Handle Big Expectations and Implications

There’s a lot on the line when it comes to software testing in aerospace and defense. 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 software 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.

Testing in aerospace and defense 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 defense — including failure of vital systems and loss of life — it’s critical to get testing right.

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Case Studies

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We know what you're up against

Why is Eggplant the best solution for for Defense and Aerospace?

Eggplant is non-invasive and doesn't modify the system under test, which are mandatory requirements in defense software testing where teams need full test control.

Eggplant's approach works naturally with GIS and other image-rich defense 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, providing technology-agnostic GUI test automation through its patented approach. This means that you can run one script across all your existing platforms, from mobile to mainframe. It also means that if you change your platform strategy, you won’t have to recreate all your tests. Eggplant Performance supports network technologies from Citrix and web to TCP/UDP socket level and covering Java and .NET APIs.

Plus, Eggplant has open APIs to easily integrate with many other solutions, from IBM Rational Quality Manager to Jenkins.

 
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Controlling costs

Defense and aerospace companies are under the same pressures as other industries to cut software 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 defense 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 Defense Testing Challenges With Eggplant Solutions

Our Digital Automation Intelligence Suite is the de facto standard for testing in aerospace and defense 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 customized 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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