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Automation | September 13, 2019
Are you ready for Windows 7 End of Support?
Overview Here we are again, another Microsoft operating system being put out to pasture. While Windows 7 is being retired, memories of WannaCry will always remain.  Microsoft has remained true to their commitment of ten years of product support for Windows 7 from when it was released on October 22, 2009.  After January 14, 2020, Windows 7 endpoints will no longer receive security updates.  It is important that you address this impact to your organization with your main option being to upgrade to the more modern Windows 10 operating system. Here are your options: Customers with Enterprise Agreements (EA) or Enterprise Subscription Agreements (EAS) with active subscriptions to Windows 10 E5, Microsoft 365 E5 and Microsoft 365 E5 Security via a special promotion running from June 1,,2019, to December 31,, 2019, can opt for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) for a year at no charge. Restrictions apply. Microsoft offers Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 7 for three years post EOS (fee-based). Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 or bare metal deploy Windows 10. Have you considered BigFix for this upgrade?   Extending Service for Windows 7 Perhaps you have specific needs to retain Windows 7 for a while longer or perhaps you do not have the resources to migrate all your Windows 7 endpoints to Windows 10 by mid-January. In that case, Microsoft will gladly provide you Extended Security Updates for Windows 7. Here are the costs you should anticipate: Year one: $25 per device for Windows 7 Enterprise, $50 for Windows 7 Professional Year two: $50 per device for Windows 7 Enterprise, $100 for Windows 7 Professional Year three: $100 per device for Windows 7 Enterprise, $200 for Windows 7 Professional By using BigFix, you can accelerating the migration to Windows 10 to meet the January 14, 2020, deadline. By not paying for ESU for Windows 7,...
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Secure DevOps | September 12, 2019
Robservations from DevOps World | Jenkins World 2019
Robservations from the 2019 DevOps World | Jenkins World conference, covering all aspects of DevOps and DevSecOps.
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Automation, Secure DevOps | September 11, 2019
A.I.-driven test creation
We can all agree that if artificial intelligence could be used to automatically create test cases and then execute them, we would be able to overcome the challenge of how to traverse the path from manual to automation without blowing one’s budget. There is also no doubt that the software testing process continues to include a significant amount of manual activity thus, making applying A.I. a suitable solution for applying a variety of areas of software testing to help improve efficiency and quality. Of course, there are challenges such as quality, speed and cost. However, a recent study by Dimensional Research shows that most enterprise IT testing is run manually with an annual cost of $120 billion. Whereas, automated testing is at $30 billion a year. Now imagine having a plugin that enables you to go further, faster. Using advanced A.I.-driven NLP techniques, testers can now quickly and simply convert existing manual test cases into fully-automated test scripts. To learn more about how easy it is to convert a manual test case from MS Excel or any ALM into an automated one (complete with a supporting network), click here. About HCL OneTest HCL OneTest provides software testing tools to support a DevOps approach: API testing, functional testing, UI testing, performance testing and service virtualization. It helps you automate and run tests earlier and more frequently to discover errors sooner — when they are less costly to fix. HCL also provides a bundled offering under a new consumption model that changes the way you can use and deploy DevOps software. The new offering helps simplify your planning for adoption and growth of critical DevOps products.
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Automation, Secure DevOps | September 11, 2019
Accelerating your test automation with the power of containers
Improving your team’s collaboration and productivity is a sure way to accelerate your company’s path to quality assurance. And now you can with HCL’s new OneTest suite version 10. This latest installment speeds up testing, while cutting down the need to maintain an expensive test infrastructure, all while using a new friendly user experience. The new version also boasts the HCL OneTest Server — a fully-contained, secure by design, server, which enables users to bring together testing from across the OneTest products. “Our HCL OneTest Server brings together test data, test environments and test execution into a single, easy-to-use dashboard for testers and non-testers,” said Chris Haggan, HCL Product Manager for Functional and Performance Test Automation. The OneTest Version 10 also introduces new capabilities such as:a New dataset technology Native GIT integration across the OneTest portfolio JMeter integration for performance testers Learn more about this exciting launch here. About HCL OneTest HCL OneTest provides software testing tools to support a DevOps approach: API testing, functional testing, UI testing, performance testing and service virtualization. It helps you automate and run tests earlier and more frequently to discover errors sooner — when they are less costly to fix. HCL also provides a bundled offering under a new consumption model that changes the way you can use and deploy DevOps software. The new offering helps simplify your planning for adoption and growth of critical DevOps products.
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Automation, Secure DevOps | September 11, 2019
Customer-centric approach key for advocacy program success
The HCL business philosophy is based on a customer-centric approach. Thanks to our Client Advocacy Program, customers can have a direct point of contact for the test automation and service virtualization suite of products, enabling them to create a strategic relationship with our technical, management, and executive leaders. The products included are: HCL OneTest Studio HCL OneTest UI HCL OneTest Performance HCL OneTest API HCL OneTest Virtualization HCL OneTest Embedded HCL OneTest Data The HCL Client Advocacy Program is based on five fundamental points: A cohesive and collaborative approach to the client relationship Proactive communication on product news and updates Support for in-depth product understanding and business needs Deep dive into customer business and challenges Frequent interaction during the product roadmap definition and the development process What do advocates expect from customers participating in the Advocacy Program, and what is asked? The client’s role is to share with the Client Advocate (CA) their business needs and strategies, communicate to the CA their expectations and product experience, and share their issues and requirements. The customer might involve the CA in planning meetings to take advantage of suggestions while defining the right direction according to the business needs. CAs do not replace the official channel of support but they can be a fast path inside the development lab organization. Building a long term strategic relationship with the advocates The CA’s role is to facilitate the flow of information between clients and the HCL technical community. By having regular interactions with the client, CAs become aware of the customer environment. They learn of any issues or requirements, as well as understand customer business goals and strategies. CAs are involved in planning sessions, upgrade plans to provide assistance, or help the customer support, services, and development teams to understand the customer needs clearly. CAs...
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Marketing & Commerce | September 11, 2019
HCL Commerce A Fresh Approach – Gaining Market Momentum
HCL Commerce A Fresh Approach - Gaining Market Momentum Like so many of the solutions acquired from IBM by HCL Software in July 2019, the HCL Commerce solutions are already gaining momentum in the market and capturing customer attention. Customers and Business Partners are telling us loudly that the acquisition was the best thing to ever happen to the Commerce platform in years. So, what’s driving this new enthusiasm for a platform used and loved by so many commerce professionals?  [caption id="attachment_1750" align="alignleft" width="300"] Designed by peoplecreations / Freepik[/caption] It starts with a completely new commitment to the customer, based on a philosophy that the ‘Relationship goes beyond the contract’. This message has been shared face to face with over 130 clients since July 1st and without exception customers are loving the change. What does the new philosophy mean? Simply that we want to give our customers enduring value from their investment by being intensely client focused – in our product roadmaps, lab advocacy, with our transparent development processes, our high-velocity releases, and a consultative approach to projects. We also want to tackle those hard issues which have remained unaddressed. We will deliver practical innovations (both big and small) that matter to our Clients with a focus on value, as opposed to hype and give everyone a voice in deciding their respective priorities. To back these ambitious principles and commitments, HCL is accelerating their investment in commerce engineering by increasing the number of developers from 30 to 60 in the first 90 days – and that is just the start. Improved Services In our desire to be customer focused, we have introduced new services available for every customer. The Advisory Services team provides technical advice, best practice validation, and recommendations for configurations and operations to help you get more value from the platform,...

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