It's Critical To Get Testing Right

There’s a lot on the line when it comes to testing in aerospace and defence. Whether designing software to explore other galaxies, for military or commercial aircraft, for global information systems (GIS) mapping, or for command and control (C2) systems, companies and contractors are held to higher expectations and standards for accuracy, quality, reliability, and delivery. Which is why it’s not unheard of for testing to consume a big chunk of total product development cost across large, multiyear projects with contract delivery dates.

Teams frequently need to comply with government requirements and adhere to specific software development standards that define high-level processes for controlling software dev and testing. Not to mention the associated test documentation and traceability. Plus, developers need to manage quality throughout the entire project lifecycle, and avoid building up unquantifiable quality debt.

Non-Invasive Testing

Testing in aerospace and defence must often be done as black-box testing, without access to the top-secret workings of the underlying software and systems. Not only does this mean that legacy, object-based testing isn’t viable, but even if it were, it would only be able to test for code correctness, not successful outcomes, which isn’t good enough. When you think about the potential ramifications of subpar software testing in aerospace and defence — including failure of vital systems and loss of life — it’s critical to get testing right.

Why is Eggplant the best solution?

Eggplant is non-invasive which is mandatory for classified defence software. No modification of the system-under-test is required for full test control.

Eggplant's approach works naturally with GIS and other image rich defence applications. This natural approach also means that existing teams can easily use Eggplant; no need to train-up new “automation testers” in your product.

Eggplant works with any technology. Eggplant provides technology agnostic GUI test automation through its patented approach. This means that one script will run across all your existing platforms from mobile to mainframe. Eggplant also has open APIs to allow for easy integration with many other solutions, from IBM Rational Quality Manager to Jenkins.

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Case Studies

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We know what you're up against

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Controlling costs

Defence and aerospace companies are under the same pressures as other industries to cut testing costs. How are your teams using test automation to test faster, effectively, and efficiently to ensure quality and on-time delivery?

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Technology compatibility

Your legacy infrastructures need to be compatible with modern systems. That’s not something that typical test tools can test. Can your test teams handle the mix of standards-based, proprietary, custom, popular — IBM Rational Doors, Git, Jenkins, IBM RQM, JIRA — and new, emerging technology?

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Testing dynamic GUIs

GIS mapping, C2 systems, and air traffic control systems rely on dynamic GUIs to provide critical information to users. Traditional testing tools really only work with text boxes, labels, buttons, and tabs, which aren’t effective for testing a plane on a radar screen. Can you test graphic displays quickly and effectively to ensure they perform as expected?

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Resource challenges

The majority of testers in aerospace and defence are invaluable product experts, and in many cases, hard to replace. How will you empower your teams — especially those with varying skill levels — to test productively and efficiently?


Manage Your Aerospace and Defence Testing Challenges With Eggplant Solutions

Our Digital Automation Intelligence Suite is the de facto standard for testing in aerospace and defence because it enables end-to-end test automation to help you meet the industry’s unique demand for product quality, reliability, and robustness. Rest assured that when you test a piece of equipment with Eggplant solutions and it passes, it will work in the field with 100-percent assurance.

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Incorporate scriptless testing

Play to the strengths of your teams with scriptless test creation and record and playback features that offer a different automation approach, while preserving your manual workflow.

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Test effectively with non-invasive solutions

Gain full test control without modifying your SUT. Validate anything from GIS applications to flight management systems to highly customised C2 systems.

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Future-proof your testing

Test any technology using technology-independent UI automation testing that’s ideal to test rich, interactive GUIs and non-standard equipment. Eggplant solutions also work with IBM Rational Doors.

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Test the true user experience

Drive true user interactions through any application, environment, or device to ensure your application performs correctly and reliably in all conditions.

 
The non-invasive working of Eggplant was key to us,
we can test without having to implement any software on servers or any of our systems, which makes it an invaluable feature.
— Stuart J. Watson, Senior systems engineer, asset infrastructure engineering
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