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Agile and DevOps Survey From @TestPlant | @DevOpsSummit

Survey finds that testing teams are making the transition to Agile and moving towards true continuous delivery and DevOps

TestPlant has released the results of its annual user survey, now in its fifth year.

Its 2014 survey revealed user experience as a top theme for test teams, but this year the focus is firmly on a shift happening amongst many companies who are actively integrating their quality assurance teams into the Agile development cycle. Agile has been mainstream in development teams for a few years now, but until recently, most test teams sat outside the Agile cycle. This lack of integration has for some time prevented true rapid Agile product delivery, with testing teams only recently making the successful transition to deploy test automation in an Agile environment.

"We asked our users which methodologies they apply within their testing teams, and nearly 80 per cent came back saying they used Agile," says TestPlant Chief Technology Officer Antony Edwards. "A key principle of true Agile development is that quality assurance testing should be integrated into the development lifecycle, but for a long time that has not been the case. This year's user survey has revealed a real shift as most companies are now actively integrating test and test automation into their Agile development cycles. By integrating test and test automation successfully within their Agile process, companies are able to move towards genuine Continuous Delivery. It goes to show that our users are at the forefront when it comes to proactive development methods."

As businesses look to release new products and services to the market faster than ever before, Agile continues to dominate the spotlight. In an effort to integrate, it comes as no surprise that TestPlant users place high value on the functionality that lays the foundation for Agile. For eggPlant Functional users specifically, script creation and maintenance productivity quickly rose to the top of the list of most valued functionality.

The survey also goes to show that within eggPlant Performance, TestPlant's performance, load and stress testing tool, users are satisfied with web script creation and maintenance productivity. In fact, beyond eggPlant Performance's "general usability", which took top place in the tool's strong points, web script creation and maintenance productivity were top in terms of specific functionality. While it was no surprise that users specified web (HTTP) virtual-users as the top type of user they were most interested in, it was interesting to see that almost the same number of users were interested in eggPlant Performance's unique "Application-level Virtual Users." This goes to show how important end-to-end user experience has become even in the server-oriented world of performance testing.

Perhaps the most interesting responses to come out of the survey were the personal responses dedicated to TestPlant products, many of which support the growing enthusiasm for Agile. One user's opinion summed up the growing relationship between development and quality assurance teams, underpinned by both Agile methodologies and end-to-end testing tools:

For more results, visit: http://www.testplant.com/2015/09/09/eggplant-users-at-the-forefront-of-agile-and-devops

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DevOps sessions
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The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo - to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California - will expand the DevOps community, enable a wide sharing of knowledge, and educate delegates and technology providers alike. Recent research has shown that DevOps dramatically reduces development time, the amount of enterprise IT professionals put out fires, and support time generally. Time spent on infrastructure development is significantly increased, and DevOps practitioners report more software releases and higher quality.

DevOps Summit 2015 Silicon Valley
(November 3-5, 2015, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA)

DevOps Summit 2016 New York
(June 7-9, 2016, Javits Center, Manhattan)


Photo: @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, November 2014

Speaking Proposals Open
The 5th International @DevOpsSummit, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo - being held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss.
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Sponsorship Opportunities Open
@DevOpsSummit, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.
Sponsor @DevOpsSummit ▸ Here
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DevOps Summit Power Panel | Balancing the Three Pillars of DevOps

In this @DevOpsSummit Power Panel - moderated by Andi Mann (founder of @Sageable) - Shannon Williams, co-founder of Rancher Labs; Haseeb Budhani, co-founder and CEO of Soha; and Dalibor Siroky, Director and co-founder at Plutora; discussed how to balance these three pillars of DevOps, where to focus attention (and resources), where organizations might slip up with the wrong focus, how to manage change and risk in all three areas, what is possible and what is not, where to start, and especially how new structures, processes, and technologies can help drive a new DevOps culture.

Microservices & IoT Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit
Buzzword Alert: Microservices and IoT at a DevOps conference? What could possibly go wrong?

In this Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, panelists Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana; Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks; and Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager; and Otis Gospodnetić, founder of Sematext; peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards.

SYS-CON.tv Interviews By Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff
Otis Gospodnetic of Sematext ▸ Video
Dalibor Siroky of Plutora ▸ Video
Charles Kendrick of Isomorphic Software ▸ Video
Jeremy Steinert of WSM International ▸ Video

Containers & Microservices Expo To Be Colocated with @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, November 3-5, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA
SYS-CON Events announced on June 9, 2015 at the Javits Center that the 2nd "Containers & Microservices Conference" will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, and the "Third Containers & Microservices Conference" will take place June 7-9, 2016, at Javits Center in New York City.

Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.

Microservices focuses on the business and technology of the software architecture design pattern, in which complex applications are composed of small, independent processes communicating with each other using language-agnostic APIs.

Containers are not being considered for the first time by the cloud community, but a current era of re-consideration has pushed them to the top of the cloud agenda.

Rather than just stuff an OS into a container, for example, developers and deployers should consider a spectrum of microservices and what they can do.

New York and Silicon Valley Sponsors and Exhibitors
During our last New York and Silicon Valley events, over 12,000 (audited) delegates registered and participated in the world's largest DevOps, Containers, and Microservices show, colocated with Cloud Expo. Our conference delegates met with over 150 of the world's leading technology pioneers that were among the sponsors and exhibitors, including:


SYS-CON Media CEO Carmen Gonzalez (@GonzalezCarmen) at the Javits Center, Manhattan the day before @DevOpsSummit New York 2015 opens

Acision, Actifio, ActiveState, AgilePoint, AIC , Akana, AlertLogic, Ambernet, Amplidata, Apacer Memory America Inc., Appcore, AppDynamics, AppZero, Aria Systems, Arista Networks, Automic, Avere Systems, Axis Communications, B2CLOUD, Basic6, Bestwebdesignagencies.com, Bitium, Blue Box , BMC, BroadSoft, Brother , Bsquare, BUMI, CA, Inc., Calm.io, CenturyLink, Ciqada, CiRBA, Cisco, Cloudant, an IBM Company, Cloudian, CoalFire, CodeFutures, COLUMN Technologies, CommVault, connect2.me, Connected Data, CrashPlan/Code42, Creative Business Solutions , Cynny Italia S.r.l, Dasher, dcVAST, DEAC, Dell, DevOps.com, Distrix , DragonGlass, Dyn, Edgecast , ElasticBox, Emcien, Endstream Communications/Open Data Centers, EnterpriseDB, e-SignLive, by Silanis, Esri, Evident.io, FierceDevOps, FireHost, Genband, Gigamon, GoodData, Gridstore, Harbinger Group , IAPP, IBM, IDenticard Access Control, Imperva,


@DevOpsSummit Demo Theater (June 9-11, 2015, Javits Center) on the Expo Floor attracts more delegates than the entire conference of other events

IndependenceIT, Infor, InMage, Innodisk, Intelligent Systems, Isomorhpic , ITinvolve, iwNetworks, Ixia, iXsystems , Jelastic, Kintone, KOTRA , Liaison, Litmus Automation, MangoApps, Matrix.org, MediaTek Labs, MetraTech (now part of Ericsson), Microsoft, Navisite, Net Access , Nimble Storage, NuoDB, Inc., Objectivity, OMG, Open Data Centers, OpenCrowd, Optimal Design, Oracle, OutSystems, Parasoft, Peak10, Peer 1 Hosting, PluralSight, Plutora, ProfitBricks, PubNub, Quality Technology Services , Quantum, Qubell, RackWare , Rancher Labs, Red Hat, r-evolutionapp , RingStor, Robomq.io, SafeLogic, SAP, ScaleMP, Seagate, Secure Infrastructure & Services, Sematext , SendGrid , Serena Software, Sherweb, SimpleECM, Site 24x7, Smartvue Corporation, SOASTA, SoftLayer, an IBM Company, SoftwareAG, Soha, Solgenia, SPAN Systems, Spirent, StackIQ, Stateless Networks, Storpool, Stratogent, Stratoscale, Supermicro, SUSE, Tau Institute, Telecity, Telehouse, Telestax, The New York Times , The Vision Times, TierPoint, TMCnet, Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium, Tufin, Ulunsoft, Utimaco, VASCO Data Security, Veeam, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Vicom Computer Services, VictorOps, Virtustream, VITRIA Technology, Vormetric, WHOA.com, Will Jaya, Windstream, WSM - Website Movers International, Zentera Systems, Zerto.


@DevOpsSummit New York (June 9-11, 2015) and Silicon Valley (November 3-5, 2015) "Bronze Sponsor" AlertLogic Booth at the Javits Center

About SYS-CON Media & Events
SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com) has since 1994 been connecting technology companies and customers through a comprehensive content stream - featuring over forty focused subject areas, from Cloud Computing to Web Security - interwoven with market-leading full-scale conferences produced by SYS-CON Events. The company's internationally recognized brands include among others Cloud Expo® (@CloudExpo), Big Data Expo® (@BigDataExpo), DevOps Summit (@DevOpsSummit), @ThingsExpo® (@ThingsExpo), Containers Expo (@ContainersExpo) and Microservices Expo (@MicroservicesE).

Cloud Expo®, Big Data Expo® and @ThingsExpo® are registered trademarks of Cloud Expo, Inc., a SYS-CON Events company.


@DevOpsSummit New York (June 9-11, 2015) and Silicon Valley (November 3-5, 2015) "Bronze Sponsor" Actifio Booth at the Javits Center

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