Saturday, May 26, 2007

Software testing FAQ - No. 24

Has a testing prank ever featured in top 10 list of pranks?

That question was sent in by former top prankster Sarah Kennedy. Perhaps she is researching a list of great pranks and has noticed the omission of anything great about software testing. I do not know why she wants to know this. But I do know the answer is yes.

In x-plorar blogger blog there is a post on the Top 25 Web Hoaxes and Pranks and there at number 3 is:

"Bill Gates Money Giveaway (1997)

No, it's true. I thought it was a scam, but it happened to a buddy of mine. It seems that Microsoft is testing some new program for tracing e-mail, and the company needs volunteers to help try the thing out. He forwarded me an e-mail that he received from Microsoft--and get this, from Bill Gates himself! Two weeks later, as a reward for participating, my pal received a check for thousands of dollars! Sure he did. Another version of this hoax claims that AOL's tracking service is offering a cash reward. Tell you what--when you get your check, send me 10 percent as a finder's fee, okay?"

There may be even better pranks than this that involve testing. Frankly I doubt it. If you think you can better this one, please let us know.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

UAT - user acceptance testing

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Load performance testing

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Is DR testing (Disaster Recovery testing) introducing new risks?

If you are interested in disaster recovery testing then you should take a look at this article: Is disaster recovery testing putting your company at risk? So a new angle - testing introducing risk rather than merely gaining a better understanding of it or helping reduce it. Increasing risk! Savour that for moment.

The nub of the article is that during DR testing some organisations break the date replication process and this action introduces a new risk of lengthy data recovery delays if a critical problem strikes whilst the testing is running. And don't forget possibly breaching compliance. And don't forget compliance:

"...compliance legislation will remain a serious issue for companies for the foreseeable future. Regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Government Securities Act Regulation 17, FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and HIPAA, increase compliance exposure for companies, and demand more aggressive measures to lower risk. In the case of a legal discovery, where companies may be required to submit company data as evidence, it is imperative that this information be factual, up-to-date, and compliant. If data is unavailable for several hours or days during DR testing, then companies will not be able to produce the requested information in the time required and may put your company at further risk for non compliance. "

But no need to despair. The article not only raises awareness on this issue but it helps identify how disaster recovery testing can run without introducing these risks. It concludes:

"Physical tape backup is no longer a viable option in an era of alarming security and compliance breaches. Peer-to-peer data vaulting is an improvement, yet businesses must have a way to ensure continuous data replication, even during disaster recovery testing. Taking a point-in-time snapshot of mainframe systems data alleviates these security and compliance exposures, as well as speeding up recovery time and giving organizations a powerful means to avoid system interruptions and possible costly downtime. "

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