PactFlow: Software Quality Assurance with Contract Test Management Tool

In the fast-paced world of software development, quality is an essential aspect to ensure customer satisfaction and business success. In this context, we present PactFlow, a powerful quality assurance tool. With PactFlow, you make sure your services and apps work seamlessly, delivering a superior end-user experience. In this article, we will explore the benefits and features of this amazing solution.

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IoT Testing: Challenges and solutions

Traditional software testing methods are not applicable to IoT-connected devices. In order to achieve an IoT-connected device true potential, it is necessary to address a very innovative technological concept: IoT testing.

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“The technology sector worldwide is booming and regularly find themselves facing new challenges in the process”

“The technology sector around the world is booming and finding itself facing new challenges on a regular basis. I see many companies going through an unstoppable digital transformation, and we decided to take this great opportunity at Cloud Expo Europe to showcase the No-Code Cloud Platform,” says Philip Hoegee, Global Head of Cloud Services at Getronics. Getronics participated at Cloud Expo Europe in Frankfurt to network and exchange ideas with investors, developers, communicators, and companies from all industries. At the event, Getronics presented its cloud platform as a service “No-Code Cloud“, which will be one of the most important trends for 2023 according to the report on cloud-based services published by Gartner in December 2022. We spoke with Philip Hoegee to delve into No-Code Cloud and the benefits the platform offers. What is No-Code Cloud? NCC is the combination of two of the most important technological developments in recent years: the cloud and no-code solutions. It is designed for organizations that need to create enterprise workflow automations, develop new applications, enhance existing applications, and integrate with legacy and third-party systems. The digital world is changing so rapidly that organizations are forced to build applications and modernize them on a regular basis. The daily challenge is to update legacy software while incorporating new technologies, evolving programming languages, frameworks, and infrastructures. What are the benefits of NCC? Until now, the transformations depended on software developers creating tools to satisfy the needs -always in evolution- of the different areas of an organization. With NCC, the leaders of a multitude of industries can participate in the development of new digital solutions. Just to mention some advantages: What is the alliance between Getronics and WEM about? Cloud is at the center of any digital transformation strategy today and according to Gartner research, by 2027, Cloud computing will not only be a technological approach for delivering applications but will also serve as the key driver of business innovation, including AI, IoT, and quantum computing, for instance. Having understood the value of rapid cloud-native digital transformation to business globally, Getronics and WEM decided on a strategic partnership and jointly develop a unique platform offering that transforms the way businesses operate, enabling organizations to achieve unparalleled business outcomes in a secure fashion. We have combined the intuitive WEM Enterprise No-Code development platform with the guarantee and expertise of Getronics’ secure-by-design cloud approach and principles to create a powerful and scalable platform as a service (PaaS) to accelerate companies’ digital transformation without writing a single line of code. At Getronics, we have a lot of experience with strategic partners. The alliance with WEM is an add-on to established partnerships we already have, such as Dell, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, HPE, VMware, Colt, Palo Alto, and others. Why have you decided to present No-Code Cloud at Cloud Expo Europe in Frankfurt? Cloud Expo Europe is one of the largest technology events and the stage for innovation announcements, where experts and executives from all industries gather to discuss and learn about technology trends that will be developed in the coming years. Our customers around the globe are already reporting incredible results, reduced overhead costs, increased efficiencies, and customer experience with the NCC platform. The technology sector is booming but also finds itself facing significant challenges in many parts of the world. I see many companies in the region going through an unstoppable digital transformation and we decided to take this great opportunity at Cloud Expo Europe in Frankfurt to showcase the No-Code Cloud Platform, concludes Philip Hoegee. Philip Hoegee is an experienced IT expert, having worked for several IT multinational companies, skilled in IT Strategy, Professional Services, Datacentre & Cloud Management. Since 2021 is the Global Head of Cloud Services for Getronics, based in Amsterdam.

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Advantages of AI-driven automated managed services

Tools like Robotic Process Automation have been around for years, but it’s only recently that AI has started making a difference, making smart decisions about unstructured data. At Getronics, we believe that’s how AI will change our world for the better: running automated managed services, optimisation of processes everywhere, threat detection and secure connectivity 24/7. Every second of every day.

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The silent killer: why ignoring energy efficiency in your buildings is a mistake

Smart Spaces is a catch-all strategy for managing energy consumption in today’s workplace – and it goes far further than “switching the lights off”. It’s a digital strategy using intelligence sensors and software to make sure your buildings and workspaces are using only the energy they need to serve your people … and no more. Making it work for you is a key focus of Getronics.

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An evolution is happening in IT outsourcing

IT outsourcing is changing fast. The era when outsourced IT was synonymous with distant, cheaply run helpdesks is ending as firms seek new, partnership-based models that help them with their digital transformation journey.

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Test automation: the benefits of quality assurance in software

As digital businesses give more importance to quality in software and meeting release deadlines, test automation technologies applied to the final stages of testing and quality assurance (QA) gain relevance. The tenth edition (2018-2019) of the World Quality Report, published by Capgemini and Sogeti in collaboration with Micro Focus, reveals that automation is integral to agile and DevOps practices, serving as the most effective means to enhance user performance. The report, derived from interviews with approximately 1,700 IT executives across 32 countries (with 50 respondents in Italy), underscores the imperative of ensuring user satisfaction as the primary objective in testing and quality assurance. This goal ranked key for 42% of respondents this year, up from 27% in 2017, alongside the necessity of identifying errors before going live (42%, up from 34% in 2017). For 41% of respondents (compared to 29% in 2017), QA and testing capabilities contribute to business growth and company revenue. Quality control and test automation are revolutionizing the development lifecycle. Following years of deployment in specific, segregated environments, these practices have expanded and are reshaping the development lifecycle. According to the authors, the most significant trends today revolve around model-based testing (for automatic script generation and automated testing; expected availability next year for 61% of respondents), robotic process automation (RPA 54%), and cognitive automation (49%). Automated testing of APIs emerges as an upcoming trend for the next two years. The report indicates that 18% of functional tests are already conducted using scripting tools, while 16% utilize test automation tools. Automation is employed in 16% of performance tests and 16% in security tests. Moreover, 15% of respondents employ end-to-end test automation in all scenarios. Is test scenario automation a suitable solution? Test scenarios can be automated when critical features necessitate repetitive testing or are too complex to handle manually. For example, tests involving large volumes of data or intricate data entry procedures are adapted for automation. The advantages of test automation tools over manual testing Today, test automation is an essential strategy, particularly when analyzing complex products or applications with thousands or millions of lines of code, utilizing lengthy, repetitive, and tedious test routines. Through test automation tools, testers can not only expedite their work but also reduce or eliminate potential errors. Automated tests can be programmed to operate without supervision and facilitate comparison of results with expected outcomes. However, this does not imply a lack of control, as test automation tools can integrate reporting functions capable of recording the activity of each test script, monitoring progress and status at any given time. Test automation enables you to save time and resources by enhancing test accuracy and coverage while identifying code bugs and errors more effectively and efficiently. It also empowers Quality Assurance (QA) teams to increase the reusability and adoption of test automation scripts, ensuring consistent test configuration and procedures with each new code check. Additionally, test automation enables the automation of functional tests, performance tests, and stress tests on a broad scale. For instance, it can be applied to conduct checks in multilingual infrastructures and distributed sites across various geographical areas. Under the DevOps model, test automation assumes even greater importance The significance of test automation tools continues to rise in the context of the DevOps model, which, in contrast to traditional methodologies based on the classic ‘cascade’ paradigm, aims to enhance agility and automation in the software development and distribution cycle. Today, Agile and DevOps development methods are widely adopted in IT departments to accelerate software releases, reduce costs, and maintain code quality and reliability. Through CI/CD (continuous integration, continuous delivery/continuous deployment) practices, DevOps fosters a fully integrated and automated code creation, distribution, and implementation pipeline. Within this highly automated pipeline, however, the testing phase should not impede the overall process. Therefore, the DevOps model embraces continuous testing, wherein code is tested at each stage of the continuous deployment process through a recursive continuous feedback mechanism. For example, when code is modified, it undergoes immediate verification via a set of automated unit tests. If the test fails, the code is rejected; if successful, it proceeds to subsequent deployment stages, and so forth. Continuous testing is complemented by ‘shift-left testing’, a strategy that seeks to introduce software testing early in the development cycle. A pivotal component of continuous testing Continuous testing, as a testing methodology, cannot be achieved solely by implementing new technologies or testing tools; it necessitates a cultural shift in the mindset of testers and a transformation of development processes. However, continuous testing cannot be realized without suitable test automation tools. In the context of continuous testing, automated testing is employed to execute multiple operations automatically. This encompasses, for instance, verification of individual components and segments of program code (unit testing), functional testing, regression testing (focused on validating software functionality post-addition of new features and functions), and integration testing (assessing system behavior holistically and the accuracy of interactions among program modules, APIs, third-party software, and other components of the application architecture).

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The application modernisation journey with Kubernetes

Regardless of industry size, all organisations are – or should be – pursuing IT transformation in one way or another to become cloud-ready. The question is how do you transform to cloud-native and how do you simplify the deployment and management of your applications?

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Demystifying public cloud adoption in the financial sector

The financial sector represents one of the oldest industries in the world. Archaeological evidence has found examples of insurance dating back to Babylonian merchants around 4,000 BC. While examples of prototypical banks can be found from the ancient world, the longevity of banking and insurance acts as a double-edged sword. Although it fosters trust, it also encourages inertia. The financial sector often remains hesitant to embrace change. That is, until a certain inflexion point is reached – which certainly appears to be getting closer with regard to public cloud solutions. Significantly, 19 out of the top 20 US banks have already announced public cloud initiatives. Adoption is varied, however. Looking at insurers, in 2020 51% considered spending their IT budget on cloud transformation – a majority, but only just.According to EY, 80% of UK banks have moved less than 10% of their business infrastructure to the public cloud. Regional analysis has found that Latin America’s banking sector is most enthusiastic towards cloud technologies, with 82% of IT executives believing it will have some or a great impact compared with 67% in Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions. But any hesitancy around the public cloud needs to dissipate quickly. This will not only enable organisations to deliver better services to customers; it will also provide advantages in the increasingly competitive financial services market. Before we understand how to overcome this hesitancy around public cloud and how Getronics can make a difference, let us understand and conquer the common myths associated to Public Cloud adoption for businesses in the Banking and Insurance sectors: Public cloud myths While the public cloud market is continuing to grow and is expected to be worth $591.8 billion in 2023, according to Gartner, this growth has not prevented misconceptions from taking hold. The following are the most common misconceptions we hear in the market: 1. No governance One of the biggest myths surrounding public cloud services concerns governance. Does the public cloud really lack the governance that financial services firms need to avoid excessive levels of risk? In actual fact, there are several common governance disciplines accompanying any cloud platform. Whichever particular aspect of cloud governance you need to prioritise, whether it’s managing costs, operations, or assets, both banks and insurers have already shown that a public cloud is a viable option. National Australia Bank, for example, automated elements of its cloud governance in 2019 to support the migration of hundreds of sensitive and regulated workloads to the cloud. 2. No data security Financial services firms have a genuine fear surrounding cybersecurity risk – and not without good reason. Insurance firm CNA reportedly paid out $40 million following a ransomware attack in 2021, and there have been countless other examples of firms in the industry being targeted. It once may have largely been true that cloud had a reputation for lacking the robust levels of security that accompany on-premise solutions, but not any longer. As a recent McKinsey report noted, cloud service providers “are developing better-defined written security practices, offering security architecture reviews, and permitting audits and providing the results of audits from trusted third parties against internationally recognised security standards.” Unsurprisingly, this security emphasis is being noticed by financial services firms. 3. Can’t fulfil regulatory compliance Banks and insurance firms face a constantly shifting regulatory landscape – influenced by fintech developments, market shifts and even geopolitical changes. For banks and insurers, failure to achieve compliance can result in hefty fines. This, coupled with the fact that regulatory compliance violations are among the top three biggest cloud application security challenges for organisations, goes some way to explaining why the public cloud is still viewed as a compliance risk. However, some public cloud providers even supply compliance experts and interactive tools to ensure cloud-related regulatory requirements are met. Far from being a compliance liability, the public cloud is an asset. 4. It puts everything at risk When organisations are asked about the biggest risks surrounding the public cloud, they generally have no trouble coming up with answers. A recent survey, for example, cited misconfiguration (68%), unauthorised access (58%), insecure interfaces (52%), and hijacking of accounts (50%). For many in the financial services sector, however, these risks can be mitigated. That’s why there are a growing number of statistics showing financial services taking a more open stance towards the public cloud. In fact, the public cloud can even help manage risk. As Wayne Byres, chairman of APRA, an institution supervising banking and insurance firms, explains, “In 2015, we expressed reservations about the use of the cloud for initiatives with heightened or extreme inherent risk. Much has changed since then: cloud service providers have strengthened their control environments, increased transparency regarding the nature of the controls in place, and improved their customers’ ability to monitor their environments.” Cast aside your public cloud inhibitions Despite the public cloud emerging as an increasingly viable option for financial services companies, some barriers remain. The first is cost. Although the capital expenditure for public cloud is low (or non-existent), operational expenditure can build up over time. However, as long as you scrutinise your contract carefully, the public cloud can actually reduce costs significantly. That’s why 61% of organisations plan to optimise their existing use of the cloud for cost savings. A lack of personnel with the necessary skills is another inhibitor of public cloud adoption – but again this is easily overcome. Lydia Leong, a Gartner distinguished vice-president research analyst, identified five steps to meet the challenge surrounding internal cloud skill gaps. These include support, training, good recruitment, using senior-level contractors and, if necessary, outsourcing expertise. The latter can be “a project-based approach, or a medium-to-long-term managed services approach,” Leong says. Rising cloud adoption rates among banking and insurance firms suggest that any inhibitors are not as strong as they once were. According to a survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit, 72% of IT executives in the banking sector believe that moving to the cloud will help their organisation achieve its business priorities. Don’t

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Where to go for smart tech

Once you settle on a definition for smart technology, it becomes clear that it’s a trend that has already gained a great deal of traction in the business world. Usually taken to mean network-connected devices or those with at least some form of automation, smart technology has the potential to transform a wide variety of industry segments. The smart buildings market alone is already worth a staggering $67.6 billion, with estimates indicating that this figure will reach $265.37 billion by 2028. But with more businesses embracing smart technology, the market has become increasingly complex. Today, there are a sizable number of smart vendors, each focusing on a specific niche within the smart tech space, whether IoT, facilities management, or automation.Given the complexity of the market, any organisation looking to embrace smart building solutions will need to carefully assess the four main types of vendors available: heritage management systems, IT vendors and system integrators, and IoT-native vendors, as well as real estate and facilities management providers. IT vendors and system integrators Providing digital solutions with a specific focus on building management, in addition to the wide variety of IT products and services that they already provide to building users. IT vendors and system integrators have benefitted from the fact that building management has become increasingly IT-focused. They already have extensive knowledge around network connectivity, cloud infrastructure, IoT, AI, and customer support that they can use to their advantage. They typically provide a significant breadth of offering, an ability to integrate different technologies, and a robust understanding of the technology involved. But, what is key to selecting the right systems integrator is their ability to combine IT and OT systems to make the monitoring, control and automation of the building as efficient as possible. Having a vendor-agnostic approach to always choose the technologies that are the right fit for your business. IoT-native vendors The Internet of Things is generating a great deal of excitement across various business segments, but particularly around building management. Gartner predicted that building automation would be the IoT market segment to experience the highest growth levels. Even so, businesses are still left with a difficult decision over whether to use an IoT-native for their smart technology. The fact that the IoT market is highly fragmented makes things more difficult still, with some companies focusing on software, and others hardware. The relative youth of IoT-native vendors typically means that they are more nimble than heritage vendors and more willing to pursue innovative solutions to building challenges. Conversely, this also means that they may not have the scale or financial standing to take on larger projects. The rise of device-agnostic IoT providers has gone some way to tackling the fragmentation in the market. Heritage building management systems Heritage building management system (BMS) vendors are those that have a long market history. As a result, they often have a strong reputation built up over years and robust finances to support new developments. However, they can struggle to display the agility demanded by the modern digital economy, with their many years of business operation also leading to inertia and siloed business practices. Heritage vendors are usually able to boast end-to-end capabilities and are particularly strong in several key operational technologies, including fire safety, physical security and HVAC. They can have both reach and scale that smaller players will find difficult to compete with and are typically able to operate across geographies and industry verticals. Unfortunately, heritage BMS vendors can rely on their impressive reputation too heavily but, increasingly, these players are looking to partner with third-party IoT-centric providers to create more innovative solutions. Real Estate & FM Providers Real estate and facilities management providers understand the unique challenges of building management. Some of these organisations have developed their own smart building solutions, which after being applied internally have then been made available to external customers. For new constructions, this allows BMS tools to closely integrate with the buildings themselves right from the design stage. The closeness between customer and software provider also brings other advantages. For example, updates can be offered proactively throughout the life cycle of the building, which benefits both the building owner and the software supplier. On the other hand, they are less familiar with adapting to the needs of external customers. Questions to ask your smart building vendor Any organisation that feels as though smart technology is nothing but the latest overhyped tech trend would do well to think again. With smart buildings popping up with increasing regularity all over the world, entire smart cities are already being envisaged. With future business success dependent upon businesses making the right decisions regarding their smart tech, here are a few important questions to ask any prospective vendor: For more information on how your business can benefit from Getronics Smart Spaces, book a discovery call with one of our experts.

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What is Codeless Testing?

Discover the advantages of codeless testing in software development. Streamline your testing phase with easy-to-use, no-code tools.

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PactFlow: Software Quality Assurance with Contract Test Management Tool

In the fast-paced world of software development, quality is an essential aspect to ensure customer satisfaction and business success. In this context, we present PactFlow, a powerful quality assurance tool. With PactFlow, you make sure your services and apps work seamlessly, delivering a superior end-user experience. In this article, we will explore the benefits and features of this amazing solution.

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IoT Testing: Challenges and solutions

Traditional software testing methods are not applicable to IoT-connected devices. In order to achieve an IoT-connected device true potential, it is necessary to address a very innovative technological concept: IoT testing.

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“The technology sector worldwide is booming and regularly find themselves facing new challenges in the process”

“The technology sector around the world is booming and finding itself facing new challenges on a regular basis. I see many companies going through an unstoppable digital transformation, and we decided to take this great opportunity at Cloud Expo Europe to showcase the No-Code Cloud Platform,” says Philip Hoegee, Global Head of Cloud Services at Getronics. Getronics participated at Cloud Expo Europe in Frankfurt to network and exchange ideas with investors, developers, communicators, and companies from all industries. At the event, Getronics presented its cloud platform as a service “No-Code Cloud“, which will be one of the most important trends for 2023 according to the report on cloud-based services published by Gartner in December 2022. We spoke with Philip Hoegee to delve into No-Code Cloud and the benefits the platform offers. What is No-Code Cloud? NCC is the combination of two of the most important technological developments in recent years: the cloud and no-code solutions. It is designed for organizations that need to create enterprise workflow automations, develop new applications, enhance existing applications, and integrate with legacy and third-party systems. The digital world is changing so rapidly that organizations are forced to build applications and modernize them on a regular basis. The daily challenge is to update legacy software while incorporating new technologies, evolving programming languages, frameworks, and infrastructures. What are the benefits of NCC? Until now, the transformations depended on software developers creating tools to satisfy the needs -always in evolution- of the different areas of an organization. With NCC, the leaders of a multitude of industries can participate in the development of new digital solutions. Just to mention some advantages: What is the alliance between Getronics and WEM about? Cloud is at the center of any digital transformation strategy today and according to Gartner research, by 2027, Cloud computing will not only be a technological approach for delivering applications but will also serve as the key driver of business innovation, including AI, IoT, and quantum computing, for instance. Having understood the value of rapid cloud-native digital transformation to business globally, Getronics and WEM decided on a strategic partnership and jointly develop a unique platform offering that transforms the way businesses operate, enabling organizations to achieve unparalleled business outcomes in a secure fashion. We have combined the intuitive WEM Enterprise No-Code development platform with the guarantee and expertise of Getronics’ secure-by-design cloud approach and principles to create a powerful and scalable platform as a service (PaaS) to accelerate companies’ digital transformation without writing a single line of code. At Getronics, we have a lot of experience with strategic partners. The alliance with WEM is an add-on to established partnerships we already have, such as Dell, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, HPE, VMware, Colt, Palo Alto, and others. Why have you decided to present No-Code Cloud at Cloud Expo Europe in Frankfurt? Cloud Expo Europe is one of the largest technology events and the stage for innovation announcements, where experts and executives from all industries gather to discuss and learn about technology trends that will be developed in the coming years. Our customers around the globe are already reporting incredible results, reduced overhead costs, increased efficiencies, and customer experience with the NCC platform. The technology sector is booming but also finds itself facing significant challenges in many parts of the world. I see many companies in the region going through an unstoppable digital transformation and we decided to take this great opportunity at Cloud Expo Europe in Frankfurt to showcase the No-Code Cloud Platform, concludes Philip Hoegee. Philip Hoegee is an experienced IT expert, having worked for several IT multinational companies, skilled in IT Strategy, Professional Services, Datacentre & Cloud Management. Since 2021 is the Global Head of Cloud Services for Getronics, based in Amsterdam.

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Advantages of AI-driven automated managed services

Tools like Robotic Process Automation have been around for years, but it’s only recently that AI has started making a difference, making smart decisions about unstructured data. At Getronics, we believe that’s how AI will change our world for the better: running automated managed services, optimisation of processes everywhere, threat detection and secure connectivity 24/7. Every second of every day.

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The silent killer: why ignoring energy efficiency in your buildings is a mistake

Smart Spaces is a catch-all strategy for managing energy consumption in today’s workplace – and it goes far further than “switching the lights off”. It’s a digital strategy using intelligence sensors and software to make sure your buildings and workspaces are using only the energy they need to serve your people … and no more. Making it work for you is a key focus of Getronics.

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An evolution is happening in IT outsourcing

IT outsourcing is changing fast. The era when outsourced IT was synonymous with distant, cheaply run helpdesks is ending as firms seek new, partnership-based models that help them with their digital transformation journey.

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Test automation: the benefits of quality assurance in software

As digital businesses give more importance to quality in software and meeting release deadlines, test automation technologies applied to the final stages of testing and quality assurance (QA) gain relevance. The tenth edition (2018-2019) of the World Quality Report, published by Capgemini and Sogeti in collaboration with Micro Focus, reveals that automation is integral to agile and DevOps practices, serving as the most effective means to enhance user performance. The report, derived from interviews with approximately 1,700 IT executives across 32 countries (with 50 respondents in Italy), underscores the imperative of ensuring user satisfaction as the primary objective in testing and quality assurance. This goal ranked key for 42% of respondents this year, up from 27% in 2017, alongside the necessity of identifying errors before going live (42%, up from 34% in 2017). For 41% of respondents (compared to 29% in 2017), QA and testing capabilities contribute to business growth and company revenue. Quality control and test automation are revolutionizing the development lifecycle. Following years of deployment in specific, segregated environments, these practices have expanded and are reshaping the development lifecycle. According to the authors, the most significant trends today revolve around model-based testing (for automatic script generation and automated testing; expected availability next year for 61% of respondents), robotic process automation (RPA 54%), and cognitive automation (49%). Automated testing of APIs emerges as an upcoming trend for the next two years. The report indicates that 18% of functional tests are already conducted using scripting tools, while 16% utilize test automation tools. Automation is employed in 16% of performance tests and 16% in security tests. Moreover, 15% of respondents employ end-to-end test automation in all scenarios. Is test scenario automation a suitable solution? Test scenarios can be automated when critical features necessitate repetitive testing or are too complex to handle manually. For example, tests involving large volumes of data or intricate data entry procedures are adapted for automation. The advantages of test automation tools over manual testing Today, test automation is an essential strategy, particularly when analyzing complex products or applications with thousands or millions of lines of code, utilizing lengthy, repetitive, and tedious test routines. Through test automation tools, testers can not only expedite their work but also reduce or eliminate potential errors. Automated tests can be programmed to operate without supervision and facilitate comparison of results with expected outcomes. However, this does not imply a lack of control, as test automation tools can integrate reporting functions capable of recording the activity of each test script, monitoring progress and status at any given time. Test automation enables you to save time and resources by enhancing test accuracy and coverage while identifying code bugs and errors more effectively and efficiently. It also empowers Quality Assurance (QA) teams to increase the reusability and adoption of test automation scripts, ensuring consistent test configuration and procedures with each new code check. Additionally, test automation enables the automation of functional tests, performance tests, and stress tests on a broad scale. For instance, it can be applied to conduct checks in multilingual infrastructures and distributed sites across various geographical areas. Under the DevOps model, test automation assumes even greater importance The significance of test automation tools continues to rise in the context of the DevOps model, which, in contrast to traditional methodologies based on the classic ‘cascade’ paradigm, aims to enhance agility and automation in the software development and distribution cycle. Today, Agile and DevOps development methods are widely adopted in IT departments to accelerate software releases, reduce costs, and maintain code quality and reliability. Through CI/CD (continuous integration, continuous delivery/continuous deployment) practices, DevOps fosters a fully integrated and automated code creation, distribution, and implementation pipeline. Within this highly automated pipeline, however, the testing phase should not impede the overall process. Therefore, the DevOps model embraces continuous testing, wherein code is tested at each stage of the continuous deployment process through a recursive continuous feedback mechanism. For example, when code is modified, it undergoes immediate verification via a set of automated unit tests. If the test fails, the code is rejected; if successful, it proceeds to subsequent deployment stages, and so forth. Continuous testing is complemented by ‘shift-left testing’, a strategy that seeks to introduce software testing early in the development cycle. A pivotal component of continuous testing Continuous testing, as a testing methodology, cannot be achieved solely by implementing new technologies or testing tools; it necessitates a cultural shift in the mindset of testers and a transformation of development processes. However, continuous testing cannot be realized without suitable test automation tools. In the context of continuous testing, automated testing is employed to execute multiple operations automatically. This encompasses, for instance, verification of individual components and segments of program code (unit testing), functional testing, regression testing (focused on validating software functionality post-addition of new features and functions), and integration testing (assessing system behavior holistically and the accuracy of interactions among program modules, APIs, third-party software, and other components of the application architecture).

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The application modernisation journey with Kubernetes

Regardless of industry size, all organisations are – or should be – pursuing IT transformation in one way or another to become cloud-ready. The question is how do you transform to cloud-native and how do you simplify the deployment and management of your applications?

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Demystifying public cloud adoption in the financial sector

The financial sector represents one of the oldest industries in the world. Archaeological evidence has found examples of insurance dating back to Babylonian merchants around 4,000 BC. While examples of prototypical banks can be found from the ancient world, the longevity of banking and insurance acts as a double-edged sword. Although it fosters trust, it also encourages inertia. The financial sector often remains hesitant to embrace change. That is, until a certain inflexion point is reached – which certainly appears to be getting closer with regard to public cloud solutions. Significantly, 19 out of the top 20 US banks have already announced public cloud initiatives. Adoption is varied, however. Looking at insurers, in 2020 51% considered spending their IT budget on cloud transformation – a majority, but only just.According to EY, 80% of UK banks have moved less than 10% of their business infrastructure to the public cloud. Regional analysis has found that Latin America’s banking sector is most enthusiastic towards cloud technologies, with 82% of IT executives believing it will have some or a great impact compared with 67% in Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions. But any hesitancy around the public cloud needs to dissipate quickly. This will not only enable organisations to deliver better services to customers; it will also provide advantages in the increasingly competitive financial services market. Before we understand how to overcome this hesitancy around public cloud and how Getronics can make a difference, let us understand and conquer the common myths associated to Public Cloud adoption for businesses in the Banking and Insurance sectors: Public cloud myths While the public cloud market is continuing to grow and is expected to be worth $591.8 billion in 2023, according to Gartner, this growth has not prevented misconceptions from taking hold. The following are the most common misconceptions we hear in the market: 1. No governance One of the biggest myths surrounding public cloud services concerns governance. Does the public cloud really lack the governance that financial services firms need to avoid excessive levels of risk? In actual fact, there are several common governance disciplines accompanying any cloud platform. Whichever particular aspect of cloud governance you need to prioritise, whether it’s managing costs, operations, or assets, both banks and insurers have already shown that a public cloud is a viable option. National Australia Bank, for example, automated elements of its cloud governance in 2019 to support the migration of hundreds of sensitive and regulated workloads to the cloud. 2. No data security Financial services firms have a genuine fear surrounding cybersecurity risk – and not without good reason. Insurance firm CNA reportedly paid out $40 million following a ransomware attack in 2021, and there have been countless other examples of firms in the industry being targeted. It once may have largely been true that cloud had a reputation for lacking the robust levels of security that accompany on-premise solutions, but not any longer. As a recent McKinsey report noted, cloud service providers “are developing better-defined written security practices, offering security architecture reviews, and permitting audits and providing the results of audits from trusted third parties against internationally recognised security standards.” Unsurprisingly, this security emphasis is being noticed by financial services firms. 3. Can’t fulfil regulatory compliance Banks and insurance firms face a constantly shifting regulatory landscape – influenced by fintech developments, market shifts and even geopolitical changes. For banks and insurers, failure to achieve compliance can result in hefty fines. This, coupled with the fact that regulatory compliance violations are among the top three biggest cloud application security challenges for organisations, goes some way to explaining why the public cloud is still viewed as a compliance risk. However, some public cloud providers even supply compliance experts and interactive tools to ensure cloud-related regulatory requirements are met. Far from being a compliance liability, the public cloud is an asset. 4. It puts everything at risk When organisations are asked about the biggest risks surrounding the public cloud, they generally have no trouble coming up with answers. A recent survey, for example, cited misconfiguration (68%), unauthorised access (58%), insecure interfaces (52%), and hijacking of accounts (50%). For many in the financial services sector, however, these risks can be mitigated. That’s why there are a growing number of statistics showing financial services taking a more open stance towards the public cloud. In fact, the public cloud can even help manage risk. As Wayne Byres, chairman of APRA, an institution supervising banking and insurance firms, explains, “In 2015, we expressed reservations about the use of the cloud for initiatives with heightened or extreme inherent risk. Much has changed since then: cloud service providers have strengthened their control environments, increased transparency regarding the nature of the controls in place, and improved their customers’ ability to monitor their environments.” Cast aside your public cloud inhibitions Despite the public cloud emerging as an increasingly viable option for financial services companies, some barriers remain. The first is cost. Although the capital expenditure for public cloud is low (or non-existent), operational expenditure can build up over time. However, as long as you scrutinise your contract carefully, the public cloud can actually reduce costs significantly. That’s why 61% of organisations plan to optimise their existing use of the cloud for cost savings. A lack of personnel with the necessary skills is another inhibitor of public cloud adoption – but again this is easily overcome. Lydia Leong, a Gartner distinguished vice-president research analyst, identified five steps to meet the challenge surrounding internal cloud skill gaps. These include support, training, good recruitment, using senior-level contractors and, if necessary, outsourcing expertise. The latter can be “a project-based approach, or a medium-to-long-term managed services approach,” Leong says. Rising cloud adoption rates among banking and insurance firms suggest that any inhibitors are not as strong as they once were. According to a survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit, 72% of IT executives in the banking sector believe that moving to the cloud will help their organisation achieve its business priorities. Don’t

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Once you settle on a definition for smart technology, it becomes clear that it’s a trend that has already gained a great deal of traction in the business world. Usually taken to mean network-connected devices or those with at least some form of automation, smart technology has the potential to transform a wide variety of industry segments. The smart buildings market alone is already worth a staggering $67.6 billion, with estimates indicating that this figure will reach $265.37 billion by 2028. But with more businesses embracing smart technology, the market has become increasingly complex. Today, there are a sizable number of smart vendors, each focusing on a specific niche within the smart tech space, whether IoT, facilities management, or automation.Given the complexity of the market, any organisation looking to embrace smart building solutions will need to carefully assess the four main types of vendors available: heritage management systems, IT vendors and system integrators, and IoT-native vendors, as well as real estate and facilities management providers. IT vendors and system integrators Providing digital solutions with a specific focus on building management, in addition to the wide variety of IT products and services that they already provide to building users. IT vendors and system integrators have benefitted from the fact that building management has become increasingly IT-focused. They already have extensive knowledge around network connectivity, cloud infrastructure, IoT, AI, and customer support that they can use to their advantage. They typically provide a significant breadth of offering, an ability to integrate different technologies, and a robust understanding of the technology involved. But, what is key to selecting the right systems integrator is their ability to combine IT and OT systems to make the monitoring, control and automation of the building as efficient as possible. Having a vendor-agnostic approach to always choose the technologies that are the right fit for your business. IoT-native vendors The Internet of Things is generating a great deal of excitement across various business segments, but particularly around building management. Gartner predicted that building automation would be the IoT market segment to experience the highest growth levels. Even so, businesses are still left with a difficult decision over whether to use an IoT-native for their smart technology. The fact that the IoT market is highly fragmented makes things more difficult still, with some companies focusing on software, and others hardware. The relative youth of IoT-native vendors typically means that they are more nimble than heritage vendors and more willing to pursue innovative solutions to building challenges. Conversely, this also means that they may not have the scale or financial standing to take on larger projects. The rise of device-agnostic IoT providers has gone some way to tackling the fragmentation in the market. Heritage building management systems Heritage building management system (BMS) vendors are those that have a long market history. As a result, they often have a strong reputation built up over years and robust finances to support new developments. However, they can struggle to display the agility demanded by the modern digital economy, with their many years of business operation also leading to inertia and siloed business practices. Heritage vendors are usually able to boast end-to-end capabilities and are particularly strong in several key operational technologies, including fire safety, physical security and HVAC. They can have both reach and scale that smaller players will find difficult to compete with and are typically able to operate across geographies and industry verticals. Unfortunately, heritage BMS vendors can rely on their impressive reputation too heavily but, increasingly, these players are looking to partner with third-party IoT-centric providers to create more innovative solutions. Real Estate & FM Providers Real estate and facilities management providers understand the unique challenges of building management. Some of these organisations have developed their own smart building solutions, which after being applied internally have then been made available to external customers. For new constructions, this allows BMS tools to closely integrate with the buildings themselves right from the design stage. The closeness between customer and software provider also brings other advantages. For example, updates can be offered proactively throughout the life cycle of the building, which benefits both the building owner and the software supplier. On the other hand, they are less familiar with adapting to the needs of external customers. Questions to ask your smart building vendor Any organisation that feels as though smart technology is nothing but the latest overhyped tech trend would do well to think again. With smart buildings popping up with increasing regularity all over the world, entire smart cities are already being envisaged. With future business success dependent upon businesses making the right decisions regarding their smart tech, here are a few important questions to ask any prospective vendor: For more information on how your business can benefit from Getronics Smart Spaces, book a discovery call with one of our experts.

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