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How good design minimises test automation maintenance

Good test automation design reduces maintenance costs and maximises savings.

In adopting quicker development methods for the rapid delivery of applications, CXOs are placing greater importance on quality assurance and testing.

In order to meet the demand posed by this accelerated rate of software development, there is industry acknowledgment of the need to implement test automation across various testing phases for faster QA delivery.

However, creating and maintaining automated tests can come at a high cost. In order to keep maintenance costs to a minimum, it is vital to design your test automation framework well.

Our whitepaper, How good design minimises test automation maintenance, provides an understanding of:

  • The importance of test automation maintenance
  • How maintenance outweighs automation benefits in poorly designed frameworks
  • Design considerations for low maintenance automation frameworks and automated tests

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Data privacy: anonymisation and pseudonymisation

Privacy. It’s a hot topic and it’s going to get hotter.

With the exponential growth of data, privacy law changes and the advent of complex technologies that are making it easier to collect and process consumer information, data privacy has become a critical commercial issue.

The need to comply with stringent regulations coupled with the risk of having to shoulder hefty fines for non-compliance is forcing business enterprises and public agencies to invest in IT solutions that are designed to enhance the security and privacy of the data they hold while still allowing them to process such data as they see fit within the bounds of existing regulatory directives.

Data anonymisation and pseudonymisation have come to the forefront as viable technological measures that can significantly ease concerns on data privacy and protection.

Our whitepaper, The role of anonymisation and pseudonymisation in data privacy, defines these measures and looks at them in the light of evolving EU regulations. It also examines anonymisation in the context of test data masking and transferring to cloud services, and we provide an illustrative case study of these technical measures in practice.

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Digital Transformation: convert strategy into results

Enterprises pursuing their digital strategies need to integrate the new technologies they are exploiting in order to convert strategy into results.

A digital target operating model will help to overcome the operational roadblocks that cause transformation project failure.

Digital transformation is an ongoing process. It necessitates a re-imagination of the digital ecosystem. A one-size-fits-all model does not work. Equally important is a commitment across the business to focus on customer-driven business strategies, instead of merely on revenue gains.

We recommend six actionable building blocks to help businesses drive results through customer-focused strategies using an integrated digital target operating model.

In our whitepaper, Digital Transformation: Convert strategy into results with a digital target operating model, we discuss:

  • The six building blocks to achieve end-to-end transformation
  • Why the customer should be at the core of your strategy
  • Ways to capitalise on different business models
  • How to make transformation a continuous, incremental process

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Data virtualisation: a brief guide

CIOs must contain costs and respond quickly to business needs with robust decision support systems.

Very often, this requires harnessing a vast array of structured and unstructured data – data which will have proliferated exponentially in recent years, with minimal governance.

One solution adopted in some organisations is to invest in a parallel business intelligence (BI) system, one that sits outside of all of the complexity. However, parallel BI systems actually introduce a whole new range of challenges and eat up investment.

The best solution is data virtualisation, the versatile "Swiss knife" in the enterprise data tool box. With data virtualisation, you can unlock value without increasing resources, processes or technology investments – no complex transformation is required to deliver results.

Our whitepaper, Data Virtualisation: a brief guide to a swift and simplified view of complex data, provides you with:

  • a summary of data virtualisation and how it works
  • an overview of when data virtualisation is viable and when it isn't
  • the use case for a flexible analytics solution
  • a summary of other considerations with data virtualisation

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Optimising mobile app accessibility

People with visual impairments and other disabilities continue to face barriers to mobile use.

Accessibility testing of mobile applications should be a priority for businesses, to ensure that mobile services are easily available to all, including those with disabilities.

This is just good business sense, ensuring your products and services reach the widest potential market. But in addition, accessibility testing will enable you to fulfil legal compliance and demonstrate corporate social responsibility, serving to enhance your brand image with customers.

In this whitepaper, we set out the main mobile accessibility requirements of differently abled users and the solutions that will help your organisation to meet those needs. We explore considerations around mobile accessibility testing and describe Mastek's best-practice approach. And we describe our approach to assistive feature testing of mobile apps using the native assistive features of the three most-used operating systems.

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The DevOps Pathfinder

It is rare nowadays for an organisation not to have adopted any DevOps technologies or practices.

Whether you are contemplating a major DevOps transformation or a modest improvement to your current software delivery pipeline, you should assess where you stand, how far you have already progressed and what challenges remain.

Without that perspective, you are at risk of progress being sabotaged by unacknowledged technical debt and poor prioritisation.

There are common stages to DevOps transformations and we have mapped these out in our whitepaper, The DevOps Pathfinder. You can use it to self-assess, comparing the challenges and goals of each stage to your own experience. It also provides practical guidance on the steps you can take to progress towards the level of DevOps maturity that's right for your organisation.

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Data Virtualisation explained

Within a typical large enterprise, different systems, data stores and data structures will have developed organically over time, presenting a significant challenge to harnessing that data to provide actionable insights and drive evidence-based decision making.

Data Virtualisation addresses this challenge by hiding the complexity and pulling heterogeneous data from different sources into an abstraction layer, allowing you to get to a single source of truth faster.

Up to five times faster, with Mastek's Data Virtualisation service. We have over 100 data integration experts who swiftly assess and make recommendations which we can then implement at speed; our jump-start kit provides reference architectures and our toolkits rapidly integrate and publish your data.

Watch this video to see how Mastek accelerates your data virtualisation journey and provides you with significant time and cost savings.

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Specsavers Transforming testing into a strategic function

Specsavers was keen to raise the strategic importance of IT testing in the business. It wanted to transform testing into an all-encompassing integrated function and not just a project-based activity.

Mastek’s flexible, can-do attitude and its willingness to adopt Specsavers’ ways of working paved the way for a partnership where three years later, the Mastek Testing team sits at the core of Specsavers’ testing centre of excellence.

Specsavers offers eye care and audiology services (optometry, dispensing opticians, hearing tests and hearing aids) in the UK, and eye care services in nine other countries in Europe and Australasia.

Thanks to Mastek, Specsavers is now equipped with a wide range of testing service capabilities that serve to balance quality with productivity. In fact, the company has witnessed a measurable return on investment in the form of a 10 percent monthly cost saving gained from its centre of excellence pool of testing professionals. Rich Kocher, Director of IT Quality and Technical Delivery at Specsavers, believes that when the company improves quality and saves cost on costly bug-fixes and rework, they are continually adding value to the Specsavers partnership and its customers.

Check out the video below to learn more about how Mastek played a significant role in Specsavers testing function transformation and gain an understanding of our Testing capabilities.

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Manheim: unlocking legacy to accelerate car sales

Digital transformation is revolutionising the business landscape, making rapid customer responsiveness a key differentiator. Manheim understands this and engaged Mastek to help them integrate new technologies with their legacy systems in order to unlock their potential to drive business growth.

Manheim is a leading UK provider of integrated products and services for the vehicle remarketing sector. Its core business systems were built in legacy technologies which offered no flexibility to add new products and services.

With Mastek’s strong track record in helping companies modernise their systems, we developed with Manheim the Auction Integrated Management System (AIMS). AIMS automates and accelerates the car auction sales process, integrating with a range of third-party systems. In addition, the new, integrated system uses cloud technologies to offer vastly improved business reporting and invoicing efficiency. A new 360° virtual vehicle tour allows customers to inspect cars before purchase. And the system has also enhanced Manheim’s legislative compliance.

All of this is contributing not only to Manheim’s digital transformation – with technology change positively enhancing the daily lives of Manheim’s workforce – but also its increased revenues, with AIMS helping to accelerate car sales to over 1M annually.

Manheim’s Phil Bradley puts this down to the Mastek’s can-do attitude, exceptional skill set and phenomenal integration with Manheim teams. Watch the video to hear more about Mastek's contribution to Manheim’s business success and find out more about our Application Development services.

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Webinar

GDPR compliance on-demand webinar

In this webinar, Mastek's Sagar A Gole and Bilash Dash provide you with an overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the obligations that you and all other UK organisations face, and the kinds of systems changes that are required.

The webinar uses a fictional scenario to explore and explain what GDPR compliance means in terms of managing user and customer data. It also offers an illustrative overview of the kind of IT infrastructure that you may need to put in place to manage GDPR compliance.

Whilst complying with these regulations may appear to be challenging, Sagar and Bilash explain that compliance also offers a real opportunity to drive through digital transformation and to enhance the efficiency, scalability and resilience of your IT infrastructure for more than just the sake of GDPR compliance.

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DevOps on-demand webinar

As John Wright explains in this Mastek webinar, DevOps practices, processes and ways of working offer organisations the ability to optimise Agile delivery and to greatly enhance responsiveness to customer needs.

As more and more organisations have realised, IT infrastructure has changed forever and is continuing to change. DevOps adoption is increasing every year, and it is because DevOps delivers on the promise of responsiveness – through optimised Agile development, efficient Ops deployment and embedded compliance. 

The webinar covers the core benefits of the DevOps approach and offers an overview of how different kinds of stakeholder in any given organisation benefit from its adoption.

Gordon Cullum introduces Mastek’s Slack-based ChatOps tool and the webinar provides a demonstration of ChatOps in action.

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