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Software Factory, MDA, Astra Model Creator, and Astra Test Automat

Often Software Factory and Model Driven Architecture as two orthogonal approaches.

For me, both are two different perspectives of software product engineering. Abstract and concrete modeling and transformation, and production at a software factory as dictated by production process dictated by architecture go hand-in-hand to make a successful product line

We, at Astra Infotech, enable the merge with our Ready for IBM Rational Software Astra Model Creator and Astra Test Automat

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December 13, 2008 Posted by | IBM Rational, MDA, Model Driven Architecture, Product Engineering, Rational, Ready for Rational Software, software engineering, Software Factory, Software Quality | Leave a comment

Yet another proud moment!

A great day indeed!

Astra Infotech‘s Astra Test Automat is awarded the prestigious ‘Ready for Rational Software’ certification from IBM, with best practices compliance.

This is now Astra Infotech‘s second solution after Astra Model Creator to receive this certification

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Functional testing, IBM Rational, Product Engineering, Rational, Rational Functional Tester, Ready for Rational Software, SAP Testing, software engineering, Software Quality, Software Testing, Test automation, Test Automation Architecture, Test Automation Framework, Testing | Leave a comment

Yet another milestone!

IBM publishes Astra Infotech‘s case study for test automation of SAP implementation. IBM’s FIRST IBM SAP Reference Case Study with Rational!.

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Functional testing, IBM Rational, Rational, Rational Functional Tester, Rational Quality Manager, Ready for Rational Software, SAP Testing, software engineering, Software Quality, Software Testing, Test automation, Test Automation Architecture, Test Automation Framework, Testing, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Astra Model Creator is now ‘Ready for Rational Software’

Development of quality software requires a rigorous software architecting and design effort, and development strictly controlled by defined architecture and design. Astra Infotech‘s solution Astra Model Creator supporting model driven development is now ‘Ready for Rational Software’

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December 8, 2008 Posted by | IBM Rational, MDA, Model Driven Architecture, Product Engineering, Rational, Ready for Rational Software, software engineering, Software Factory, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Astra Test Automat

We, at Astra Infotech, have launched a new plug-in Astra Test Automat which will revolutionize the way you are automating software testing

Details on the product are available in IBM Global Solutions Directory

December 5, 2008 Posted by | Functional testing, IBM Rational, Rational, Ready for Rational Software, SAP Testing, software engineering, Software Quality, Software Testing, Test automation, Testing, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Presentation at RSDC 2008 Munich

We have presented two papers at RSDC 2008 Munich. One on product engineering and another on SAP test automation
Of course, we had presented a paper at RSDC 2006 Bangalore on Use Case based approach to a major eGovernance project

December 5, 2008 Posted by | Functional testing, IBM Rational, Rational, Ready for Rational Software, SAP Testing, software engineering, Software Quality, Software Testing, Test automation, Testing | Leave a comment

First success in Germany!

I have completed my first assignment after coming to Germany, successfully, and I got the mail from customer to that effect today! Long way to go still but this is my first and critical milestone!!

Of course, I was working with another customer remotely from India for quite a few months earlier, and that was successful. But first success after my physically being in this country is sweet indeed!

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Functional testing, IBM Rational, Rational, Ready for Rational Software, SAP Testing, software engineering, Software Quality, Software Testing, Test automation, Testing, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pursuing professional excellence in Germany

Looks like my personal issues that had been holding me back especially in last two years are settled for good.  Now I have moved to Germany.. I had been working with customers here for about a year by now, with remote connection from India. Still helps to be here to understand them better, and for them to know me better, and thereby deliver more effective solution. As a person like me who had been resisting international career all along, it was a big step to make this decision to move.

For how long in Germany? I am not clear as of now… probably a few months to a couple of years.  Establish, scale up,  transition and then I should be off into something else. More on my work here in subsequent blogs

November 8, 2008 Posted by | Functional testing, IBM Rational, Rational, Ready for Rational Software, SAP Testing, software engineering, Software Quality, Software Testing, Test automation, Testing, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wake up, or perish…..

Those who had been interacting with me over last few years would remember me as a doomsayer who had forewarned of the current recession.

Writing on the wall was clear. Cosmic dance between creation and destruction goes on. Those who watched great boom with awe are now watching the doom with despair.

Can it be any different? Answer is an emphatic Yes!

For an industry, nascent like software development, it is time for stocktaking, time for a pause and making right choices. Whether nation, business houses or individuals, those who make right decision would stay on in the race; and others vanish into oblivion…. an inescapable fact of life.

It is time we realize software development is yet another industry, yet another business, yet another profession with all the responsibilities that comes along.

It is a job,  a means of living, a business. It goes into creation of intangible social structure that someone is depending on, for their life, for their job. What we do affect the very social fabric we depend on.

It is time for keeping purse string tight; it is time to correct excesses but making right decisions, right investments

A quick glance into the past shows us that other industries have gone through a similar cycle. For instance, great depression of 1930s forced a correction with practices like lean production/manufacturing; brought in the balance, controlling the excesses of those times. World has come around a full cycle!

What does that mean for us now? More on that later… but as a software engineer consider, how many hours of your work is truly creative, that require ‘YOU’? If yes, how does the human intensive work, where everyone needs to be creative and apply the intellect, is engineering? If not why you are not doing it? can you be replaced by a machine? a software? another person? Every business house needs to start thinking the same… every software engineer needs to start thinking the same

Remember, if you are not asking these questions, answering these questions, and acting on them, there is someone else who is doing it, and that would decide your fate!

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Functional testing, IBM Rational, Rational, Ready for Rational Software, SAP Testing, software engineering, Software Quality, Software Testing, Test automation, Testing, Uncategorized | Leave a comment