Qualitree to address software testing needs

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BANGALORE, INDIA: As India is poised to become the leader in software testing market with an increasing number of companies outsourcing software testing to India, Qualitree is geared up to meet the needs of the growing market.


Gopinath, CEO, Qualitree An increasing awareness to the automation of testing, introducing new methodologies, creating strong training practices, and building in-house competencies in the deployment of various test automation tools are the key points to serve the testing industry.

Leirios announced recently that it is changing the company's name to "Smartesting". The new name is aimed at immediate recognition of the company’s core business - software testing.

K. Gopinath, CEO, Qualitree, and Michel Guez, Vice President, Business Development, Smartesting, share their views about the future of the software testing industry and the LEIRIOS Test Designer in an interaction with CIOL.



CIOL: What are the services that Qualitree offers in the space of software testing?

K Gopinath: Qualitree offers solutions in the area of Automation of Software testing. This includes Training in test automation tool, Consulting and Advisory Services in the area of Test Automation, Migration Services and lastly Create, Manage and Sustain the complete testing practice.


CIOL: How does Smart testing different from conventional testing?

KG: Smartesting helps in automating the design process, which in the conventional process is done manually. The test requirements (black box aspects of the system under test) are represented as a model (ex. UML) that can be automatically converted to tests/test scripts, which in turn can be executed by test execution, tools such as QTP/WR.

CIOL:  How do your products help software testers to test an application?


KG: The software testers will stop writing test cases (and/or develop test scripts). Instead, they will focus on the ‘WHAT’ aspects of testing by developing a model, while the Smartesting technology generates the test cases and scripts from this model. And downstream, other tools such as QTP/WR/etc can execute the generated scripts…

CIOL: What are the problems that Qualitree has faced when it comes to Functional testing and what are the steps you have taken to tackle them?

KG: Typical challenges that we face in a functional testing project are –


1. Capturing requirements accurately

2. Chasing change in requirements later in a project

3. Collaboration – Geographically dispersed teams

We have started addressing issue #1 through UML models and by minimizing or avoiding plain English for capturing requirements.

Changing test requirements is a constant in any test project and by using traditional approaches, we had to identify changes to the test assets and implement those changes by re-writing test cases/scripts. Thanks to Smartesting technology, we make changes to the model (which is easy compared to modifying all the test scripts) and a push of button generates test scripts.


Collaborating with various teams including designers, developers are key to the success of the testing project and we have moved from e-mail systems to advanced test management systems such HP’s Quality Center.


CIOL: Qualitree has a partnership with HP? What kind of training that you offer for software testers?

KG: We offer training in the area of Functional Testing (QuickTest Professional & WinRunner), Performance Testing (LoadRunner) and Test Management (Quality Center)

CIOL: According to the latest report, India has a huge potential growth for Software testing. How Qualitree is geared up to serve the testing market in India?

KG: The growing need in the area of testing would be addressed by Qualitree by –

* Increasing awareness to automation of testing which will help optimize resource utilization and also shorten the cycle of time-to-market for products.

* Introduce new methodologies into the market, which will help automate the testing process.

* Create a strong training practice for infusion of fresh resources into the testing practice.

* Create multiple delivery models, On-Site, Off-Site, Remote or a combination of all three so that client can choose from the models that he is most comfortable with.

* Build in-house competencies in the deployment of various test automation tools.

Michel Guez, vice president, SmartestingCIOL: Can you elaborate more on Smart Testing and Test Designer?

Michel Guez: “Smart Testing is a solution to boost the industrialization of the software testing activity.

Smart Testing is a solution i.e. a tight combination of a method and a technology

* The method is widely known in the testing community as “Model-Based Testing”

* The technology is provided by the Smart Testing Test Designer tool

Smart Testing inserts into the testing process and takes a pivotal role in the transformation of the functional requirements into automated test asset. In the current practice, this transformation is performed manually in a very empirical and error-prone manner. So much so that it affects also the final stage of test execution, which, despite the wide availability of automated test execution tools, is still carried out manually for a major extent. Using Smart Testing, IT organizations are able to industrialize the production and the maintenance of automated test scripts. As a result:

* The level of test automation is raised to heights unthinkable with the present conventional process, hence a better productivity

* The test coverage is significantly improved and optimized, thus reducing the risk of defects in the application or system under test

In addition, Smart Testing ensures complete requirement traceability all along the testing process.

Smart Testing interfaces with the main requirements and modeling tools of the market and with the test management and execution environment of market leaders such as HP-Mercury, IBM Rational, Compuware, Borland-Silk plus some open source platform (Selenium, etc.)”