Welcome to Accelerate!, Mercury Interactive's online newsletter for business and IT professionals.
March/April 2002 - In This Issue:
* Cover Story - Approaching Quality from a Business Perspective
* Ask the Experts - Welcome to the World of Web Services
* Technology Focus - Diagnosing Application Performance Problems
* Captain Mercury's Log - Global Tires Speeds Up Testing
* Spotlight on Success - John Hancock, Barnes & Noble.com
* Tips & Techniques - Effective Automation Test Script Design
* Industry Trends - Keeping Costs in Check
* Free Download - Add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
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Cover Story - Approaching Quality from a Business Perspective
Quality is at the intersection of business and IT, and without it, companies can lose thousands or millions of dollars. Poor application quality can paralyze a company's sales force, limit its ability to process transactions or build product, drive customers to competitors or irrevocably damage a partner relationship. The experts at Mercury Interactive have documented many valuable learnings and proven techniques for ensuring delivery of high-quality applications, forming the basis of the Application Risk Management Model (ARMM).
Diagnosing and resolving application performance problems can be difficult and time consuming without the proper diagnostic tools. IT operations and applications specialists must pinpoint the cause of performance problems within complex infrastructures, which consist of multiple software and hardware components inside and outside the firewall. To complicate matters, these components often exist outside their direct control--within partner and customer sites, service providers' applications or the Internet itself.
Tips & Techniques - Effective Automation Test Script Design
Automation specialists commonly find themselves under a time constraint to complete automated test cases. This article, from consultants at Spherion, presents recommendations for creating automated test scripts that minimize rework and save time.
Free Download - Add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
This add-in enables you to automatically create virtual users within Visual Studio .NET-based applications that can be reused within LoadRunner and Astra LoadTest. The Visual Studio .NET integration also allows you to view and execute a test script, configure its run-time settings, parameterize values and even launch a load-testing scenario.