ITKO Releases LISA 2.5 Automated Testing Software

Upgrade provides comprehensive unit, regression, performance and load testing with no-code "15-minute" usability, connectivity and monitoring capabilities for web sites, Web Services, J2EE and databases.

(DALLAS, Texas) - June 1, 2004 – ITKO (Interactive TKO) Inc. announces a release that brings quality within reach for the entire business software development team.

LISA 2.5 Automated Testing software from ITKO provides an elegant and complete no-code solution that the entire team can use throughout development, so businesses can confidently deliver mature, industrial-strength websites, Web Services and Java applications.

"LISA 2.5 represents a huge leap forward in ease of use, connectivity, monitoring and flexibility for our customers, making it possible for entire companies to commit to automated testing initiatives without breaking their timeline or budget," said John Michelsen, CEO and President of ITKO. "Within 15 minutes of installing LISA, our customers are connecting to and thoroughly testing an EJB or web service."

LISA consists of two components: LISA Workstation, which is the environment for defining and staging tests, and LISA Server, the "engine" that powers and controls scheduled tests and load tests. LISA was developed in pure Java and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, or any Java 1.3.1+ certified client platform.

New features for LISA 2.5 Workstation include:

* Enhanced user interface with a point-and-click Test Builder environment that even non-technical users can easily understand
* "What Next" Wizards take the guesswork out of discovering and interacting with most EJBs, web services (SOAP), databases and Java applications in one or two steps
* Test Case Template settings for a company or specific deployment environment can be stored and repeated, saving time in test creation and management
* Metrics dashboard of real-time graphing, statistics and data feeds from ongoing tests
* Ability to store, save and send any LISA test case or exact test run conditions, export data in multiple formats, and full support of JUnit/Ant builds, allowing true test collaboration among users.

New features for LISA 2.5 Server include:

* State-of-the-art metrics with new JMX support and improved SNMP browsers to allow LISA users to read and interpret performance results for almost any connected server
* Application server coverage, providing LISA with the most common presets and configurations for IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic, JBoss, and other servers.
* Efficient load testing performance – a single LISA Server can generate more "virtual users" than most applications or sites can handle at a fraction of the memory and hardware overhead of competing solutions.
* "Sandbox" ability to pull in and isolate multiple instances of an application or class during tests – a huge differentiator in active development environments where one or more components or EJBs cannot yet handle multiple test users.

Quality is more important than ever

Developers spend 80 percent of their time finding and correcting software bugs on average, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Software errors cost companies billions of dollars nationwide in terms of rework and lost cycle time. Add to this the impact of customer dissatisfaction and corporate accountability issues, and the fear around software quality is understandable.

New Internet standards such as XML and web services enable applications to talk to each other and leverage existing systems with greater ease. However, the expectations of competitive businesses have grown along with these standards, driving more complex applications. Each new integration point becomes an opportunity for failure.

Making the whole team own quality

"Since timelines and resources are limited, it is simply infeasible to thoroughly test a system manually," said Michelsen.

"Developers can unit test what they believe is a right outcome, but they are usually the least qualified to validate that the actual business requirements are met. QA teams can test for front-end bugs, but they have no visibility into the root cause of the errors they find. LISA provides deep testing quality that everyone can use."

To test effectively, businesses need to ensure that the solution is not only error-free, but that it meets end customer requirements and survives in deployment. As IT groups move their systems toward service oriented architectures (SOA), testing becomes a mandate. LISA offers easy connectivity out of the box, with a flexible extensibility model for testing from within any service oriented business application.

LISA 2.5 can easily uncover and report the exact source of any problems stemming from web and app servers, network transmission, database storage and retrieval, middleware, other applications and attached components (such as EJBs) from the environment level, to servers and apps, all the way down to the most granular Java code level.

"LISA's affordable licensing and ease of use provide rapid ROI to customers beyond simply improving the quality of their code," said Jason English, ITKO's CMO. "As new technologies are leveraged, and companies rely on multiple vendors and development teams, LISA accelerates software rollout and ensures a successful deployment over the long haul."

[Editors: Your readers are more concerned than ever about software quality, compliance, and performance. Feel free to contact ITKO to schedule an online product review or interview.]

About ITKO, a CA Technologies company

ITKO, a CA Technologies company, optimizes composite application lifecycles. Our LISA service virtualization and validation software increases the agility of developing and delivering complex and cloud-based applications to market faster, while shifting quality left to eliminate costly constraints and defects in an environment of constant change. ITKO solutions eliminate software dependencies, decrease release times, and increase the reliability of composite applications that leverage cloud computing, SOA, BPM, integration suites and ESBs. ITKO's global customers include 5 of the top 6 Fortune 500 commercial banks, 5 of the top 6 Fortune 500 telecommunications firms as well as leading firms in insurance, travel, retail, utilities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.ITKO.com.

ITKO Press Contact: Jason English - news@ITKO.com - 1-214.764.9318

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