performance Division, adding a user-centric application performance platform to its existing offerings, as well as an accomplished team of testing, monitoring and data science experts.
By April Bohnert
The acquisition adds a SaaS-based, user-centric application performance platform, as well as a portfolio of blue chip customers including Argos, BMW, Barclays, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Sainsbury’s Bank, easyJet, and Auto Trader. Eggplant also gains a team of world-leading testing, monitoring and data science experts focused on the digital experience.
Eggplant (formerly Testplant) announced the acquisition of NCC Group’s Web Performance Division.
The acquisition adds a SaaS-based, user-centric application performance platform, as well as a portfolio of blue chip customers including Argos, BMW, Barclays, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Sainsbury’s Bank, easyJet, and Auto Trader.
Eggplant, which is backed by The Carlyle Group, has acquired UK-based cybersecurity company NCC Group’s web performance division. No financial terms were disclosed.
By Iris Dorbian
Testplant has acquired NCC Group’s Web Performance Division, bringing a SaaS-based user-centric application platform and a team of testing, monitoring, and data science experts to the company. As part of the acquisition, Testplant is rebranding the combined company to Eggplant. Eggplant is the name of the company’s flagship product designed for user-centric, end-to-end test automation and analytics solution.
By Jenna Sargent
Who's winning the battle between traditional and online-only retailers when it comes to site performance? Earlier this month, Internet Retailer tapped Testplant to run a series of tests (for overall transaction response times) to find out — and the results are in.
By Matt Lindner
DevOps isn’t new, but its evolution continually sparks interest and implications. In how it affects automation and security, in how it can break down silos across organizations to inspire more teamwork, and in how it helps accelerate release cycles to enable continuous delivery and high-performing IT organizations. Here, eWeek shares insights from industry thought leaders—including Testplant CEO John Bates—about what’s in store for DevOps in 2018.
By Chris Preimesberger
With everything from fridges to farms getting smarter, technology’s affect on our daily lives is constantly changing and expanding. But what does that mean in the near term—more specifically, the year ahead? In this Verdict opinion piece, Testplant CEO John Bates highlights nine “smart” predictions for 2018—from cities to healthcare to space travel.
By John Bates
mart car tyres. AI algorithms gone wrong. HR revered. The end of ad hoc security testing. Just a few predictions from Testplant about what’s in store next year for business, technology, and the digital user experience.
By Software Testing News
The success of smart city technology depends on overcoming two critical challenges. Shortening the time it takes to comply with regulations, and being confident that the technology won’t fail when implemented into the infrastructure so that users can adopt and accept technology. But current testing practices and approaches—many of which are out of date—just aren’t equipped to make this happen. In this article, Testplant CTO Antony Edwards makes the case for why intelligent process automation is key to making smart cities a reality.
By Antony Edwards
If you’re ready to say goodbye to manual testing, you’re not alone. Organizations are quickly realizing that the traditional, manual approach to testing has no hope of keeping up with DevOps and the digital world. In this article, Testplant CTO Antony Edwards explains how artificial intelligence (AI) will transform software testing for the better.
By Antony Edwards
Robots, self-driving cars, new and improved conversational systems. It’s that time of year when 2018 technology-related prediction emails start flooding our inboxes. In this post, Testplant CTO Antony Edwards shares why it’s high time for products to start learning about the user, and the impact of that trend on companies that test and monitor in the digital world.
By Antony Edwards
Now, test teams can do API testing simultaneously alongside user and performance testing. Testplant adds API testing capabilities to its Digital Automation Intelligence Suite.
By Jenna Sargent
It’s hard to talk about DevOps without mentioning collaboration in the same sentence. But what’s the best way to foster that collaboration?
In this first post of a seven-part series by DevOps digest, Testplant CTO Antony Edwards weighs in, along with other industry experts, on nurturing collaboration to benefit teams and the organization.
By DevOps Digest
Increasing application complexity. Impractical time expectations for designing, developing, and testing apps. Outdated techniques and tools. DevOps teams are stressed out trying to deliver new apps and update existing ones that will have a positive impact on the business. Mike Vizard takes a look at these issues and relevant research in this DevOps.com article.
By Mike Vizard
Self-driving cars, personal robots, on-demand trash pickup. All of these things could become reality in less than 20 years and change the way we all work, live, and interact. Business Reporter contributor Joanne Frearson talks to Testplant CEO Dr. John Bates and CTO Antony Edwards who think the UK could take the lead in smart industries by 2030.
Read the article on page 5.
By Joanne Frearson
Businesses are feeling serious pressure to deliver apps in the era of the internet of things (IoT). So much so that many companies admit to releasing apps without doing quality testing.
But have gaps like these really reached crisis levels in the app space?
Forbes contributor Roger Aitken dissects the topic and the data.
By Roger Aitken
Consumers’ insatiable desire for more, better apps delivered at warp speed is pressuring developers to the point where they’re forced to skip the testing phase and release less-than-optimal apps. A recent Testplant survey revealed that 42 percent of respondents said their development timeframes were unrealistic, and 45 percent admitted to releasing apps with questionable quality. Read more about the data that reveals how the pressures are affecting developers, testers, and users.
By Daniel Fuller
Thanks to Google, the technology for self-driving cars has been ready for several years. So why don’t we see more of them on the road?
According to Testplant CTO Antony Edwards, testing is a major roadblock. In this opinion piece, Edwards explains why and outlines how testing needs to change to make autonomous vehicles a global reality in the next 10 years.
By Antony Edwards
Humans and machine learning will have to come together to test autonomous vehicles, and the idea of crash test dummy with an AI brain may soon become a very necessary reality.
Autonomous vehicles are a combination of highly integrated artificial intelligence (AI), working with the internet of things (IoT) against a backdrop of regulation dictating exactly how far this autonomy will be allowed to go, and what will be released onto the road.
But what does this mean for how we develop and deliver software and applications surrounding autonomous vehicles? Testing will need to be able to adapt not only due to the highly connected nature of autonomous vehicles, but also to accommodate the behavioural differences associated with cars developed for continuous learning.
By John Bates
Software business provider Testplant has announced the launch of its digital automation intelligence testing suite, aiming to help organisations keep up with developmental challenges through artificial intelligence (AI).
The suite “accurately verifies, predicts and monitors the user experience and customer success of an application before and after each release, shifting testing from a compliance activity to a revenue generating profit centre focused on customer satisfaction, conversion, adoption, and retention,” in the words of the company.
The AI side comes in through Eggplant AI—Eggplant being the company’s primary software testing product – which aims to use artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics to predict where quality issues are most likely to occur and help collate data for teams to resolve it quicker. It works across the range of Eggplant products, including among others Eggplant Manager to orchestrate text execution, and Eggplant Integrations, to integrate with the rest of an organisation’s DevOps infrastructure.
By James Bourne
In this episode of #CloudTalks, Compare the Cloud speaks with, Testplant’s CEO Dr. John Bates.
At Compare the Cloud we aim to educate everyone, from the newest startups to the largest technology companies in the world, in how best to drive their businesses forward. Using a strategic combination of business consultancy, content marketing, media series and events and workshops, to enable you to stand out from the cloud crowd.
The internet of things market continues to expand rapidly with the installed base of IoT devices now forecasted to grow to a staggering 31 billion by 2020. Traditional testing approaches are simply not going to be able to test this new massively interconnected world of different devices, created by different companies, using different technologies, all communicating to deliver digital user experiences. A fundamentally new approach to testing is needed.
Today, most software teams only test what they build, i.e., they only test the software components that their developers have written. All other software components are “out of scope” of testing, even software components that are critical to the product and the user experience (such as the network the product uses to communicate). In the IoT world, this approach simply isn’t good enough. All products in the IoT world involve multiple products from different vendors interacting to deliver a digital user experience and a specific value proposition, and vendors need to start taking responsibility for — and testing! — the whole value proposition, not only the small piece of the pie that they developed. This requires the established rules of software testing to be ripped up and replaced in a hyperconnected world.
By Antony Edwards
John Bates has worn many hats, from entrepreneur to professor to author. As a businessman, he built and sold software company PLAT.ONE to SAP SE that specialized in communication between machines and Internet of Things devices. And as an author, he’s written about the enormous opportunity for people and enterprises in the IoT world in his 2015 book, “Thingalytics: Smart Big Data Analytics for the Internet of Things.”
“If there’s one message from [the book], it’s IoT is not so hard to get into, so get started,” said Bates, who is the chief executive officer of TestPlant.
Bates appeared on the set of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s mobile livestreaming studio, and answered questions from hosts Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Stu Miniman (@stu) during Nutanix.NEXT US in Washington, D.C. They discussed the challenges facing big companies as they execute an IoT strategy and the potential loss of jobs through increased automation. (* Disclosure below.)
After writing his book and then selling his software company in 2016, Bates recently became the chief executive for TestPlant, a firm that uses software automation tools to evaluate apps. “We test applications using artificial intelligence through the eye of the user,” Bates said
By Mark Albertson
estPlant launches enhanced eggPlant solution
TestPlant added new automation and workflow enhancements to its performance testing product, eggPlant. The solution, along with its new enhancements, lets testing teams quickly customize prebuilt workflows and automate testing for performance.
New capabilities include: Intelligent auto creation, performance test builder, Studio GUI enhancements, and support for Visual Studio 2017.
By Christina Cardoza and Madison Moore
During the last decade, the software world has undergone a revolution as a result of the cloud, consumerization, DevOps, microservices architectures and, of course, the internet of things. IoT is changing the game and disrupting the established approach to testing. As billions of devices from refrigerators to thermostats to forklifts are digitized and connected to the cloud, the traditional, manual approach to testing has no hope in keeping up.
Consequently, digital teams are struggling to quickly and efficiently deliver high-quality digital experiences that delight users. A new approach to testing — and most important, test automation — is needed in order to thrive in a digital world.
Historically, testing has focused on verifying that software complies with a specification. However, as every industry becomes digital, from mobile banking to government services, and your digital experience is your main touch point with your customers, the user experience is critical. It’s no longer a nice to have — because it impacts the top line — and you can’t afford to get it wrong.
By Antony Edwards
Why businesses should work to spread DevOps benefits across their entire organization.
If DevOps is such a great idea, isn’t it time to get other parts of the enterprise to adopt the concept?
It’s already being done, says Antony Edwards, CTO of TestPlant, a London-based test automation tools developer. “DevOps — in particular Agile — is fundamentally about how to productively manage a team in a highly dynamic environment, so the principles are absolutely applicable to any team,” he notes.
Edwards says he has rolled out DevOps and Agile to a variety of non-technical business operations, including customer service teams, business development management staff, and even book publishers. “If you look at Agile it’s based a lot on the management principles of Japanese car manufacturers. Think the ‘Toyota Way’,” he says. “So if it can work in both Japanese manufacturing and Californian software development, then it’s pretty flexible.”
By John Edwards
The software world has undergone a revolution during the last decade as a result of the Cloud, consumerization, DevOps, IoT and micro-services architectures to name a few. Consequently, digital teams are struggling to deliver high-quality digital experiences that delight users in a way that is fast and efficient.
These changes have broken the established assumptions and foundations around traditional testing approaches and outlined that a new approach to testing; and most critically test automation; is needed in order to thrive in a digital world.
“The performance of a product is the most important factor influencing user experience. If you don’t get it right it will negatively impact user adoption, conversion, retention and ultimately revenue generation. Put simply, performance is user experience,” commented TestPlant CTO Antony Edwards.
By Software Testing News