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iOS Log Capture Tool Showdown: iPhone Configuration Utility vs. iTools

uTest - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 20:07

When capturing system information critical for bug reports and reproducing bugs in action, iPhone Configuration Utility is often used as the default tool for capturing iOS logs. But is the standaiTools_logo_Realrd the best option out there for testers? VSiphone_config_real1

In this week’s Testing Tool Showdown, we’ve pitted the iPhone Configuration Utility against iTools to see which has garnered more support. The former is by far the standard testers within the uTest Community use for log capture, and has earned a five-star average review in our Tool Reviews. Here’s some of what our users have to say:

  • IPCU is handy for installing apps that iTunes has issues with. The console log alone is also a quick and easy way to got the logs you need.
  • I have used this tool many times when needing to grab a console log and overall I have found it works well
  • Lightweight and useful. Hard to beat.

On the other side of the ring in this showdown is iTools. This one has the distinction of being used primarily by our testers for screen recording and screenshots, but there are log capture capabilities that are too part of its arsenal. According to our testers both in our Forums and in the Tool Reviews:

  • What makes me use this tool? When I updated my iPad Mini 2 to iOS 8, I just could not see logs on iPhone Configuration Utility anymore. Very good and useful tool.
  • I use this mainly for recording desktop, but also to get the logs, which are not always synchronized with iTunes!

So while you’ll see most documentation out there referring to iPhone Configuration Utility as the de facto log capture tool for iPhone (heck, we even have a course on the tool at uTest University), there are alternatives such as iTools that are also useful in log capture.

Who would win in this testing tool showdown? Are there other swiss-army/catch-all tools you prefer to use versus Config Utility that get the job done along with many other vital testing functions? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Categories: Companies

How Yahoo! Mail Transformed Its Functional Testing + Continuous Delivery Process [WEBINAR]

Sauce Labs - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 18:00

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Learn how one Engineer helped transform internet giant Yahoo! Mail’s quality engineering process through functional testing and continuous delivery – and the role Sauce Labs plays in their process.

Be sure to sign up for our next webinar on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, at 11:00am PDT. You won’t want to miss this one! 

Click here to register.

Over the last two years, Front End Developer Neil Manvar’s most important contribution to Yahoo! has been developing a modern functional testing framework that is based on open-source technologies, plays well with legacy code, supports many browsers, does not need maintenance, is readable to product managers, and makes writing a pleasure.

In his quest to build this framework, he’s also learned to navigate structural and organizational challenges; most significantly convincing upper management to require each developer to write and run tests on their code as their new standard operating procedure.

Neil will talk through and highlight:

• What their tech stack looks like (Cucumber, Page-Object, Watir-Webriver, Sauce Labs)

• How they flip features on and off and test against them

• How features get pushed, and the role of functional testing

• Why they structurally implemented testing into each build, even for devs

• How the shift towards cloud-based services, open-source technologies, and devs who write QA code is changing the face of the entire organization

A Q&A will follow. All registrants will receive a link to the presentation and recording, regardless of attendance. Sign up today!

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Hospitals data mining patients’ credit cards to predict future illnesses

Kloctalk - Klocwork - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:00

Data mining is an extremely powerful technology, one which more and more organizations are utilizing for a wide range of purposes. With these solutions, firms can discover insights that would otherwise remain unavailable, and they can use this information to make more strategic decisions.

One noteworthy recent example of this trend can be found in the health care sector. As Bloomberg Businessweek reported, the Carolinas HealthCare hospital chain now leverages data mining solutions to examine patients' credit card information in an effort to predict future illnesses.

Future diseases
The news source noted that Carolinas HealthCare operates more than 900 hospitals, doctors' offices, surgical centers and other care centers, and provides services for approximately 2 million patients. In an effort to provide proactive, preventative treatment to these individuals, the organization purchases data from brokers that collect consumer information from public records and other sources. Carolinas HealthCare then uses data mining algorithms to identify the most at-risk patients before they require medical intervention.

Michael Dulin, a practicing physician and chief clinical officer for analytics and outcomes research at Carolinas HealthCare, noted that data mining consumer spending information can yield a much more comprehensive understanding of an individual than a brief visit to the doctor, the news source reported. Within two years, Dulin hopes to regularly assign risk scores to patients and then distribute this information to doctors and nurses, who in turn can reach out to the in-danger individuals and recommend changes before more serious treatment is necessary. Typically, these take the form of phone calls directly to patients.

Controversial treatment
The news source reported that efforts such as this one generate a significant amount of controversy. Most notably, observers worry about the possibility of health care providers crossing privacy boundaries.

"It is one thing to have a number I can call if I have a problem or question; it is another thing to get unsolicited phone calls. I don't like that. I think it's intrusive," said Jorjanne Murry, the news source noted.

According to Dulin, though, such concerns are misplaced.

"The data is already used to market to people to get them to do things that might not always be in the best interest of the consumer," he said, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. "We are looking to apply this for something good."

Mutual benefits
The good in question can go a long way. Recently, Google co​-founder Larry Page spoke to The New York Times about the possible benefits to be gained by pursuing data mining the health care sector. Specifically, Page suggested that many lives could be saved through such efforts.

"Right now we don't data mine health care data. If we did we'd probably save 100,000 lives next year," Page said, according to the source.

Page also addressed the privacy issue, explaining that many people initially voiced such concerns over Google Street View, but such worries quickly evaporated as the service's value became more apparent and the risks of privacy violations seemed less prominent.

And while improved patient outcomes is an obvious incentive for health care providers to pursue data mining solutions, there is also a financial motivation. Bloomberg Businessweek noted that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act links hospital pay to quality metrics. Notably, hospitals now receive fines if they readmit too many patients within a month.

By leveraging data mining tools, health care organizations can better allocate their resources and more effectively identify health issues early, before the patient requires readmission.

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Suggest a Valuable Rule, Win a SonarQubeT-Shirt

Sonar - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:58

Is there a rule you’d like to turn on in SonarQube, but you just can’t find it? Well, wish no more, just tweet your missing rule and if its valuable, we’ll implement it.

With coverage of more than 15 languages, developing our own source code analyzers to deliver the most valuable coding rules and bug detection mechanisms is a key mission at SonarSource. In the past, we’ve mainly worked to offer better covererage of rules offered by other rule engines like JSLint, PMD, Toad, CodeSniffer, PHPPMD, CPPCheck, and so on. But the time has come to fly, and now we’d like to know what rules you’re dreaming about.

How to participate

To participate, just tweet the title of your rule and a link to a short description using the tags #1rule1tshirt. If we like it:

  • We’ll add this rule to our Rule Repository, the well from which all new SonarSource rules are drawn.
  • We’ll send you a SonarSource t-shirt.
  • And obviously we’ll do our best to implement this rule and make it available quickly.

That’s it !

Really want few additional details ?
  • The rule can target any language currently covered by SonarSource: Java, C/C++, JavaScript, C#, COBOL, Objective-C, Python, PL/SQL, PHP, ABAP, Android, Flex, Groovy, HTML, PL/I, RPG, VB.Net, XML.
  • You can use whatever’s convenient to host the rule description, such as a Google doc to provide a short description of the rule.
  • The goal of the rule can be either to reinforce a coding practice or to detect some bugs.

Whether or not a rule is valuable is subjective. Like any benevolent dictator, ours will be the final word. :)

Let the tweeting begin!

Categories: Open Source

Got unique & difficult agile testing challenges? Be part of the future of testing!

Agile Testing with Lisa Crispin - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 20:22

atdAgile Testing Days is a wonderful experience: a chance to join a community of professionals who are passionate about delivering software with the best possible quality and value for customers.

Janet Gregory and I are co-facilitating a tutorial/workshop where we ask participants to bring your toughest agile testing challenges so that we can work on them together. The theme of Agile Testing Days is the future of testing. We can’t predict the future, but we could all be doing a better job right now! You’ll leave our day-long workshop with new tools in your toolbox and experiments to try with your own team to forge new frontiers in agile testing and software quality.

We’ll have not only unicorns, but donkeys and dragons – watch the videos to learn more about our workshop! You can also see what went on in my workshop last year, though we will have some different group exercises and slightly different format this year – plus, Janet and me pairing, always better!

The post Got unique & difficult agile testing challenges? Be part of the future of testing! appeared first on Agile Testing with Lisa Crispin.

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HomeAway + Sauce Labs: Continuous Delivery Made Awesome [VIDEO]

Sauce Labs - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 19:18

A few weeks back, we sat down with Carl Shaulis at HomeAway to learn how they leverage Sauce Labs‘ cloud in their testing process.

HomeAway, Inc. is the world’s leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry. With over one million live vacation rental listings in 190 countries paired with a family of 50 websites and hundreds of applications thanks to a series of acquisitions, quality is their top priority. To get ahead of the curve, Carl’s team is trying to automate and use best practices like continuous integration as much as possible. We were also thrilled to hear that they’re using Appium, a cross-platform test automation framework powered by Sauce Labs, for their mobile testing.  Carl also says Sauce fits perfectly into their testing process.

Watch the video below to learn more about their path towards continuous delivery, and how Sauce fits into that story.

Want to learn more? Click HERE to read the HomeAway case study.

Want to share your story? We want to hear from you! Submit a request here.

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A Bittersweet Transition from the uTest Community

uTest - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 19:10

It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that after 5.5+ years of dedication to the uTest Community, I will be transitioning to a different role within the comPeter-Shihpany.

This move comes as an opportunistic one, as I now will be tasked with ways to help prospective customers understand the value that the uTest Community brings to their software lifecycle. And if I succeed in this new role, greater opportunities will be unlocked for you.

So what does this mean for you? Quite frankly, not much, besides the fact that I will miss the frequent interactions with many of our top testers. The CM Team is still the same CM Team that you love and is there to help you succeed. Additionally, the vision that we’ve set out for the uTest brand will live on and continue to expand, which includes launching new programs that push learning and mentoring, empowering our top testers to influence the greater community, and working with our engineering team to deliver platform features that enable you to succeed on paid projects.

Finally, since I won’t be going anywhere new, I’ll still be indirectly involved with the CM team and ongoing programs. I will also be poking my head in to the uTest Forums from time to time and look forward to hearing about major milestones and achievements from our most influential testers!

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Targeting Quality Conference, Waterloo, Canada, October 9-10 2014

Software Testing Magazine - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 18:16
The Targeting Quality Conference is a two-day event taking place in Canada and located in Waterloo, Ontario. It includes presentations on the first day and full-day workshops on the second. This event discusses new developments in the areas of software testing such as mobile, automation, agile, skills and leadership. In the agenda of the Targeting Quality Conference you can find topics like ” Agile Automation – Assessing Alternative Approaches”, “Reasons Not To Test: The Recipe for Testing Success”, “How to (Try to) Motivate Testers”. “The Fountain of Inspiration: Exploring Unconventional Sources ...
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SpiraTest 4.2 Released

Software Testing Magazine - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:32
Inflectra is pleased to announce the release of SpiraTest, SpiraPlan and SpiraTeam, the latest version of their requirements management, test management and agile project-planning ALM suite. This new version provides a completely redesigned Scrum and Kanban planning board as well as enhanced source code integration and project planning. SpiraTest provides a complete Quality Assurance solution that manages requirements, tests, bugs and issues in one environment, with complete traceability from inception to completion. SpiraPlan is a complete Project Management System in one package, that manages your project’s requirements, releases, iterations, tasks and ...
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npm registry support for all!

Sonatype Blog - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 16:36
Continuing our commitment to the open source community we are taking Nexus OSS to another level. After adding NuGet support in Nexus 2.9 for FREE in Nexus OSS (a long time paid feature of Nexus Professional) our engineering team is at it again. I remember when we created the issue tracker ticket to...

To read more, visit our blog at blog.sonatype.com.
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Partners Sharing Best Practices at PERFORM 2014 This Week

“The rapidly changing IT landscape, especially related to how customers interact with businesses, means companies must now tackle a new class of problems to be competitive.”  — Jonathan Morgan, Director of User Experience for Rosetta Tackling those new problems is exactly what the annual PERFORM Global User Conference is all about.  This week the event begins in Orlando […]

The post Partners Sharing Best Practices at PERFORM 2014 This Week appeared first on Compuware APM Blog.

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Visit Ranorex at EuroSTAR 2014

Ranorex - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:11
Ranorex will be participating in the EuroSTAR Conference, which this year takes place in Ireland for the first time. Visit us at the Convention Centre in Dublin from the 24th to the 27th of November, 2014.
The EuroSTAR Conference is Europe's premier software testing conference. It has grown to become the largest and most prestigious event on the software testing calendar.

The annual conference takes place over 4 days with full-day & half-day tutorials, workshops and activities, dozens of track sessions, networking and community-building events, an interactive test lab and an exhibition.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Learning TDD with Coding Dojos in Methods & Tools Fall 2014 issue

SQA Zone - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:22
Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Fall 2014 issue that discusses better coding with Coding Dojos, Lean Agile metrics, the difference between requir ...
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Why The Hell did you move to New Jersey, Roy?

ISerializable - Roy Osherove's Blog - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:57

After two years in amazing Norway, our Scandinavian adventure has been transformed into what I can only call so far as “The New Jersey Experience”. I’m here on an O-1 visa. I’m also open to doing part time training courses in the area so contact me.

The three little boys, my wife and me moved to Tenafly, home of many other Israelis, to stay 20 minutes away from New York City (baby), in a nice and quiet place with (supposedly) good education for the kids.

Things we missed in Norway that we can easily find here include, but are not limited to: 
  • Hummus
  • Places open after 7pm
  • Actual Tasty Cereal
Things we miss from Norway now that we’re in the US:
  • Our wonderful Oslo International School. School here is very strict: just 22 minutes of break a day for a 5 and 7 year old are basically torture.
  • Law and order
  • Paying 50$ for a pizza
Things I plan to pursue while I’m here
  • Leading awesome technological teams, flow and architectures
  • Training on the side
  •  Try my hand at some stand up comedy open mics
  • Work on making some electronic music 
  • Work on making more online courses (vim is coming!)
So, why?

We couldn’t think of a place more different than Norway, where we will learn things we didn’t even know we didn’t know. It’s all about ravines.

Let the games begin!

 

Categories: Blogs

Gradle-fy your Jenkins Plugin Project

(This is a guest post from Daniel Spilker)

Jenkins supports building plugins using Gradle for a while now. Last week a new version of the Gradle JPI plugin has been released to iron out some issues.

The Gradle JPI plugin enables a 100% groovy plugin development environment with Groovy as primary programming language, Spock for writing tests and Gradle as build system. Have a look at the Job DSL plugin for an example.

An existing Maven build can be converted to Gradle by using the build.gradle template from the Gradle JPI plugin's README. For instance, the POM from the Gradle plugin translates to this build.gradle file:

buildscript {
    repositories {
        mavenCentral()
        maven {
            url 'http://repo.jenkins-ci.org/releases/'
        }
    }
    dependencies {
        classpath 'org.jenkins-ci.tools:gradle-jpi-plugin:0.6.0'
    }
}

apply plugin: 'jpi'

group = 'org.jenkins-ci.plugins'
version = '1.25-SNAPSHOT'

jenkinsPlugin {
    coreVersion = '1.480'
    displayName = 'Jenkins Gradle plugin'
    url = 'https://wiki.jenkins-ci.org/display/JENKINS/Gradle+Plugin'
    gitHubUrl = 'https://github.com/jenkinsci/gradle-plugin'

    developers {
        developer {
            id 'gbois'
            name 'Gregory Boissinot'
            timezone '+1'
        }
    }                           
}

dependencies {
    compile 'org.jenkins-ci.lib:dry-run-lib:0.1'
}

Usage of the Gradle JPI plugin is similar to working with the Maven HPI plugin. Use gradle jpi to build the plugin file. gradle check runs the tests, gradle install copies the plugin into the local Maven repository, gradle uploadArchives deploys the plugin to the Jenkins Maven repository and gradle server starts a Jenkins development server with the plugin installed.

It is recommended to use Gradle 1.8 because that is the version used to build and test the Gradle JPI plugin.

For the next release it is planned to do some maintenance like fixing code style issues and adding tests. After that more issues need to be addressed to bring the plugin on par with the Maven HPI plugin, most notably fixing the test dependencies (JENKINS-17129) and publishing the plugin's JAR (JENKINS-25007). Updating Gradle to 2.x and getting the plugin on the Gradle plugin portal is also on the wishlist.

Categories: Open Source

Tickets for UK’s TestBash 2015 Now on Sale

uTest - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 19:57

3-TestBash-Banners-2015-10Tickets for one of the biggest testing events of the year in the United Kingdom, TestBash, are now on sale for the 2015 edition.

According to host of the event Ministry of Testing, “TestBash is the leading software testing conference within the UK. We invite testers who we believe are the best and most interesting people to talk  all sorts of crazy things related to software testing. Our mission is to inspire a generation of testers to learn more about their craft and create professional friendships that create a long lasting support network.

Some of the sessions for TestBash 2015, taking place March 26-27, include:

  • Why I Lost My Job As a Test Manager and What I Learnt As a Result – Stephen Janaway
  • The Rapid Software Testing Guide to What You Meant To Say – Michael Bolton
  • What’s In a Name? Experimenting With Testing Job Titles – Martin Hynie
  • Automation in Testing – Richard Bradshaw
  • The Art of Asking Questions – Karen Johnson
  • Bug Detection – Iain McCowatt

2015 is also the first to feature a workshop day before the day of speakers including nine hands-on sessions ranging from 2-4 hours a piece. You can purchase tickets for the UK event now, and find a complete list of currently confirmed sessions, right here. With a conference name like that and a who’s who of testing personalities, the 2015 edition is bound to be a great and worthwhile time!

Be sure to also check out all of the software testing events on tap for the months ahead at our uTest Events Calendar.

Categories: Companies

Old Code, New Tests

Testing TV - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 18:17
This presentation explains how Eventbrite has taken a code base, that has been around for quite a while, and built a culture of testing around it. Eventbrite has been around since 2007. At that time there wasn’t much of a testing culture to speak of, but they began testing their code as they simultaneously adopted […]
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Where in the World is Jenkins? - October 2014


CloudBees employees travel the world to a lot of interesting events. This month the Bees are busy. If you are attending any of these October events, be sure to connect with us!
  • DevOps & Continuous Delivery Event for IT Executives by Atos – 7th of OctoberThe quote: "You can't succeed in the future with the organization of the past." is the central idea in this seminar meant for IT executives who wish to improve their delivery efficiency and the alignment between their IT delivery and business objectives. More than ever before, development teams must connect with IT operations in a dynamic and ‘continuous delivery’ environment, using the right toolset in order to deliver faster, higher quality software to their business end-users at a lower cost. The Atos DevOps & Continuous Delivery event will present real customer cases and the tools allowing companies to deliver better quality applications faster. For more information and to register click here.

  • DevOps Days Chicago - 7th and 8th of October
    The DevOps days are all about bringing development and operations together. There will be a lot of interesting presentations for instance about how and why not effectively managing an organization's priorities is as damaging to a company's success as not trying to implement a DevOps culture at all. Next to presentations, this event also works with the open space concept. That is the simplest meeting format that could possibly work and is based on (un)common sense of what people do naturally in productive meetings. Prepare to be surprised! Click here for registration and more information.

  • CD Summit Chicago – 15th of October In this seminar for IT executives and technologists, you will learn how to make evolutionary changes to people, processes and technologies to achieve the benefits of continuous delivery and agile. Come join an impressive group of continuous delivery experts to explore how you can increase quality and much more. You'll see how to reduce errors throughout the pipeline and dramatically improve time-to-market for new features and applications with continuous integration with Jenkins. There will be an executive morning consisting of four speakers and a technical afternoon consisting of again four other speakers. For more information and to register, click here.


  • CD Summit San Francisco – 22nd of October This Summit in San Francisco will also be about how to make evolutionary changes to people, processes and technologies to achieve the benefits of continuous delivery and agile. The timetable of speakers will be the same as the Summit in Chicago except for a couple of small changes in speakers, but they will be talking about the same topic. To see the timetable, more information about the speakers and to register click here.


  • Jenkins User Conference - US West (San Francisco) - 23rd of October The Jenkins User Conference (JUC) brings Jenkins experts and community enthusiasts together for an invaluable day of Jenkins-focused learning and networking opportunities. Among other things, you will learn about the latest and greatest Jenkins technology, best practices and plugin development. Jenkins CI is the leading open source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 961 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project. By attending JUC, you join the community of Jenkins technologists dedicated to expanding their skills and moving the Jenkins platform forward. To buy tickets and for more information click here.

  • IC3: IT Cloud Computing Conference (San Francisco) - 27th and 28th of October 
    "IC3 gives you everything you need to automate IT and DevOps in the cloud". This is in short what the Conference is about. Attendees get vendor-neutral technical content, training and hands-on experience to take the industry (and their careers) to the next level. After you have seen the presentations, you can for instance participate in labs to immediately build what you have learned or network with peers from large enterprise organizations. To register and more information click here.

  • ZendCon 2014 - 27th until 30th of October 
    ZendCon is the place to catch up on news, float new ideas and share coding challenges with developers from around the globe. You can fill your days and evenings with sessions, tutorials, and networking time. There will be three great conference tracks: PHP Best Practices & Tooling, Continuous Delivery & DevOps and Application Architecture - APIs, Mobile, Cloud Services. For much more information about the sessions, tutorials, speakers and to register check out the Zendcon 2014 website.


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BlazeMeter and Sauce Labs Combine Functional and Load Testing

Software Testing Magazine - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 17:09
BlazeMeter, the leading load and performance testing as a self-service platform for mobile, web and APIs, have announced a new multi-phase technology partnership with Sauce Labs. This technology partnership will enable developers to seamlessly combine both functional and performance testing with BlazeMeter and Sauce Labs platforms, streamlining the testing process.  The announcement cements an already solid relationship between BlazeMeter and Sauce Labs. “BlazeMeter and Sauce Labs are the best-of-breed open source testing vendors,” said Alon Girmonsky, Founder and CEO of BlazeMeter. “JMeter and Selenium are the best open source functional and ...
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Businesses that ignore open source are missing opportunities

Kloctalk - Klocwork - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:00

As open source software moves further into the mainstream, more individuals and businesses are beginning to take note of the potential benefits this approach offers. Companies increasingly realize that open source can deliver superior performance at lower cost, regardless of the organization's size or industry.

For those businesses that continue to ignore open source, the consequences may be significant. As IT Pro Portal reported, a recent survey found that IT professionals widely believed organizations that disregard open source will likely miss out on many opportunities, hurting their ability to compete against more technologically savvy rivals.

Open source opportunities
The survey, conducted by CWJobs, included insight from 300 IT professionals. Among these respondents, 62 percent argued that firms not using open source tools right now are already missing out on business opportunities.

In terms of the specific benefits offered by open source software, 45 percent of these IT experts pointed to the technology's superior flexibility, making this the most popular advantage. Cost savings were next, cited by one-third of participants, the news source reported.

"Businesses must wake up to the benefits of open source and ensure they have the right expertise in place to help realize its full potential," explained Mike Black, sales director at CWJobs, IT Pro Portal reported.

The future of open source
Furthermore, the importance of embracing open source software is growing. The survey found that more than 70 percent of participating IT professionals believe open source will see greater use in the future, the news source noted.

"Open source is being used everywhere; it underpins the Internet, and is arguably the most important enabler of the use of big data in businesses," said Mark Taylor, U.K. director at the Open Source Software Institute, IT Pro Portal reported. "Its importance will continue to grow."

Further highlighting this trend, the source reported that nearly half of the IT professionals who participated in this survey believed there are more open source-specific jobs available today than there were just one year ago. Black noted that a similar percentage of respondents indicated they would take a job with an organization specifically because that company has a strong reputation in regard to open source or demonstrates a willingness to train staff to better use open source.

This suggests that open source's benefits extend beyond the obvious. By embracing open source, firms can also position themselves to attract the most desired, up-and-coming IT talent available. Considering how important IT talent is for achieving success in just about any industry, this makes a willingness to embrace open source an invaluable tool for gaining a competitive edge. On the flip side, failing to deploy and support open source tools may be seen as a deal-breaker for otherwise ideal job candidates.

Making open source work
The growing need to integrate open source solutions into a given business's operations emphasizes the importance of the right set of open source support tools. Without critical supplemental solutions, open source software strategies are unlikely to yield optimal results.

This is perhaps most important in regard to security. As the CWJobs survey found, security concerns were seen by participating IT professionals as the single biggest obstacle to open source adoption, cited by 40 percent of respondents. Businesses require safe open source solutions in order to confidently embrace these tools.

Fortunately, open source security solutions exist that can significantly improve the reliability of a company's code. Automated scanning solutions, for example, can sift through in-use open source code to find potential vulnerabilities before they lead to any complications.

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