Software Innovation at the Heart of Cornell University’s CSV17 Conference

Making Software for People

Software Should be Made for Humans

I attended Cornell Silicon Valley 2017#CSV17, in early March. I’m a graduate of Cornell, and have found all of the Cornell events I have attended beneficial. This year’s conference was no exception. It featured presentations on various types of software innovation, some designed to plumb our humanity,  others designed to replace it. The event never fails to rejuvenate me, inspiring new ideas and fresh thinking.

I listened closely to the keynote speech on reverse-engineering the brain for intelligent machines and thought the most important takeaway was that current algorithms are very fragile, not adaptive. Yes, we have gone beyond the first stage of artificial intelligence. But for truly adaptive and learning algorithms, we have a long road ahead. Applying this to our field of software engineering and, in particular, software quality and testing, I get a clearer picture of what’s ahead for software testing. We will see test cases that adapt and change, applying testing algorithms rather than specific test cases. Just as there will be software innovations in development, they will occur in quality assurance as well.

Yes, we have gone beyond the first stage of artificial intelligence. But for truly adaptive and learning algorithms, we have a long road ahead.

Top 7 Quality Challenges in the Mobile IOT Period

A new age is upon us: the Mobile IoT Period. Driven by the proliferation of mobile devices, and in particular the smartphone, we now face a complex and integrated infrastructure of technologies and concepts called the Internet of Things (IoT), all connected by mobile technology. The challenges we face to ensuring software quality for the myriad technologies that are being shaped by the Mobile IoT Period are daunting. Let’s take a look at the Top 7 Challenges in the Mobile IoT Period. Big Data Big data would not be possible without mobile network technologies to get the data from one [...]

February 20, 2017
XBOSoft healthcare software quality expertise drives Mobile MedSoft partnership

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 8, 2017

The changes sweeping through the healthcare data landscape created substantial challenges for the makers and users of healthcare software. Healthcare IT departments have often struggled to keep up with demands from healthcare providers, patients and government regulators. That’s why software developer Mobile MedSoft has partnered over time with XBOSoft to manage its quality assurance: XBOSoft consistently delivers high quality services and ensures that, when Mobile MedSoft releases a new product, it performs as expected.healthcare software testing

February 08, 2017
XBOSoft marks its 10th anniversary

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 8, 2017

XBOSoft will mark its Tenth Anniversary at the DeveloperWeek trade show in San Francisco. Founder and CEO Philip Lew and marketing vice president Steve Gorhes will be at booth 241 for two full days (Feb. 14-15) during the run of the show, Feb. 11-16. 

Group photo shows the XBOSoft team knows how to party!

The XBOSoft team celebrating 10 years together.

The company celebrated the milestone in January with XBOSoft’s employees in Beijing, China, who perform most of the software testing and software QA consulting.

Ready for AHCA conference?

We're about to take part in the AHCA Expo convention this week in Washington DC - showcasing our extensive range of software testing services in the healthcare market - come visit us at booth #426 if you are in the area. By visiting us you qualify to take the Quality Stars Software Challenge and win an iPad Air! Are you attending the AHCA or Leading Age conference this month? If so you can enter our Quality Stars competition to win an iPad Air! We’re looking for software with the least amount of defects to be crowned our Quality Star [...]

Testing Healthcare Software – Medication Dispensing Software

As part of our healthcare software testing practice, we have been working on a medication dispensing system. Medication Dispensing software, part of a Medication Management system, allows pharmacy inventory to be managed from its arrival in the pharmacy to dispensed medications, implementing multiple bar code checks for accuracy. It works throughout the facility and sometimes crosses multiple hospitals. Using this type of application, technicians can quickly and securely pick from the carousel and other devices. Monitoring and dispensing medications is highly regulated and requires a complex and highly secure system. Business rules and features are quite complex, so testers need to prioritize the features and priorities. In our testing experience, we found the following top 4 items to prioritize our testing efforts.

Developing meaningful Usability and User Experience (UX) measurements for Mobile applications

May 31 we held a webinar with Duke Yetter, the CEO of Mobile Medsoft and our own Phil Lew, in which they discussed setting up the right usability and UX measurements for testing mobile healthcare applications. It was a very interesting talk where Duke shared his ideas and experiences from the perspective of a health care executive and Phil shared insights based on years of experience as a consultant and his academic research. Please see the video below: If you are interested in usability more resources can be found here.

Mobile Testing – Usability and User Experience Measurement

If your users cannot figure out your application in less than 30 seconds they’re gone. The UX and usability of your applications are their competitive advantage. May 31 11:00 AM Eastern UX and Usability Expert Phil Lew will discuss how to set up and implement the right measurements to continuously deliver the applications your users love to use. Together with RNA Health Phil will present a case study for a mobile health care application. See you there!

Data Warehouse Testing Quick Reference

A Data Warehouse (DW) stores data where it can be analyzed, archived, and secured. DW products are used to manage large amounts of data (now recently called Big Data) and make it easy for users to make business decisions. With mobile devices, social networks, and web-based software collecting so much data, many organizations are beginning to sell not only the data itself, but analyzed or scrubbed and filtered in some way. We’ve recently worked on testing some data warehouse projects and wanted to share a few quick QA tips specific to this domain...

Testing Healthcare Software – Pharmacy Management Software

We’ve been testing healthcare software for several years and in particular, pharmacy management software. Testing healthcare software products definitely requires a different angle, so I thought I’d share some of our expertise and experience. Roles and workflows. Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and technicians all have different permissions and use the application differently so the test strategy and test cases must specifically account for these peculiarities. For example, a physician is responsible for prescribing an order, while the pharmacist only receives the order. Privileges by role.  Each role must be tested for their specific privileges, positive and negative. For instance, only the [...]

Healthcare Software Testing Strategies for HIPAA Compliance

When testing healthcare applications, there are many government regulations that the tester must be aware of. These regulations are automatically a part of any requirements, even if not explicitly stated. These regulations will be the same for all healthcare applications so it is incumbent for any testing organization to not only thoroughly understand these regulations, but also ensure that the test strategy and test plan accommodates them. For the health care industry in the United States, the main law for these regulations is HIPAA.

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