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Sweden, IKEA and Composite Applications

‎11-11-2013 11:48 AM - edited ‎09-18-2015 01:56 PM

Guest post by Ferhan Kilical, HP Software Senior product marketing manager


This year’s EuroSTAR event will take place in Sweden. The event is Europe’s top software testing event and it is where the software testing community gathers for an intensive three to four days of learning, networking and discussion. The event is celebrating its 20th anniversary and I am honored to be able to attend this year.


When I think about Sweden, the first thing that comes to my mind is IKEA—one of the biggest furniture retail stores in the world. It is famous for its unique shopping style and has stores in 40 countries/territories. It specializes in   affordable furniture that has to be assembled. The assembly is my favorite part. Most of their designs are component-based, allowing customers to mix and match to build their own furniture based on personal style, budget, space and needs. They all come with full assembly instructions, parts and most of the tools. (I have a nice collection of Allen wrenches because of my furniture assembly days.)



The IKEA way of putting together furniture in your home is very similar to the way we build modern composite, service-oriented and cloud-sourced applications. In modern application development and test, we simply simulate both modern and legacy applications consisting of software components, shared services, integrations and data sources. Application development and test is possible,  regardless of whether they run locally or in the cloud.

There is a key question that is often asked about application development:

What will happen when we are building these applications if we run into dependencies? These may include: such as:

  • Components that are still not built are
  • Components that are behind a firewall where access is limited, or
  • Pay-per-use components

If you have missing components or bolts when assembling the IKEA furniture, it is like testing without Service Virtualization tools.


HP Service Virtualization can virtualize many types of application components from Web and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) style services to business process and integration middleware, data access services and even legacy architectures such as mainframe transaction processing solutions.  HP Service Virtualization (updated datasheet on HP Connections) delivers fast results to testing teams and developers struggling with delays from constrained application and data services in production and cost-prohibitive cloud services. It provides time savings which map to faster and better quality delivery, and ultimately increased customer satisfaction and faster time to business revenue.



To find out other ways to think about Service Virtualization, I encourage you to read my other blogs here:


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Hasan Yükselten
on ‎11-26-2013 10:46 PM

Very nice comparison between IKEA and SOA. 

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