Friday, August 14, 2009

HP partners with iTKO on LISA services testing suite for SOA, BPM

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When HP inks a deal to resell your testing software, you know you must be doing something right.

HP is reselling iTKO’s LISA Virtualize product, a suite of test, validation and virtualization solutions optimized for distributed, multi-tier applications that leverage SOA, BPM, cloud computing, integration suites and ESBs. HP’s aim is to help customers reduce testing costs and speed the time to market for modern applications. [Disclosure: HP and iTKO are sponsors of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]

How does LISA help HP’s Quality and Performance Management solutions suite? By eliminating common system infrastructure dependencies during application testing. The idea is to trim both the cost and risk of modern Quality Assurance – a major issue for today’s enterprise.

Here’s how it works: LISA Virtualize does away with system dependency constraints by simulating the dynamic behavior and performance conditions of downstream system dependencies. In other words, you can see how systems react and respond as if they were running live – but they aren’t running live. That saves time and money.

Jonathan Rende, vice president and general manager of the Business Technology Optimization Applications, Software and Solutions group at HP, said: "Customers can reduce costs and speed up their ability to respond to business needs by modernizing their applications.”

By bringing together HP Quality Center and HP Performance Center solutions with iTKO's LISA Virtualize software, Rende said customers can remove delay-causing system dependencies during testing processes. The result: saving time and lowering the cost of delivering complex applications.

To be sure, putting quality top of mind earlier in the development process is a key to reducing defects and speeding time to market. And Shridhar Mittal, iTKO's CEO, claims the company’s virtualization capabilities lower test lab costs by up to 65 percent and shortening software release cycles by up to 38 percent.

If those claims hold true, it’s easy to see why HP is partnering with this young company. The running theme with this announcement is saving time and money – both critical selling points in a down economy.

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BriefingsDirect contributor Jennifer LeClaire provided editorial assistance and research on this post. She can be reached here and here.