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All too often quality is an afterthought in the application lifecycle. Ever-changing requirements, the pressure of increasingly short release cycles, and factors such as distributed development compound the complexity involved in effectively managing quality practices across application lifecycle activities. They also cast the ineffectiveness of addressing quality at the end of the cycle - in the "test phase" - into stark relief. What development organizations need to do is to shift their focus from a reactive approach to software quality and start putting in place strategies for "upstreaming quality and visibility" in the application lifecycle. This article will discuss ways that development teams can become more "quality-enabled" by adopting processes and tools that will provide continuous real-time feedback to identify and isolate problems early when they're rel... (more)

Optimizing the Software Quality Process with Virtual Lab Environments

Virtualization technology is transforming the IT landscape and holds significant promise for those looking to maximize hardware utilization as well as reduce the time associated with provisioning and administering separate physical systems. According to the Yankee Group, today more than 60% of enterprises have implemented virtualization technology - and by the end of 2007 that figure is expected to increase to 90%. Software development organizations are also reaping the benefits of virtualization, leveraging virtual lab environments to reduce test equipment costs, slash test cyc... (more)