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Shift Up: Out of One Tool, Many

5/31/18 / by Michael Giacometti posted in DevOps, User Experience, test management, User experience testing, artificial intelligence, shift left, shift right, shift up, voice recognition software, Eggplant AI

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This is Michael's third blog in his Shift Up series. You can read the first blog here and second blog here.

On May 21, 2018, Bank of America announced that it was rolling out its chatbot, Erica, to all its mobile customers. On the surface, the premise makes sense. It’s making the bank more relatable. It’s providing real-time customer support to people where artificial intelligence (AI) assistants like Siri and Alexa are becoming the norm. It doesn’t have the limitations that some phone-based IVRs have, and it aims to provide immediate assistance instead of making us wait for a human (we’ve all shouted “representative” or pressed zero dozens of times to get a real person). Erica is a great way for Bank of America to optimize the customer experience.

But let’s pull back the covers and ask some basic questions. How does Erica know the customer so well?  How does Erica pull from different sources of information? How does Erica know what products and services to offer? What systems, both homegrown and third party, does Erica need to be effective? 

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Don’t Test the Code, Test the Business

5/24/18 / by John Bates posted in Digital Experience, Test automation, User Experience, UX, User experience testing, UX testing, testing best practices, testing strategy, user journey, intelligent monitoring, continuous integration, continuous delivery, QA, Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence Suite, intelligent testing

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Quality assurance (QA) used to be a compliance activity. You were releasing a product and needed to test it and stamp it “approved.” QA was about testing that the code worked. You might manually test the code. You might have even tried some automation — coding a set of test scripts that would try to capture regressions or errors that you had eradicated in the past, but which somehow crept back in. All in all, you were reasonably satisfied that you achieved a level of test coverage that met your goals. Then, you put your code into production and crossed your fingers that nothing went wrong. And if it did, you tried to fix it as quickly as humanly possible.

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A Babel Fish for Testing

5/2/18 / by John Bates posted in Digital Experience, Test automation, User Experience, IOT, APIs, user journey, continuous integration, continuous delivery, QA, Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence Suite, intelligent testing, fusion engine

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It used to be that software testers could test their applications on just one platform, and only have to worry about testing that the code worked.

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The Customer is Always Right ... and That Customer, and That Customer, Too.

4/25/18 / by Michael Giacometti posted in QA testing, User Experience, user journey, test automation strategy, shift left, QA, shift right, shift up, Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence Suite, intelligent testing

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It’s no secret that the digital revolution is quickly changing the way businesses and customers interact with each other. Like Blockbuster, companies that don’t understand the evolving needs and tastes of their customers will die, while companies like Netflix that fail fast, quickly adopt technology, and evolve, will thrive.

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The Early Bird and Second Mouse — a QA Story

4/19/18 / by Russ Lott posted in App testing, QA testing, User Experience, Functional testing, Performance testing, User experience testing, QA

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This week, I'm making what many consider a life-altering, religious change. I’m switching from Android to an iPhone.

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The Need to Shift Up in QA

4/11/18 / by Michael Giacometti posted in Automation testing, Digital Experience, Quality assurance, User Experience, Software test automation, artificial intelligence, digital automation intelligence, shift left, quality control, QA, shift right, shift up, COE

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Sometimes I feel as if I’m the Forrest Gump of quality assurance (QA). Since 1998, I’ve been through the beginning of automated integration testing and service virtualization through being a co-founder of Class I.Q. (now IBM Greenhat). I’ve been through the first phases of an automated testing center of excellence (ACOE). I’ve been there for the start of risk-based testing, and I’ve been a part of the transformation of QA from a somewhat necessary function to something that is now the core and chief concern of any company putting out quality software and apps.

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Works on My Machine

4/4/18 / by Bekki Freeman posted in eggPlant Functional, QA testing, Quality assurance, Software testing tools, UI testing, User Experience, UX, Functional testing, software testing, testing best practices, testing strategy, software development, user journey, test automation strategy, Eggplant solutions

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Note: Test engineers Reena Kuni and Jeannette Smith also contributed to this blog.

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Better Bug Hunting for Improved Team Productivity: Announcing Eggplant AI 2.0

2/13/18 / by JB Brockman posted in Digital Experience, Test automation, User Experience, Software test automation, testing strategy, artificial intelligence, user journey, analytics, continuous delivery, digital automation intelligence, test automation strategy

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We recently co-hosted a webinar with Bloor Research about the Future of Testing, and in it, we conducted an informal poll about artificial intelligence (AI) and testing. When we asked what everyone thought the biggest advantage was to incorporating AI into a test automation strategy, attendees overwhelmingly selected team productivity and efficiency.

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Are You Ready for the Future of Testing?

1/31/18 / by JB Brockman posted in DevOps, Test automation, User Experience, Software test automation, artificial intelligence, continuous delivery, digital automation intelligence, test automation strategy

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The focus on artificial intelligence (AI) in general, in technology, and particularly in testing, is prompting organizations worldwide to take it seriously. It’s hard to ignore AI’s potential benefits, including improved productivity and efficiency, fewer defects, a better UX, and happy customers. And with DevOps and continuous delivery here to stay, staying relevant depends on keeping pace, which is why test automation is so critical.

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20 Smart Technology Predictions for 2018

1/3/18 / by JB Brockman posted in IoT Testing, Real User Experience, User Experience, User experience testing, IOT, artificial intelligence

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A new outlook, optimism, and wonder. For me, the start of the new year is always exciting and prompts a lot of questions about how our space and our solutions will evolve over the next 12 months.

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