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Big Data Week Belfast 2015

Analytics Engines organized the 2nd Big Data Week, or rather Big Data Day in Belfast. Olenick’s Belfast office participated as a sponsor this year, our involvement provided a unique opportunity to promote our Big Data expertise from solutions architecture to... read more

Keynote and Mobile Testing

Three Ways Keynote Improves Mobile Testing and Monitoring I recently had the opportunity to attend a Keynote demonstration of their testing tools for mobile apps and websites on real devices across cellular networks. Here are three takeaways from the presentation that... read more

Congratulations to the 2015 Winter Talent Academy

Olenick and Associates’ Talent Academy is an in-depth training program that assures, upon completion, participants have the knowledge and skills of highly productive IT consultants. The eight-week, team-oriented curriculum covers the role-specific technical... read more

JMeter for Performance Testing

Lowest cost possible performance testing: Although the Apache JMeter solution is a low-cost option for performance testing, JMeter is NOT an easy tool to use. Also, JMeter has no formal support (since it is an open source tool). Curious about JMeter yourself?... read more

Lessons Learned: Testing Keys from James

The world of testing can be a minefield in regards to how difficult, stressful, and frustrating a project can be. This is due to certain projects having more documentation, organization, and planning than others. With support not only from your colleagues, but from... read more

Up and Running With the Problems Step Recorder Tool

Hidden within Windows you will find an application called Problems Steps Recorder (PSR). PSR automatically captures the steps you have taken on your computer. After the steps are recorded, a file will be created that includes a text description of where you clicked... read more

Quality Assurance Considerations

My experience as a Quality Assurance professional with many different projects in various business domains has helped me to develop several points for establishing a Quality Assurance process within an organization: Identify and Analyze the Current QA Process... read more

Olenick at Big Data Week Belfast

Olenick is proud and happy to announce that they are a sponsor of The 2015 Belfast Big Data Conference being held in the Titanic Building on April 23, 2015. This year, Big Data Week is aiming to bring together 40,000 participants from four continents with the purpose... read more

LoadRunner 12.02: Under The Hood

At the tail end of last year, HP made the announcement that the latest and greatest version of LoadRunner was now available as a general release, 12.02.  So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to show some of the highlights from this release as they have... read more

Your Agile Team Explored

Teams Have Always Been, and Will Always Be, the Reason for Success It’s all about the TEAM! There are four stages of a team which require four different skills of a Scrum Master: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. Below you will find a table of skills... read more

The Impacts of Lack of Testing Process

As I wrap up my series on ‘Lack of Process’ I wanted to call attention to, of course, LACK OF TESTING PROCESS. As a Test Manager at Olenick & Associates, I’ve had the pleasure of working on projects where processes were followed and the learning experience... read more

Web Content Accessibility

WEB ACCESSIBILITY – Just Think About It. More often than not the term web accessibility is used to describe how people with disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities can access the web. However, with the... read more

The Impacts of Lack of Development Process

The Development Process is the foundation for the final deliverable and is what your customers will be receiving. As a Test Manager at Olenick & Associates, I’ve worked on many projects, both big and small. There have been projects where processes were followed... read more

Scrum Master Shares Lessons of Success

“The best way to reduce cost and time is to improve quality” – Deming Four years ago, I decided to go for it and become a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Over the next couple of weeks I’d like to share some basic learned lessons from the course, along with advice... read more

Requirements: Choosing Your Words Carefully

Requirements are the baseline for any project, as without requirements we don’t have a definitive list of set functions that the business requires the system/software to do. Sometimes we come across projects that will have requirements documentation or the... read more

Exelon Diversity Supplier Advocate of the Year

Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), Olenick & Associates, was named the Exelon Diversity Supplier Advocate of the Year on Oct. 1, 2014, at the Exelon Supplier Conference in Chicago, IL.  “Since 2005, Exelon and its subsidiaries have facilitated close to a... read more

The Impacts of Lack of Design Process

As a Test Manager at Olenick & Associates, I am a big believer in the idea that the more planning at the beginning of the project means the rest of the project will go a lot smoother and faster. In this blog post series I am reflecting on various processes and how... read more

You on Paper: Resume Tips

 The dreaded resume: Your accomplishments and accolades, with a touch of personality all on a piece of paper so that you can find that dream job, or pay your bills. Either way, at some point we all market ourselves with a resume or C.V. and many of us think, “I’m not... read more

You on Paper: CV / Resume Tips from Belfast

Almost everyone, at some point, has had to write a curriculum vitae (C.V.). It may be for your first job out of University or for a new opportunity, but it is the main selling point of your skills to a potential employer, and it is important that it is written in... read more

The Impacts of Lack of Business Requirements Process

No matter how well something is planned, there will always be something that comes up that was not planned for. It is just as critical that processes are in place for a project, as it is for those processes to be flexible enough to allow for things to happen and... read more

The Impacts of Lack of Project Management Processes

As a Test Manager at Olenick & Associates, I’ve worked on many projects, both big and small. There have been projects where processes were followed and projects where there was not much in the way of processes, or processes were not followed. I am a big believer... read more

Bank Acquisitions: It’s About the Data

As a Test Manager at Olenick & Associates, I’ve had the pleasure of working through three acquisitions for a large bank and it is my conclusion that it all boils down to data. In this blog post I hope to enlighten you on some of the nuances I’ve... read more

Infamous Software Bugs: AT&T Switches

In this third installment of our ‘Infamous Software Bugs’ series – a series with the goal of examining software blunders and identifying the bugs behind them – we will be focusing on AT&T’s Long-Distance Network Collapse that left callers... read more

Infamous Software Bugs: FDIV Bug

This is the second post in our ‘Infamous Software Bugs’ series, created to examine some of the most well-known software blunders and the bugs that caused them. Last week we introduced you to the Mars Orbiter. The Bug du Jour: The 1994 Intel FDIV bug. The... read more

Infamous Software Bugs: Mars Orbiter

Bugs can be both annoying and inconvenient – and I’m not just talking about the buzzing pests looking to land in your potato salad. Just as some insects can pose a threat to your well-being, software bugs can pose a threat to your software or system’s well-being – in... read more

UAT is the final frontier

If Space was the final frontier for Captain James T. Kirk, then for any Software ‘Enterprise’, the test for user acceptance is the final frontier of software testing. Beyond the final frontier, there are two universes. One where life is easier because everything goes... read more

SmartGrid Electricity Delivery System

The United States electric grid is a network of transmission and distribution lines, substations, transformers, and devices that deliver alternating current electricity from power generation sources (coal, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind, solar, biomass, and natural gas... read more

Olenick & Associates Exhibitor at Techweek Chicago

Launching festivities yesterday and celebrating throughout the week, Techweek Chicago promises to be the ‘place to be’ for all things tech – a place where innovators, established tech companies and start-ups can mix and mingle in various scenarios... read more

It’s a Goal – No it’s Not, Yes it is!

Poor refereeing decisions have always been a hot topic for debate and argument for soccer fans, and none more so when obvious goals have been disallowed. This has been an integral part of the Soccer World Cup – up until now that is. The 2014 World Cup Finals are the... read more

World Cup Results (Before They Happen)

Brazil and Argentina will easily win their respective group phases. The home team will knock out the Netherlands, Uruguay and Germany on their way to the tournament match, while the representative of the Southernmost O&A office will depend on a penalty shootout in... read more

Connecting the Globe Through Technology and Soccer

IS THERE AN APP FOR THAT? Unable to view the 2014 FIFA World Cup on TV? There are other ways of keeping up-to-date with all the action – Thank you 21st Century! But, all the choices….Olenick Consultants are here to keep you in the loop on which Apps our... read more

The Importance of SQL Skills for Software Testers

The demand for “all around” testers is growing. What does the phrase “all around” mean? It means that testers should be equipped with the ability to test the system’s functionality through traditional “point, click, and verify” testing methods AND be able... read more

Using Selenium for Performance Automation

Coding automated test suites for Performance using freeware tools is frequently frightening, but in certain occasions one can accomplish the feat and walk back home unharmed. We like to think that the case covered in this post is a good example of such. The AUT that... read more

Don’t Forget About Manual Testing

SOMETIMES THE SIMPLEST SOLUTIONS REALLY ARE THE BEST. Continuous Integration, Agile Development, Automated Testing – there are many options a business needs to consider when deciding how to approach the testing of their new software. With constant pressure to... read more

ALM 12

Earlier this year, HP released the newest version of ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) version 12.0. HP ALM is one of the more commonly used software tools for managing the lifecycle of an application under construction. Among the activities that HP ALM... read more

The Big Data Revolution

ARE YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS READY? Members of the Olenick Global, Belfast team attended events last week as part of the global Big Data Week 2014. The key message delivered during conference day was that Big Data is all about making better business decisions that in... read more

Cloudera Partner News Announcement

Olenick & Associates: Now a Systems Integrator Partner with Cloudera. Cloudera Connect is the largest partner ecosystem in the Big Data market.  Cloudera is the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache... read more

Olenick Testing Solutions and Big Data

HOW DOES TESTING CHANGE WHEN BIG DATA IS IN THE MIX? Olenick & Associates is a leader in providing industry-proven Functional Testing Solutions and Best Practices.   Software Testing can be complex and it is only becoming more challenging as new technologies... read more

Following Up with Heartbleed

Three weeks ago (give or take) the Heartbleed defect exploded onto the computer security scene. In the past few weeks the bug has been the subject of both debate and research. Given those discussions and discoveries, now is a good time to take a look at the scope of... read more

Big Data Week 2014 in Belfast and Around the World

Belfast has been chosen as one of only thirty cities worldwide to host events as part of BIGDATA Week 2014. Belfast has also recently been chosen as one of four UK locations to host a new £7m ‘big data’ centre, Northern Ireland is surely on its way to be... read more

New Jobs Forecast for Northern Ireland

In a recent survey, Ireland was ranked number 1 in the world for business – researchers have estimated that there will be about 30,000 new jobs created in Northern Ireland over the next five years. The main areas which will see an increase in hiring are... read more

Game of Test Data Management

I expect to have a cogent thought or two on the subject of test data management…eventually. Meanwhile, enjoy this satirical antidote on the matter. Game of Thrones Data To: Testing Team CC: Project Management Re: Does anyone have a test customer account with an... read more

The Heartbleed Bug

As you may be aware a flaw in the security infrastructure of much of the internet has been recently discovered. The defect is referred to as “heart bleed” or “Heartbleed” and it is without question one of the biggest challenges to online... read more

Microsoft APP-V Overview

Application Virtualization is a technology that appears to end users as if an application is installed onto a machine. Virtualized applications are in fact not installed and do not leave a footprint on a machine. These applications function and operate in the same... read more

Robot Framework IDE

The Belfast Team, using RIDE with Selenium2Library, recently completed a regression smoke test suite for www.olenick.com. This regressions suite checks that all pages and links work as expected as new builds are deployed. This internal project stemmed from research... read more

HP LoadRunner 12.0: A First Look

The latest version of standalone LoadRunner (12.0) was released by HP on March 17th. With this latest release comes some significant changes over the prior 11.52 release, but not the wholesale type of changes that were present when upgrading from 11 to 11.50. If... read more

Let’s get Connected!

Home is where the heart is and that was no different for Mobile World Congress’s (MWC) Connected City. The connected home is looking like the next big technology revolution that will dramatically change many aspects of our daily lives. These connected services... read more

What is the Value Proposition? How do I get Started?

Big Data IS a Big Deal The question is: WHERE IS THE VALUE PROPOSITION? Welcome to the second webinar in the Value Proposition series. Part 1) What is Hadoop, the History, the Ecosystem? Part 2) What is the Value Proposition? How do I get started? AGENDA Part 2:... read more

The Future is Bright, The Future is Mobile

The future’s bright, the future’s mobile; a connected life with a side order of augmented reality. During Mobile World Congress 2014 (MWC14) I attended a keynote titled ‘Driving New Revenues & Relationships for Operators and Brands’ where Marieta... read more

FitBit Challenge

Mobile World Congress (MWC14) this year was definitely #Connected! From the Connected City, to connected automobiles to pretty much anything imaginable connected living in the mobile world. This year MWC14 had the Fitbit Challenge. A tie-in of connected health and a... read more

What is Hadoop, the History, the Ecosystem?

Big Data IS a Big Deal The question is: WHERE IS THE VALUE PROPOSITION? The following webinars will help you understand two things Part 1) What is Hadoop, the History, the Ecosystem? Part 2) What is the Value Proposition? How do I get started? AGENDA Part 1: Define... read more

Mobile World Congress in Progress

If you follow Olenick on Social Media you are aware of our presence in Barcelona – Kevin Flynn, Brandon McGuire and Claire McBride made it to Fira Gran Via for 4 days of exploring all that is emerging in the mobile world. Check out the photos our crew was able... read more

By 2017 Half of the World’s Data will be Stored in Hadoop

Half the world’s data, that is hard to imagine, let alone store. By now, certainly if you are in the IT industry, you have heard all about Big Data…and maybe even know what Hadoop is and isn’t. One reason the title of this blog could turn out to be... read more

A Global Approach with a Local Community Feel

The Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce continues to keep Olenick Global and all its members’ #WellConnected. This coming week we look forward to their “Giant Networking Event” at the Electric Ireland Lounge at the Odyssey Arena here in Belfast. Networking and... read more

Viva Barcelona

As the 10th most visited city in the world and 3rd in Europe, after London and Paris, Barcelona is an internationally renowned tourist destination. Yet whilst these Catalonians know how to party it’s also a hard-working, dynamic place to do business with a focus on... read more

Olenick Global, Belfast – The 2 Year Milestone

As Olenick Global Belfast celebrates 2 years in Northern Ireland, it is time to find our next leader! When we decided to expand our global footprint by opening a testing center of excellence in Belfast, Northern Ireland we knew we had landed in a good pool of talent.... read more

Olenick & Associates Launches Big Data Practice

Olenick & Associates is growing, again! We couldn’t be more excited to announce the launch of our newest Practice, Big Data, and welcome Joan Macijunas, Associate, to the Olenick family. Read more in the Press Release and stay tuned for Joan’s blog... read more

Performance Testing Metrics – Where Do We Start?

From the title, you may think this blog article is going to list a bunch of technical server metrics for performance testing, what they mean and their allowable ranges. I will leave that discussion for a future post. For now, we need to start at the beginning. We need... read more

Beyond Testing – Data Automation

When starting with a new client, there is always a transitional period as you get ramped up on systems, policies, procedures, etc. – How you overcome this transitional period is what can set you up for long term success or failure. There can be a steep learning... read more

Simple Approach to Performance Testing

Performance testing requires participation by experts in System Engineering, Software Development, Business Processes, and Testing. No other type of testing requires the participation of so many roles. What is Performance Testing? A performance test will measure how a... read more

Mobile Device Testing in 2014

Are you attached to your Mobile Device? What kind of device do you have? A high tech phone or a tablet I would imagine. Do you use it for work? Does your work give you a phone or tablet to use? Most of us use our mobile devices for both work and personal needs. I... read more

Performance Testing – New Vistas

WE’VE BEEN HERE Performance testing (aka: load testing) has been like the technology it supports – constantly changing over the years. Testing started with mainframe applications, then client/server was all the rage, after that the internet changed the face of... read more

Deciphering Performance Test Terminology: User Concurrency

To stress out the system under test, multiple users are required to put load to the system. As in the real world scenario, the more users using the system, the more stressed the system becomes. In a simple load profile, each virtual user represents one real world... read more

HP LoadRunner vs. Performance Center

As a consultant at Olenick & Associates I have used HP’s performance testing tools at many clients. Performance testing allows the generation of user load against an application so that the performance, reliability and scalability of an application can be... read more

Olenick & Associates Wishes You a Happy New Year

We wanted to take a moment to thank you – our staff, our partners, our customers and friends for a year to remember!  Olenick & Associates looks back at the last 12 months and wonders, “where did the time go?” Here are just a few of the many highlights:  ... read more

Real World Testing

Real World Testing – we are professional testers, with varying devices and different carriers that test all-hours and at multiple locations – it’s a user experience your app needs and Olenick is ready to deliver.  Learn more below in our video blog.... read more

Customized Metrics Reporting

HP Quality Center / Application Lifecycle Management (QC/ALM) provides a Dashboard interface used to create basic status reports. If a simple report is needed for test teams or personal use, the Dashboard does a fine job; however, the interface does have certain... read more

Packaged Energy Delivery Systems

It is an exciting time for Energy Delivery Systems. Industry investment in smart grid and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) are fueling advances in systems that store, process and manage data. Security protection standards (most notably those of the North... read more

Does IBM Rational Support Testing Mobile Apps?

While researching Mobile Device testing tools, I asked myself, “who are the major players in the Mobile App testing space?”  After a review online, I noticed a lot of tools to pick from – they all had various features and you would need a spreadsheet to... read more

Making a Smooth Transition to Agile: A Tester’s Perspective

Would you like to make a smooth, successful transition from testing a Waterfall project to testing an Agile one?  Here are a few insights that can help you achieve your goal. Any change is going to come with some challenges and the move from Waterfall to Agile is no... read more

AirDrop on iPhone FINALLY

We’ve all probably been in a situation where you captured a great picture/video with your iPhone, and someone with you asks you to send it to them. Maybe you caught the baby’s first smile or the game winning score. The fact remains that you have something to... read more

Test Automation – Advantages & Limitations

What is Test Automation: A set of automated test cases is (basically) a program intended to test another program. A variety of tools available in the market (such as Ranorex and SOASTA Test, which are Olenick partners) offer a number of features that emulate Mobile... read more

App Deployment Over the Air

In recent years, we have finally seen mobile devices disconnect from their bulky computer counterparts.  You no longer need a standalone computer to own an iPhone for instance.  In the early days of the iOS devices, you needed to connect your device to your computer. ... read more

Olenick Wins ILTA’s 2013 Innovative Consultant of the Year

Olenick & Associates attended the  ILTA conference in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada last month. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet others in the industry and share a bit about our services while showcasing our new booth.  We were honored to have been named the... read more

How Olenick Trained Employees for Mobile Testing

Need for training?  With the mobile industry booming organizations are finding a greater need to develop their apps and websites to be compatible and mobile-friendly.   This means that testers now have to verify these apps or sites on the various mobile devices... read more

A quick look at SQL-on-Hadoop

This is an introduction to SQL-on-Hadoop.  Rather than start with an overview and high-level architectural diagrams,  we’re going to get our hands dirty and start right at the Linux bash command line. For our data, we’ll use some historical Nasdaq data that I... read more

Tracking Log Files for iOS Device

As mobile testing becomes more prevalent, new questions and problems arise as compared to usual testing on a computer. While computer applications generate crash logs, and most likely send these logs back to the developer’s server automatically, it is harder for a... read more

Hadoop for Small Data

Even if your data isn’t Big Data, you might still benefit from Hadoop. Yes, it’s true that Hadoop defines itself as “a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets” [my emphasis], but you can benefit from Hadoop even if your data isn’t so... read more

Paper Catalog to E-commerce Transformation

Olenick & Associates provided thought leadership and all levels of technical assistance to transform a national-brand retailer’s paper catalog operation into an e-commerce site. Client Our client was a 125 year old business with a strong national brand as... read more

Why we Developed the OASIS Test Automation Framework

OASIS is our automation framework.  It addresses process, tools, framework design, data and reusable code modules. We developed OASIS in response to client demands for a better approach to automation.  There is an explosion of new tools for agile, cloud and mobile... read more

Virtualization Study Leads to Data Center Consolidation

Olenick & Associates evaluated the cost and performance of competing virtualization technologies to help a leading electrical utility plan a data center upgrade. Client A leading competitive electrical utility and energy provider. Business Challenge To keep pace... read more

Olenick & Associates partners with JAMO Solutions

June 5, 2013.  Olenick & Associates has entered into a partnership with JAMO Solutions, a mobile device testing solution provider. Jamo Solutions provides mobile testing solutions that helps users perform test automation and scripting on mobile devices. The JAMO... read more

Flynn presents Performance Testing at QUEST

April 19, 2013.  Kevin Flynn presented Performance Testing: More than Tools and Scripts at the QUEST conference. Flynn and colleague Michael Ivy explained that performance testing is much more than buying and running a performance testing tool. Too often, performance... read more

Olenick & Associates Partners with Perfecto Mobile

April 19, 2013.  Olenick consultants will provide services to some of our clients utilizing the Perfecto Mobile products, especially integrated with HP QTP test automation. Perfecto Mobile is a global leading provider of cloud-based testing, automation and monitoring... read more

Olenick & Associates Partners with SOASTA

April 15, 2013.  Olenick & Associates has entered into a partnership with SOASTA, a cloud-based testing solutions provider. Olenick consultants will provide services to some of our clients utilizing the SOASTA products. SOASTA, Inc. is the leading provider of... read more

Olenick & Associates Partners with Zap-Fix Technologies

April 12, 2013.  Zap Technologies  makes several products that integrate with HP’s Quick Test Professional (QTP) Functional Test Automation Tool that allow for more robust Mobile Device and Cross Browser testing. We believe that this technology will enable our... read more

Gold Level Sponsor of ILTA

Olenick & Associates is pleased to announce that it has elevated to a Gold Level Sponsor for the International Legal Technology Association. This sponsorship is a further reflection of Olenick’s growing commitment and presence in the Legal vertical market. In... read more

Assured Windows Migration avoids April 2014 Pain

Chicago, Illinois, March 25, 2013. Olenick & Associates today announces its Assured Windows Migration solution. About half of all PCs are now running an outdated or ”end of life” Windows desktop OS, posing a global technology challenge that cannot be ignored. With... read more