June 17th, 2018
Software is Now the World (and Software QA is right behind)

Software is the great enabler of the “technology multiplier”. It’s what makes hardware smart and usable by people. Software is not only “eating the world”, it is becoming an unseen “force” behind much of what we see, do, and experience every day. We should all be thinking how to ‘software-ize’ our thinking....  

June 4th to 9th, 2017
XBOSoft CEO Philip Lew to Make Three Software Testing Presentations at Better Software West in Las Vegas

XBOSoft CEO Philip Lew will be a triple threat presenter at Techwell's Better Software West. He will present a tutorial and an interactive speech on issues involved with mobile platform and product testing and will co-present a workshop on Agile Risk Management.

Exploding IoT market could drive opportunities for software testers

We asked Jon Hagar, our guest on Monday’s webinar, to give us a preview of his remarks. Here’s what he had to say. Jon: There is much hype, and there may even be quite a bit of money, around the IoT market.  IoT merges several technology lines, such as Mobile, Cloud, Communication, Big Data, and Embedded software.  Many aspects of IoT will be familiar. There are challenges, to be sure, for testers as the IoT market reveals its full potential. But these are really opportunities for testers who decide to get engaged in the IoT market.  These include:

Explore Mobile IoT Testing with Combinatorial Methodologist Jon Hagar

Jon Hagar, who will be the guest on our upcoming April 3 webinar, has dedicated his career to improving software testing methods and standards. After a long and successful career at aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, he founded Grand Software Testing, which he runs today. As a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Hagar works to develop standards for testing and generally to enhance the profession. Hagar will be discussing the challenges presented to developers and software testers by the Mobile IoT era. Our CEO, Philip Lew, will be asking Hagar about those challenges and what solutions [...]

Upcoming QA webinars: Agile testing, challenges of mobile IoT era

Philip Lew, XBOSoft founder and CEO, will participate in two webinars on consecutive Mondays as March morphs into April. You will want to save the dates of March 27 and April 3 if you are interested in learning more about the challenges of Agile testing, as well as testing in the mobile IoT era. Lew will be guest speaker for an hour-long webinar March 27 hosted by Coaching Agile Journeys. Lew will share his insights into Agile testing in the trenches. In this talk, he will cover agile testing issues such as test plans and cases. You will learn where [...]

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 [...]

Software Quality Challenges in the Internet of Things Era

How many of you know what the "blue screen" is? Or Ctrl-alt-delete? We used to test functionality ("Does it work as intended?"), but as software has become more complex and distributed, we're faced with different software quality challenges. This is getting even more complicated with what's now called The Internet of Things, or IoT. With IoT, software and hardware work together more than ever. How do you diagnose the problem? Where is it? In my recent keynote in San Diego at the Practical Software Testing Conference, I had the opportunity to present some of the most critical challenges facing us as software engineers.

IoT QA Issues – Testing Considerations

I'll also be presenting the closing keynote for this conference, titled, Quality Challenges in the Internet of Things Era. While IoT is not the storefront that mobile is, it's still all connected to the mobile storefront as most IoT devices cannot survive without the mothership! But of course there are many other elements to consider as part of the mobile infrastructure. As I review my upcoming keynote, three main issues come to mind.

IOT Quality Challenges

As I start to think about my talk on IoT Quality Challenges at The Practical Software Quality and Testing Conference in August, it’s hard not to think about IoT without thinking about wearables. Wearables are just one facet of IoT, but for the average Joe not involved in industrial IoT, wearables hit you in the face.

Wearables Big Data and Privacy

Wearables Big Data and Privacy - What if my watch was hacked? Would I care? Depends on who I am!

With the latest generation of high tech wearables - smartwatches, some may be rejoicing in how much functionality they seem to be gaining. With my Apple Watch, I can do so many things! But wait, what data is being collected when I do all these things? Is Wearables Big Data secure? What if the FBI wants it? Let’s list out a few of the tasks and some of the possibilities.

IoT Value in our Everyday Lives: Use Cases and Roadblocks

Do you remember printing out directions only to find yourself trying to look at them in the dark and pulling over on the side of the road to read the map? Now that we have GPS on our smartphones and other devices, many of us can't live with at least one IoT device. In the age of Big Data, where all of these devices are collecting information, what good is it all? “Show me the IoT Value,” as Jerry Macguire would say.

IoT Issues: IoT Implementation Hurdles

IoT Issues - Apple Watch - Valuable or Not

IoT Issues - Does the Apple Watch Give you Instant value?

Recently at #CSV16 (Cornell Silicon Valley’s annual technical conference), there were several talks and presentations that either focused on IoT, partly on IoT, or connected to IoT in some way. Indeed, IoT means something different for everyone so its easy to see why IoT issues permeated the day’s talks:

  • Connected home and car
  • Drones and robots- “flying smartphones”
  • Connected Healthcare
  • Clothing
  • Consumer IoT

Key IoT Issues

Out of all the talks, I was able to boil it down a few key take-aways:

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