The merging of software assets from Micro Focus and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) that occurred earlier this year included StormRunner, a series of load- and performance-testing tools. Micro Focus recently extended that portfolio with the introduction of Micro Focus StormRunner Functional, a suite of functional testing tools delivered as service that can be employed to test applications running on any browser, operating system or mobile device.
Shane Evans, director of product management for application delivery management for Micro Focus, says StormRunner Functional spans a variety of automated tests addressing unified functional testing (UFT), UFT Pro and Selenium browser testing tools that include elements developed by both HPE and Micro Focus. The Micro Focus StormRunner Functional Testing service also includes pre-built integration with Google Analytics, Micro Focus Octane, GIT and Jenkins to streamline the testing process.
Interest in automated testing has increased substantially in the last few years, says Evans, because developers are under more pressure than ever to roll out new applications and associated updates faster. Unfortunately, most developers don’t have the time required to test applications themselves, or there is simply not enough money in the budget to hire quality assurance teams to test every element of an application. Micro Focus StromRunnner Functional provides an alternative approach using a set of testing tools that have been widely employed across the enterprise for decades, says Evans.
Evans notes Micro Focus is pursuing a comprehensive approach to application delivery management spanning everything from testing tools to application lifecycle management. Micro Focus is making the contention that most DevOps teams are a lot more interested in getting access to the results of a test than managing the actual testing technologies themselves, says Evans. In addition, advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms, which now are standard elements of testing process, require access to massive amounts of data to be effective. That data is a lot easier to aggregate in the cloud using SaaS applications than in an on-premises environment. In fact, Evans says, those requirements are among the factors driving a wave of recent acquisition across the application testing sector.
Arguably, the biggest testing challenge organizations now face is moving away from processes based on IT Information Library (ITIL) guidelines to a more DevOps-centric process, under which continuous testing is more embedded within the application development process, Evans says. Functional testing is only one element of the testing process, but it has become more critical as end users become less forgiving of substandard digital experiences inside and out of enterprise IT environments. Regardless of who inside the organization is responsible for testing applications, the expectation now is that every application experience inside the enterprise will be on par with a consumer application experience.