The Balancing CTO

why test automation and monitoring should have your attention!

Cope with change

The world is constantly changing, and these changes are taking place at a rapid pace. Opportunities and threats also quickly change and evolve in business. In order to exploit opportunities and avert threats, it is crucial that an organization can respond quickly. For the IT department, this means, among other things, that software must be adapted quickly for distinctivity character or for risk management. Customers expect the latest functionality in their software and they want the software to be delivered faster and faster, without compromising quality and reliability.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

To achieve a fast, agile organization, a digital transformation is needed.
The complete C-suite, but especially the Chief Information Officer, has an important role in this transformation. Vision and a proactive attitude are expected from the CIO. The CIO does not (only) facilitate old systems and processes for internal customers but must take the lead in bringing the organization digital competitive advantage. DevOps and test automation play a major role in this digital transformation.

DevOps

If an organization wants to improve the speed and quality of software development, a different way of working is needed. DevOps is the latest method in the evolution of software development. With DevOps, the development and operations functions are integrated into one team. In addition to developing new software, the members of the team are responsible for managing the software. And thus, for resolving incidents and problems that have risen from the delivered software. Organizations that embrace DevOps can deal with an accelerated production process in a highly flexible manner.

Testautomation and monitoring

To increase productivity with an equal number of team members, automation is necessary. Designing and building the software often remains manual work. Compiling, testing and deploying, on the other hand, should be automated as much as possible. This leaves time to deal with incidents and develop new software.

With 'continuous delivery' the automatic compilation, testing and deployment can take place without a transfer moment to functional management outside the team. This creates a fully automated process from development to production in which all steps are automatically tested using one single framework. 
This DEVOPS method makes it possible to release software on production frequently in small batches.

Ideally, a number of test cases developed in Dev (development and test) should also be used in Ops (management). The new functionality can thus be tested directly in Dev, taken into performance and regression tests and monitored, together with existing functionality in Ops. Again, all-in one single framework.

FASTER, BETTER, STABLE AND LOWER COSTS

By automating the software development and testing process, software can be delivered faster and at lower costs. In addition, it is possible to respond better and faster to customer wishes, which increases customer satisfaction. Good monitoring then ensures that quality and stability are guaranteed after delivery.