Independent Researchers: Service Virtualization Works

Since launching this blog, we’ve been writing about the value of simulated, “live-like” environments for developing software better, faster and cheaper. 

In a just-released Forrester Wave™: Service Virtualization and Testing Solutions, Jan. 27, 2014, report [download it here], principal analyst and report author Diego Lo Giudice goes a step further, saying Service Virtualization tools “have been gaining significant momentum in the past 12 months.”*

“Companies can easily realize financially quantifiable quick wins: shorter test times, increased productivity, and better production quality,” Lo Giudice writes. “More strategically, companies building and continuously delivering modern applications are increasingly interested in SVT adoption.” 

Service Virtualization tools can help companies break the habit of sequential development and move toward healthier habits of continuous development, testing and improvement. 

These tools can provide complex, production-like environments, using masked production data, early in the development process. That allows more testing, earlier in the software development life cycle. It also saves money because developers can test without repeatedly accessing expensive services. 

In short, SV is to software development and testing as wind tunnels are to airplane wings. Consider how planes were developed before wind tunnels. (Hint: Slowly and expensively, with often-tragic results.) 

As voke researchers found, SV practitioners reported a dramatic decrease (from 50-100 percent) in the amount of development time wasted because of constraints. That translated into a software cycle that was 23 percent shorter, on average. 

Forrester Evaluation of Providers 

In Forrester’s 15-criteria evaluation of Service Virtualization and testing vendors, they evaluated five solutions offered by CA Technologies, HP, IBM, Parasoft and SmartBear Software. 

You’ll have to download the entire report to get the nitty-gritty, but suffice to say the report stated that “CA and IBM lead with rich, comprehensive, in depth SVT capabilities…” 

Both ended up in the upper-right portion of the overall The Forrester Wave™ matrix, which places vendors according to their current offering, strategy and market presence. 

CA received the highest score for current offering, and the second highest score for strategy, although the ratings get much more granular. They include scores for simulation accuracy, scalability and integration with DevOps tools.

It’s definitely worth a swim through the results if development constraints and insufficient testing – in other words, software failure – have dogged your organization. And unless you’re already using SV, we’re betting they have. 

*SOURCE: The Forrester Wave™: Service Virtualization and Testing Solutions, Q1, 2014 – Forrester Research, Inc., Jan. 27, 2014.