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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…

DevOps and the Future of QA

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DevOps has been the talk of the town for some time now (although it’s been in existence for a while – per Gartner, almost 30% of Global 2000 companies use DevOps) and a lot has been said and written about it. From insane articles that almost killed QA ‘DevOps will Kill QA’ to QA pundits coming out to the rescue of testers saying that ‘QA will be an integral part of DevOps’, the Internet is full of information around DevOps and how it affects QA. Here is a quick look at what really DevOps is and what it means to QA folks.
In simple terms DevOps is a methodology where Software Developers (Dev) collaborate with IT (Ops) that involves automation of software delivery and infrastructure. A decade ago the responsibility of QA was to find the bug and document it and that was it. This was a more casual approach. Over the years as CIOs and CTOs have been forced to bring down the 'Cost of Quality' and hence the focus of QA has shifted from a ‘casual’ approach to ‘a value driven’ approach.…