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To Shop or Not To Shop

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Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Lowe’s, Target, Belk and Best Buy…do you know what they have in common? 
Yeah! They are the big sharks; the premier retailers with iconic brands that cater to their customers’ needs through outstanding stores, robust online sites and mobile apps. But, that’s not it…they are also the very dignified retailers who over years were victims to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday crash-downs. They have all had the retailers’ worst nightmare and responsible for the worst Thanksgiving experience to millions of customers waiting to have a pumped up shopping extravaganza.


Lowe’s website crash happened in November 2017 which lead to a number of Twitterati complaining via tweets about their disappointment.
"@Lowes My cart was full and now the website is down!" complained a Twitter user. The retailer responded: "We apologize our web site is down for maintenance. It will be available soon."
A few customers trying to shop on Lowe's website read a message s…

That Fabulous First Day with Bug-Catchers

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“Marketing is no longer about the stuff you make, but about the stories you tell!!” ~ Seth Godin
Somebody who just started a career as a digital marketing enthusiast, here is a story that I would like to share about my take at the situation of a person who had just stepped her feet inside the software testing industry; No! No! Not as a software tester but as a marketing personnel. 
Being all the kinds of literary buff and a nerd who had a crush on Shakespeare’s works ever since first picked up Julius Caesar, trust me when I say I don’t tell my friends that I started working on 1st of May this year rather Prima Maii (my version of the “ides of March”). Travelling to my first day of work I was so excited and all emotionally beefed up about the n number of things I’d get to witness, the much talked about office culture and stuff like that. I had all these mental images about people dressed up in formals and with serious demeanor working relentlessly over their laptops. I was thinking about …
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Choosing Between Cobots and Industrial Robots

Know Your Machine
Cobots or ‘collaborative robots’ was first conceptualized by General Motors Foundation in 1953 as part of a research project. The brainchild behind the idea was to prepare robots so safe that they work hand in gloves with people. With no one-size-fits all solution and Cobots becoming part of many factory floors, many still don’t really understand how Cobots are different from robots. Robots have for decades acted as a backbone of the manufacturing industry replacing human’s mundane and time-consuming tasks. But soon advancements in engineering gave birth to Artificial Intelligence and introduced it to Robots gradually giving way to the idea of collaborative robots.  Today industrial Robots certainly hold a tight grip over the markets however Cobots are a definitive competitor to them. To help end users in making this determination, Ryan Guthrie, senior vice president of TM Robotics, offers the following list of pros and c…
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Ideal Qualities to Look for in Modern Testers


Evaluate, Anticipate and Manage
As the space for online environment grows and presents a unique bunch of challenges for software testing experts, the accelerated deployments in agile and devops methodologies are getting more complex and challenging for the testers. This makes it imperative for businesses to be aware of current trends in software testing including best practices in line of security and management.
This brings back the focus on learning new things and up-gradation of technical skills becoming obsolete. A tall task to manage, the tester needs to be able to undertake multitasking such as probing requirements, asking more questions, envisioning product information to remain ahead of the competition and stay relevant. So to avoid sleepless nights and weekends at work, we at Impact QA have adopted the following best practices to ensure a smooth workflow and maintain highest standards of quality: ·Breaking the shackles of classical Q…

DevOps - Giving QA a Seat at the DevOps and Digital Transformation Table

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The Essential Role of QA in Digital Transformation With technology is being embraced in all aspects of our lives, its influence is expanding. Organizations want to fully take advantage of this growth, leading many to go through a total digital transformation in order to accelerate processes, develop innovations, and embrace opportunities. Quality assurance has an integral role in the journey of digital transformation. Implementing quality checkpoints along the path assures the desired business outcomes, as well as end-user satisfaction—the ultimate objective. A complete digital transformation affects business processes at every level. Quality assurance efforts strengthen the product at each transition throughout the development lifecycle and mitigate challenges posed by new technology. QA is in the best supporting role in any organization’s digital initiative to safeguard performance and security. Luckily, enterprises advancing in the direction of expanded digitalization already recog…

Insider Threat, how do you deal with it ?

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IndiGo and SpiceJet, the budget airlines, are again in the news. InterGlobe, that runs IndiGo, has accused its former employee of stealing financial and price-sensitive information to deploy and use it in their position with SpiceJet, a competitor of IndiGo. This person quit IndiGo and directly joined SpiceJet in September 2015.
After the person resigned, InterGlobe alleged that a routine internal security audit revealed that this person fraudulently accessed the company network and copied a large number of confidential files onto removable data storage devices without consent.
While IndiGo, SpiceJet take battle to cyber crime unit, the question that arises is - How could businesses avoid inside threats? Before we answer this question let’s take a look at what insider threat is all about.

What is Insider Threat?
An insider threat occurs when a current or former employee, contractor or business partner, who has or had authorized access to an organization’s network systems, data or premises…

What do Gaana, Ola and Zomato have in common?

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No prizes for getting this right though.
These leading brands and start-ups were all hacked in last 3 weeks and more importantly anyone with basic knowledge of Application and Network Security could have done that.
The security breach of these web and mobile applications does pose a serious question - How secure are the web and mobile applications these days? Let's first accept the fact that in the mad rush to get products out in the market many companies do compromise on Quality Assurance and Testing. For most of these internet firms, where time-to-market plays a vital role, quality assurance has often been an afterthought.
This is not the first time that data from a mobile app or a website was compromised. A study done in 2013 looked at 230 top apps from third-party sites outside of the Apple App Store and Google Pay marketplaces, including the top 100 paid apps on Android and iOS. Among the paid apps, the study found 92% of the iOS apps had been hacked, compared with 100% on the Go…