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Source:Gartner Oracle Positioned in Leaders Quadrant in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites

According to the Gartner January 2011 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites report, Oracle is positioned in the Leaders Quadrant.

Gartner Magic Quadrants position vendors within a particular market segment based on their completeness of vision and their ability to execute on that vision.

"Because of the general maturity of the market, the ability to execute in a consistent fashion is critical and has been the defining attribute of the leaders. This will continue, with those that gain in the market providing a clean combination of technology with a very clear market positioning," writes the report's author Thomas E. Murphy.

"We expect that the Leaders will continue to build more-complete platforms that not only encompass traditional testing tools, such as functional and performance automation, and test management, but also that enable the shift from a test in quality mentality to drive quality throughout the development process," the report's authors add.

What You Need to Know
In the report's "What You Need to Know" section, the author writes, “The traditional focus in the application quality management market has been for specific testing activities (for example, load/stress and functional/regression). Economic conditions and pressure to improve time to market are placing increased emphasis on productivity. Agile development continues to make inroads into quality assurance (QA) and testing teams, and this is reflected by growing support of test planning tools for agile processes, such as scrum. Rich-client technologies, Web-connected devices and private cloud architectures are placing stress on the testing organization to adequately test software. The shift toward packages, service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) also drives greater business analyst involvement in overall quality efforts, along with a shift in focus from finding defects in validation to ensuring that business objectives are met. Testing software can be an expensive process, but poor software quality leads to user dissatisfaction, as well as increased development and maintenance. Therefore, having a well-defined set of tools and practices to drive software quality will positively affect the overall business bottom line.”

About Oracle’s Foundation for Application Quality Management
Oracle Enterprise Manager's Application Quality Management feature provides the most comprehensive testing for both Oracle applications and standards-based non-Oracle application environments. It is the only testing solution that provides out-of-the-box testing accelerators for Oracle applications and SOA as well as Oracle Database.

Oracle Enterprise Manager’s Application Quality Management feature enables testers to:
  • Test database changes—Oracle Real Application Testing is designed and optimized for testing database tier infrastructure changes using real application production workloads to validate database performance in a test environment
  • Test application changes—Oracle Application Testing Suite ensures application quality and performance with comprehensive functional and regression testing, as well as rich test process management, and now it features automatic script generation from real user and database workloads
  • Protect sensitive enterprise data during testing—Oracle Data Masking Pack prevents sensitive and confidential data from being disclosed to unauthorized parties by obfuscating this data
Read the Gartner Report.

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