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What Happens When Performance Testing Meets Politics?

3/22/19 / by Alex Painter posted in Customer Experience, Performance Test Tool, Performance testing, digital transformation

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When people are angry, they have always taken to the streets to protest.

They still do.

But the internet offers an alternative forum in which to voice strong opinions. So what happens when that forum is cut off?

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Digital Transformation that Saves Lives

3/20/19 / by Alex Painter posted in Healthcare, Functional testing, digital automation intelligence, Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence Suite, intelligent testing, Eggplant Release Insights, digital transformation

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Whenever you enter the healthcare system, technology is all around.

And you have to trust it.

The highly trained medical staff have all been through rigorous testing to ensure they are able to deliver the best possible care. And you probably expect the same from the huge range of technology they use to treat you, monitor your progress, and update your records.

But as that technology permeates every aspect of healthcare and the pace of change increases, it’s getting harder to ensure that everything works as intended.

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Together We Succeed: the Role of Women in IT

3/8/19 / by Teddy George posted in DevOps, software testing, software development, Eggplant solutions

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There is a self-perpetuating stereotype in the world of software testing and development. It’s very much a man’s world.

As VP People at Eggplant, it’s a view that I’m constantly challenging.

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Easy Screenshot Comparison Means More Effective Testing

2/28/19 / by Pamela Gillaspie posted in UX, Functional testing, software testing, digital automation intelligence, Eggplant solutions, intelligent testing, Eggplant AI, model-based testing, usability testing, screen comparison, screenshot comparison

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You’ve tested the latest release of your application, and it works just fine. From a functional perspective, it does everything it’s supposed to.

But what if the user experience has changed in a way that wasn’t picked up in functional testing?

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The Forgotten Factor in Conversion Rate Optimization

2/27/19 / by Alex Painter posted in Web Performance, real user monitoring, Real Customer Insights, performance analyzer, marketing, conversion rate optimization, conversion funnel

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Any marketing campaign is only as strong as its weakest link.

No matter how effective ads, emails, and landing pages are, they depend on the rest of the conversion funnel for success.

And one often-overlooked factor in conversion rate optimization is speed.

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Test Automation Just Got More Intelligent

2/21/19 / by Peter Cherns posted in Software testing tools, Test automation, analytics, Eggplant AI, release quality, Eggplant Release Insights, test coverage, bug hunting, intelligent automation

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There are two things you should know about the latest release of Eggplant AI, our intelligent test automation solution.

1: It will give you much greater insight into the quality of your releases.

2: It will make your testing process more focused and more efficient.

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Testing for Emotional Outcomes: another Shift-Up Blog

2/13/19 / by Michael Giacometti posted in DevOps, QA testing, User Experience, Performance testing, User experience testing, testing best practices, artificial intelligence, digital automation intelligence, QA, shift up, AI-assisted testing, user acceptance testing, usability testing

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With the Shift-Up series thus far, we have explored the importance of testing and thinking as a customer. The basic premise is that we need to add another dimension to Quality Assurance other than Shift-Left and Shift-Right. This new dimension focuses on how your customer is actually using your application and if the intersection of your application, customer behavior, and your company’s business objectives all align. 

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Why Performance Matters: 1 of 10 Things Every Marketer Should Know about Web Performance

2/7/19 / by Alex Painter posted in Web Performance, real user monitoring, Real Customer Insights, marketing

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The web performance world is all about delivering better, faster online experiences. And from the outside, it can all look very technical. It’s niche, specialized. It’s technical people tinkering with code.

But it’s important not to lose sight of the ultimate business goals. Most of the time, we’re helping organizations to make more sales. And that makes it something that marketing departments should care about.

So we thought we’d highlight a few things about web performance that we think every marketer should know.

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To Err Is Human - the Security and Privacy Benefits of Robotic Process Automation

1/29/19 / by Alex Painter posted in digital automation intelligence, Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence Suite, intelligent testing, robotic process automation, RPA

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People make mistakes. Human behavior so often falls short of ‘expected standards’, it begs the question why we hold ourselves to such standards at all. Too often, we build systems and processes on the implicit assumption that the people using them will be rational, infallible, and consistent. Of course, the truth is that most of us are anything but.

Our general fallibility is obviously closely tied to AI and test automation. Automated testing is immune to the unintentional biases and lapses in concentration that affect human testers.

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Better User Experience Testing

1/22/19 / by Alex Painter posted in Performance testing, digital automation intelligence, Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence Suite, intelligent testing, Eggplant Release Insights

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The purpose of software testing has been steadily shifting from ‘does it work?’ to ‘does it deliver the required business outcomes?’, with an increasing focus on end-user requirements. It’s no longer enough to rely on metrics such as x% of tests passed. Now we have to understand the impact on the people using the product and the wider implications for the organization. There is a need to bridge that gap between meeting testing objectives and actually meeting customer expectations.

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