|By Cynthia Dunlop||
|October 22, 2013 10:45 AM EDT||
To accelerate application release cycles, KPN needed to address a critical bottleneck in the testing process. Their end-to-end test scenarios interacted with dependencies controlled by other divisions and external entities, and gaining access to the required dependencies was a slow and frustrating process. Due to these test environment access constraints, testing efforts were regularly delayed and cut short.
“Using Parasoft Service Virtualization to simulate the behavior of these dependencies, KPN can now test earlier, faster, and more completely—accelerating time to market while reducing application risks” said Everhard Wienke, Manager of Development at KPN-ITNS.
The Challenge: Eliminating External Constraints for Efficient Testing
The KPN ITNS division facilitates Internet, television and network services via fiberglass. KPN-IT NS provides wholesale services for a range of ISPs throughout the Netherlands. They serve a rapidly-growing customer base.
KPN's current corporate focus is to strengthen market position by more rapidly responding to the constant changes and trends in the telecom and IT sector. For the ITNS division, this means accelerating the delivery of software innovations that improve quality while enhancing the available services. Their primary responsibility is evolving the AXE application for facilitating DSL/Fiber-optic connection and services. This application processes all orders requested by their vast user base.
Testing end-to-end transactions originating from the AXE application requires access to a number of dependencies outside of the ITNS division. When KPN approached Parasoft, the amount of testing that could be performed in any given test cycle was limited by the availability of resources in divisions and organizations beyond their "geo-political control." Due to the coordination required between ITNS and other KPN divisions, the delay between planning and executing a single test case could be up to a week. Not surprisingly, their testing process was often delayed and there was insufficient time to complete the expected breadth and depth of testing.
To accelerate delivery of new functionality that satisfied their strict quality standards, the division needed a way to move beyond these test environment access constraints. They needed easy access to a complete test environment so they could begin testing as soon as they were ready—and continue testing until their test plan was fully completed.
Service Virtualization Enables the Team to Test Faster, Earlier, and More Completely
Parasoft Service Virtualization enabled KPN to eliminate these test environment access constraints. With constrained dependencies replaced by easy-to-use "virtual assets" providing realistic responses, the team could test faster, earlier, and more completely. Automated regression testing, which was not feasible in the past, could now become an integral part of their testing process.
The initial focus of KPN’s service virtualization efforts centered on creating virtual assets emulating the synchronous responses and asynchronous status updates from their Wholesale Broadband Access (WBA) test environment. These virtual assets eliminated the need for the time-consuming coordination between ITNS and the WBA environment. As a result, test scenarios that previously took weeks to set up can now be started in a matter of minutes. Removing this bottleneck has significantly increased the amount of testing that can be completed in each release cycle.
After this initial success with service virtualization, KPN further increased the efficiency of their testing process by creating virtual assets that simulate the behavior of additional third-party applications they need to access for testing purposes. Now that the team has unconstrained access to key dependencies, testing has become a much more efficient (and less frustrating) process.
Extending Service Virtualization to the Development Team
KPN is currently introducing service virtualization across the ITNS development teams. Soon, the entire development team will have flexible, continuous access to the same set of virtual assets and simulated test environments that have become so central to the testing team's efforts.
KPN expects that extending their service virtualization adoption to the development team will lead to earlier discovery of software defects and increased optimization of the software delivery process.
Real Results: Reduced Risks with Accelerated Time-to-Market
Overall, Parasoft Service Virtualization has helped KPN accelerate delivery cycles as well as improve software quality. They have reduced costs and boosted morale by removing a major source of frustration across their group.
Jenny van den Broek, Test Manager at KPN-ITNS concludes: "Parasoft Service Virtualization provides the perfect solution to our challenge. Not only have we saved precious time, but we are also able to test more thoroughly.”
Service Virtualization Webinar Next Week: Real Data, Real Results
Want to learn more about the ROI of service virtualization? Join us next week for the Accelerating the SDLC with Service Virtualization webinar on Tuesday, October 22 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST. Theresa Lanowitz (founder of voke) and Frank Jennings (Director of Performance Test at Comcast) will share real data and real results from service virtualization.
To begin, Theresa Lanowitz will discuss the latest research findings on Service Virtualization business value and usage within leading IT organizations. Comcast will then share first-hand experiences with service virtualization—including implementation challenges, best practices, and impact on schedules, costs, risk, and innovation. A significant portion of this webinar will be reserved for your questions.
The event will be moderated by David Rubenstein, editor-in-chief of SD Times.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Nov. 28, 2014 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,147
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water, are pursuing SmartGrid initiatives that represent one of the more mature examples of SAE. We have s...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,298
The security devil is always in the details of the attack: the ones you've endured, the ones you prepare yourself to fend off, and the ones that, you fear, will catch you completely unaware and defenseless. The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing if not an endless proliferation of details. It's the vision of a world in which continuous Internet connectivity and addressability is embedded into a growing range of human artifacts, into the natural world, and even into our smartphones, appliances, and physical persons. In the IoT vision, every new "thing" - sensor, actuator, data source, data con...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,636
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happens, where data lives and where the interface lies. For instance, it's a mix of architectural styles ...
Nov. 27, 2014 03:00 PM EST Reads: 1,308
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example t...
Nov. 27, 2014 03:00 PM EST Reads: 1,473
An entirely new security model is needed for the Internet of Things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? In his session at @ThingsExpo, New York's at the Javits Center, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, reviewed hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal a new risk balance you might not expect. Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. He is co-author of t...
Nov. 27, 2014 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,670
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
Nov. 27, 2014 11:00 AM EST Reads: 1,283
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, will examine why IT must finally fulfill its role in support of its SBUs or face a new round of...
Nov. 27, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,230
One of the biggest challenges when developing connected devices is identifying user value and delivering it through successful user experiences. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kuniavsky, Principal Scientist, Innovation Services at PARC, described an IoT-specific approach to user experience design that combines approaches from interaction design, industrial design and service design to create experiences that go beyond simple connected gadgets to create lasting, multi-device experiences grounded in people's real needs and desires.
Nov. 27, 2014 08:00 AM EST Reads: 1,240
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps, abiding by privacy concerns and making the concept a reality. These challenges can't be addressed w...
Nov. 27, 2014 07:45 AM EST Reads: 1,524
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet-enabled ‘Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. According to a recent IDG Research Services Survey this rate of traffic will only grow. What's driving t...
Nov. 27, 2014 07:00 AM EST Reads: 1,500
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...
Nov. 27, 2014 06:45 AM EST Reads: 1,329
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
Nov. 27, 2014 06:45 AM EST Reads: 1,396
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC, and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) i...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:00 AM EST Reads: 1,241
"Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that's set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication," explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nov. 27, 2014 04:00 AM EST Reads: 1,191
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect at Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services ...
Nov. 26, 2014 02:00 PM EST Reads: 1,625
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems at Red Hat, described how to revolutioniz...
Nov. 24, 2014 07:00 PM EST Reads: 1,721
Bit6 today issued a challenge to the technology community implementing Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC). To leap beyond WebRTC’s significant limitations and fully leverage its underlying value to accelerate innovation, application developers need to consider the entire communications ecosystem.
Nov. 24, 2014 12:00 PM EST Reads: 1,625
The definition of IoT is not new, in fact it’s been around for over a decade. What has changed is the public's awareness that the technology we use on a daily basis has caught up on the vision of an always on, always connected world. If you look into the details of what comprises the IoT, you’ll see that it includes everything from cloud computing, Big Data analytics, “Things,” Web communication, applications, network, storage, etc. It is essentially including everything connected online from hardware to software, or as we like to say, it’s an Internet of many different things. The difference ...
Nov. 24, 2014 11:00 AM EST Reads: 1,751
Cloud Expo 2014 TV commercials will feature @ThingsExpo, which was launched in June, 2014 at New York City's Javits Center as the largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world.
Nov. 24, 2014 09:00 AM EST Reads: 1,787