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Automated Application Intelligence

Greg Lambert
December 5, 2023
3 minutes

Testing is essential – and for most cases it is essentially useless.

Why is application testing needed? There are a few good reasons including:

  • Validating your assumptions that your installation went as expected.
  • Ensuring a deployment process is working as expected.
  • Ensuring the latest changes and additions are working as expected.
  • Making sure that you application is uninstalled or removed as expected.

The key words here are “as expected”. And now, what does that really mean?

Testing applications does not operate in vacuum. What we are really doing is comparing the results of change against a baseline. Software testing has been defined as:

The act of examining the artifacts and the behaviour of the software under test by validation and verification.

At Readiness, we think there is an extra step which includes, validating the results against a planned, programmed or documented baseline set of behaviours, artifacts and outcomes. At Readiness, it’s not just testing, it’s a structured comparison exercise.

Let me provide a few scenarios.

  1. You are migrating to a new target platform such a more modern desktop or server platform.
  2. Your team is converting your application installation packages to a new virtualization format (e.g. from App-V to MSIX)
  3. It’s Patch Tuesday, and the core build of your production environment will change in 72 hours.
  4. There is a new security baseline imposed, and you need to determine what will happen to installation, application exercise and removal of your portfolio.
  5. Here’s an easy one: a user request for a small, super easy to install, self-updating 3rd party utility that no one else will notice – honest, we promise. Really.

So how do you test?

At Scale and at speed?

And generate prescriptive, actionable next steps for your team?

You need an automated installation, application smoke-testing system that operates at a portfolio level (thousands of applications) and provides you with a “Delta” report. That is why Readiness developed the X-check technology with our proprietary Delta report.

What’s a “Delta Report”?

It’s simple – just show me the differences. We don’t generally need to know that 200,000 registry keys or thousands of files are installed. We (really) do want to know the following:

  • What applications installed on one platform but failed on another?
  • Which services did not start on a particular platform?
  • Did a firewall change on one platform get implemented successfully?
  • Did all of the printers get installed? For each application?
  • How were Microsoft Defender Exclusions handled?
  • Did all the scheduled tasks for each application get handled properly on each platform?

I have included a sample image of a common application – and the X-check or Delta report of the results of testing against two platforms. The image contains the results of installing Chrome on two different builds: Windows 10 and Windows 11.

google chrome

This is a great example, though not all the data is shown here.

As you can see, things can look very different on two different builds – and we think that the only way to absolutely know is to use X-Check from Readiness.

Get Guaranteed results – and let us show you how.

Greg Lambert

CEO, Product Evangelist
Greg Lambert is the CEO and product evangelist for Application Readiness Inc. Greg is a co-founder of ChangeBASE and has considerable experience with application packaging technology and its deployment.

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