I believe technology can be exploited to greater levels than we have allowed. We are constrained by 20th century business models and ideas. Collectively, we need to move past technology for the sake of technology and truly focus on moving markets beyond the status quo!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

We Want YOUR Opinion on Security Operations Automation

We are excited to launch a survey on one of the most topical IT agenda items – security operations automation.
Security threats are a 24X7X365 concern for every single enterprise, regardless of size or type of business. Enterprises are worried about the business risk caused by un-remediated security vulnerabilities, compliance challenges, and configuration issues.
We want to hear from you! How welcoming is your organization to hackers? Do IT operations professionals have enough information to remediate security vulnerabilities? Are IT security and IT operations working together? Are hackers “welcome” in your systems, infrastructure, and applications?
We want to collect as much data as possible by September 25, 2016. So, take the voke Market Snapshot survey on security operations automation here. At the end of the survey you will have the opportunity to register for a complimentary copy of the report for your own personal use.
Thank you in advance for your participation – we look forward to hearing from you!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Release Management - We Want YOUR Opinion

Releasing software, the last step to getting your software creation to your customers! Every team releases software differently, but everyone wants the release to be a success.
So, regardless of how you release, how frequently you release, or how much you know about what you are releasing – we want your opinion!
voke, the analyst firm focused on the edge of innovation, is conducting research on the topic of release management. We are looking for people exactly like you to share your opinion on software release management. 

Please help out by letting us know what you think. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Click here to share your story on release management.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Service Virtualization Research

voke is excited to share the results of our second and most recent research on service virtualization – the voke Market SnapshotTM Report: Service Virtualization. The latest research was announced on January 22, 2015. This most recent data was collected from over 500 participants from August – October 2014. Survey participants told us how they are using service virtualization, why they adopted it, their general thoughts about service virtualization, the challenges they face with service virtualization, and the benefits of service virtualization. 
This research shows that service virtualization is no longer a nascent technology with a practitioner following. Service virtualization is now a proven technology with visibility at all levels of the organization. Change agents, C-level executives, and practitioners alike find value in the measurable and quick ROI service virtualization brings. Full ROI details achieved by participants provided in the report include:
  • Reduced defect reproduction time
  • Reduced production defects
  • Reduced total defects
  • Increased test coverage
  • Reduced test cycle time
  • Reduced software release cycle time
The voke Market Snapshot highlights ways to get started with service virtualization, questions to conduct an organizational assessment on service virtualization readiness, and real world ROI numbers from service virtualization users.
The report also includes a much needed discussion on the critical differences between service virtualization and stubbing/mocking. Achieving “stateful” dependencies through the use of an architected service virtualization solution provides more value than using a stub/mock workaround.
Service virtualization use is the difference between really having collaboration throughout the software lifecycle vs. just talking about it.
Read the report today and make 2015 your year of stateful dependencies!

P.S. For additional insight, learn why John Waters of ADT Magazine calls our research “not to be missed

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Webinars, Summits, Awards, Conferences, Testing Like an Olympian, and More!

The analysts at voke are embarking on a busy time of year!

Join voke founder, Theresa Lanowitz, on October 28, 2014 at 8:30AM Pacific / 11:30AM Eastern to discuss “The Hidden Cost of Rework”. Each and every software project has defects – that is just a fact. However, the longer the defect is ignored, the more expensive it is to remediate. Join Theresa Lanowitz of voke and Jon Jarboe of Coverity to learn how to identify defects earlier and reduce the cost of rework involved with every software project.
Register here to learn about “The Hidden Cost of Rework” 

Next up, voke founder, Theresa Lanowitz, will be the keynote presenter at the Cognizant Quality Engineering and Assurance Summit in Sydney, Australia!
The theme of the event is “The Future of Quality: Challenge the Conventional Status Quo”. The event is Thursday, November 6. If you are in the ANZ region, register here

Theresa’s keynote will discuss “Software Quality in the Sound Bite Era”. Join Theresa to find out if you can rise above the noise and confusion to deliver a quality software project.
Also at the Sydney Summit, Cognizant will be presenting the first annual “Green Trumpet Awards” for excellence in the area of quality assurance. If you are an awesomely amazing QA pro in the ANZ region, make sure you are nominated for these awards.

If you happen to be at CA World in Las Vegas, NV on November 12, 2014, voke founder, Theresa Lanowitz, will be previewing upcoming research on service virtualization. This is a sneak peek of our most recent market survey. This research is "hot off the presses", be the first to hear new service virtualization data.

Do you aspire to be the best tester in the world? Join Theresa Lanowitz, founder of voke, to learn how to “Test Like an Olympian”. Be aspirational in your testing and deliver strong business outcomes through software. 

Theresa and the Atos team will discuss what it means to test like an Olympian! The webinar is November 17, 2014 at 8:00AM Pacific / 11:00AM Eastern. Register here.

We look forward to engaging with you at one of the upcoming events!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Opinions Wanted – Service Virtualization

We are running a market survey on service virtualization and really want to know what you think of service virtualization. Are you using it, have you evaluated it, or is the technology brand new to you? We want to hear from you! Take the voke survey on service virtualization. 

Service virtualization is one of those technologies that comes along once in a generation and makes a real difference on many levels. Service virtualization helps remove the constraints associated with the classic cost, quality, schedule timeline.

Please let us know why you like service virtualization, what the benefits of service virtualization are, how you are using service virtualization across your software supply chain. Let us know by taking the survey. 
This survey consists of a combination of multiple choice and optional short answer questions to provide you the opportunity to influence our research and the overall market based on your experiences.

The areas of focus for the survey include:
  • Demographics
  • Development and testing challenges or constraints
  • Use of service virtualization (if applicable)
  • Service virtualization tool adoption (if applicable)
  • Benefits and feature needs (if applicable)
  • Productivity and ROI (if applicable)
  • Project characteristics and wrap-up
All of the data captured is confidential and anonymous. At the conclusion of the survey process, data will be tabulated, aggregated and analyzed to deliver a comprehensive overview.

Information about receiving a complimentary copy of the report based on this survey is available at the end of the survey.

We hope that you will enjoy taking this survey and sharing your experiences. This survey is conducted by voke, an independent analyst firm. More information about voke is available at www.vokeinc.com.
Here is the survey link one more time!

Thanks for your help.


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Do You Know Your Cost of Rework? voke Publishes New Research on Reducing the Cost of Rework

Are you aware of what your cost of rework is for your software? Yes, the very software that runs your business and is an integral part of your brand promise.

Most organizations are either not aware or not interested in what the cost of rework means. However, this cavalier stance to the cost of rework is dangerous. Each and every software project has an associated cost of rework – that is the cost involved with removing defects. The later in the lifecycle a defect is discovered, the more expensive it is to remediate. Defects create the hidden cost of rework in every software project.

The new voke Strategic BriefTM Report: Reducing the Cost of Rework highlights:

  • The business impact of defect leakage with real-world use cases
  • The cost of rework models for both Agile and non-Agile projects
  • Ways to test earlier to reduce rework and its costs

The Strategic BriefTM Report: Reducing the Cost of Rework is available here or at www.vokeinc.com for subscribers.

Get this report to learn how to reduce rework in your software projects.


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voke Research on Virtual and Cloud-based Labs Published!

In my last post I asked for your opinions on virtual and cloud-based labs.  Thank you so much for letting us know what you think of virtual and cloud-based labs!

On August 21, 2014 voke officially published its Market SnapshotTM Report: Virtual and Cloud-based Labs. The full report is available here  or at www.vokeinc.com to subscribers.

While virtual and cloud-based lab technology has been widely available since 2005, we still see development and test teams wait for protracted periods of time to gain access to the physical environments needed. From our research, we now know that on average, teams wait for 18 days to gain access to the required physical environments needed for development or testing. And, these teams that wait to access physical environments also have restrictions on environment access time. This type of lost productivity is easily remedied with virtual or cloud-based labs.
The full report contains an abundance of data to help make the case for virtual and cloud-based labs.

Thank you to all who shared their opinions. We are always curious about what you think of the application lifecycle as well as the technology and practices used by IT professionals.


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Looking for Opinions on Virtual Labs or Dev/Test Clouds

One of the most frustrating hurdles to overcome in the software lifecycle is the availability of a lab for testing.

Physical test labs are expensive to build and expensive to maintain. To use a physical test lab, teams must schedule time well in advance, wait for access, and hurry up and get out of the lab for the next team.

There has to be a better way of testing in a production-like environment. Well, there is. Virtualization helped us solve this problem. By using a virtual lab or a dev/test cloud, testing teams have an environment as close to production for use at any time for as long as needed.

These virtual labs or dev/test clouds remove provisioning bottlenecks associated with physical labs, give testers an affordable production-like environment, and eliminate the phrase “it works on my machine”. Yes, virtual labs or dev/test clouds bring about peace between developers and testers. With virtual labs or dev/test clouds, developers are able to easily re-create a defect identified by the testing team.

At voke, we think virtual labs or dev/test clouds are pretty cool. We also want YOUR opinion on this modern technology and are conducting a survey. We would like to know whether or not you are using virtual labs or dev/test clouds, how long have you been using them, what you like about them, etc.

This survey consists of a combination of multiple choice and optional short answer questions to provide you the opportunity to influence our research and the overall market based on your experiences.

The areas of focus for the survey include:
-Release characteristics
-Accessibility of development and test labs
-Lab characteristics
-Use of virtual lab management or Dev/Test clouds (if applicable)
-Virtual lab adoption (if applicable)
-Lab tool challenges and benefits (if applicable)
-ROI and productivity (if applicable)
-Related tools and technologies
-Cloud solutions used

All of the data captured is confidential and anonymous. At the conclusion of the survey process, data will be tabulated, aggregated and analyzed to deliver a comprehensive overview.

Information about receiving a complimentary copy of the report based on this survey is available at the end of the survey.

We hope that you will enjoy taking this survey and sharing your experiences. This survey is conducted by voke, an independent analyst firm. More information about voke is available at www.vokeinc.com.

Here is the survey link one more time!

Thanks for your help!


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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Is HP Getting Serious About Lifecycle Virtualization?

HP Announces Intent to Acquire Network Virtualization Business and Technology of Shunra 

Is HP Getting Serious About Lifecycle Virtualization?

In a quiet blog post on the evening of March 4, 2014, HP announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the network virtualization business and technology of Shunra, a current HP partner.

The HP blog post continues to outline the benefits the Shunra technology will bring to its mobile software testing business. The blog post ends with an almost cryptic mention of expanding the use of the Shunra technology to other HP products and services such as service virtualization.

Service virtualization, indeed, is where the Shunra technology will mesh well with HP offferings. Service virtualization is defined by voke as: Enabling development and test teams to simulate and model their dependencies of unavailable or limited services. Removes constraints and wait times frequently experienced by development and test teams to access components, architectures, databases, mainframes, etc. Source voke Market SnapshotTM Report: Service Virtualization – December 2012
While service virtualization continues to gain traction in the market, the network virtualization component has always been more difficult to adopt within the enterprise. The reason for the vagueness of what “network virtualization” provides is that enterprise infrastructure teams are not the same as enterprise applications teams. In short, it comes down to yet another set of silos in the enterprise. 
Service virtualization is one of those unique technologies that delivers so much value to so many parts of the organization that infrastructure teams and applications teams both benefit from it. Shunra quickly saw the synergy and spent the past 18 months forming partnerships with all of the service virtualization providers to deliver on the very necessary component of network virtualization. All of the service virtualization vendors must now look for ways to offer this complementary component of network virtualization. 
In January, 2012, voke published a Category Snapshot on “Infrastructure Test Optimization” (see voke Category SnapshotTM Report: Infrastructure Test Optimization – January 2012). This piece of published research called out the need for infrastructures to meet a defined quality of service and quality of experience required to deliver strategic business objectives. In this research, infrastructure was defined as a structured platform of networked elements required to deliver services.

This early report on Infrastructure Test Optimization identified mobile applications and cloud platforms as the factors creating the need for this type of technology. In the report, we also identified five key practice areas of Infrastructure Test Optimization. The five key practice areas are:

Emulation and analysis Reproducing real world networks and/or actively simulating real users on the network to ensure infrastructures meet designed requirements

Automation Using tools to efficiently develop and execute tests, provide in-depth reporting, compare actual vs. predicted test outcomes, optimize regression testing, etc.

Quality management Using tools to link business requirements to test cases, allow for effective collaboration, enable test planning, manage previous specified tests, track defects, manage assets such as requirements, defects, resources, metrics, etc.

Development testing - A set of processes and technologies designed to help development organizations find and fix software problems early in the development cycle, serving as a pre-cursor to QA testing

Lifecycle virtualization - The use of technologies such as virtual lab management, service virtualization, defect virtualization, virtualized cloud platforms, and device virtualization, to enhance the application or product lifecycle by reducing defects, lowering costs, speeding time-to-market, and increasing customer satisfaction

The combination of HP functional testing, performance testing and service virtualization products along with the Shunra network virtualization technology will provide a solution for “infrastructure test optimization”. HP may believe the Shunra technology acquisition is about mobile, but the real value is for performance and service virtualization.
Is HP finally getting back to its roots and delivering something its core customer base of software testing will flock to? The Shunra technology acquisition and how it is handled will certainly be an indicator of whether or not HP has the mettle to innovate and break down silos.

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