Service Virtualization and API Testing

Cynthia Dunlop

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What Is Service Virtualization & Why Does it Matter? A recent blog by Hurwitz & Associates analyst Marcia Kaufman defines service virtualization: “Service virtualization is used to simulate the behavior of components in an application so you can perform an accurate and timely test in a world of complex interrelated applications. Production services that may not be available for integration testing can be virtualized so the testing can take place at an appropriate time in the software development process.” Kaufman also explores the benefits of service virtualization: “One of the biggest impacts of service virtualization for developers is the ability to validate integrations much earlier in the application life cycle. The software development team can move beyond unit testing and overcome many of the roadblocks that inhibit timely, efficient, and cost effective testin... (more)

How Mature Is Your API Testing Process?

Without an enterprise-level automated solution for ensuring the integrity of APIs and API-driven composite applications, organizations risk: Brand erosion as faulty software drives away customers Time-to-market delays that diminish market share Exposure to legal liability associated with application failure Failure to comply with applicable regulatory standards and technical contracts API Testing solutions help organizations reduce the risks, costs, and resources associated with exposing and consuming APIs. The application of API Testing solutions can range from very simple ad-hoc... (more)

Case Study: Service Virtualization in a VMware Environment

One of the New Zealand government’s largest departments is migrating its software testing platform from the physical world to the virtual world, empowering its development teams to create and launch new testing environments in minutes. This revolution enables testing to commence at a much earlier stage and allows multiple projects to be tested in parallel. Not only does this reduce the time taken to complete projects, it also significantly improves both their quality and reliability. The government agency has over 1000 employees spread across multiple offices throughout New Zeal... (more)

What's the Business Value of Service Virtualization?

With today's interconnected applications, a complete and realistic test environment is nearly impossible to stage. However, without reliable access to a complete and reliable test environment, testing is delayed or curtailed. The result is that organizations risk: Brand erosion as faulty software drives away customers Delays in time to market which diminish market share Exposure to legal liability associated with application failure (security, reliability, performance) That's where service virtualization comes into play. How Service Virtualization Helps Service Virtualization, wit... (more)

Service Virtualization Case Study: Testing Faster and Earlier

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 whil... (more)