Service Virtualization: Reality Is Overrated


Software drives innovation and success in today?s business world. Yet critical software projects consistently come in late, defective, and way over budget. So what?s the problem?

Get ready for a shock, because the answer to the problem is to avoid reality altogether. A new IT practice and technology called Service Virtualization (SV) is industrializing the process of simulating everything in our software development and test environments. Service Virtualization is a method to ...

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Software drives innovation and success in today’s business world. Yet critical software projects consistently come in late, defective, and way over budget. So what’s the problem?

Get ready for a shock, because the answer to the problem is to avoid reality altogether. A new IT practice and technology called Service Virtualization (SV) is industrializing the process of simulating everything in our software development and test environments. Service Virtualization is a method to emulate the behavior of components in heterogeneous applications such as "Service-Oriented Architectures" (SOA). Yes, fake systems are even better than the real thing for most of the design and development lifecycle, and SV is already making a huge impact at some of the world’s biggest companies.

Service Virtualization:Reality Is Overratedis the first book to present this powerful new method for simulating the behavior, data, and responsiveness of specific components in complex applications. By faking out dependency constraints, SV delivers dramatic improvements in speed, cost, performance, and agility to the development of enterprise application software.

Writing for executive and technical readers alike, SV inventor John Michelsen and Jason English capture lessons learned from the first five years of applying this game-changing practice in real customer environments. Other industries—from aviation to medicine—already understand the power of simulation to solve real-world constraints and deliver new products to market better, faster, and cheaper. Now it’s time to apply the same thinking to our software.

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What you’ll learn

You will learn why, when, where, and how to deploy service virtualization (SV) solutions to mitigate or eliminate the constraints of an unavailable or unready service system by simulating its dependent components in order to deliver better enterprise software faster and at lower cost. In particular, you will learn step-by-step why, when, where, and how to deploy the following SV solutions:
  • shift-left
  • infrastructure availability
  • performance readiness
  • test scenario management

Who this book is for

This book is not only for IT practitioners on engineering, testing, and environments teams engaged in the development and delivery of enterprise software, but also for executives of companies in all sectors who need to understand and implement emergent opportunities to improve the time to market and overall competitiveness of any outward-facing business strategy that has a software application component.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Burt Klein
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The Business Imperative: Innovate or Die
Chapter 3. How We Got Here
Chapter 4. Constraints: The Enemy of Agility
Chapter 5. What is Service Virtualization?
Chapter 6. Where to Start with SV?
Chapter 7. Capabilities of Service Virtualization Technology
Chapter 8. Best Practice #1: Shift-Left
Chapter 9. Best Practice #2: Infrastructure Availability
Chapter 10. Best Practice #3: Performance Readiness
Chapter 11. Best Practice #4: Test Scenario Management
Chapter 12. Rolling out Service Virtualization
Chapter 13. Service Virtualization in the DevTest Cloud
Chapter 14. Assessing the Value
Chapter 15. Conclusion
About the Authors
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430246718
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 9/26/2012
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Michelsen is the chief technology officer and cofounder of ITKO/Ca Technologies. Before forming ITKO, he was director of development at Trilogy Inc. He is the chief architect of the LISA service virtualization and automated validation platform and a leading industry advocate and consultant for lifecycle optimization of enterprise applications. His clients include Xerox, Cendant Financial, Microsoft, American Airlines, Union Pacific, Raima, Sabre, and Nielsen Market Research. Michelsen holds numerous patents in such areas as service-oriented architectures, object-oriented database management systems, middleware, model-driven architectures, and cloud. He presents regularly at IT and software development events, including SOA World, Infoworld SOA Summit, STAReast, Better Software, IBM Impact, SD West, TUCON, SoftwareAG Integration World, Cloud Computing Summit, TD Summit, and Software Test & Performance. Michelsen contributes frequently to IT publications, such as Virtualization Journal, SD Times, Software Test & Performance, SIGNAL DoD Monthly, Dr. Dobb�s, and Software Development.

Jason English is vice president of marketing communications at ITKO/CA Technologies. He was previously an executive producer at i2 Technologies and an information architect for such Fortune 500 clients as HP, IBM, EDS, Delphi, TaylorMade, Sun, Realm, Adaptec, Motorola, and Sprint. He has designed and scored computer games and produced conventional advertising and television commercials. English contributes to many IT publications and presents at IT and software development events, including iqnite Australia, STARwest, BEAworld, Java Developer Summit, and Retail Supply Chain Forum.

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