Features & Interviews

Iosif Itkin, Exactpro, on how automation is going to revolutionise testing

Iosif Itkin, Exactpro, on how automation is going to revolutionise testing

1/ How did you build your business originally and how did the acquisition of Exactpro by LSEG come about?  At the end of 2009, Alexey Zverev and I launched Exactpro by recruiting ten core specialists who we had previously worked with, and who had very strong technical and subject matter backgrounds. The team had a… »

Banks take a cautious step to crowd-sourced testing

Banks take a cautious step to crowd-sourced testing

In the race to speed up app delivery times, some retail banks and insurance companies are turning to crowd-sourced testing, which makes use of a geographically distributed network of freelancers to test customer-facing applications and websites. But while the crowd-sourced specialists report growing interest from the financial sector, there are understandable reservations about the privacy… »

The QA expert interview: Mike Salsbury, Caplin

Mike Salsbury is head of product development at Caplin, the London-based software vendor which designs trading technology for banks and other financial firms. Caplin specialises in web-based trading platforms for cross-asset trading, though the firm has carved an especially strong position in electronic FX markets. QA Financial met Salsbury at Caplin’s London headquarters. Q: Mike,… »

The QA expert interview: Dale Bulmer, Markit

Data is the fuel for financial markets. Since its launch in 2003, Markit has grown to challenge the leading suppliers, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters in its core markets, such as credit benchmarks. We met up with Dale Bulmer to discuss the key trends in mobile, security and vendor risk management, and how those trends translate… »

DDoS cyber attacks: Europe’s banks need a plan

Shark

It’s an arms race and – right now – banks are losing. A recent casualty was HSBC, which on January 29th saw its online banking system brought down for several hours by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. DDoS attacks are getting larger, and better organised. According to a recent report by Massachusetts-based security consultant Arbor… »

The QA Financial expert interview: James Carlyle, R3, on testing for Blockchain

The QA Financial expert interview: James Carlyle, R3, on testing for Blockchain

It could turn out to be a defining moment in the history of Blockchain. April 19th saw the most significant capital markets test so far of a distributed ledger platform when Barclays used the stage of the O2 arena in London to demonstrate how its smart contract templates for ISDA interest rates swaps could be… »

Test pricing: Automation brings new benchmarks

Shalini Chaudhari, Accenture

In the old days, when testing was something done at the end of software development, the metrics of pricing were simple. The testing services provider would charge a fixed price defined by the number of lines of code tested, or by the equally simple metric of getting the job done. The testing service providers with… »

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