I recently caught up with the "Consumer-Driven IT" CA Communities team about contributing an introduction to the concept and practice of Service Virtualization (SV) for their blog. You can read the results here:
The message of SV resonates really well with today's most pressing Consumer-Driven IT challenges. Companies are being driven to release new applications to market faster than ever, through new channels that reach customers where they are: whether that means mobile devices, Cloud-based apps, within new social communities and trading networks.
But underneath all these new delivery methods, none of the existing infrastructure and complexity ever goes away -- in fact we have more change and chaos than ever, keeping track of partner applications as well as our critical mainframes and transaction services.
The only safe way to successfully reach market in such an environment is by using virtual environments throughout development and testing of each new piece of IT or software functionality. Using Service Virtualization, all the teams in these distributed environments get very stable labs that allow them to cover all needed customer scenarios, even if they are unavailable, unready, or undergoing change.
Hope you like the article and check out the many useful updates in CA Communities. Link: http://community.ca.com/blogs/perspectives/archive/2012/05/01/consumer-driven-it-accept-imitations-but-not-limitations.aspx