Software Testing for Business-Critical Applications
In today’s 24/7/365 global business environment, organizations rely more and more on software applications to automate their most critical business processes. These applications are used by financial institutions, global manufacturers, healthcare organizations, and in the public sector. However, software defects in these applications could potentially shut down entire areas of operation.
Companies need to ensure that these embedded systems are operating without disruption. Any downtime, system crashes, or data loss can result in a loss of revenue, customers, brand value, or even financial disaster. From stock exchanges and banks, low/zero latency systems and emergency services, these business-critical applications need to be thoroughly tested before they are implemented. Ensuring predictable operation for these embedded systems requires knowing you tested 100% of the software.
How VectorCAST Supports Continuous Business Software Development
High availability or 99.999% (5-nines) uptime is not only critical for military and safety-critical applications but for many commercial applications as well. Reliable functioning of these systems is of paramount concern to the millions of users that depend on these systems every day and even the smallest malfunction can potentially have severe consequences. Unfortunately, executing system tests alone on these applications will not result in 100% coverage. Many of the functions often contain error handling code that is difficult or impossible to stimulate using the fully integrated application. The optimal solution requires that you also perform unit and integration testing.
The VectorCAST unit and integration test tool for C/C++ parses your source code and invokes code generators to automatically create mock objects or stubs required to construct a complete, executable test harness. The VectorCAST code coverage tool analyzes coverage data throughout system testing activities and lets you determine adequacy of the system tests. Coverage information is then shared with VectorCAST/C++, so you can easily create reports demonstrating combined coverage from all tests.
Gain a Competitive Advantage with Thoroughly Tested Software
The most important goal of improving business systems is to enhance the customer experience. Any downtime, either from updating code or having a server crash because of faulty software, will have a negative effect. Some development organizations consider software testing a “luxury”. However, defects in business-critical applications can bring down a system with potentially disastrous results – for both the company and the end user. With thoroughly tested software, a company gains a competitive edge, as well as the peace of mind that operations will run smoothly.