Focus on the A of UAT

Testing is without a doubt one of the most frustrating activities you can undertake. If too many defects are found, testers feel guilty, if there are delays due to slow resolutions, testers feel under pressure and if no defects are found at all, testers feel they have wasted their time… frustration is the order of…

Digital Transformation – The Consumerisation of IT

We are in the midst of a digital transformation challenge. The media is regularly reporting on companies undergoing a ‘digital transformation’. Digital transformation projects are certainly top of the agenda for many if not all of our customers. But what does the term digital transformation really imply? There’s no short and easy answer as it…

Go boldly forward, with testing by your side

There is much posturing around SAP’s S/4 HANA. SAP itself is positioning the solution as the next generation business solution. Of course advice from analysts ranges from “maximise the return on your current SAP investment” to “caution for the new S/4 HANA suite”. Gartner in particular has been vocal around advising caution when discussing the…

How to Prevent Test Scope Creep

It is the nightmare of any Test Manager; a test estimate is submitted to the project, a project plan is produced and all test phases fit in nicely just in time for the precious go-live. The scoping sessions are booked, the room is filled with representatives from all functional areas; the project team is there,…

The third testing economy – mobile is about to boom!

The mobile device is redefining the role of the consumer! As described by Chuck Martin in his book, The Third Screen: Marketing to Your Customers in a World Gone Mobile, cultural and social changes incurred by the first screen (the television) and the second screen (the personal computer), are now being redefined by the third…

Cloud Apps – Beware the Digital Aston Martin

Cloud apps are the ultimate enterprise temptress – like Aston Martins to a car enthusiast they are designed to seduce. When you think of them and their capabilities they conjure up images of excitement and promise. Cloud apps seemingly offer great performance, low risk and rapid implementation all of which is tailored to your business.…

Back to basics…

Don’t be fooled by jargon! Testing is complex, yes; but it doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s all about getting the basics of testing right. And, if you think about just a few critical tweaks to your testing strategy, then the rewards in terms of successful delivery, great user experience and coming in on time…

Infosys, Panaya and the search for the testing holy grail

Over the last week, Infosys has made much fanfare about its $200m acquisition of Panaya, the Software as a Service (SaaS) startup that did a great job of taking ERP software testing forward by providing automation capabilities to make this complex task more efficient and targeted. The acquisition of Panaya is a significant piece of…

Observations after 100 days at the helm

After 100 days of tenure and in the light of our recent relaunch of our external positioning and messaging (new website, new corporate presentation, detailed value proposition etc.) I wanted to reflect on our progress so far. Over and above the trust which was built up during the summer of 2014 between myself and the…