Serverless Apps a New Frontier for Cybersecurity

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

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JB Brockman
Testplant Announces the Acquisition of NCC Group’s Web Performance Division and the Re-branding of the Combined Company to Eggplant

Eggplant (formerly Testplant), the provider of Digital Automation Intelligence solutions, today 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 also gains a team of world-leading testing, monitoring and data science experts focused on the digital experience.

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JB Brockman
Testplant rebrands itself after acquiring NCC Group’s Web Performance Division

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

 

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JB Brockman
eWeek—”Predictions 2018: How DevOps, AI Will Impact Security”

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

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Jay Branscomb
Digital by Default News: “Smart Cities and the Need for Testing Speed”

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

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Justin Fry
Embedded Computing: “2018 is the Year of the User”

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

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Jay Branscomb
DevOps.com: “Survey Finds DevOps Teams Under Increasing Pressure”

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

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Jay Branscomb
Business Reporter: “Why the UK Could Dominate the Age of Automation”

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

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Jay Branscomb
Testplant: Consumer Pressure Hurts Android App Development

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

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Jay Branscomb