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HP Software's community for IT leaders // June 2012

Fast, effective app testing—as a service

Don’t have the resources or agility for your testing needs in-house? The service model helps you ensure that your apps are solid at a fraction of the cost.

Organizations need to get their mission-critical application releases out the door quickly, so they sacrifice testing. Or they cut back on testing resources to trim costs. But untested apps can cause delays, loss of revenue, security breaches and public embarrassment. So now what?

The solution may be testing-as-a-service (TaaS), which is exactly what it sounds like: a utility approach to testing. You pay for the resources you use and stop worrying about the problems that dog traditional testing processes today.

Why TaaS works

“As-a-service” testing models automate application testing and give you access to best practices and tools without the heavy infrastructure investment of in your own software, hardware and headcount. And by paying for the service only when you need it, you can reap the benefits of testing without dangerously cutting corners.

Other benefits of TaaS include:

  • Improved agility by using automation to reduce testing cycles and accelerate time-to-deployment
  • A transaction model that provides more predictable, affordable pricing
  • Faster cycle times, supporting more frequent testing and broader coverage
  • Reduced business risk by leveraging comprehensive regression and performance testing to ensure your apps work properly
  • Lower CAPEX and OPEX requirements
  • The assurance that you’ve found any critical vulnerabilities lurking in your app
  • Ability to protect critical business software assets from fault-related failures

Types of TaaS

TaaS works for nearly any type of app testing you need to get an app out the door:

  • Functional testing as a service—FTaaS lets organizations conduct system, integration and regression testing in a consumption-based service model. It reduces cycle times, increases test coverage, lowers the cost of regression testing and decreases the risk that system outages will occur from software defects.
  • Performance testing as a service (PTaaS)—PTaaS is a pay-as-you-go way to load-test critical apps against various performance scenarios.
  • Security testing as a service (STaaS)—STaaS scans application code and websites to identify security vulnerabilities before they escape into production.

Benefits of TaaS

Organizations depend more than ever on the quality, performance and security of mission-critical apps, so they can’t afford to take any chances. But given the speed of business and the cost of bulletproofing apps, testing is often a popular place to cut corners. With TaaS, organizations get the best of both worlds: faster and lower-cost testing that ensures app performance meets business requirements.

For more information on how testing as a service can cut costs and risks of downtime while making you more responsive to business imperatives, visit HP’s TaaS page.


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