The move toward applications using service-based architectures has directly influenced test tooling and processes. Application technical professionals responsible for developing and delivering software — including architects, developers and testers — must adapt to a new testing paradigm.
The Gartner Approach
The Guidance Framework
- An Introduction to Modern Application Architecture
- A Guidance Framework for Ensuring the Quality of Service Applications
- Step 1. Test Your Service’s Functionality
- Test Using Isolation-Integration Patterns
- Test the Domain Resources and Enforce Interface Contracts
- Test the Service Persistence Layer
- Automate Everything, but Continue to Explore
- Step 2. Test Your Service Levels
- A Lack of Parity
- Estimating Performance Changes Through Correlation
- Test for Availability
- Enforce Authentication
- Ensure Entitlements
- Step 3. Test Your Deployment Mechanisms and Processes
- Release Processes
- Service Packaging With Containers
- Step 4. Test Your Platform
- Step 5. Test Your Business Processes
- Verify Expected User Workflows
- Use Shadow Testing Practices
Risks and Pitfalls
- Your Development Teams Are Forced to Use Waterfall Processes and Monolithic Services
- Production Systems May Expose Issues That Weren’t Possible to Find in Earlier Environments
- Production Data and Traffic Patterns Are Necessary to Adequately Test Your Application
- Teams That You Have Never Met Will Use Your Service in Ways That You Didn’t Expect
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