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Mobile continues drive for test early, test often

by Thomas Murphy  |  January 29, 2013  |  5 Comments

Or why your organization needs to get Agile. 

An increasing number of the calls I take are dealing with the challenges of BYOD, the growth in browser diversity and the loss of control over the target environment.  The business realizes that there may be an opportunity for lower device costs and happier employees through BYOD (not thinking about the cost to development and test, etc).

So how do you deal with this in test?  By getting on top of it as soon as possible.  If your application is going to support multiple browsers, multiple devices, multiple user constituencies, you can’t batch all that test work up in a classic waterfall, iterative fashion.  Developers and testers need access to resources that will enable them to test continuously on any browser/OS/device.  I expect to see a long list of announcements in the mobile testing and cloud space during the next two years as vendors seek to fill-in gaps and respond to the very different nature of continuous delivery required to compete effectively and drive engaged customers and employees.  Examples include MobileLabs Inc. release late last year of DeviceConnect making it easy to provision a private device cloud or last week’s announcement by SOASTA and Appcelerator of integration between SOASTA’s mobile testing facilities with Appcelerator’s mobile platform such that apps under development can make use of continuous testing. 

If devices and the Cloud are going to truly transform your business, your business must transform its culture and the practices that support it.  It won’t be pain free but like a sunny day in Seattle, it can be spectacular. 


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  • 1 John Davidson   January 29, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Apps like TestFlight and HockeyApp are also great testing platforms that allow near continuous testing of builds without a lot of provisioning hassles–it’s not a private cloud per se but it certainly allows a lot of flexibility. And TestFlight has been around for several years (I’ve used both.)

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  • 3 Thomas Gronbach   February 4, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Hello Tom,
    we at Keynote entirely agree.
    Mobile testing will be the facilitator to make enterprises truly adopt mobile. Keynote’s DeviceAnywhere platform is first to market and the broadest Cloud or private Cloud, manual and automated testing offering. We are integrated with enterprises work benches such as HP QTP, IBM Rational and SAP.
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    We are looking forward to a vivid exchange on mobile testing with you.

  • 4 Tim Murphy   February 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    One of the biggest challenges for many in ‘testing early and often’ is finding the right resources capable of accurately testing mobile websites and applications. Tools are abundant for desktop web application testing, but many are forced to rely on securing, maintaining, and updating a bank of devices to do the job for mobile. Remote, real-device testing can offer developers a cost-efficient platform to test applications on multiple operating systems, mobile browsers and handset manufacturers to ensure a high quality application. Keynote’s launch of DeviceAnywhere Free for website testing on real smartphones is certainly on the list of exciting recent announcements you mention, as the cost for entry level mobile web application testing is now as low as it’s going to get ($0).

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