Dr. Kristof Kloeckner: IBM Investment in Testing Environments

IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Green Hat. This is a software testing solution that customers need as they implement WebSphere SOA applications and business process based on WebSphereMQ messaging. Green Hat is a provider of software quality and software testing solutions . Green Hat helps customers improve the quality of software applications by enabling developers to conduct testing on a software application prior to its delivery. By using Green Hat’s solutions, a virtual test
environment can be set up in a matter of minutes instead of weeks, for a significant improvement in ROI.

IBM has announced the acquisition of Green Hat by the Rational software division. The Green Hat testing environment puts control for testing into the hands of the people who need it, the tester can control whether there is a virtual or real test environment. The combined IBM and Green Hat products support incremental testing, switching from a virtual to real system by the click of a button. Testing can be done on a system basis, concentrating on what has changed. The technology lets developers achieve more productivity, with isolated testing running on a laptop.

This Green Hat platform is a very flexible development and test technology that has the benefits for testing in a quicker, more accurate manner. Multiple test environments are supported within different scenarios. Testing time can be reduced by 50% with significant ROI benefits including for one example, $800,000 per project in a large enterprise application environment.

With dozens of test environments that used to take ten days, the testing in virtual environments can reduce testing to ten minutes, reducing costs in one instance by $7 million.
The ability to reduce testing time to two hours, from days, lets companies be more competitive. Insurance companies can change rates quickly, creating competitive advantage. Rapid testing makes use of SOA development more achievable.

Virtual testing brings significant benefit.

Compression of time and reduced cost of testing are of value to IT. A better more agile business model can be achieved. Virtual integrated environments, with support for collaboration depend on interfaces that are intuitive for developers which IBM and Green Hat provide. The ability to attach test environments and have them provisioned supports life cycle improvements.

Kristof Kloeckner has created IBM tools that support making automated testing more accurate and more available. These tools support the ability to achieve flexible response to changing market conditions. The tools support being able to more achieve application cloud deployment.

Applications that get generated from a range of application platforms, permit on demand testing that allows the developer to very quickly add interfaces, leaving the environment unchanged. If you compress the time it takes to set up and deliver test, companies can deliver solutions faster. This is a solution that customers need as they implement WebSphere SOA applications and business process based on WebSphereMQ messaging.

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