Mobile Application Testing – 01 Synergy

April 4th, 2012 by Rahul No comments »

01 Synergy offers a complete and comprehensive range of Mobile Application testing services from Unit Testing to User Acceptance Testing. Complexities across handset makers, carriers, locations and operating systems has made building bug-free mobile apps really difficult.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Requirements Capture and Analysis
  • Test Planning
  • Test case Design
  • Test Execution
  • Defect Tracking & Management
  • Reporting
  • Test Metrics

01 Synergy offers a wide range of Mobile Application testing services, including:

  • Functional Testing
  • Security Testing
  • Load & Performance Testing
  • Localization Testing
  • Usability Testing

Our QA professionals can help you with all your Mobile App testing projects,  including:

  • iOS Application Testing (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
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  • BlackBerry Application Testing
  • Windows Phone 7 Application Testing

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We could be the torchbearer for software globally: NASSCOM

July 24th, 2014 by Amrinder No comments »

A trickle turns into a ocean. IT industry in India will become China’s equivalent to manufacturing on the global map. “We are roughly 55% of global market share in IT services. We are now being consulted by several governments like Australia, Canada and EU countries on policy related issues. While we are not deliberately pushing for that slot, having the leadership role is an effect and not a cause,” NASSCOM’s chairman R Chandrasekaran, said in a Q&A to TOI

What do you see as key headwinds for the IT industry this year?

On one side there are opportunities and on the other, challenges. I’d prefer to put it as a combination of the two. As far as opportunities are concerned, today there is a huge demand from client companies from several countries for IT to be delivered as a complete business transformation proposition. This is a challenge as this is very different from delivering an IT systems which itself came a long way from cost arbitrage days. So it is critical as far as getting the right HR is concerned. Challenge No 1 is to rise to the HR challenge — how you get the right kind of people with skills and expertise to deliver business value to clients. Globally there is a challenge and even in India to get people who have the right mix is still a bit of a challenge. The second issue is the rise of protectionism in different countries and this takes different forms. It may take form of immigration — we have had issues with Canada, there were measures in the US which have now run aground but immigration remains an issue. The other kind of protectionism is data localization where countries put restriction on the movement of data. It is true that the triggers were some events with regards to snooping. The concerns are valid. We are not disputing the concern, we are disputing the response. By physically localizing data, you aren’t going to get better security.

In drawing a comparison with the manufacturing industry. China is the global manufacturing superpower. In the software industry, will India be a torchbearer in this region?

If I’m not being presumptuous, I think we are already moving in that direction. Not that we are unaware of this position. The fact that countries around the world are choosing to consult Nasscom on how to deal with some issues — whether they agree with everything we say or not is different — that they feel the necessity to consult before they make policies is a clear indication that our position as a thought leader who can bring in perspectives is happening. It has not happened specifically on the local neighborhood but in terms of specific issues. For example: Issues like how to bring in standards for services. For the first time India has got engaged. In services it is happening. Australia, Europe, Canada, US — there have been discussions.

Having the role is an effect and not a cause. It is a manifestation that you have reached somewhere. Have you migrated from an industry body to a self regulatory organization?

Not really. We have not done it across the board but done it in a few specific areas. Security, for example, we have a body called data security council of India which functions as an SRO for security and that’s how we are able to assure people that we have compliance and the mechanism to regulate. There have been areas where the industry has adopted standards and practices in terms of workforce, gender diversity and so on. But Nasscom has not positioned itself as a regulator, in CSR we have the Nasscom Foundation. In certain areas there is a role for that but regulations requires a mindset and single-purpose focus.

Which are the areas where you could set up SROs? Asking you this because in areas like NAC test, we have seen several companies not adhering to them.

We have had this discussion with members as well. It isn’t that there has been no impact and it isn’t that Nasscom has not been able to service this purpose by mere advocacy. With NAC, we have discussed if it should be made mandatory. Companies say that in many cases there are students who haven’t gone down the NAC route and the student is very good, but can you say that I won’t take you because you haven’t done this? What’s happening is that it has emerged that other things being equal, NAC would be a differentiation.

Do you see the 7% of non-Indian workforce increasing?

I think so. It will increase as the percentage of people in US and other countries hired locally is increasing. To manage this kind of multi-dimensional outcome delivery, you need various kinds of skills including knowledge of the market and business, and middle and higher level management skills. Sometimes there is a deficit and you have to get people from wherever. We are in fact telling people if you have shortage of skills don’t stop Indians from coming in, so the converse is true.


Traffic signals getting smarter in Cranberry

July 24th, 2014 by Amrinder No comments »

If he thought about it once, he thought it a hundred times or more: If traffic signals can be made technologically smart, why can’t they be made smart enough to respond to real-time circumstances, so that a motorist isn’‍t stuck at a red light when there’s no traffic and gets the benefit of a green signal instead?

It’s a question Cranberry assistant township manager Duane McKee pondered himself. It has also been posed to him by the traveling public more than a few times.

The question has been answered. As traffic signals have gotten smart enough to adjust themselves on a minute-to-minute basis, reflecting the real-time traffic circumstances, Cranberry has purchased the software to install those smarter signals in its most congested corridor that feeds into an intersection —- Route 19 and Freedom Road/Route 228 — crossed by 100,000 vehicles per day.

“It’s the biggest, best and latest thing and we’ve got it,” Mr. McKee said.

By early next year, six signals on Freedom Road between Route 19 and Thorn Hill Extension will be equipped with the necessary software, allowing them to “sense” traffic movement up to 250 feet away and respond accordingly.

Known as “adaptive software signals,” they’re the products of engineering think tanks. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve answered the phone and there’s a person who wants to know why he or she has to sit at a red light when there’s no traffic [in the opposing lanes.] It seems so simple that there should be a way to move the system around. I’ve thought the same thing myself. Now, we’ve reached the point where there is a system smart enough to do that,” Mr. McKee said.

It has been an incremental progress to this point. Cranberry has been using “smart signals” of one sort or another for more than a decade: The first set uses fiber-optic cables beneath Route 19 to gauge the amount of traffic at a signal; and the second employs cameras to detect traffic volume. Software has been used in conjunction with this evolving information feed to devise traffic signals‘‍ timing plans based on real-life circumstances. Those plans have gotten better and better. But, there have been both hardware and software limitations.

Most of those limitations will be eliminated with the latest generation of signals planned for Freedom Road.

Using radar technology, cameras and sensors attached to signal poles, the half-dozen “smartest” signals will feed data to each other as a network for last-minute adjustments to traffic conditions. The signals will be at Thorn Hill Extension, Haldeman Drive, Commonwealth Drive, Executive Drive, Short Street and Route 19. “The detections are so accurate and reliable that they allow the signals to reach each [signal] phase, keep track of what’s going on behind and in front of them, and move around the timing based on a set of parameters we supply the system. The signals can bounce around to accommodate existing traffic,” Mr. McKee said.

The project costs $50,000 — much lower than have cost if the affected signals were not new enough to be compatible with the adaptive control software. Funding came from a state grant.

The adaptive system will tie into the township’s existing Traffic Operation Center, which uses fiber-optic technology to manage signals’‍ timing plan based (to a certain extent) on the time of the day, traffic predictions and sensor data communicated from the fiber optics to the center.

The new software’‍s algorithms just take that system to a new level of maneuverability.

Before they can begin the new software’‍s installation, Cranberry will be working in the coming months to come up with a solid base plan for traffic expectations. Many significant changes to the traffic corridor are pending.

Among the changes:

• The intersection of Freedom Road and Route 19 is being expanded to allow both east and west left-turn lanes to move concurrently. Now, those left-turn movements are staged. This project, about $2.2 million, began in June and will be done in early September.

• The ramps to Interstate 79 southbound that will eliminate left-turn movements from westbound Route 228 to southbound Interstate 79 will be finished in September or October. Also, the first triple left turns in the region from the driveway to Cranberry Business Park on the south side of Route 228 will be opened when the new interstate ramps open. Together, the project costs about $7 million.

• Traffic signal and intersection improvements at Route 228 and Franklin Road, a $4 million project required as part of the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School construction project, are being made.

When those improvements are complete, the township will implement its period “sync-up project.” Every two years or so, the township looks at each of its three main traffic corridors (Route 19 at Rochester Road, Route 19, and Route 228/Freedom Road) and synchronizes the traffic signals with data that has been collected. The cost is about $200,000 and it yields the information necessary for the township to establish base-line parameters for the new adaptive system.

“This is a huge year for us in terms of traffic management. One of the biggest ever,” Mr. McKee said.


NTT Data grabs slice of $150m SAP project

July 24th, 2014 by Amrinder No comments »

Dollars flow from major Transport for NSW programme.

Transport for NSW has awarded a $1.13 million contract to SAP-centric integrator NTT Data Business Solutions Australia to work on a component of its massive $150 million ERP consolidation programme.

“The contract does not represent a standalone project. It is the reporting aspect of the SAP ERP programme currently being implemented by Transport for New South Wales,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson told CRN.

The spokesperson said the government agency considers reporting a “core deliverable” of the ERP program. The service agreement runs for one year, with the period beginning 2 June this year.

The new contract was granted to NTT Data after a tender process, according to the spokesperson, and that this work is the first time Transport for NSW has engaged NTT Data.

NTT Data bills itself as a SAP specialist, saying on its website that its Solutions Group is “the largest global reseller of SAP license”, serves “over 5,000 SAP customers” and “operates 10 dedicated SAP hosting centres globally”.

The integrator will work with SAP Business Warehouse software for the Transport for NSW project.

Sister publication iTnews revealed earlier this year that the state government had allocated $150 million to consolidate ERP systems within the “transport cluster”. It is not the only major IT spend for Transport for NSW – CRN reported last month that Dimension Data and UXC Connect had won multimillion-dollar data centre reform contracts.


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