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What Does Software Quality Look Like?

One of my favorite discussion points to ask job candidates applying for any position related to software development is: Tell me what product, any product, you think of as a high quality product and why. More to come in a future blog on this and my other favorite question, but this I think is a […]

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Rethinking the Role of the Quality Assurance (QA) Team

I had the opportunity in my career to create a quality assurance (QA) team from scratch for a small software development company. Prior to this, developers and project managers would do all the testing. After petitioning for quite some time that this was not the best approach to ensuring quality, I was finally given the […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Support

The first thing any investment company must do in response to the new SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization is evaluate its current state of readiness. Chances are you have started a compliance program. However, we can help you understand your gaps, including areas where you need immediate action and longer-term changes to support the program. […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Program Challenges

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below talks about the challenges you can expect when developing a response program. Expect challenges in various areas: Data Availability: All required data elements may not be available internally. […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Foundational Work

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below talks about the foundational work companies should have already completed. By now, you should have a program in place that covers the following work streams: Engage Report Filing […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Deadlines

In our new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. While you can check out the full guide here, the snippet below shares some of deadlines that the new rules present. Form N-PORT If you are a larger entity with net […]

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Investment Company Reporting Modernization Goals & Expectations

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below shares the rules’ objectives and expectations. The SEC wants to improve: The quality of information that funds report to the Commission The Commission’s risk monitoring and oversight, examination, […]

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[Guide] SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization

In an effort to increase transparency, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted new rules and amendments, called Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules, which require registered investment companies to modernize their reporting and disclosures. While many investment managers have started their journey towards compliance, others have struggled. The new requirements can be daunting for […]

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QA Solutions for SharePoint Upgrades

On our Optimized Global Delivery blog, Cathy Zhang reviews QA solutions for SharePoint upgrades: As SharePoint gets stronger and stronger, SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2016 have more new features and abilities. Enterprise can provide more functionality to business users with less customization and at a lower cost. According to the upgrading solutions, QA strategy needs […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2017: Improve Testing in Sitecore

This session was lead by Brain Beckham and Viktoria Shostak from Brain Jocks. They talked about the typical way code moves from developer to integration to QA testing. They demonstrated how it is possible to end-up with an unstable release branch and proposed an alternative. Here are my notes from the session: What is Functional […]

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Recap: CA Webinar on Automating APIs for Real Testing Acceleration

We all know that organizations are becoming more focused on the ability to more quickly release applications. Service virtualization is one way to address bottlenecks in the development lifecycle and enable scalability through virtualized testing capabilities. Today, we presented on a webinar with CA, Automate your APIs for Real Testing Acceleration. Ronda Kiser-Oakes, Perficient’s DevOps […]

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Webinar: Automate Your API Testing with CA

Register Today!  Application construction and delivery best practices are key to having a successful go-to market strategy, especially when built with APIs, microservices, and other integration solutions. If you’re serious about changing the way you change your processes, CA and Perficient can show you how you can automate your APIs and create real ROI with […]

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The Final Frontier: Paper-Based Validation Testing

  As a big fan of efficiency, it pains me that most of us in life sciences still execute validation testing with pen and paper, present company included. All of those poor trees. All of that hand-cramping. All of that scanning. All of those migraine-inducing QA reviews in which we’re squeezing scanned test cases into […]

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FDA Warning Letter For Shared Passwords (And Other Offenses)

  On December 17, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. in Gujarat, India. Sun Pharma’s website boasts that it is the “World’s 5th Largest Specialty Generic Pharmaceutical Company” with over 2,000 products in more than 150 markets across the globe. When an organization that large winds up with a […]

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This Recent FDA Warning Letter Shows You Exactly Why Quality Matters

“Quality, quality, quality.” You hear it all the time from your QA colleagues. There are so many forms to fill out, trainings to complete, procedures to read and follow, and internal audits to produce records for. Sometimes, it’s so overwhelming that we’re tempted to just tune it out. That is, until we read an FDA Warning […]

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Bug Tracking Systems Aren’t Just For Bugs

Here in Perficient’s life sciences practice, we use a defect tracking system as part of our application development process. It helps us keep track of bugs and resolutions as we develop and test, but there’s nothing particularly remarkable about it…except that we use it for another purpose too: to track problems with our QA controlled […]

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45+ Documents That Life Sciences Companies Can Sign With Digital Signatures

I recently attended a webinar titled “10 Killer Applications for Digital Signatures in the Life Sciences Enterprise,” in which Rodd Schlerf from ARX, the maker of CoSign, discussed how various departments in a life sciences organization can make use of digital signatures. Although the list I gathered below from the webinar is just a glimpse of […]

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Testing Jimmy John’s Responsive Redesign: Lessons Learned from a QA Engineer

Enlighten was acquired by Perficient Digital in December 2015 When Enlighte (now Perficient Digital) embarked on a redesign project for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, it was a little bit daunting.  It would be a massive undertaking, with Enlighten leading other vendors in combining multiple sites and platforms into a unified user experience for a brand […]

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Apolitical Tech Lessons from the Healthcare.gov Meltdown

When Healthcare.gov launched, it drew an understandably high number of initial users. Millions poured onto the site, but they weren’t able to sign up for insurance due to technical glitches. As an impartial observer, it was interesting to watch media outlets struggle to find even one person that was able to sign up successfully. The […]

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Center of Excellence – Solution Assessments

The goal of a Practice Center of Excellence (CoE) Solution Assessment is to conduct an impartial review of a particular component (or components) of an identified solution or architecture or to address a particular application design pattern strategy concern. The assessment team will identify the purpose and scope of the assessment prior to beginning the […]

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