Thomas Murphy

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Browser Compatability Testing

by Thomas Murphy  |  January 6, 2015  |  Submit a Comment

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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AADi Summit 2013

by Thomas Murphy  |  November 30, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

As much as I dislike Las Vegas, I am excited for the Gartner’s annual Dev conference and look forward to meeting with our clients. I am going to be trying out some new data collection techniques and will also spin up a new survey on testing tool use. This will include in session polling using […]

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A Year of Acquisitions

by Thomas Murphy  |  April 22, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

The Nexus Forces are driving a lot of changes for IT teams but they are also going to drive a lot of disruption for vendors.  We will see this as companies work to reposition themselves to “hot terms” and through a burst of acquisitions.  We have already seen a number of acquisition as companies are […]

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The Need for Smarter Testing

by Thomas Murphy  |  April 2, 2013  |  1 Comment

The Nexus Forces, in particular devices and the browser explosion, combined with the “money saving” BYOD movement are putting a tremendous squeeze on software testing organizations.  No longer is it good enough to test on a couple browsers or a device or two.  Yet at the same time, every combination can not be tested.  Mobile […]

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Some Initial Test Organization Data

by Thomas Murphy  |  September 21, 2012  |  2 Comments

I started a small survey a few weeks back to look at gaining a bit more quantitative information about testing organizations.  I have suspended the survey for now (and folded it into the survey we are running with the Integrated Quality Suites MQ reference customers).  While we need to do more digging here and strengthen […]


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Discovering Usability

by Thomas Murphy  |  January 23, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

An element of software quality often overlooked is the issue of usability.  With internal applications you train users on the process to follow and this may make up for a world of ugly.  The web has changed our perceptions and devices and Apps will continue to drive home the need to deliver applications that are […]

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The Year of Mobile Testing

by Thomas Murphy  |  January 23, 2012  |  3 Comments

The explosion of devices and apps is creating a strain on testing organizations.  A broad number of tools have hit the market and we expect to see strong growth in the number of options during the next three years.  A plethora of challenges exist: gestures, geolocation, motion, and how to realistically conduct load tests to […]


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Mobile Testing Tools – It is a Tactical Decision

by Thomas Murphy  |  June 23, 2011  |  9 Comments

The rapid movement to build and deploy applications to devices is creating a challenge for testing teams.  Solutions from the leading testing vendors are missing, or provided by partner extensions, and the pace of technology evolution will keep them chasing for several more years.  Organizations should recognize that testing choices (tools, services, etc) will be […]


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An Economic Foundation to Performance Testing

by Thomas Murphy  |  April 7, 2011  |  2 Comments

Companies often wonder about the economic value of testing.  For functional testing this generally boils down to defect containment and reducing the cost of fixing defects by finding them earlier but putting performance in economic terms has been more of a challenge.  However we continue to see high numbers of sites with performance failures and […]


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The Apple Testing Problem

by Thomas Murphy  |  February 24, 2011  |  3 Comments

As we worked through the MQ for Integrated Software Quality Suites one of the key issues we are seeing is that tools are lagging behind the pace of innovation and are often lacking support for platforms and technologies that are becoming popular leaving organizations to perform a lot of manual testing.  Key in these areas […]


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