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Thomas E. Murphy
Research Director
13 years at Gartner
27 years IT industry

Thomas Murphy is a research director with Gartner, where he is part of the Application Strategies and Governance group. Mr. Murphy has more than 25 years of experience in IT as a developer, product manager, technical editor and industry analyst. Read Full Bio

The Evolution of ADLM

by Thomas Murphy  |  October 19, 2015

Software development has been changing dramatically over the last 5 years driven by a number of shifts including SMAC (social, mobile, analytic, cloud) technologies, the growth in first Agile practices and now DevOps and Continuous Delivery. Still terminology and tools are stuck in an era of applications. Gartner believes we are moving to a “post […]

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Digging through the data — Testing Tools and Practices

by Thomas Murphy  |  July 15, 2015

We are currently digging through good quantities in data as we build out our testing market documents.  Earlier we had a mind numbing set of vendor briefings and we still have a good amount of data collection and writing to go.  The market is certainly in a state of transition and we find that there […]

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The Summer of Testing Research

by Thomas Murphy  |  April 7, 2015

We have kicked off our next round of research for the software testing tools market.  We are close to publication on a new Market Guide for API Testing and Service Virtualization and are going to continue expanding the notes we have to cover the overall market.  In the past we have published a Magic Quadrant […]

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Mobile Ready Part 2 – don’t let your career be damaged by “photos”

by Thomas Murphy  |  February 13, 2015

I wrote last month about Browser Compatibility Testing and this continue to be a growing area of interest.  In that post I discussed the Google Mobile-Friendly Test which is a handy quick way to check is my page “mobile-friendly”.  Another new tool to the market take a different approach to this problem (building in a similar […]

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Browser Compatability Testing

by Thomas Murphy  |  January 6, 2015

We still receive a fair number of questions about browser compatibility testing. There are a good number of ways to complete this depending on when you are testing and what you want to learn. Most browser compatibility shouldn’t be something you learn in the testing tools but at design buy following appropriate design guides and […]

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Mobile Everywhere

by Thomas Murphy  |  December 10, 2014

Mobile continues to be growing as the majority of calls we take about testing and many other areas of development and integration. To that we have just released several new research notes including a Marketguide for Mobile Testing and a special report on Mobility and Digial Business. You can find both of these on Gartner’s […]

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Requirements definitions and management

by Thomas Murphy  |  October 11, 2014

We have recently published a new market guide for requirements definition and management tools. This has always been a challenging market with most IT groups identifying challenges with missed, incorrect, and changing requirements but mixed success in tools adoption. Our market guide outlines considerations and a number of the available products. We believe a key […]

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Overcoming bureaucracy to maximize the value of our most precious resource

by Thomas Murphy  |  December 17, 2013

The Lean Startup conference is underway and presentations are available on YouTube. As companies make shifts to agile and/or lean practices, they often run into barriers of culture because we often live in politicized work environments. Clusters of fiefdoms built to survive often warring against each other. The bureaucracy supports the status quo. Public education […]

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Do you have the right mix?

by Thomas Murphy  |  December 11, 2013

While recuperating from knee surgery, one of my ways to kill time is watching #ESPN. We are entering the NFL silly season where we try to figure out why some teams with great expectations failed miserably and whose fault it is. A common thread today is the challenge of having the right personnel for the […]

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Requirements Management, Office Still Dominates

by Thomas Murphy  |  December 5, 2013

In a quick poll we ran at my ADLM session at #gartneraadi I asked a simple question: what is your company’s primary requirements management tool. I only provided two options: MS Office or An RM Tool. The result: 55% answered that Office was the tool in use. Does your organization also rely on Office? If […]

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