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Embrace Digital Assurance Practices in DevOps Cycle to Secure a 'Pole Position' in the Digital Race

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Embrace Digital Assurance Practices in DevOps Cycle to Secure a 'Pole Position' in the Digital Race

In a world where performance and user experience are key, digital assurance and testing are essential to stay ahead of the game.

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Current world has been dominated by the need for change brought on by digital disruption. We need to think about the performance and user experience of applications differently to be successful in this shifting IT world. Recent analytics and researches reveal that IT complexity and performance challenges are killing digital transformation initiatives and thus causing significant digital performance problems in organizations as quite often as once every 5 days.

There are two key elements in the changing nature of digital applications.

  • Applications are no longer designed as monolithic business processes. Instead, applications are being designed as a modular set of services such as microservices stored in containers. Each service includes a set of well-defined application programming interfaces (APIs) that are used to link these elements together to create new applications based on new customer demands. These applications may be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or across both resulting in highly dynamic and distributed touch points that need to be monitored.
  • These applications need to provide seamless customer experience in terms of fast performance and customer satisfaction with their interactions on almost all popular devices and platforms.

Apparently, organizations urge to adopt a Digital Assurance model in their DevOps cycle to win the digital race. With well-designed and orchestrated Digital Assurance practices integrated with the DevOps cycle, organizations can fine-tune and supercharge application performance as well as customer experience quite quickly and can secure ‘Pole Position’ in the long run.

API Testing, SMAC Testing, Omni Channel Testing, Performance Engineering, Shift Left and Shift Right are couple of buzzwords in digital testing arena focusing on enhancing the performance and customer experience of applications. I’ve categorized Digital Assurance practices into four areas as listed below to cover all these digital testing trends. Embracing these can definitely help you to get your application equipped against the goliath of digital complexities faced at the operational level.

 

1. Digital Performance Assurance

Work Streams

Behaviour/Focus

Popular Tools

Client Side Performance Testing (UI level)


Emphasis on Site Response from UI perspective.

  • Single User Performance Testing
  • Multi-User Performance Testing

Parameters:
Latency, Throughput, Errors, Resource Utilization.

  • PageSpeed Insight
  • WebPageTest
  • Google Lighthouse

Server Side Performance Testing (Infrastructure/ Code level)

Emphasis on Components like API, Database, CPU and Memory utilization aspects.

  • API
  • Database
  • Infrastructure
  • Postman
  • Apache JMeter
  • LoadRunner
  • NeoLoad
  • ANTS Performance Profiler
  • VS Performance Profiler
  • ANTS Memory Profiler
  • VS Memory Profiler

Real-world Performance Testing (Operation Level)

Emphasis on Real User Monitoring for System Improvements

  • Logs Introspection
  • Application Performance Management tools in Ops (Application Monitoring, Browser Monitoring, SQL statements monitoring, Code level diagnosis, Key Transactions, Traced Errors, Server Monitoring, Apdex and Alert Policies)
  • Splunk
  • Elasticsearch
  • Logstash
  • Kibana
  • New Relic
  • Dynatrace
  • AppDynamics


2. Digital Technology and Value Chain Assurance

Work Streams

Behaviour/Focus

Popular Tools

API Testing

Emphasis on measuring Service-level quality across three dimensions.

  • Functional (Availability, Speed, Functionality)
  • Performance (Scalability, Reliability, Performance)
  • Security (Confidentiality, Integrity, Authorisation, Authentication)
  • Postman
  • JMeter
  • ZAP
  • Burp Suite

SMAC Testing (Social Media, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud)

Emphasis on analyzing customer behavior and their response patterns to take corrective actions for improving the relationship.

  • Google Analytics
  • APM Tools (New Relic, Dynatrace, AppDynamics)


3. Digital Customer Experience Assurance

Work Streams

Behaviour/Focus

Popular Tools

Omni Channel Testing


Emphasis on effectiveness of the application on different browsers, devices and platforms and the measurement of user experience on these platforms.

  • Functionality
  • Compatibility
  • Usability
  • Performance
  • Security

There are plenty of solutions available on the market for Omni channel testing; it is really difficult to choose one best tool for each area or an Omni Channel testing solution as a whole. However, Forrester, a major independent research firm, just released its analysis of the top functional testing tool vendors of Omni Channel testing. They included 15 vendors in this assessment. They are:

Conformiq, Eggplant, Experitest, IBM, Micro Focus Silk, Micro Focus UFT, LogiGear, Microsoft, Parasoft, Perfecto, Ranorex, Sauce Labs, SmartBear Software, Tricentis, Worksoft.

Read more:

https://dzone.com/articles/digital-assurance-amp-omni-channel-experience-test-1


4. Digital Agility Assurance

Work Streams

Behaviour/Focus

Popular Tools

Shift Left & Continuous Testing

Emphasis on Dev part and on integrating following automations into CI pipeline to bring Continuous Testing practice

  • Unit Tests
  • Integration Tests
  • API Tests
  • Client Side (UI) Performance Tests
  • NUnit 3
  • MSTest
  • XUnit
  • Junit
  • TestNG
  • TFS
  • Postman
  • PageSpeed Insight
  • WebPageTest

Shift Right & Continuous Testing


Emphasis on Ops part and on integrating automations into Operations side to achieve Continuous Monitoring and to have Continuous Application Insights.


  • Production Testing
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Continuous Insights
  • Real time Log introspection
  • APM Systems

Read more:

https://dzone.com/articles/connect-the-dots-and-supercharge-your-digital-appl

  • Katalon Studio
  • Postman
  • Splunk
  • Elasticsearch
  • Logstash
  • Kibana
  • Google Analytics
  • New Relic
  • Dynatrace
  • AppDynamics


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Topics:
digital transformation ,omnichannel testing ,digital assurance ,devops ,performance ,shift left testing ,shift right ,continuous testing

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