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Antony Edwards

He’s our CTO. He guides where the product goes. Antony likes haiku.

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Delivering a Five-Star Digital Experience in Financial Services

9/6/18 / by Antony Edwards posted in user journeys, end-to-end testing, business outcomes, Customer Experience Insights, fusion engine, QA, financial services, User Experience, Performance testing, intelligent automation, artificial intelligence, Eggplant Release Insights, UX testing, UX monitoring, UI testing, APIs, predictive analytics

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No matter what industry you’re in, providing an exceptional digital experience to your customers is paramount. It’s particularly tricky in financial services, as more and more users ditch physical branch locations for online banking. By 2019 in the UK, mobile banking is expected to overtake desktop as the preferred channel. And for two-thirds of Americans, a recent survey found that online and mobile banking represent their primary banking channels. 

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Can You Handle the Load?

11/22/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in Performance testing, Load testing, User Experience, User experience testing, cross-platform

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In the past few weeks, I’ve been getting daily emails about early access to retailers’ Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Which got me thinking about two things: one, I hope retailers are prepared for the even earlier onslaught of online traffic, and two, the high stakes for site performance on the two busiest shopping days of the year.

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Top Three Takeaways for Test Architects From Gartner Symposium 2017

11/14/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in software testing, test architect, User experience testing, security, artificial intelligence

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The annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Barcelona, Spain, is a great pulse check for what's on the minds of CIOs in large companies (like banks, utilities, telcos, governments). It's not necessarily the place to see the absolute latest technology, but it is the place to see what organizational problems CIOs are trying to solve with technology, and what companies are rolling out next year.

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The Role of API Testing in the Digital World

11/10/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in UI testing, UX testing, APIs, API testing

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Consumerization, digital experience, DevOps, mobile, fragmentation, and microservices have changed how software products are architected, how they’re produced, what they do, who uses them, and those users’ expectations. As a result, there’s been a massive shift in testing requirements, both in terms of what we’re trying to achieve and what we need to do.

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Image-Based Testing for ATMs and New Device Categories

11/9/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in ATM testing, Device testing, image based testing, GUI testing, UI testing

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Note: Back by popular demand, this is a repost of a previous blog by Antony Edwards.

SciFi worlds from the 1980s always included super powerful, intelligent computers that you could talk to. By the late 90s, the vision had moved on to worlds where everything is a computer and connected; maybe even us. And it’s this ubiquitous computing that I think is the most exciting and interesting part of technology: new device categories.

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Six Reasons Why We Need Dedicated, Professional Testers

11/7/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in App testing, QA testing, software development, software testing, testing best practices

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In my last post, I described a test team structure that I've seen several companies (which I think are real thought leaders in testing) successfully implement over the last few months. Included in that structure is the sometimes controversial statement that scrum teams should have dedicated, professional testers; that is, we shouldn’t make developers responsible for all testing (though they should be responsible for white-box unit testing).

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One Question Test Leaders Struggle to Answer

10/24/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in App testing, Testing, testing best practices, software testing, test teams, Agile testing, testing strategy

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How should we structure our test team? This is probably the most common question I hear when talking to test leaders about what's on their minds.

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Use AI to Power Your Testing and Delight Customers

9/18/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in AI, App testing, Application testing, Automated testing tools, Automation testing, Digital Experience, Functional testing, IoT Testing, Real User Experience, UX testing, User Experience, User experience testing

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A new study of 600 testers reports that 91 percent of test teams are struggling to meet increased user expectations compared to 12 months ago, and 66 percent said that test automation needs to expand beyond just test execution to keep up with business demands. The new study, conducted by Kickstand across the U.S. and U.K. on behalf of Testplant, generally identified that app dev teams are feeling the pressure to innovate and deliver high-quality user experiences quickly.

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British Airways Outdated QA approaches = unhappy customers

9/6/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in British Airways, Downtime, IOT, Legacy System, Outage, Slow Testing, Software Glitch

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Back in May, British Airways suffered an outage that cost them £150 million and left 75,000 people stranded. After days of speculation, BA announced that the outage was due to an engineer causing a power cut. Surprisingly, BA suffered another outage in August 2017, with its spokespeople announcing that they experienced “temporary check-in problems” but the “earlier problem has been resolved”.

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Deep Learning, Testing, and Bug-hunting

3/15/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in Blog

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Over the past few weeks I've spent a lot of time playing with the various "deep learning" libraries that are available as we prototype the best ways to use this exciting new technology to testing.

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