March 01, 2016

On the Road with Steve Barriault

It all started from a cold place in Quebec on Saturday visiting a shack 50 km in the wilderness in a snowmobile (as you can see in the photo), and it ended up in the tropical paradise of Singapore.

In the middle, it involved braving a snow storm on the road, flying over the Golden Gate Bridge, stopping in Korea for quick visits, and transferring in Shanghai for good measure. Oh, and skipping hotels on the last two-three days (using the red eyes to squeeze more visits in less time).

I couldn't have visited more different places more quickly. So many climates, languages and cultures. A bit crazy. Usually my travels are a bit more orderly, but one must do what one must do.

It was worth it though. I got the chance to visit important clients in Automotive, Industrial... Continue reading »

Posted by Steve Barriault in Journal Entry

February 25, 2016

Free Webinar from Vector Software and Polarion

Complimentary Webinar from Vector Software and Polarion Software

Test Strategies and Risk Mitigation for IoT and Embedded Systems

Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST

The thriving Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem will comprise new vendors that provide applications, middleware and connected devices. Traditional hardware device manufacturers will now be in the software business.

IoT creates new opportunities for businesses, but business leaders need to consider software test strategies and risk mitigation practices in the development lifecycle. Managing risk is a necessity in regulated industries, including medical, pharmaceutical, automotive and aerospace - and software is vital as part of connected hardware development.

Posted by Anna Barcelos in Events

February 09, 2016

2015 Software Testing Technology Report - Vector Software

As the world around us increasingly becomes more dependent on the products whose functionality is controlled by software -- and the demand for improved product quality and regulations become more stringent than ever -- software testing is an industry in the midst of incredible transition.  

With all of the noise constantly going on in our industry, we wanted to take a step back and separate the hype from reality, and see what the embedded software testing industry really cares about right now, and what its concerns may be in the near future. As a result, Vector Software conducted a research survey designed to capture the thoughts of our industry leaders in relation to:

Posted by Anna Barcelos in Embedded Testing, Software Quality, Technical Debt

January 26, 2016

What do these Tests do?

Our engineering team is constantly re-evaluating how we work to make our jobs as friction-free as possible. I often tell customers that we are not perfect, and that we share many of their challenges in terms of getting new software features to our customers as quickly as possible.   In addition to improving our products, it is critical that we improve our development processes to reduce time to market.  I think that the beginning of a new year is a great time to target the parts of your development process that are the 'most broken', and often the area that is most broken is testing.

Socrates famously said: 'The unexamined life is not worth living', with this in mind, my question today: 'Is the unexamined test case worth maintaining?'

Posted by John Paliotta in Software Quality

January 21, 2016

On the road with Steve Barriault: Blue Sky in China

I had the great pleasure, once again, to visit China and its capital, Beijing. Lucky me, I had three beautiful blue sky days. Very little of that legendary smog. That put a smile on everyone's faces, even though the temperature was a bit chilly for the locals (it was freezing).

I decided to celebrate with a local delicacy called Tang Hu Lu. The best way I can describe the treat is as a few small, sour apples lined up on a stick with lightly caramelized sugar added on it. And a light wrapper to prevent you from putting sticky sugar on your coat. Available roughly from October to April from street vendors, it is a favorite of mine.

Talking about blue skies, everyone knows that some Asian cities have severe pollution problems, and Beijing air quality is sometimes pretty foul... Continue reading »

Posted by Steve Barriault in Journal Entry

January 11, 2016

Top 10 Blog Posts

As we enter the second week of 2016, we can’t forget 2015 just yet and would like to share our top 10 software test blog posts. The following posts resonated most with our readers last year. Feel free to share them with your co-workers and others whom you feel may find these helpful.

Our Technical Debt blog series last year focused on what technical debt is and how companies can address it. We encourage you to read all four parts, but these were our most popular.
What is Technical Debt?
What Can Companies Do to Address Technical Debt?

Posted by Anna Barcelos in Embedded Testing