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Supporting the Agile Development Paradigm with Agile Testing Sandboxes

Organizations are now, to some degree, aiming to move to an agile development methodology as it offers many benefits including faster delivery and better quality releases of functionality that customers want thus leading to better satrisfied and more loyal customers. Whilst modern development technologies and tools lend themselves to the concepts of agile development including the process of continuous integration,

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Agile Testing Sandboxes PSD2

Agile Testing Sandboxes help Financial Institutions in addressing the requirement of the Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2)

The Payment Services Directive 2 (Directive 2007/64/EC), perhaps better known as PSD2, was adopted by the European Parliament and Council and is set to impact the payments industry across Europe. PSD2 seeks to:

  • Further standardise and make interoperable card, internet and mobile payments
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Agile Testing Sandboxes and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

According to Wikipedia: “The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a Regulation by which the European Commission intends to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the European Union (EU). It also addresses export of personal data outside the EU. The Commission's primary objectives of the GDPR are to give citizens back the control of their

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Agile Testing Sandboxes

Agile Testing Sandboxes

What are they and why are they useful?

Many of us are familiar with the term ‘sandbox’ from our childhoods. A sandbox was a safe, isolated environment where children could play without fear of hurting themselves or damaging anything else in the process. So where does this concept fit into the world of Agile Testing?

The concept of Agile Development

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Fintech Article Roundup - April 2016

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Following the completion of the Accenture Fintech Innovation Lab in Dublin 2016 we have a look at what is happening in Fintech from 5 different perspectives.

1. According to Citigroup approximately $19 Billion was invested into the fintech sector over the last year up from $1.8 Billion in 2011. Interesting to note that Stockholm based companies received 18 percent of

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Accenture Fintech Innovation Lab Dublin 2016 - Final Reflections


Starting from a brief conversation in early November, we decided to test some new messaging we had been developing by entering into the competition to participate in the Accenture Fintech Innovation Lab Dublin 2016. We were very pleased with our entry as we were very easily able to complete all questions on the form; something which we would have found

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Digital Disruption in Fintech – It’s not just about customers

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The concept of digital disruption within the Fintech world regularly addresses the issue of customer requirements not being satisfied fully if at all. This leads either to customer churn when apps delivered by banks and financial institutions don’t live up to expectation or simply millennials not even bothering to consider that bank or institution’s products.

This is an issue that

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Software Validation vs Software Testing in an Agile World

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The Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is changing beyond all recognition. This has been driven by the increasing pressure on banks, insurance companies and other institutions to be digitally innovative and to deliver quicker. This is having a direct bearing on the SDLC.

In the past, the ‘test cycle’ was an essential part of any project normally taking place after

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Traditional Banks v Online and Mobile Options

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Currently traditional banking is swamped with numerous competitive challenges, from competitors, some brand new, to others who have been around for a considerable time and are using the latest technologies.

Traditional banks see the disruptive changes that are taking place on the FS landscape and are adapting to their customers requirements faster, through innovation, whilst all the time meeting with

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Retail Banking Industry - The future is here

Many traditional banks need to choose the digital direction that they are going in.

Some have forged ahead, as outlined in this piece below, while other banks continue to find many roadblocks in their path, many of which are placed by internal factors and others such as risk and compliance or regulatory driven change.



Accenture brought out a paper

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The Conflict Between Banking Innovation, Fintech and Infrastructure

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Banks of all types around the world want to innovate and, in fact, they must innovate if they are to compete with the emerging online banks and various other threats to their business. Banks are showing this willingness to innovate by their interest in and support for the various Fintech companies and clusters that are emerging and supported through events

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Fintech - Banks dealing with conflicting IT requirements

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On the one hand, business is being pushed to deliver a better customer experience responding to opportunities in weeks, and on the other hand, core IT is tasked with delivering a stable service 24/7 which can only be delivered in months (or more) because they must follow rigorous processes.

Ostia’s Portus product addresses this problem by creating simulations of what

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Continuous Delivery and Service Virtualization, how do they help with project risk?

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There are many examples of projects where the risks of failure were never seen up front and the project either didn’t deliver what it promised or didn’t deliver at all while still costing millions in the process. This has generally been a result of the traditional ‘waterfall’ method of delivering software projects.

In most of these projects, the first deliverables

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Continuous Delivery and Service Virtualization – Is it just a set of tools?

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There is a myth around the concept of Continuous Delivery that it simply involves buying lots of tools, making them all work together, the button gets pushed and off you go. However, the reality is a lot more complex.

There are many tools around to help automate the continuous integration, build and test process that is required for Continuous Delivery.

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Continuous Delivery and Service Virtualization – How is it achieved?

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While the concept of Continuous Delivery is relatively straight forward, the actual delivery of it is by no means easy. It requires a total culture shift in an organization around how they prototype, develop, test and deliver software.

It means turning many processes on their head and undoing years of carefully slowing things down to ensure they are done correctly.

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