Unifying Software Testing Across Hybrid and Multicloud Systems

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What if application testers and developers could easily manage the development of their business applications in a private and public clouds using the same tools? As more enterprises move to hybrid and multicloud IT systems, there’s a growing need for a holistic testing environment, where developers and IT operators team up to speed the development and testing of new applications. This is the impetus behind a new managed service from Capgemini called Smart Foundry.

Enterprises are moving decisively to hybrid and multicloud IT environments, according to many industry reports. Based on a survey of over 3,000 IT decision-makers around the world, the Enterprise Cloud Index showed that 86% of IT leaders agree that hybrid is the ideal operating model. But questions loom as IT teams look for efficient ways to test applications across private and public clouds.

In an interview with The Forecast, experts at Capgemini and Nutanix explained that setting up and managing DevTest ecosystems outside private data centers is complex, time-consuming and costly for most enterprise companies. Different development and testing tools and methods are being used in-house and by public cloud providers. That diversity and complexity have resulted in slowdowns in software release schedules and lower developer productivity.

Capgemini’s World Quality Report 2019-20, based on interviews with over 1700 CIOs in 32 countries, uncovered the need for quality assurance orchestration and an integrated, intelligent ecosystem for DevOps and quality assurance. Sixty percent of respondents cited high costs and complexity as impediments to their distributed testing environments.

“DevTest is the biggest pain point because current tooling is not efficient across the data center and cloud environments,” said Anish Behanan, senior director and practice leader at Capgemini. “So testing is slow and problematic.”

Capgemini, the French multinational consulting, technology, professional and outsourcing services provider to 50 countries, noticed changes in how its customers were developing and testing software. The traditional waterfall delivery and agile and DevTest development models proved problematic in the new reality of distributed architectures and the blurring of development team boundaries.

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