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Code Coverage In The Financial Services Industry

financial_services_code_coverage_twitterFinancial services has always been an industry where code coverage is widely and actively used.  In fact, among the leading US and European financial services firms (as measured by assets under management), the overwhelming majority of them use NCover within their development organizations. We believe there are a couple reasons why this is the case and a couple lessons that any development team can learn from them and start using in their own organizations.

.NET Continues To Be An Important Framework For Mission Critical Applications

Although many of us both personally and professionally may use a variety of development frameworks, the interoperability capabilities of .NET, its proven track record of being able to meet compliance regulations and its established install base continue to support its usage on a global basis within the financial services industry. Although no platform is a perfect fit for every application, the ability of .NET applications to perform on a reliable basis makes it a great choice for organizations whose applications are mission critical. You don’t have to have billions under management, however, to benefit from the power of .NET. As the number of .NET developers continues to grow and as Microsoft continues to invest in tools for .NET, even the individual developer can benefit from the framework’s proven track record.

In An Industry Where Risk Is Always Part Of The Equation, Managing Risk Is Vital

The usage of code coverage reduces risk for these organizations and provides a measurable way for individual developers and team leads alike to assess whether additions to the existing code base really represent two steps forward or one step back.  For .NET development teams, collecting coverage and then using it to address deficiencies in either the code or the testing strategy is extremely easy to accomplish and represents a very small investment.  Financial services firms may literally have millions of dollars daily that are handled by their applications.  For them, not having code coverage in place is literally like jumping off a financial cliff.  We know through our work with smaller companies they have just as much at stake.  For a startup, if the launch of the first product is a fail, there may not be a second chance.  Risk management is part of every successful development process.  Code coverage is an extremely easy way for .NET teams to measure just how much is at risk and how they can take action to reduce it.

Regardless of your size and regardless of your industry, we encourage .NET developers everywhere to keep coding and to keep covered!

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Frost & Sullivan Applauds Oracle for Meeting Tangible Business Needs with its Managed Cloud Services

Oracle Database News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:16
Frost & Sullivan Applauds Oracle for Meeting Tangible Business Needs with its Managed Cloud Services

The company combines cloud automation with dynamic, manual processes to enable maximum efficiency for managed cloud customers’ Oracle environments

Mountain View and Redwood Shores, Calif. – July 22, 2014News Facts Based on its recent analysis of the managed cloud services market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Oracle with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Oracle’s suite of managed cloud services offers customers a highly secure, reliable, yet dynamic infrastructure that addresses the entire cloud stack, with performance metrics that are customizable for each customer. The service’s balance between automated orchestration and manual process refinement offers customers a unique environment in which to deploy their Oracle applications and workloads. Oracle maximizes the efficiency of each managed cloud customer’s Oracle environment by overlaying a variety of services—including deployment, monitoring, patching, security, and upgrade services—on top of the cloud infrastructure that hosts the customer’s Oracle applications. Many of these services are delivered through Oracle’s proprietary cloud automation platform, which standardizes routine management tasks and performs them based on pre-set conditions within the cloud environment. The company also employs manual processes as part of its standard governance process. These processes are handled by a service delivery team that is trained to provide reliable cloud services that are manually delivered and easily customizable to ensure that they meet customers’ evolving business needs. Oracle combines the best of automation and personalization, designing a suite of processes that help manage the basics of the cloud environment automatically, with manual assistance that can be frequently tweaked to meet changing business needs. Oracle’s Managed Cloud Services are unusual in the degree to which they rely on a shared approach to business process optimization and enhancement. After customers share their business goals with Oracle, it designs the optimal infrastructure, platforms and applications, and then codifies the configuration and processes as the customer’s standard operating procedure. “Oracle is unique among managed cloud providers in that it can customize the cloud environment based on the customer’s stated business needs,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Karyn Price. “By coupling a robust, intelligent automation platform with the expertise of its service delivery team, Oracle provides cloud performance metrics that help meet key business goals.” Oracle is also unique in its management capability for cloud services. The company can manage systems that are hosted within its own cloud, on a customer’s premise, or in a third-party cloud facility. This offers customers greater choice to deploy cloud in the manner most comfortable to them, while still benefitting from Oracle’s management of the service. The company is now working on business technology management in a hybrid environment, affording customers maximum choice with regard to where their Oracle applications are housed. The Oracle cloud is engineered to handle massive transaction details in a highly secure manner. Managed cloud customers that move workloads to the Oracle cloud benefit from a highly secure environment that has been certified as compliant by PCI, HIPAA, government, identity management, and 21 CFR Part 11. Oracle also offers a self-service mobile application that allows customers to drill down on data about their service and infrastructure as well as system usage and business transaction processing. This offers the customer visibility into operational processes so that they, too, can monitor the operational health of services and systems. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognizes the company's inordinate focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and, ultimately, customer base expansion. Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research. Read the full report.About Oracle Managed Cloud Services

With Oracle Managed Cloud Services, you can leverage Oracle’s years of experience to manage your applications in the cloud so that you’re able to drive innovation and re-direct your valuable resources to those projects that add even greater value to your organization. Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides more value to your software investments, more choice to deploy your applications in the cloud, and more confidence that your applications are maintained and run by qualified Oracle experts. For information visit

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Categories: Database, Vendor

QF-Test version 4.0.0 released

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:03
It is finished: QF-Test 4.0 is a major step forward - not just with its support of new technologies like JavaFX, the Swing replacement, and extending web testing by Chrome, but with many great enhancements that make automated testing more robust ...
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Free starter compliance matrix for T4 Next Gen draft PWS

VisibleThread - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:29

A few weeks ago, on July 29th, the VA (Veteran Affairs) issued an RFI (Request for Information) for a new program called T4 Next Gen. This is a replacement for the prior vehicle Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4), valued at $12b, and due to expire in 2016.

This new multi-billion dollar vehicle will interest a lot of government contractors. Initial submissions are due next week on August 28th. We looked at the draft PWS (VA118-14-I-0558-001) for this IDIQ and ran a shred/burst using VisibleThread. Given the level of interest in this new vehicle, we wanted to share our results with the community.

Feel free to use the matrix in whatever way you like. If you plan to pursue this, good luck and we hope the matrix helps save you time.

Download Matrix

Click here to download the Starter Compliance matrix (XLS). We shredded the PWS with the VisibleThread full product.

Here’s a video showing you how you can generate a starter compliance matrix in under 3 minutes.

Click here to view the embedded video.

And here’s a screenshot of the actual matrix:

T4-Next Gen - Compliance Matrix

Categories: Vendor

Jax London

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:31

Event Dates:  Monday, October 13, 2014 - 09:30 to Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 04:30 Location:  London
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Red Hat Rome

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:29

Event Dates:  Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 04:30 Location:  Rome
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UK video games industry

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:28

Event Dates:  Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 09:30 Location:  London
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FStech/Retail Systems Payments Conference

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:22

Event Dates:  Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 09:00 Location:  London
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Ranorex among "The 20 Leading Software Testing Providers" Latest News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:00
We at Ranorex are pleased to announce that Ranorex has been chosen as one of "The 20 Leading Software Testing Providers 2014".

Test Magazine â€“ specifically created as a voice for the modern-day software professional and always aiming to give a true reflection of the issues affecting this import market – has compiled a list of software testing providers, of which we are honored to be a part.
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Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:40
SisoDb is a document-oriented db-provider for Sql-Server written in C#. It lets you store object graphs of POCOs without having to configure any mappings. Each entity is treated as an aggregate root and will get separate tables created on the fly.
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Calabash for Android

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:38
Calabash is an automated testing technology for Android and iOS native and hybrid applications. This repository contains support for Android
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Oracle Enhances Oracle Social Cloud with Next-Generation User Experience

Oracle Database News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:00
Oracle Enhances Oracle Social Cloud with Next-Generation User Experience Social Station creates advanced, customizable experiences that facilitates productivity and social business resultsRedwood Shores, Calif. – August 20, 2014 News Summary

Today’s enterprise must meet the technology standards of today’s consumer. According to a recent IDG Enterprise report, enterprises that invest in consumerized, easy-to-use technologies experience a 56 percent increase in employee productivity and a 46 percent increase in customer satisfaction. In order to deliver that simple and intuitive experience across even the most advanced social management capabilities, Oracle today introduced Social Station, an innovative new workspace within Oracle Social Cloud’s Social Relationship Management (SRM) platform. With Social Station, users benefit from a personalized and intuitive user experience that helps increase both the productivity and performance of social business practices.

News Facts Oracle today introduced Social Station, an innovative new workspace within Oracle Social Cloud’s Social Relationship Management (SRM) platform that helps organizations socially enable the way they do business. With an advanced yet intuitive user interface, Social Station delivers a compelling user experience that improves productivity and helps users more easily deliver on social objectives. To help users quickly and easily build out and configure their social workspaces, Social Station provides drag-and-drop capabilities that allow users to personalize their workspace with different social modules. With a new Custom Analytics module that mixes and matches more than 120 metrics with thousands of customizable reporting options, users can customize their view of social data and access constantly refreshed updates that support real-time understanding. One-click sharing capabilities and annotation functionality within the new Custom Analytics module also drives productivity by improving sharing and collaboration across teams, departments, and executives. Multiview layout capabilities further allows visibility into social insights by offering users the flexibility to monitor conversations by network, stream, metric, graph type, date range, and relative time period. Social Station also includes an Enhanced Calendar module that provides a clear visual representation of content, posts, networks, and views, helping users easily and efficiently understand information and toggle between various functions and views. To support different user personas and social business needs, Oracle plans to continue building out Social Station with additional modules, including content curation, influencer engagement, and command center creation. Supporting Quote “Consumers today have high expectations of technology applications’ capabilities and usability, and those expectations don’t stop when they enter their workplaces,” said Meg Bear, group vice president, Oracle Social Cloud, Oracle. “We constantly evolve our products to give our customers a competitive edge, and Social Station delivers a dynamic UX that drives productivity and social business results. By making it easier than ever to understand, report, and share social insights across the enterprise, we are enabling our customers to move at the speed of social to align and impact business metrics and strategy.”Supporting Resources Learn More About Oracle Cloud Oracle Social Cloud Oracle Social Spotlight Blog Follow Oracle Social on Twitter Oracle OpenWorld 2014 About Oracle

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Categories: Database, Vendor

EnterpriseDB Makes Agile NoSQL Development Easy With New Postgres AWS Deployment

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:26
EnterpriseDB (EDB), the leading worldwide provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and Oracle database compatibility solutions, today announced a free, ready-to-code development environment on Amazon Web Services that is optimized for using ...
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Rackspace Provides High Performance Redis Data Store

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:56
Rackspace announced the addition of Redis to ObjectRocket,™ its managed data service. ObjectRocket for Redis simplifies application development by providing instant-on, high performance, highly available Redis instances.
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Typesafe Partner With AppDynamics and New Relic

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:41
Typesafe, provider of the world's leading Reactive platform and the company behind Play Framework, Akka, and Scala, today announced that Typesafe Activator now offers enhanced functionality that provides enterprise application developers with ...
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Appcelerator and Microsoft Team Up to Connect Appcelerator Platform With Microsoft Azure Services

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:28
Appcelerator, provider of the enterprise mobile engagement platform, has teamed up with Microsoft to connect the Appcelerator Platform with Microsoft Azure services. This will simplify the process of building fully native cross-platform apps pow ...
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Rogue Wave Software Releases New Versions of Two Flagship Products

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:21
Rogue Wave Software, the largest independent provider of cross-platform software development tools and embedded components, announced new releases of two flagship products -- TotalView and SourcePro. These releases echo Rogue Wave's ongoing c ...
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Vector Software Announces Integration with PTC Integrity

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:17
Vector Software announced that the VectorCAST™ software test environment now offers an integration with the PTC Integrity™ application lifecycle management (ALM) platform. As a result, software developers can easily integrate the Vect ...
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How Open Source Spurs Innovation at CSC

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:30

As companies around the world leverage the technical, financial and business benefits of open source software (OSS), compliance is playing an increasingly important role in corporate governance. Organizations are adopting open source processes as part of their standard development lifecycle, and building entire platforms, products and services on OSS, allowing companies to be more agile, innovative and community driven.  With adoption comes the need for managing OSS, and for implementing industry best practices in open source compliance and governance.

In this webinar, Roy Garris, Solution Architect at CSC and Bill Weinberg, Senior Director for OSS Strategy Consulting from Black Duck Software, will discuss:

  • The benefits and challenges of adopting OSS style development within CSC
  • CSC open source strategy & and how CSC addresses OSS compliance
  • How CSC participates in OSS communities and contributes to key open source projects
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Benefits of Applying an Appropriate Risk Management Lifecycle

Intland Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:44
Risk management is especially important for safety critical industries such as healthcare (with the design and manufacturing of medical devices), aviation & aircrafts, transportation, as well as the automotive industry due to the risks associated with the design of cars. Increasing
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