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Test.io: Closing the Last Mile Gap in Continuous Deployment Testing

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Technology companies like Facebook, Netflix and Google have shown the world that you can successfully deploy updates to critical, customer-facing applications on a continuous basis. Enterprise organizations have received the message and are moving rapidly to adopt practices such as DevOps and Continuous Integration/Continuous Deliver (CI/CD) to keep pace. But there is a secret weapon that these technology companies have when it comes to ensuring the quality of these continuous deployments: human testers.

While these industry leading technology companies embed test automation into their CI/CD pipelines, they also do limited releases to both their employees and small sets of customers to test the user experience, scalability and platform compatibility (particularly in mobile) before full distribution — a tactic that is rarely available to enterprise organizations. And as customer-centric enterprise applications take on ever-greater importance in the customer experience and in new revenue models, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Test.io enables enterprise organizations to close this gap. They have amassed a global army of human testers that development teams can “call” via an API and embed into their pipelines. Test.io focuses on testing customer-facing applications and helps enterprise organizations ensure that their applications are ready for prime time.

One of the primary use cases is in the testing of the customer experience. Whereas automated testing can often tell you if something doesn’t work as intended, it can’t tell you if people actually like it. Using an exploratory testing process, the company helps organizations get valuable feedback on the user experience before release. The company’s human testers can also be used to do boundary, negative and user story testing, as well as testing scalability and platform compatibility.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, AppDynamics, Dynatrace, and VMware are Intellyx customers. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at [email protected].

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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