Tame your mainframe testing with Robotic Process Automation

Are your mainframe systems holding you back from delivering change?

Does your mainframe testing snowball – taking more time and more resources each project?

 

Our experience with a wide variety of mainframe clients has shown us that the traditional slow, cumbersome, manual mainframe testing has knock on effects throughout the whole organisation, preventing change from being delivered in a timely manner. Many organisations are hamstrung by the need to test the mainframe systems (the back end) when changing only the front end which means their Agile and DevOps teams are unable to release fast and frequently.

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Test Automation

My test automation journey

When I first started my career at Sandhata, I was introduced to middleware test automation using a tool called IBM RIT (Rational Integration Tester). As a newbie, without any experience even of manual testing, I had to try to make sense of this new, unfamiliar process. Soon, however, I became fascinated by this particular tool and started to discover the real power of automation.

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Continuous Security

Implementing continuous security

The importance of security in software development is already widely understood and security testing is generally well embraced in the software delivery process. But when organisations enter the world of Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment, it becomes even more important to be able to test and enforce continuous security the same way – not only quarterly or monthly.

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DevOps innovation tools

How we built a Live DevOps Innovation Platform

We recently announced the arrival of our Live DevOps Innovation Platform built in-house here at Sandhata. I wanted to share some of the tools we have used for it so far, as well as my personal experiences on this platform, as it has been very interesting and a big learning experience for me.

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DevOps Innovation Platform

Introducing the new Live DevOps Innovation Platform

In 2016 we started creating a live DevOps innovation platform internally in Sandhata. We have been working hard, with the goal of creating a platform which incorporates DevOps principles and practices across the whole delivery lifecycle. We want this platform to demonstrate various aspects of the delivery lifecycle, and expose the inner workings – so that the platform can be used to help others get a headstart on their continuous delivery journey and also plan their DevOps strategy based on our working example.

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From College to Career

From College to Career

Choices shape and define us. Past choices mould us into who we are today and the ones we make today shape who we become tomorrow. In this blog post, I will share a brief story of how my career choices have helped shape me into who I am today. After all, aren’t we are all ultimately responsible for our own actions?

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Testing Automation and tools

Testing from a developer’s perspective

Having worked in the development side of projects for so long, donning a tester’s hat for some projects at my current workplace was a new experience, nevertheless a useful one. It was almost like starting from scratch. I always had this idea that testing was largely a manual process. Yes, I knew there was automation testing and I was aware of tools such as HPQC, QTP and so on. But, having never used them before, I was not sure how they were leveraged to test the multitude of requirements. So, here go a few of my observations when performing a tester role.

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BIRT reporting

BIRT for Test Reports

Results reporting is one of the key stages in the testing phase where the interested project participants or the stakeholders are presented with information on the test progress. Although many of the test automation tools have inbuilt reporting capability, the information may either be too low-level or technical, or it may not be fully relevant for management. As part of test process improvement, I’m working on a requirement to present the test results in an efficient way, so the management can visualise the current status of testing or the overall status for a test cycle, and make decisions accordingly.

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Justifying the investment of test automation and service virtualization

Being in software testing for many years now, I feel that one thing that has never changed is IT managers always being in a position to justify the investment of test automation or any technical enablers to improve the testing function within their organisation. I think this is mainly due to difficulty in proving the ROI for testing.

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