• is Moving!

    Posted on May 31, 2012 by Admin

    In October 2010, Loadtester Incorporated merged companies with Advanced QA. Both of these companies were HP Partners and Resellers, and had been all the way back to the Mercury Interactive days of 2004. Upon merging, the decision was made to take both companies and make them subsidiaries of the resulting company – and Northway Solutions Group was born.

    For the last several months, Northway has been working diligently to migrate the information contained on the web site into the web site. W Read Entire Entry

  • SQUID: An Alternative for Virtual Table Server for LoadRunner

    Posted on May 30, 2012 by Admin

    In a previous blog, I reviewed Virtual Table Server and its history with LoadRunner. I wrote about many of my friends in the testing community who have contributed to it, talked about it, and used it in practice. Today, I want to introduce you to ANOTHER one of my longtime friends, Ed Leno of Solution Maniacs. Ed is one of the most talented performance engineers and consultants that I have had the privilege of working with over the years. He has decided to create a new utility application called SQUID (Simple Queues of Independent Read Entire Entry

  • Mobile Trends – Is BYOD good or bad?

    Posted on May 28, 2012 by Admin

    I’ve been doing some research on “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD), which seems to be a new trendy thing to do. It’s pretty interesting to see how companies are dealing with the consumerization of IT, because it is shifting the entire IT culture right before our eyes.

    Users (not IT professionals) are getting the latest technologies and gadgets first. It makes sense that they want to bring them to work and continue to use them. According to this 2011 survey by Good Technology, workers are willing to bear cost of the devices (as w Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner and Virtual Table Server

    Posted on May 24, 2012 by Admin

    For many long-time users of LoadRunner, Virtual Table Server (VTS) has been an unsupported tool that many of us have relied upon to solve dynamic data dependency issues under load. VTS is a virtual data file that multiple load generators can reference to create, modify, and consume data Think of it as a “living” data file (or table) that runs in memory. The load generators can get values from a single pool of data on the fly. One Vuser can create new data, and any other Vusers can immediately consume it. I’m not sure who originally Read Entire Entry

  • NASDAQ’s Perfect Storm: The Facebook IPO

    Posted on May 22, 2012 by Admin

    For the past few months, I’ve been presenting on planning for the perfect storm  for realistic, but worst case situations and how to properly scope application performance testing projects based on some best practices I have learned over the years. I’m always looking for new material. Last week, I got some.  On Friday (5/18/12), the whole world watched as Facebook finally had their IPO, and LOTS of people wanted to buy shares – but couldn’t. A “software glitch” was the culprit. Did you ever notice, it is always called a “glitch”? Read Entire Entry

  • Mobile Application Testing: Should The Device Matter?

    Posted on May 18, 2012 by Admin

    At the STAR EAST conference this year, mobile solutions saturated the vendor exhibition area. It’s no wonder that mobile application testing is the hot in the testing community right now. Testers are now faced with the task of testing mobile versions of their applications and figuring out how to adapt to the new paradigm (and challenges) mobile applications bring. It’s not as if they didn’t have enough to test already, right?

    After listening to some of the conversations around mobile and seeing some interesting questions be Read Entire Entry

  • ALM Workflow: Always Trigger Bug_New when “New Defect” is Clicked

    Posted on May 9, 2012 by Admin

    One “feature” in HP’s Application Lifecycle  Management (ALM) and Quality Center relating to the Defects module is the ability to add multiple defects without ever closing the “New Defect” window, and to resume populating a new defect after the “Close” button is clicked. When the user clicks the “Close” button and then “New Defect”, the field values are cached. This can be a great time saver; however, it is not without its unintended consequences. This means that the Bug_New event is not triggered when clicking the “New Defect” Read Entire Entry

  • Join Northway Solutions Group at HP Discover!

    Posted on May 9, 2012 by Admin

    The Northway team be in Vegas at HP Discover June 4 – 7, 2012. We will be speaking this year on “Application Transformation in Healthcare IT” with our client, BlueCross BlueSheild of Tennessee. Our session number is TB2224. You can find us on the HP Discover 2012 Session Catalog page. Here is more information about session:

    In 2011, Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee (BCBST) decided to implement HP Project and Portfolio Management (PPM), Quality Center, Functional Testing, and LoadRunner—all at the same time. In this presentation, Read Entire Entry

  • Northway HP Training Classes – FAQ

    Posted on May 7, 2012 by Admin

    We recently published information on our web site about our HP training classes online, with outlines that can be downloaded in PDF format. We have had a few questions about the classes and I wanted to try and answer a few of them here.
    What classes is Northway Solutions Group currently offering?
    ALM/Quality Center training, QuickTest Pro training based on Unified Functional Testing, and Application Performance Testing training based on either LoadRunner or Performance Center. You can find out about all the classes and our curre Read Entire Entry

  • Top 3 Initiatives for CIO’s in 2012

    Posted on May 3, 2012 by Admin

    This past January, I attended the HP Global Partner Conference. I listened to an informative session by Gartner. According to their surveys, the top three initiatives for CIO’s this year are:

    Business Intelligence
    Cloud Computing

    Here’s the latest graphic from Gartner for Emerging Technologies:

    Why Business Intelligence?
    The BI and analytics market was the second-fastest growing sector in the overall worldwide enterprise software market in 2011. IT continues to spend on it, and it Read Entire Entry