May 06, 2009 | New Offerings by Dominique Raviart
industry: Other Banking
Capgemini Financial Services, its unit focusing on the financial services sector, has announced a new testing tool, FIX Protocol Testing Accelerator (FPTA), for capital market clients.
FIX is a standard protocol used for exchanging information regarding trade of securities trade and of other financial instruments such as futures, options, equities and currencies. It usually is customized by clients to fit their own specific needs. FPTA is a set of tools that provides a gap analysis between the standard FIX protocol and the client’s own implementation of it. Once the gap analysis is completed, FPTA will genereate automatically test requirements and test scenarios and cases that, according to Capgemini, will cover 80% of the needs of the client.
FIX Protocol Testing Accelerator is a joint effort between primarily Capgemini and HP and two other technology vendors HP provides its testing execution software, Aegisoft its FIX protocol testing environment tool and Blueprint its tool for capturing best practices.
FPTA is productivity tool used by Capgemini for functional and non-functional testing. It currently has two clients.
There are several rationales for the launching of FPTA:
- Current testing software tools focus on actual test execution primarily. As a result, potential for productivity enhancements remain in the areas of test preparation. Capgemini claims FPTA focuses on test preration and is integrated with HP software tools for test exection
- Testing is by its very nature very industry-specific. However most test automation software tools are cross horizontal. FPTA brings a focus on sub-sectors such as capital markets
- Testing software such FIX protocol used in capital markets requires deep domain expertise. FPTA helps in capturing this domain expertise for domain requirements and guides testers in testing the system without them needing a deep domain expertise.