Microsoft Partners with SOASTA on Application Testing in the Cloud

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The Impact of Mobility on the Enterprise

Thanks mainly to the rise of mobile applications, IT organizations are building more apps than ever. One challenge they face is that most are always behind schedule when developing any application, and the end result is a tendency to short shrift the application testing process.

Looking to make it a lot simpler for IT organizations to test applications while they are being built, Microsoft and SOASTA today announced a partnership at the Microsoft Build 2015 conference under which developers using the Microsoft Visual Studio Online platform can seamlessly invoke SOASTA CloudTest and TouchTest application testing services delivered via the cloud.

SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos says the rate at which mobile applications are being built requires IT organizations to embrace a continuous testing methodology. Rather than waiting to test the application at the end of the development process, developers can invoke SOASTA testing services all along the application development cycle.

As applications increasingly make use of “microservices” on the backend, and developers increasingly rely on standardized application programming interfaces (APIs), Lounibos says application development by definition is becoming more modular. As such, many elements of an application might not actually be brought together until the back half of the development process. Continuous testing of those modules makes it possible to ensure that the quality of the modules remains high all across the application development process, says Lounibos.