aqua makes digital transformation happen in the public sector

According to Deloitte Digital, 79% of government organisations struggle to find the right partners along their digital transformation journey. They often run into overpriced bids with dubious track records and no experience of providing a software testing tool in government sector.

aqua is the opposite: our test management solution has been in the market for 9 years, servicing high-profile clients — including Google — in both commercial and public sectors. In fact, aqua is more than the software: we help our clients set up their QA process to achieve best results with the resources they have

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Federal Motor Transport Authority says we tick all the boxes

We are proud to have been serving Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority for many years. Here’s what they like about aqua:

“For many years, aqua has been the central component of our test management. Further test automation and test tools as well as databases are connected around aqua.

The aqua support and development team is a reliable partner for the implementation of the customer requirements of the KBA.

Jörn-Hendrick Sörensen

Test Manager, KBA

 

aqua is more than software: we help you modernise testing procedures in the government sector

Our work with public sector organisations starts with a QA audit to identify the biggest challenges. Below are the some of our frequent findings:

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Traceability

In the public sector, knowing who approved the requirements to go into development or verified that the tested piece can be included into release is a must.

This level of detail can be excessive for more mainstream test management solutions, yet software without them would not fit requirements of a government agency

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Restricting access granularly

Government organisations that have both public-facing and confidential software would often want to limit information on the latter.

The old-school approach of using spreadsheets is very risky in that regard. Regular files can be easily shared — intentionally or accidentally — resulting in a serious data leak

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Integrating with old & existing custom tools

Modernising software testing and development does not necessarily mean that the entire government organisation is ready for big changes or can get them approved fast.

Some level of legacy support may be required for years to come

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Data security

Modern test management systems are generally going the Cloud route, often neglecting or outright cancelling the On-Premise offering.

Even if Cloud is an option for particular agencies, many service providers are not qualified for the European public sector due to having US servers only

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Migration

Migrating from internal solutions is extremely problematic for the public sector. Ideally, the picked software should have baked-in migration functionality for simple transition to the tool and from it.

Any help from a test management service provider on a case-by-case basis often means extra costs

Key aqua features that help digital transformation in public sector

aqua helps ditch outdated internal QA tools to optimize testing procedures while staying compliant with traceability requirements, maintaining security standards, and supporting legacy software if needed

ISO 9001 compliant logging

aqua records all changes to data on the server. The logging system stores actions of both past and present employees, actions concerning both existing and removed tickets, actions done to both tickets on the server and the server itself — such as giving/revoking licences and changing user passwords

Data records in test management tool aqua
Granular user permissions

aqua offers advanced user permission management. You can assign employees pre-defined roles or create custom roles that suit your data access policy better. There are over 100 permissions that you can give and revoke at any time

Advanced user permission management in aqua tool
Out-of-the-box and custom integrations

Our software comes with a dozen integrations, including JMeter, Ranorex, SoapUI just to name a few. aqua also offers out-of-the-box JIRA integration and a JIRA plugin for robust integration with the world’s most popular issue tracking system.

The most flexible piece of functionality here, however, is REST API support. You can use it to link aqua with any tool that your organisation has been using and/or would like to use in the future. Such connection does not require any involvement on aqua’s side, meaning your internal tools will stay internal

Qualified on-premise offering

aqua has plenty of clients in both Banking and Insurance, so our on-premise offering is a perfect test management solution for public sector. We also have flexible options for running aqua on your server. You can pick one of the three aqua tiers and then either let us help with updates & maintenance or handle everything in-house

Usage of test management solution aqua
Smooth & cost-effective migration

After reviewing options in the market, we created our own migration tool. You can use it to make your current data fit aqua’s formatting and then export everything to aqua, preserving revision security. We have had customers that migrated over 8M items; the move on average takes one day

Dependencies of test cases in aqua

ISO 9001 compliant logging

aqua records all changes to data on the server. The logging system stores actions of both past and present employees, actions concerning both existing and removed tickets, actions done to both tickets on the server and the server itself — such as giving/revoking licences and changing user passwords

Data records in test management tool aqua

Granular user permissions

aqua offers advanced user permission management. You can assign employees pre-defined roles or create custom roles that suit your data access policy better. There are over 100 permissions that you can give and revoke at any time

Advanced user permission management in aqua tool

Out-of-the-box and custom integrations

Our software comes with a dozen integrations, including JMeter, Ranorex, SoapUI just to name a few. aqua also offers out-of-the-box JIRA integration and a JIRA plugin for robust integration with the world’s most popular issue tracking system.

The most flexible piece of functionality here, however, is REST API support. You can use it to link aqua with any tool that your organisation has been using and/or would like to use in the future. Such connection does not require any involvement on aqua’s side, meaning your internal tools will stay internal

Qualified on-premise offering

aqua has plenty of clients in both Banking and Insurance, so our on-premise offering is a perfect test management solution for public sector. We also have flexible options for running aqua on your server. You can pick one of the three aqua tiers and then either let us help with updates & maintenance or handle everything in-house

Usage of test management solution aqua

Smooth & cost-effective migration

After reviewing options in the market, we created our own migration tool. You can use it to make your current data fit aqua’s formatting and then export everything to aqua, preserving revision security. We have had customers that migrated over 8M items; the move on average takes one day

Dependencies of test cases in aqua

Traceability

Many companies can track bugs and test their software development fine without a pro-tracking system. But aqua brings full traceability to your organisation and helps you to find answers to the most important questions in a matter of minutes:

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Is this requirement tested at all/ tested enough?

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Who did test that and how?

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What did they do exactly to verify it works?

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With what kind of data? User inputs?

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What version have they tested, in which browser & OS?

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Have the test cases been reviewed and possibly updated after the requirement changed?

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What defects have been found? Have they been retested? How exactly have they been retested?

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Who did change the requirement? What has been changed?

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Data records in test management tool aqua
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Extensive logging brings traceability

aqua logs every action done in your workspace. You can see who, when, and how edited a ticket or even removed it. The record will also include changes within the workspace, such as admins resetting user passwords, re-assigning licences, and adding/removing employees.

This depth of logging is useful for more than audits. You can get notified about certain changes to a ticket, visually compare the changes, and revert them if necessary. aqua helps you meet traceability requirements while also iterating upon them as a feature

Agile functionality with aqua test management tool
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Agile helps transform your IT processes

Digital transformation needs a start, and adopting the Agile methodology for government software testing is a good one. Sprints ranging from 1 to 4 weeks help split deliverables into smaller chunks, increase transparency, and identify blockers along the way. Prioritising essential tasks and optimizing the workload is how you make the most out of the time that your developers and QA specialists spend on the project. It’s even more important if you have to share staff within the orgasization or between organisations.

aqua’s agile functionality is built on three scrum pillars:

Transparency

  • Backlog to give an overview of what’s planned and needs to be done
  • Sprint description to clearly define the goal
  • Agile board to check the progress and keep everybody on track
  • Discussions under each item to keep every change under the radar

Inspection

Burndown chart to see how the team works, track if there are any deviations and predict whether the planned world will be delivered on time.

Adaptation

Refine the previous sprints, plan the new sprint based on what you learned through the work and progress

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Reporting wizard saves hours

Our reporting wizard solves two of the biggest pains about constantly sharing your progress:

  • aqua’s reporting wizard is very flexible, so you can fit any requirements from someone requesting the report
  • aqua can automatically generate reports at predetermined intervals

For a more sporadic overview, aqua also offers dashboards. They update automatically, reflecting all the important information reflecting how the project is progressing, and provide a fast visual alternative to filters. Users can create private dashboards that are visible to them only or share their dashboards with the team

Integration

aqua integrates with all the most popular tools among testers:

PowerShell and UnixShell

Perform shell tests and utilise shell scripts no matter the OS

Ranorex

Automate testing for your web, mobile, and desktop software

Jenkins

Harness continuous integration and continuous delivery with industry’s leading automation server

UFT

Utilise a well-established solution for automating functional and regression testing

Selenium

Test web applications efficiently with Selenium’s simple web browser automation solution

JMeter

Run load testing enhanced by dozens of third-party plugins

MSSQL

Automate database testing for databases powered by MSSQL

SoapUI

Nail manual and automated API testing

Oracle

Automate database testing for databases powered by Database Oracle and MySQL

and of course, REST API

You can connect aqua with any tool that your agency uses for testing or any other purposes. It doesn't matter if the other tool is too new or niche: REST API is a universal answer

Migration

Switching to aqua is simple as that and cost-effective

Compared to other vendors, you don't need additional costly migration tools. aqua’s team has developed our own migration solution. It reads all data from your current software, converts it into suitable formats, then writes it to aqua, allowing to:

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Migrate huge data
volumes

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Fulfill explicit compliance
regulations

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Ensure revision security
throughout the migration

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Preserve expanded File history right after the migration is done

Migration to aqua on average takes 1 day:

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Merge the fields of your system with the fields and values of the aqua elements (requirement, test cases, and test scenarios)

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Import the created file to aqua

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Our migration tool converts all read-out data into a needed format and imports it right to aqua

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Thanks to the intuitive, well-structured, and multilingual software interface, your testers master most of aqua’s functions after just a few hours

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Read our product guide to learn what features make aqua a money-saver for regulated industries

Our clients speak for us

Companies that want to keep up with digital change trust in aqua

“I was surprised to find such a comprehensive and mature tool for test management in the German market without having taken it seriously beforehand. aqua offers a connection to our existing tools like J-Meter, Jira and SoapUI. We have successfully replaced Testlink and have achieved impressive transparency across the entire QA.”

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Jörg Großmann
Head of Development, Bank 11

“I was impressed by the fact that such a large project with data transfer ran relatively more smoothly than a version upgrade of the Quality Center with project migration. We are happy to have chosen aqua.”

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Stefan Halstenberg
Product Owner Testing Tools, Atruvia AG

“For many years, aqua has been the central component of our test management. Further test automation and test tools as well as databases are connected around aqua. The aqua support and development team is a reliable partner for the implementation of the customer requirements of the KBA.”

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Jörn-Hendrick Sörensen
Test Manager, KBA

“Manual test cases are easily automated with aqua. Seamless integration with test automation tools helps here. Test cases can then be executed with different test data, thanks to variable sets maintained in aqua.”

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Dennis Seidel
QA Specialist, megapharm

“Thanks to aqua we were able to take our test management to a new level. The possibility to design modular and parameterizable test cases leads to a very slim structure, enables a high reusability and accelerates the creation of new tests. We are happy to have chosen aqua.”

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Slavcho Mavrodiev
Head of Software Development, CREM SOLUTIONS
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