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News and events


The very latest software testing news from 2013.

Our news pages list stories chronologically, the most recent appearing at the top of the list below. Expand each story to read it in full by click the "More information" button below each headline.

Visual Studio 2013

Launch events and useful content

Quick read

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Visual Studio events, and all the great people we met at the Microsoft launch at NDC. For anyone who couldn’t make it along, I thought I’d take the opportunity to let you know what we covered, and signpost some useful content.

It all started back in September when we showed off some of the new functionality at our most recent “Microsoft Testing Stuff” Meetup. We facilitated this group to allow testing professionals who are working with Microsoft technologies to discuss topics, share ideas, learn and network with their peers. It’s aimed at anyone using Visual Studio testing tools such as Microsoft Test Manager, Coded UI, Web Performance and Load Test or are working with Microsoft technologies such as .NET, Azure, SharePoint, Dynamics etc. We have meet ups every few months on an evening in London and the group is now 100+ strong. If you’d like to sign up please click here. You can see a snap of a recent event below:

Giles Davies, presenting at Microsoft Cardinal Place, London

Microsoft Testing Stuff Meetup in London

Giles Davies, presenting at Microsoft Cardinal Place, London

Giles Davies, presenting at Microsoft Cardinal Place, London

After the Meetup nFocus organised two dedicated testing events; the first at Microsoft’s London offices on the 15th of November, and the second at the Radisson Blu Birmingham on the 25th of November. You can see a couple of these events snaps below.

Danny Crone, presenting at the Birmingham testing launch event

Danny Crone, presenting at the Birmingham testing launch event

At each event we covered the following content:

  1. Introduction to the testing functionality within Visual Studio 2013 by Scott Summers – nFocus Director
  2. New web based test case management, test execution and charting with VS2013 by Giles Davies – Developer Technology Specialist at Microsoft
  3. Performance testing with VS2013 and Azure by Danny Crone, nFocus Technical Director
  4. Licensing overview for VS2013 by Nia Griffiths, Developer Tools Solution Specialist at Microsoft

You will notice I have included links to the PowerPoint decks for each of the sessions above.

Whilst we speak at a lot of Microsoft events, we were proud to be invited along to the official launch event at NDC in London on the 3rd of December. In these sessions we covered an introduction the testing functionality and performance testing with VS2013. I have included a few pictures below of our sessions.

Danny Crone, Technical Director, mid-flow talking about perf testing in VS2013

Danny Crone, Technical Director, mid-flow talking about perf testing in VS2013

Scott giving an overview of the testing functionality available within 2013

Scott giving an overview of the testing functionality available within 2013

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Test Expo

Performance testing using Azure

Quick read

On Thursday the 24th of October nFocus will be presenting a must not mission session on performance testing using Azure at Test Expo!

We hear the same thing over and over: "we don't have enough test environments" or "it takes too long to get an environment up and running". Well with Azure, these problems can be a thing of the past! Azure provides opportunities to scale your infrastructure on demand. Our session at the test expo will share a journey that we have taken with Avelo, helping them to overcome an oversubscribed Performance Test Lab and projects consuming too much time in the on-premise lab, with the use of Windows Azure.

If you would like to attend the Test Expo, please click here.

Performance testing is a one of nFocus’ specialisms. If you are experiencing similar challenges please get in touch using Alternatively, if you are attending the conference please come and visit us at the Microsoft stand!

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Test Automation

Breakfast Briefing

Quick read

On the 29th of October nFocus will be holding a breakfast briefing at the top of the Gherkin in central London to show how to avoid the pitfalls of test automation, and the things you must do to ensure success.

Does this sound familiar?

  • “Automated testing is easy using our tool!”
  • “You just record your scripts and away you go! No coding is necessary.”
  • “Using this tool to automate your tests will reduce your costs and head count!”

How many times have we sat across the table from tool vendors telling us this!? The truth is, automated testing is not easy, it takes the right strategy and planning to give you a fighting chance of getting it right.

In our experience of working with clients who have tried to automate their testing, there are a number of common factors that caused them to fail to meet their intended objectives or give them any cost savings. We have shared some of these factors in a new white paper: "6 Reasons why automated testing fails to save money and 6 things you must do to ensure success!

Please join us on October 29th where we will be delving deeper into these areas.

We only have a limited number of places left for this event. To get one of the remaining places please click here.

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Migration from Quality Center

Visual Studio 2012 Quality Tools

Quick read

QC to Visual Studio Quality Tools event write up

On Monday 15th April, nFocus and Microsoft held the inaugral “Migration from Quality Center to Visual Studio 2012” event in Microsoft Cardinal Place offices, in central London. The event was designed to take the audience on a voyage of discovery from understanding what Microsoft has to offer in terms of professional testing tools within the Visual Studio stable, all the way through to the business case for adopting this feature rich and cost effective solution.

Second session presented by Justin Askew, Delivery Capability Manager for Bupa PLC

First session presented by Colin Beales, Developer Tools Technical Specialist for Microsoft

The first session of the day was co-presented by Danny Crone (nFocus Technical Director) and Colin Beales (Microsoft Developer Tools Technical Specialist). This session demonstrated the powerful testing functionality delivered by Visual Studio 2012 and showcased the many benefits of having both the testing and development team using the same repository and toolset. Some of the highlights of the session include the test case management features, fast-forward playback, IntelliTrace (historical debugging) and the Test Impact Collector.

The second session was presented by Justin Askew, Delivery Capability Manager for Bupa PLC. Bupa have recently made the decision to move away from their incumbent test tool vender, HP, and move to Microsoft Visual Studio Quality Tools. During this session Justin explained the reasons why Bupa had decided to consider another tool, the selection process, and why Visual Studio was selected. One of the key take-away messages from this session was that Bupa selected Visual Studio as their ALM tool of choice due to its fit with their current processes which was not available with the incumbent tool or with the other tools considered.

The penultimate session of the day was presented by Danny Crone. The session was entitled “How to Migrate from HP to TFS and Microsoft Test Manager”. During this session, Danny explored the concept that the process isn’t just about about data migration, it is a change programme of which data migration is only a very small part. The session gave excellent advice and practical tips on how to manage this change including planning, transition, tooling and refinement.

The final session of the day was presented by Scott Summers - nFocus Director. This session pulled together the three previous sessions and demonstrated the compelling business case for adopting Visual Studio Quality Tools. Scott opened the session by reflecting on what makes a good business case, and moved on to explore the options, the benefits of a true ALM solution, the costs and then showed an investment appraisal and return on investment examples figures.

If you’re currently using HP Quality Center and interested in attending a similar event, or would like to find out more information please contact Ryan James on 0870 242 6235 or email on

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