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Test the Compatibility and Readiness of Your Applications

  • 02/08/2011
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  • Posted by EuroSTAR

With the increasing pressure on enterprises to reduce costs and stay ahead of the competition, adapting to latest technologies has become imperative for enterprises. Most of them are empowering their workflow and business processes with huge investments in advanced technologies, new browsers, operating systems, databases, servers, new applications, security controls, and hardware, and so on. While updating to new technologies can bring in many business benefits, one of the key challenges for enterprises is to ensure the compatibility of new applications with that of legacy devices. Often, compatibility is one of the main causes for most enterprises to postpone their upgrade plans.

Most organizations do not prefer an application/system if it is not compatible with the applications/systems, network or any other hardware that are being used by them. Upgrading to any new technology can impact the systems/applications tied with it. Migrating to a new operating environment can raise many application compatibility issues like, adhering to new industry standards, change in the security model, increased restrictions to prevent risks and so on.

Even a smallest upgrade needs to be planned effectively so that the workforce and business processes do not get affected. For instance, Microsoft Office upgrades can land business users into unknown surprises if not properly planned and tested. Applications like content management and CRM systems that are already integrated with Office will require thorough testing so that they do not get affected due to migration. Enterprises must take into consideration several compatibility issues that can affect an organization’s Office files and integrations with other applications.

In the current scenario, the complexity is further augmented with applications accessing functionality and data from various other external applications and devices. Perfect alliance is needed between the applications and devices at every level for enterprises to function effectively and efficiently. Hence, it is quite essential for enterprises to ensure the compatibility of applications with the computing environment.  Compatibility testing evaluates an application’s compatibility within a particular environment, while interoperability testing verifies how different applications work in a combination.

On the whole, Compatibility and Interoperability (C&I) testing focuses on subjecting the application-under-test in a combination of disparate software and hardware variables like operating systems, applications, databases, web browsers, graphics adapters, processors, chipsets, and so on. With C&I testing, enterprises can identify the defects that might arise while testing on a combination of hardware and software environments, get them fixed, and ensure the application readiness for release.

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