TRICENTIS’ Paradigm Shifting Software Testing Methodology Presented at Euromicro SEAA and IEEE ICST 2012

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Research Validates Approach in Test Automation.

Linear Q increases test coverage with an optimum and not a maximum number of test cases. For customers with thousands of test cases, this is a much smarter and more automated approach to software testing.

TRICENTIS®, a global leader in software test automation and quality assurance, has gained further recognition by the scientific community. TRICENTIS has been chosen to present at two prestigious international conferences, providing insights into the approach behind its breakthrough methodology Linear Q℠.

Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (Euromicro SEAA) is a long-standing international forum for researchers, practitioners from business and industry, and students to present and discuss the latest innovations, trends, experiences, and concerns in the field of Software Engineering and Advanced Applications in information technology for software-intensive systems. TRICENTIS has been invited to present at the 38th Euromicro SEAA conference in Izmir, Turkey (Sep 5-8, 2012) the scientific research paper entitled ‘Value-Based Coverage Measurement in Requirements-Based Testing: Lessons Learned from an Approach Implemented in the TOSCA Testsuite’. This paper resulted from a cooperative initiative between the Software Competence Center Hagenberg (SCCH) and TRICENTIS.
The paper, which was authored by Rudolf Ramler and Theodorich Kopetzky (SCCH) and TRICENTIS founder and CEO Wolfgang Platz, introduces “a value-based yet pragmatic approach for coverage measurement in software system testing that can be used to align the testing activities with value propositions”, states co-author Theodorich Kopetzky. It describes how this approach has been implemented as part of the TOSCA Testsuite developed by TRICENTIS supporting test automation, test case and test data management as well as test case design.

Gartner Research Director Tom Murphy states on the value of the right test methodology: “In an agile environment, tests must be automated to keep up with the need for continuous testing and rapid time-to-market. It’s important to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of software testing in order to ensure high test coverage and reduce the explosion of test cases and maintenance. To achieve testing optimization, organizations need to leverage best practices in testing methodology. The majority of the calls that I receive are not focused on ‘what tools’ but rather on ‘which practices, which metrics and how can we achieve testing excellence with a practical approach’.”

Back in April 2012, the findings of a different cooperative research from SCCH and TRICENTIS were presented in a workshop held at the International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST) in Montreal, Canada: ‘Combinatorial Test Design in the TOSCA Testsuite: Lessons Learned and Practical Implications’. According to Rudolf Ramler, Key Researcher in Process and Quality Engineering at the Software Competence Center Hagenberg, “Software testing is one of the most widely practiced quality assurance measures and also one of the most resource-intensive activities in software development. Most of the available methods, techniques and tools for software testing do not realize the potential value contribution of testing.”

The joint research on combinatorial test design studied outcomes from over 15 years of software testing in a wide range of industries and focuses on a practical way to provide an early positive ROI from testing. From real world software testing results, the research results demonstrate how Linear Expansion and Inner Values (the key components of the Linear Q test methodology) both increased test coverage while optimizing the number of test cases.

The benefit of combinatorial techniques over less structured approaches was supported by the experience from several real-world projects where a significant reduction of the number of test cases was achieved. The results include reductions in number of test cases from over 100,000 to 4,500 in the context of insurance software applications and from 80,000 to approximately 6,000 test cases in the context of banking applications.

The publication appeared in the conference proceedings published by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society and is also available in IEEE’s digital library at

According to Wolfgang Platz, founder and CEO of TRICENTIS, “Linear Q methodology is a significant improvement over other well known software testing methodologies such as pairwise testing. While those methodologies deliver acceptable test results only in a very small area of applications, Linear Q increases test coverage with an optimum and not a maximum number of test cases. For customers with thousands of test cases, this is a much smarter and more automated approach to software testing. For instance, in a large bank, with the Linear Q methodology in TOSCA we find that over 10,000 test cases can be optimized to approximately 1,000 with higher test coverage and greater automation. This is a true paradigm shift for software testing.”

The TOSCA solution maximizes test coverage and finally makes it precisely measurable. This is the starting point for test coverage improvements needed by testing centers of excellence. TOSCA Testsuite is the solution in which the measurement of test coverage is implemented. Linear Q has been proven to deliver optimal results for any type of functional testing of business software regardless if developed as a proprietary solution or for ERP implementations such as SAP and others. TOSCA with Linear Q methodology along with the traditional testing methodologies is available on the market as a ready solution today.

About the Software Competence Center Hagenberg GmbH, Hagenberg, Austria
The Software Competence Center Hagenberg GmbH (SCCH) offers core competence in interdisciplinary research and development, focuses on application-oriented research in the field of software, and has developed a truly international research and technology network based on challenging work in science and industry. SCCH collaborates with over 28 research institutes from Austria, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Czech Republic and the United States. As a leader in both academic and industry thinking, SCCH is trusted by European companies like KEBA AG, ALPINE-ENERGIE Österreich GmbH, ENGEL AUSTRIA GmbH, Fronius International GmbH, TRUMPF Maschinen Austria GmbH & Co.KG, Upper Austrian Regional Health Insurance, Siemens AG, and Voestalpine Stahl GmbH.

Since 1997, TRICENTIS offers cross-industry expertise in all aspects of software testing and software quality assurance. With TOSCA Testsuite, TRICENTIS has developed an innovative and technically superior solution for software testing, test automation, and risk assessment. Over 300 customers worldwide rely on the expertise of our consultants and the performance of TOSCA Testsuite. TOSCA is ideal for industries with workflow business processes, many operating engines, browsers and smart devices such as in banking, insurance, financial services, high tech, telecom, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, utilities, public sector and other leading industries requiring the highest quality of software testing.

The TOSCA model-based approach marks a paradigm shift in software test automation and test management, empowering non-technical users to quickly create automated business test cases in plain English. TOSCA delivers a robust and cost effective solution for GUI and non-GUI testing, automated and manual testing, for mobile/smart device testing and much more. TOSCA offers certified integration with SAP and with popular Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Solutions, popular Defect Tracking and other testing solutions for medium, large and global enterprises.

Watch our latest videos on Linear Q:
Part 1: Linear Q – Unique Methodology in Software Testing – Executive Summary
Part 2: Linear Q and the Key Elements of Software Testing
Part 3: Test Automation with Linear Q in my Company
Part 4: Linear Q and Agile Testing

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