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Test.io: Closing the Last Mile Gap in Continuous Deployment Testing

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Technology companies like Facebook, Netflix and Google have shown the world that you can successfully deploy updates to critical, customer-facing applications on a continuous basis. Enterprise organizations have received the message and are moving rapidly to adopt practices such as DevOps and Continuous Integration/Continuous Deliver (CI/CD) to keep pace. But there is a secret weapon that these technology companies have when it comes to ensuring the quality of these continuous deployments: human testers.

While these industry leading technology companies embed test automation into their CI/CD pipelines, they also do limited releases to both their employees and small sets of customers to test the user experience, scalability and platform compatibility (particularly in mobile) before full distribution — a tactic that is rarely available to enterprise organizations. And as customer-centric enterprise applications take on ever-greater importance in the customer experience and in new revenue models, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Test.io enables enterprise organizations to close this gap. They have amassed a global army of human testers that development teams can “call” via an API and embed into their pipelines. Test.io focuses on testing customer-facing applications and helps enterprise organizations ensure that their applications are ready for prime time.

One of the primary use cases is in the testing of the customer experience. Whereas automated testing can often tell you if something doesn’t work as intended, it can’t tell you if people actually like it. Using an exploratory testing process, the company helps organizations get valuable feedback on the user experience before release. The company’s human testers can also be used to do boundary, negative and user story testing, as well as testing scalability and platform compatibility.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, AppDynamics, Dynatrace, and VMware are Intellyx customers. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.