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Testing is a first-order constituent of SOA governance. Assuring that services and service infrastructure components meet functional and technical requirements across lifecycle stages and environments, including production, is an architectural precept in SOA. Gone are the days when testing was an isolated hop in the old disjointed SDLC. You know the one I'm talking about - an architect would design a component, hand it to developers to develop and they would hand it to testers to test, and testers, in turn, who would hand it to system administrators to operate. The components were often large, complex, and dependent on other complex components and systems, and so it was hard to write enough test cases to adequately assure quality. The result was a lot of uncaught errors that led to a vicious cycle of patches and more testing, consuming valuable enterprise resources... (more)

Analyst Report: Butler Group View – LISA 4.6 Technology Audit

A third-party technology audit on iTKO LISA 4.6 Suite performed by Butler Group, a UK-based IT analyst firm, which covers product functionality, operation, and deployment along with commentary on product strategy and future directions. The iTKO LISA Suite, comprising LISA Test, LISA Validate, and LISA Virtualize, provides capabilities around testing, validation, and simulation of services in a distributed, multi-tier, component-based infrastructure. The code-free nature of the solution enables QA teams and developers to easily conduct unit, functional, regression, and load testing in test environments consisting of either live deployed services, or services that are unavailable or yet to be built. These tests can be performed in a simulated virtual environment that mirrors the behaviors and capabilities of an actual production environment. LISA is capable of runnin... (more)

Open Source Selenium Web Application Testing System

Selenium is a free Web Application Testing System. It gained lots of popularity since it is available. It’s integration to FireFox – which allows instant record/replay as well as the scripting option - makes it a great tool for functional web testing. BrowserMob on the other side leverages Selenium by providing an automated load-testing environment for Selenium scripts all configurable online via a Web Dashboard. Tagging Web Requests In my recent blog post – Get more out of functional web testing: How to correlate test reports with server side log information? – I discussed the problem that testing results are usually not linked to the log and diagnostics information captured by the application under test. The blog entry offered a way to link the two sides using HTTP Tagging via an HTTP Proxy. Tagging individual Web Requests allows linking each individual request ... (more)

HP’s Got a New Girlfriend Called LISA

iTKO says HP is going to resell its LISA Virtualize software combined with HP's quality management, functional and performance testing solutions. It's supposed to accelerate software testing and reduce the cost of developing increasingly complex modern applications. What LISA does is described as application behavior and performance virtualization. The widgetry creates on-demand 24/7 virtual test environments. It's supposed to lower test lab costs by up to 65% and shorten software release cycles by up to 38% by eliminating the testing constraints caused by dependent IT resources that are unavailable or inaccessible for testing. iTKO says that for software test labs and test teams to be productive, they need live working environments to test against and those dependencies can become a huge constraint when critical systems like mainframes and cloud services are either ... (more)

CA Technologies to Acquire ITKO for $330 Million

CA Technologies on Wednesday announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Interactive TKO, Inc. (ITKO), a provider of service simulation solutions for developing applications in composite and cloud environments, for $330 million in an all-cash transaction. According to David Dobson, executive vice president, Customer Solutions Group, CA Technologies, "The addition of ITKO to CA Technologies will extend our ability to deliver a complete set of capabilities to help our customers and partners to increase their adoption and value from cloud-based applications." Business demand for rapid time-to-market and lower operational costs is driving IT organizations to quickly adopt new approaches such as composite application architectures and cloud services. As the quest for quickly delivering high-quality business services continues, IT management - from automa... (more)

Service Virtualization in Enterprise Application Development

Many large organizations are in the process of adopting hardware virtualization technology for the development of their dynamic enterprise applications. However, hardware virtualization is not appropriate or feasible in all circumstances, and by focusing solely on hardware virtualization we could be leaving opportunities to save significant time and money on the table. This white paper by John Michelsen, Founder & Chief Architect, iTKO, introduces the practice of Service Virtualization as a key complement to hardware virtualization to facilitate the efficient development and testing of dynamic enterprise applications. Service virtualization involves the imaging of software service behavior and the modeling of a virtual service to stand in for the actual service during development and testing. Organizations that want to realize the full benefits of a virtualization ... (more)

Skytap's Cloud Computing and ITKO LISA as an Initial Partner

Skytap, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based virtual lab solutions, today announced its Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Alliance program to enable on-demand distribution of commercial software solutions through its Virtual Lab platform. Skytap's initial ISV partners include ITKO LISA. Skytap's Virtual Lab automation platform, combined with ITKO LISA, will enable customers to dynamically spin up entire IT environments for service-oriented testing or training labs. I'm here at STARwest in hot Anaheim, CA, and a lot of the people I'm talking to are mighty curious about how Virtual Test Labs happen in the Cloud. For us, the ability to Virtualize a service-based application, and provision it with Skytap's virtual hardware, represents a great way to get the validation you need without the provisioning nightmare. We think this is a great application for where the cloud ... (more)

iTKO Revenues Up 100% Thanks to Virtualization and SOA

iTKO announced a record year of growth and expansion in 2008. Highlights from 2008 include the release of LISA Virtualize for performance environments, LISA Eclipse Edition 4.5, and the addition of more than 30 Global 2000 enterprise customers. "While overall IT spending is tightly controlled during tough economic times, in our research we have identified certain technology investments that a business cannot afford to pass up if they are to remain competitive, and principal among these is virtualization," said Theresa Lanowitz, senior analyst of voke. "With its new service virtualization capability, iTKO is uniquely positioned to complete the value proposition customers started realizing with server and test lab virtualization tools. LISA Virtualize has put iTKO in the critical path of cost containment and increased software agility for customers." "While demand f... (more)

iTKO Enhances SOA Test Solution With LISA 4.5

iTKO LISA announced the general availability release of LISA 4.5. LISA 4.5 extends the functionality of the LISA 4 suite, adding service virtualization for load and performance testing, and customer-driven enhancements. "We are exceptionally pleased with the adoption and innovative usage of LISA in our customer base. iTKO customers are tackling the hardest quality and integration challenges in the field, for LISA 4.5, we focused on customer-driven enhancements," said Shridhar Mittal, CEO of iTKO. "These enhancements deliver improved usability, integration platform support, and Service Virtualization capabilities for load and performance testing. We believe our customers will want to upgrade rapidly to achieve increased quality and agility throughout the lifecycle of their critical applications." iTKO customers value the product for its unique ability to test both thei... (more)

SOA Software and iTKO LISA Announce Combined SOA Governance and Validation Solution

SOA Software and iTKO announced a combined solution for continuous management and quality assurance across the entire design, development and change lifecycle of SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) applications. The integrated offering includes iTKO's LISA Testing, Validation and Virtualization suite, and SOA Software's Policy Manager and Service Manager solutions. Joint customers of the solution will benefit from: A high level of continuous quality assurance for risk mitigation within SOA Governance processes with less manual effort and cost Better compliance and control of defined Service Policies, with automated enforcement throughout the SOA design, development and change lifecycles to ensure business requirements are being met Increased collaboration and efficiency among all SOA stakeholders, so consumers and providers of services can complete their development... (more)

iTKO Teams with IBM On New Cloud Service

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! iTKO, a provider of virtualization and validation solutions for enterprise cloud applications, on Thursday announced it is teaming with IBM on a new service to help businesses more easily develop, test and deploy applications either on-premise or in a cloud. The new service combines iTKO LISA Virtualize, Test, Validate and Pathfinder application software with IBM Global Business Services consulting to speed up application deployment, without tapping into critical computing resources. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! IBM Application Virtualization Services is available today for on-premise deployment, and will be available later this year on an IBM Cloud. Using the new service, clients can for the first time: Run applications in a virtual environment to reduce operational c... (more)