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Solution Path for Testing Software Applications

Published: 15 January 2020

ID: G00464247

Analyst(s): Sean Kenefick


Organizations must test software in a timely manner to ensure reliable and effective releases. Application technical professionals should use this Solution Path to establish an effective testing initiative for validating their custom software products.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

Solution Path Diagram

Solution Path

  • 1: Architect for Testability
  • 2: Shift Test Left
    • Continuous Integration
    • Test-First Methodologies
    • Static Code Analysis
    • Peer Review
    • Security Testing
    • Validating Application Performance
  • 3: Test the Layers of the Application
    • Use a Layered Test Approach
    • Database Testing
    • Program Layer Testing
    • Service Layer Testing
    • Presentation Layer Testing
  • 4: Maintain Environment Parity
    • Automating Environment Configuration and Provisioning
    • Test Data Management
    • Virtualizing Services and Components
  • 5: Shift Test Right
    • Platforms and Integrations
    • Orchestration
    • Deployments
    • Monitoring and Measuring

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