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Why Using OSGi Pays Out

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Why Using OSGi Pays Out

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In response to accelerated release cycles, a new set of testing capabilities is now required to deliver quality at speed. This is why there is a shake-up in the testing tools landscape—and a new leader has emerged in the just released Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation.

If you are hesitating about introducing OSGi to your company/department, please consider the following benefits:

1. Access control

OSGi with its class loading mechanism prevents unwanted access to internal packages.

Internal packages can be easily refactored without breaking any API, which reduces development cost.

2. Safe

OSGi components explicitly declare their dependencies on other components.

This prevents failures due to incomplete or incompatible class space, which reduces maintenance cost.

3. Reusable

OSGi components explicitly declare and expose their capabilities.
This makes them easily reusable, which reduces development cost.

4. Flexible

Components of an application can be deployed into one container, or into multiple containers (even onto multiple hosts).
The service layer will automatically wire up the application (using proxies for remote components), which reduces development cost.

5. Hot swap

OSGi components can be installed/updated/uninstalled without stopping the application.
This shortens feature delivery time, while lengthens up-time, which reduces operational cost.

6. Support

OSGi is supported by a strong community as well as large computing companies: Oracle, IBM, Samsung, Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, Redhat, Ericsson, and many more.
Good and responsive support channels reduces development cost.

Please visit the following page for a more complete list: http://www.osgi.org/Technology/WhyOSGi 

(This article is meant for top managers with limited time, being responsible for a significant budget. If you know similar two liners, please don't hesitate to add.)

Recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for Software Test Automation provides an objective benchmark of all test automation solutions based on industry surveys, customer inquiries, product evaluations, and more. 

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