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The primary source of functional gaps arise from the mismatch between desired functionality and delivered functionality. And the main reasons for this divergence is:

  • Incomplete understanding of requirements,
  • Conflicting views of stakeholders,
  • Not sharing/omitting common information,
  • Assumptions about vendor’s knowledge & expertise,
  • Vague system boundary,
  • Provide unnecessary information,
  • Cultural differences,
  • Analyst’s inadequate expertise in business domain,
  • Insufficient reviews by stakeholders.

BPA follows a top-down model starting from the operating profile,then breaks down into business Processes that drive it, the applications that suport these processes, the service that ntegrate the applications, all the way to the components that enable the services.

These gaps, if detected early, have the potential to save rework costs, missed schedules, poor quality of delivered product, and in many cases, outright rejection of software due to unbridgeable gaps.

How Hastraa can help...

The purpose of Business Process Assurance Services is to ensure synchronization between what the business requires and how the business analysts documents those specifications (aka functional specifications). In the software management process, the Functional Specification document forms the basis of software product development. It is imperative that this document be comprehensive andin-syncwith the business processes. This ensures that the documentation comprehensively captures the desired functionality.

Combining our deep industry knowledge, technology capabilities and business process skills, we can assist clients in increasing the reliability and consistency of information produced during the Requirement Specification phase. We have built and improved a robust toolkit that aids the BPA services across business verticals within industries that we serve.

As a majority of the errors in software are introduced during business analysis phase, our early involvement strengthens the quality assurance regime by ensuring tight synchronizing of testing activities with development life cycle. This reduces the probability of potential gaps and set-backs later in the life cycle, assures early error detection of defectsand hastens the turnaround of defect fixes.

The Test Centers of Excellence (TCoE) is geared for organizations which are confronted with under-performing testing function, underutilization of testing people and inconsistent test processes.

TCoEs provide a centralized solution that brings together people, process, tools and infrastructure into a single shared services function, thereby improving operational efficiency, optimizing resource utilization, eliminate redundancies and lower testing costs.It helps you maximize the re-use of skills, licenses and hardware. And also helps to leverage capabilities and retain and nurture knowledge in your testing teams.

Organizations can typically save in excess of 30% of testing costs by effectively lowering the OpEx through test CoEs.And at the same time, reduce risk and time-to-market.

How Hastraa can help...

The Hastraa TCoE is an extension of your testing team and expedites deployment of products and services without compromising on quality and RoI.Our TCoE focuses on processes, business domain knowledge, resource skills, technology and best practices.

We set up tailored, right-sized testing competency center that can offer a range of test offerings for your organization. OurTest CoE is supported by a number of processes, systems, tools and knowledge repositories that assist in test execution.The flexible teams of testing professionals at our Centers of Excellence are cross-trained in multiple technologies and can be easily scaled up or down on demand.Our delivery model focuses on comprehensive testing services using adaptable frameworks, governance models, reusable assets/ artifacts and robust processes.

Our approach includes,

  • Assessment of existing assets (people, systems, tools etc.)
  • Test CoE Design
    • Capacity planning
    • Design communication plan
    • Change management
  • Define and standardize processes
    • Consolidation of operations
    • Establish centralized process framework
  • Test Program Management
    • Transition Support
  • Process audits

Our experience allows us to fast-track the development and roll-out of a well-defined and organized test center.

The purpose of testing activities is not just about detecting bugs and handing them over for fixes. It is equally critical to ensure test governance is tightly aligned to business and project governance so as to leverage investment value and achieve project success. The complexity of test management increases with different versions of test cases, different versions of the product under test and even different configurations to test against.

The purpose of Test management is to assess, strategize, execute, measure and control testing process and efforts through the life cycle with the view to achieve business and quality objectives.

Successful test management requires optimal balance of process, strategy, metrics and experience to achieve goals. If executed suitably, it will enable organizations to

  • Perform testing processes effectively and efficiently,
  • Manage requirements volatility,
  • Provide real-time visibility into testing activities,
  • Optimize resource availability and deployment, and more.

The cost of finding and fixing errors raises exponentially as the development cycle progresses.Errors not caught in development can cost upto 1,000 times more to repair if they reach the live system - severely impacting corporate budgets and IT resources.

IBM Canada Research

How Hastraa can help...

Effective test management ensures reliability, traceability and control. Comprehensive and structured test management tools create a knowledge repository where the test assets can be centrally controlled and maintained by the organizations.

Our approach includes

  • Managing requirements and changes to scope,
  • Evolving a robust and optimal test strategy keeping constraints of resources, timeline, budget, andquality in perspective,
  • Mobilizing and directing resources appropriately,
  • organizing test assets,
  • Tracking dependencies and, more significantly
  • Defining, institutionalizing, measuring and tracking testing activities to achieve business goals.

Appropriate practices and processes facilitate developers to re-use assets and provide support across multiple areas of test planning, execution and reporting.

Test reviews are conducted to evaluate to status of work products and assist team management on decisions regarding next phase of activities. While most organization have a defined review process, it often tends to be informal, unstructured, and usually performed by peers.

However, it is imperative to provide independent perspective and conduct these reviews by a qualified external party unconnected with process-related activities and done across the spectrum of testing activities.

As compared to a defect found by test execution or in filed, the cost may be one or two orders of magnitude less when found and fixed by a well-conducted review. Moreover, software reviews have a more significant role - they can be used to train technical authors in the development of extremely low-defect documents, and also to identify and remove process inadequacies that encourage defects (the defect prevention process).Early and frequent reviews of small work samples can identify systematic errors, which can be corrected before further faulty work is done.

There are typically five to fifteen flaws in every 1,000 lines of code.finding each one takes about 75 minutes.Fixing them takes two to nine hours each.that's 150 hours - the majority of which is spent testing - or roughly $30,000 to clean every 1,000 lines -

Software Engineering Institue,Carnegie Mellon University

Another important value is that they can be used to improve development process that would help technical people to identify and remove process inadequacies that encourage defects. This improvement can dramatically reduce errors in downstream activities and reduce time to product high-quality software.

How Hastraa can help...

Hastraa can assist organizations in instituting effective test review process. As a specialist testing company, we can deploy competent grade of resources with requisite domain and technical skills to implement our / client’s methodology and ensure business objectives are met.

Test Data Management is pivotal for the success of your testing strategy. Effective test data creation addresses issues of

  • Data storage and maintenance,
  • Data reliability,
  • Data confidentiality
  • Data privacy laws and
  • Extendedtest periods.

The average testing team spends between 30% and 50% of their time setting up test environments rather than on actual testing.

Selecting, translating, and analyzing test results is not only laborious; but very often requires specific knowledge of the underlying application. Moreover, as reporting results and sharing information between departments is indispensable, minimizing time spent processing data and creating reports greatly contributes to the efficiency of an entire organization

Test Data Management is a strategy for organizations to manage their test and development processes to meet application development and testing requirements, streamline cloning processes and secure data so organizations are equipped to deliver the clones needed to meet upgrade and patch cycles and maintain data security.With identity theft a growing concern among consumers, regulators and law makers, a strategic approach to test data management is needed.

How Hastraa can help...

Typically, there are three ways to provision test data:

  • Database cloning: Copying production data and wherever appropriate, mask any sensitive information.
  • Data sub-setting: Substitute production data and wherever appropriate, mask any sensitive information.
  • Synthetic Data generation: Generate synthetic data based on an understanding of the underlying data model. Herein, no de-identification is required.

At Hastraa, we offer end to end enterprise-wide test data management services which includes Data quality assessment, Data masking,Data subset,Data archiving, Data cleansing and Data optimization.

Rigorous control and meticulous management of test data ensures that every test begins with consistent data. In our view, by formalizing the test data management practice, organizations can reduce storage and software cost and comply with stringent privacy laws.

The purpose of Functional Testing (involving either or both SIT and UAT) is to make the application defect-free and meet the prescribed acceptance criteria. Traditionally, Functional Testing is performed by the business teams as a measure of self-assurance before giving their consent for operational use. Business also exercised ownership rights and ensure that it’s staff had the required domain capability to test and validate the functionality.

Functional Testing is challenging, requiring substantial systems expertise, technical resources, and diverse skills to be summoned for a short period of time. Also, it involves testing of both functional & technical aspects (Performance, Operating System and browser compatibility, navigation, usability, business features etc.).

Research indicates that 30% of a project budget is consumed by rework activities. Of that rework, 70% is related to the requirements. In other words, 21% of the project budget is spent on correcting and removing defects originating in the requirements and design documents.

In many organizations, it is difficult to find workforce with requisite skills (both technical & domain) and numbers to be available for the entire duration of the engagement.

However, not deploying right resources would mean either compromising on quality or suffering longer timeliness with no assurance of achieving defect-free quality.

How Hastraa can help...

Our domain specialist competencies and resources can assist organizations in application roll outs with absolute confidence in the quality of the end-product and within timelines.

Our domain and technical specialists:

  • Review Functional Specifications,
  • Identify the gaps,
  • Identify various test scenarios,
  • Build test cases,
  • Automate, execute, analyze results,
  • Recommend improvements & fixes and
  • ensure that application eventually meets prescribed acceptance criteria.

Customers will directly benefit by way of superior application quality due to lesser defects and reworks, lower maintenance, shortened project timelines and rework costs.

Deploying business-critical applications without undergoing performance testing process is not only expensive, but also very risky if serious performance issues are detected after go-live. This failure may result in applications either taking inordinately long time to respond or not respond at all.

The purpose of Performance testing is to investigate system's ability to meet the benchmark performance goals (transaction response under prescribed load and usage conditions, break point, etc) in production situations. Performance testing is also referred to as Load Testing or Capacity Testing or Stress Testing.

On average, the businesses surveyed said they suffered 14 hours of IT downtime per year. Half of those said IT outages damage their reputation and 18% described the impact on their reputation as "very damaging."

CA Technologies Research

In the process, you will be able to identify problem areas (network, database server, web server, and database) and break points which affect system performance and require fixing.

The benefits of Performance Testing include

  • Reduced deployment risks,
  • Reliable testing with less resources and
  • Improved quality though re-use.

How Hastraa can help...

High performance is usually the result of sound atomic-level design.At Hastraa, we offer comprehensive Performance Testing Solutions to ensure that problems are identified and resolved in the early stages of the SDLC. We can assist by participating in the process from the requirement gathering phase and based on our experience, contribute towards effective design that enhances performance. With our expertise, we can assist in

  • Formulating a optimal strategy,
  • Identify and script critical transactions,
  • Execute,
  • Analyze results,
  • Identify bottlenecks,
  • Recommend application fixes, and
  • Recommend tuning measures to derive acceptable results.

We have experience of testing eco-system of applications residing in diverse platforms, built using diverse technologies and communicating through multiple protocols using automation tools of different vendors.

Our Performance Testing specialists can assist clients in meeting the challenge of delivering superior quality applications that delivers on all performance counts.

We have expertise in several automation tools including HP (Mercury), Microfocus (Compuware/Borland), IBM/Rational, and open-source testing tools such as WebLoad, OpenSTA, etc.

As the areas of business enabled through IT are increasing, the risk of data theft, privacy violation, and secure & guaranteed service delivery has become increasingly challenging for the organization to cope. Organizations today are under increasing sophistication of criminal threat, with resultant regulatory pressure to improve security.

Very often, when a ‘high quality’ software is developed, it essentially means that the software is working as designed and expected. Today, however, besides the reliability aspect of software quality, it is also imperative to take into account the resilience and security of the software. Resilient software is able to withstand the attempts to compromise confidentiality or impact integrity or availability.

Due to automation, web applications, on average, are probed or attacked about 27 times per hour or about once every two minutes. At the apex of an attack, web applications experience nearly 25,000 attacks per hour or seven per second.

Although your software meets quality requirements related to functionality and performance, it does not necessary mean that the software is secure.

How Hastraa can help...

Software Security Testing offers the way to minimize and eliminate the risk to organization’s software infrastructure. It is a technique to determine the vulnerabilities and secure the system before it becomes ‘high risk’.

Security testing is performed to ensure that data is protected and to assure confidentiality, integrity, authentication, authorization, availability and non-repudiation.

We provide the following Information Security Testing Services:

  • Penetration Testing
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Security Code Review,

The Hastraa Security testing Practice is designed to ensure that application is secure against known and unknown vulnerabilities, data is secure and hacker-proof, and meets and complies with IT security guidelines and regulations.

Core business-enabling applications are subjected to frequent changes by way of new enhancements to functionality, migration to newer versions or patch fixes. These changes require re-validation to assure the stability of the application. Typically, this is done through re-running previous set of tests and checking whether previously-fixed faults have re-emerged. Doing this task manually is daunting. In some situations, it may even be impossible to repeat the tests manually.

Automation helps in many ways:

  • Drastically speed up testing,
  • Cut number of cycles,
  • Increase test coverage,
  • Allow re-use of test assets,
  • Program each feature of the application,
  • Perform tests at will and unattended,
  • Repeat tests any number of times and with accuracy, and at the same time,
  • Achieve higher levels of quality.

A test team might initially target 10% to 15% of reggression tests for automation.That is good way to master the new skills and processes required by autoomation.As proficiency grows,most teams find that 40% to 60% of tests can be effectively automated.

HP - Automated testing ROI:fact or fiction ?

Despite its clear advantages, an automation initiative can sometimes end in failure or be unproductive if the following pitfalls are not well-thought through

  • Automating an unstable application,
  • Not considering application criticality to business operations,
  • Scripting 100% of the test cases without a thought to maintenance or long-term value,
  • Time constraints to rollout the application, and
  • Not having a formal, documented automation framework.

How Hastraa can help...

Hastraa has substantial pool of automation specialists who can help in

  • Evaluating the application for its fitness for automation
  • Recommend right automation strategy and automation tool
  • Defining automation methodology and assist in building in-house capabilities
  • Build automation framework & regression suite
  • Maintain automation repository
  • Expertise in market leading tools from HP, IBM, Microfocus, etc

Our automation specialists have substantial experience in

  • Test Automation using TestPartner, QTP, and Functional Tester
  • Defect Management using Quality Manager, Test Director, PVCS Defect Tracker, Bugzilla, and Clear Quest
  • Requirement Management using OptimalTrace, Quality Center, & Quality Manager
  • Test Management using QADirector, Rational Quality Manager, etc

As the areas of business enabled through IT are increasing, the risk of data theft, privacy violation, and secure &guaranteed service delivery has become increasingly challenging for the organization to cope. Organizations today are under increasing sophistication of criminal threat, with resultant regulatory pressure to improve security.

Very often, when a ‘high quality’ software is developed, it essentially means that the software is working as designed and expected. Today, however, besides the reliability aspect of software quality, it is also imperative to take into account the resilience and security of the software. Resilient software is able to withstand the attempts to compromise confidentiality or impact integrity or availability.

Due to automation,web applications, on average, are probed or attacked about 27 times per hour or at once every two minutes.At the apex of attack, web applications experience nearly 25,000 attacks per hour or seven per second.

Imperva

Although your software meets quality requirements related to functionality and performance, it does not necessary mean that the software is secure.

How Hastraa can help...

Software Security Testing offers the way to minimize and eliminate the risk to organization’s software infrastructure. It is a technique to determine the vulnerabilities and secure the system before it becomes ‘high risk’.

Security testing is performed to ensure that data is protected and to assure confidentiality, integrity, authentication, authorization, availability and non-repudiation.

We provide the following Information Security Testing Services:

  • Penetration Testing
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Security Code Review,

The Hastraa Security testing Practice is designed to ensure that application is secure against known and unknown vulnerabilities, data is secure and hacker- proof, and meets and complies with IT security guidelines and regulations.