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Micro Focus releases new software, plus Esprow, iSheriff, and more

Micro Focus releases Atlas 3.0

Micro Focus, the London-listed software developer, has released the latest version of Atlas, its lifecycle software development platform. According to Micro Focus vice president Renato Quédas, Atlas 3.0 will be particularly useful for banks trying to keep pace with regulatory change. “Given their heavily regulated and risk averse natures, financial firms must incorporate an extra layer of complexity in the testing process,” says Quédas. “Atlas 3.0 enables QA teams to have a very clear understanding of how risk and regulation requirements are fulfilled by development through user stories.” Atlas 3.0 integrates with a number of test management platforms, including Micro Focus’s own Silk Central.

Esprow opens Japan office

Esprow, a testing software provider focusing on the FIX equities messaging protocol, has opened a new office in Tokyo, head by managing director Francesco Lo Conte. He says Esprow is seeing growing demand for its product in Japan, and already counts some of the largest domestic brokers among its customers.

iSheriff Complete

iSheriff, the San Francisco-based provider of cloud security software that allows firms to monitor sources of data loss and misuse, has released iSheriff Complete. According to Eric Lundbohm, iSheriff’s chief marketing office, Complete works as browser protection, a desktop antivirus, and an email filter, combined as a cloud-delivered service. A key features, says Lundbohm, is coverage of remote user devices – for example devices being used at home.

Japanese firm to buy Dell Services for $3 billion

NTT Data, the Japanese technology service provider, is set to buy Dell Services – Dell’s technology services operations, including testing services – for more than $3 billion. The Japanese firm said that it acquired the business, which has a staff of 28,000, with the intention of growing its cloud and business-process outsourcing (BPO) services in the US market especially.

The sale by Dell is reportedly driven by the need to help fund its $67 billion takeover of data storage firm EMC Corp.

UK government agency for cyber security

Matthew Hancock, the UK minister for the Cabinet Office, has said that the newly created National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will work with the financial sector to mitigate the risk of cyber threats. The NCSC will start operations next October and Hancock said that one of its first goals will be to work alongside the Bank of England to create a plan to improve cyber security at financial firms.

“This important work with the Bank of England is paramount to ensuring that businesses of all shapes and sizes understand the threats and what they can do to mitigate them,” said Hancock, “We’ll do this by informing the entire business community and public sector about emerging threats, providing support when attacks happen and educating everyone on how best to stay safe online.”

Ciaran Martin, currently the director general of government and industry cyber security at GCHQ, will head the NCSC.

Synopsys releases Software Integrity Platform

Synopsys, a Nasdaq-listed company specialising in automated software security testing, has released Software Integrity Platform, integrating a number of Synopsys tools: Coverity, Protecode, Defensics, Seeker and Test Advisor.

Fujitsu has developed a technology that reduces the number of test cases in automated testing

Japan’s Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technology which it claims will dramatically shorten software testing times by reducing the amount of test codes used in automated testing. Typically, whenever a developer modifies a line of code in an application, an entirely new new test case would have to be generated to make sure that any changes will not break the app. In an iterative process like agile where a large number of changes are introduced throughout development, this can quickly create the need for a large number of test cases. Fujitsu’s new software is designed to reduce the number of test cases by modifying old test cases and re-using them according to the specific changes in the code that have been introduced. This is achieved by analysing new input variables inserted in the code, and then modifying the existing test case to make it compatible with the new input variables.

Fujitsu says that using this technology, it is able to reduce the amount of test code generated to 1/24th of previous levels. Fujitsu Laboratories says that it plans on releasing the software commercially later this year.

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