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An Interview with Skytap’s Sumit Mehrotra

…On what you need to know before making the transition to EaaS

Interviewed by Michael Hackett

LogiGear_Skytap's Sumit

1. What are the main differences between cloud-based environments and cloud infrastructure?

An environment is a collection of infrastructure elements working in conjunction to enable an application stack to work.

For example, a simple 3-tier application, with a web front-end component, a business logic component and a database component requires, at a minimum, the following infrastructure components: a few VMs, a few storage disks, and a network. All of these components are required, and they need to work together as an environment for the application to be functional. Note, that as the complexity of the application stack grows, the definition of an environment grows bigger than just infrastructure components. It can include VPNs, public IP addresses, an object store, and other service end-points.

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Interview: Robert V. Binder

CEO and founder of mVerify Corporation, Robert V. Binder tackles questions from field testers regarding such issues as strategic considerations when dealing with single stack apps versus globalized enterprise mobile apps, and methods and tools that developers and testers should be aware of. He also offers his own advice from lessons learned from experience.

1. What are the popular mobile platforms out there?

The handheld platform installed base is rapidly evolving, according to Comscore. From May to August of 2011, Android’s share of US smartphones was up 6% to 43.7%. Apple’s iOS increased slightly to 27.3% in the same period, while RIM’s Blackberry OS slipped 5 points to a 19.7% share. Windows Mobile was nearly unchanged at 5.7%, with Symbian shrinking to 1.8%, down from 2.1%.

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Spotlight Interview: Guido Schoonheim

As CTO of Xebia and highly experienced in offshore testing in India, Guido articulates his methods in addressing common challenges faced by the in-house and offshore teams. He weighs heavily on strategic tactics as well as key cultural aspects to execute efficient and effective Agile methods.

1. I work at a US-based company and we have been offshoring for a few years. We have a good working relationship with the offshore team; the work and communication is good. We are now implementing Scrum and want to continue having these offshore folks on our team. We have been distributing mainly testing tasks to them. What would you suggest is the best work to distribute to them?

The goal of Scrum is to deliver the right fully tested production ready software at the end of each sprint. That means you can no longer hand off testing as a separate phase. Testing now needs to be incorporated as a continuous team activity into your sprints. This means that your offshore testers should become part of your Scrum teams and work with you on getting tasks from “to do” to “ready for testing” to “done.” Creating automated test cases should start in parallel with actual development of features.

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Spotlight Interview – Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory draws from her own experience in helping agile teams address alternative ways to cope with roadblocks including projects without clear documentation, testers with limited domain knowledge and dealing with either black box or white box testing.

For testing on projects without clear documentation, is exploratory the only method? I often make “tester errors” on these projects. I might report wrong defects, or miss errors because I do not fully understand what to test. Have you come across this and if so, what methods would you recommend?

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Timeout with Evangeline Mitchell

Following highly sought out native-English speakers for teachers in Asia, are Filipinos. They’re strong presence in the US medical profession as hardworking and professional employees stand in equal measure within English teaching courses in developing countries. In the Philippines, English is the medium in which all courses are taught from the sciences to the humanities. It is only appropriate that they have the closest accent to an American.

Filipino teacher Evangeline Mitchell has taught English not only in Viet Nam but also in Thailand, Burma, Myanmar and for the United Nations for over twenty years with her American husband, who is also a teacher. Her background is based heavily with international schools and universities but enjoys her switch to a more business environment with LogiGear VN. Mitchell takes time between classes to answer a few questions:

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Spotlight Interview with Mark Levison

Mark Levison has over twenty years experience in the IT industry, working as a developer, manager, technical lead, architect, and consultant. He  discovered Agile in 2001 and is now a Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach with Agile Pain Relief Consulting.

Levison has introduced Scrum, Lean and other Agile methods to a number of organizations and coaches from executive level to the individual developer and tester. Levison is also an Agile editor at InfoQ and has written dozens of articles on Agile topics and publishes a blog – Notes from a Tool User. Mark’s training benefits from his study and writing on the neuroscience of learning: Learning Best Approaches for Your Brain. To contact Mark Levison, please email him at mark@agilepainrelief.com.

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McAfee Visits Ho Chi Minh City

Lolita Guevarra

McAfee representatives from India and Japan visited LogiGear Viet Nam from Feb 21 – 25. Their week-long stay entailed debriefing LogiGear staff on McAfee MX Logic and Mobile Security for the team to begin testing. Project manager Tien Nguyen and project lead Hung Le oversaw the sessions between LogiGear and McAfee.

As a good hostess, Nguyen made sure between meetings that Masaki Sumida of Japan and Gargeya Doddaiah of India maneuvered throughout Viet Nam’s infamous traffic to expand their palette at local eateries and awaken their senses within the country’s vibrant culture.

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Spotlight Interview with Jonathan Rasmusson

Author of The Agile Warrior, Rasmusson answers questions from LogiGear’s testing staff about test automation in agile projects.

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Spotlight Interview with Jonathan Kohl

Based in Alberta, Canada, Jonathan Kohl takes time out of his busy schedule to discuss his views on software testing and automation.

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Elfriede Dustin sharing her interest in automated testing

Elfriede Dustin of Innovative Defense Technology, is the author of various books including Automated Software Testing, Quality Web Systems, and her latest book Effective Software Testing. Dustin discusses her views on test design, scaling automation and the current state of test automation tools.

LogiGear: With Test Design being an important ingredient to successful test automation, we are curious at LogiGear magazine how you approach the problem? What methods do you employ to insure that your teams are developing tests that are ready or supported for automation?

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