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Faster time-to-prod, shorter regression cycles, lower cost of maintaining quality, greater automation coverage and higher test capacity

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The challenges of building top quality software can be split into two main groups — business and technology.

 

The business challenge

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Cost efficiency. The premier challenge for business leaders. Main activities include finding ways to cut time-to-production, making headcount planning more efficient, sharpening the innovation focus, spanning industries and business strategies.

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Cost quality. User expectations of product quality are on the up. The bar rises each year with global digitalization and the existence of trend-setting flagship products. Core quality puts usability, speed, security and convenience of the developed product on the spot, interrogating the stability of releases, and frequency of hot fixes and patches.

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Then there’s the challenge of maintaining continuity of delivery, which implies being able to test “anywhere, anytime.” The biggest obstacle to achieving continuous testing is the long feedback loop between detecting an issue and fixing it. This is preceded by the time gap between defect introduction to the code and detection during the testing cycle. One of the major impediments to the creation of effective testing continuity is a lengthy regression cycle.

The technology challenge

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Three giants of test automation complexity are test maintenance, test environments and test data.

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The test maintenance ordeal starts to impact large test automation initiatives from the third or fourth iteration (occasionally the second iteration) and is caused by the need to keep automation suites up-to-date while continuing to automate tests for new functionality at an even pace. It includes addressing overheads like test bloat (redundant tests), dealing with false positives and negatives in the test results, and performing root-cause analysis.

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In addition, we need to resolve complex, high maintenance and unstable test environments. Enterprise ecosystems consist of multiple downstream and upstream systems that are in a state of continuous development and release. That makes it difficult to create and follow a sustainable, end-to-end test approach until version control and the DevOps process have achieved maturity.

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To create an effective test automation suite that addresses all requirements, you must maintain and refresh test data in an efficient way, combining the creation of synthetic test data with the use of prod-like data to test. Cloud migration (IoT, big data) and large transformation programs are driving the need for scalability and data integrity testing that can only be effective if the underlying test data challenge is resolved.

The benefits of test automation

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Reduce costs

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Improve speed and agility

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Improve quality

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Reduce risk

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Reduce time-to-market

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Business-driven test focus

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Headcount optimization

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Optimize SDLC

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Reduce cost of quality: Increase the volume and frequency of testing cycles, and start testing earlier with a “shift-left” approach that lowers the cost of fixing defects.

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Rapid testing cycles: Test automation increases the velocity of delivery teams by reducing the time it takes to ensure quality.

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Improve quality of testing: Automation enables you to mitigate risks related to human errors, build a baseline of quality, and establish measurement and control mechanisms.

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Reduce and manage risks: Transparent and measurable outcomes help to identify, manage and control risks related to testing.

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Faster time-to-market: Higher velocity provides a competitive advantage and enables the reallocation of cost savings to other IT and business initiatives.

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Headcount optimization: Test automation lowers the cost of repeatable testing cycles which, in general, consume most of the QA team’s capacity.

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Optimize SDLC: Integrate QA processes with modern CI/CD instruments, making the testing process an essential part of the automated delivery pipeline.

QA Consulting

  • Testing quality assessment (TQA) uses a proven process that incorporates Luxoft proprietary questionnaires and analyses, supported by meetings, documents and process analysis as well as stakeholder interviews
  • Testing maturity assessment and advisory, benchmarks against industry best practices
  • QA strategy, processes, tools and training
  • Pre- and post-production strategy and approach
  • Quality goals definition
  • Business-to-quality goal mapping

QA as-a-Service

  • Full range of testing services: System integration (SIT), user acceptance (UAT), compliance, functional and non-functional
  • Agile, DevOps integration and continuous testing
  • Embedded QA engineering teams
  • Intelligent test automation approach: Evaluate and prioritize test cases for test automation
  • Platform integration testing, including Murex, Temenos, Pega and Fenergo

Test automation

  • Analysis of business challenges, objectives, risks and current approach
  • Scope definition to focus on automating the most critical, repeatable and time-consuming areas
  • ROI assessment of automation benefits
  • Automation strategy definition
  • Execution management
  • Script development
  • Toolset selection
  • Commercial automation-solution integration, including Tricentis and ORQA

QA factory

  • Managed service for end-to-end QA ownership
  • Discovery, test strategy and process set up
  • Lifecycle testing services
  • Core team tailored according to business objectives (capabilities and skills)
  • Fast scale-up and flexible capacity to address the fluctuating demand for effort
  • Knowledge management and retention

Global delivery at scale

Expertise capabilities:

2300+

QA engineers globally

750+

QA engineers in the BCM industry

>50%

More than 50% of specialists are ISTQB certified

>66%

More than 66% senior specialists

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Predominantly test automation engineers (more than 50% of population)

Domain expertise in Banking and Capital Markets, Automotive, Technology, Media and Telecoms, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Retail and Consumer, Energy, Manufacturing and Utilities

Extensive knowledge of the full range of automation tools, both third-party platform solutions and popular open-source instruments

Business flexibility:

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Rapid ramp-up and ramp-down options

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24/7 testing capabilities due to variable offshore delivery locations (covering three main geographies — EMEA, APAC and the Americas)

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Cost-effective onsite and/or offshore delivery model

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Variety of pricing (from time and material to fixed price) and engagement models (from staff augmentation to managed services)

The Luxoft approach

Luxoft’s approach to QA focuses on preventing defects by establishing high-quality software implementation processes and practices. Our commitment to a quality-driven culture ensures inbuilt quality throughout our projects and products. One of the most efficient ways to reduce the cost of quality (CoQ) is by implementing test automation.

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QA automation is the main driver for delivery acceleration: Having test automation ensures that development teams can deliver more products with higher quality by establishing reliable, automated and efficient testing procedures. This approach lowers both the costs and risks of software development projects.

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Luxoft’s domain expertise: Extensive experience of business domains gives our teams a deep understanding of business flows and products, as well as ways of testing them efficiently.

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Flexible toolset options: We provide appropriate solutions based on technology and client requirements. Luxoft offers industry-leading vendor solutions, as well as flexible and popular open-source options.

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Transition framework: Test automation is a part of the transition methodology Luxoft uses for transformation projects to achieve a rapid ramp-up and deliver successful automation projects. This approach enables both a quality boost and significant cost-savings for our clients.

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