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How to Accelerate the SDLC: Service Virtualization

Why Service Virtualization?

By Wayne Ariola, Parasoft Chief Strategy Officer

Wayne Ariola Parasoft Service VirtualizationNo matter what industry you're in, software is increasingly becoming the interface to your business. Organizations that are able to increase the speed and quality of innovative software releases will capitalize on differentiable competitive advantages; those that cannot will languish behind competitors.

Not surprisingly, many enterprises have begun flirting with the idea of accelerating the SDLC to drive innovation through software. However, it’s critical to realize that there's an optimal balance between speed and quality with software delivery—as with all engineered products. We're in an era in which leading organizations must reassess the true "cost of quality" for software. Remember: the cost of quality isn't the price of creating quality software—it’s the penalty or risk incurred by failing to deliver quality software.

As organizations begin to accelerate the SDLC, process bottlenecks will become evident. One of the bottlenecks that continues to plague SDLC acceleration is testing. At best, testing has been considered inevitable overhead. At worst, organizations have deferred quality processes to their customers, delivering a “real-time user acceptance test.” Psychologically, the malleable nature of software has allowed organizations to defer investment in testing. This results in technical debt.

This is why the concept of Service Virtualization has become a hot topic. With Service Virtualization, organizations can access simulated test environments that allow developers, QA, and performance testers to test earlier, faster, and more completely.

Organizations that rely on interconnected systems must be able to validate system changes more effectively—not only for performance and reliability, but also to reduce risks associated with security, privacy, and business interruption. Service Virtualization is the missing link that allows organizations to continuously test and validate business requirements. Ultimately, Service Virtualization brings higher quality functionality to the market faster and at a lower cost.

 

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gartner service virtualizationWant to learn more about how service virtualization helps organizations accelerate the SDLC? Download the new Service Virtualization research package from Gartner and Parasoft to learn:

  • Why service virtualization is a "must-have" for accelerating the SDLC.

  • How Parasoft's service virtualization helped Comcast release thoroughly-tested software faster—and at a lower total overall cost.

  • Recommendations for organizations getting started with service virtualization.

  • Strategies for streamlining the release management process beyond service virtualization.

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Wayne Ariola is Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Parasoft, a leading provider of integrated software development management, quality lifecycle management, and dev/test environment management solutions. He leverages customer input and fosters partnerships with industry leaders to ensure that Parasoft solutions continuously evolve to support the ever-changing complexities of real-world business processes and systems. Ariola has more than 15 years of strategic consulting experience within the technology and software development industries. He holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from Indiana University.

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