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Asia Leads the Global Mobile Charge

F.Y. Teng | July 5, 2012
A vision of mobile platforms, applications and security options in the region.

Archie Roboostoff, Director of Product Management, Borland Solutions, Micro Focus

In an interview with, Archie Roboostoff, Director of Product Management, Borland Solutions, Micro Focus, on June 25, 2012, talked about the past, present and future of  mobile platforms, applications and security options, as well as the costs and advantages of each.

Talk about applications put together on new platforms-based programming, and why many industry players have been late in making them compatible with current infrastructures.
If you mean testing software vendors like us, then industry players are not late in making mobile testing tools compatible.  Our solution is compatible with existing testing control and automation systems as are most other competitive solutions.  It's the end user organisations that are now looking to bring their current testing practices to mobility now that they see mobile applications as a critical part of the business. 

Please draw a comparison between how apps are at commonly today tested and then deployed across mobile devices and platforms, and how current practices should be changed in order to bring about reduced risks to do with infosecurity and failure, as well as ongoing maintenance costs.
For the most part, organisations rely on the manual testing of apps deployed on mobile devices and platforms. This was sufficient while mobile apps were in their infancy but now, as mobility is a critical component of how many organisations do business, more efficient testing practices need to be implemented to ensure that apps perform as expected with the highest levels of quality.  Customers are now looking at tools like Silk Mobile to bridge the gap between their existing practices and their new mobile initiatives. It's important to make sure that testing on mobile devices encapsulates functional automation with performance and security testing to exploit both network and device vulnerabilities.

Tell us more about the tools that you see being able to help IT organisations and their leaders better accommodate new mobile platforms.
Some of the tools we see being produced are tools that address security vulnerabilities, network performance, functional quality and testing, rapid prototyping and, finally, mobile device management (MDM). These tools will give organisations the ability to both connect and create new mobile software delivery teams that can interact with existing ALM and quality assets.  As the mobile application and delivery ecosystem matures, we'll see consolidation in these tools to allow for a more seamless integration experience.

How do organisations in Asia compare to those in the U.S. when it comes to prepping themselves for mobile platforms?
We see organisations in Asia leading the charge globally when it comes to mobile adoption and infrastructure.  Organisations need to have tools that allow them to not only test the application but to make sure the performance needs are being met on various networks. Most regions in Asia have very advanced networks that rarely experience speed or quality degradation so we see more of a focus on usability testing and quality whereas other regions with less stable network infrastructures are focusing on performance testing mobile network speeds.  When it comes to quality preparations in Asia, the trend is moving towards adopting tools like Silk Mobile that can create and run quality tests on a variety of mobile platforms while at the same time hooking in to their existing testing infrastructures. 


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