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July 7, 2011

Scripting web services using Load Runner

Web services is a standardized way of interacting with Web-based applications using the XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI open standards over an Internet protocol.During the web service scripting you may come across various road blocks. Based on the project experience some points to be noted while scripting web services are mentioned below. Load Runner was used to script the web service operations in this exercise.

-          The major challenge faced, was the on-going modification of wsdl files once scripting has already commenced. Ensure that the wsdl provided is updated with all  requirements, as  this would eliminate the rework effort.

-          Web service operations,for which the request passes through XML gateway would require SSL security certificate to be installed in the Load Runner systems.After certificate installation and scripting, when we run the script a pop-up window would appear. In order to avoid the pop-up,uncheck "enable strong private key protection" checkbox in the certificate import wizard while installing the SSL certificate.

-          The web service request xml would be truncated if the request has large number of parameters.In order to avoid this issue, increase the tree-view request body limit from the default value specified, i.e. 2047.To change the value, go to run time settings -> Preferences - > Options.Increase in this value would display the request xml properly without truncation.

-          A major issue we came across was that wsdl could not be imported to Load Runner.It was found that the wsdl if not compiled properly, would result in this issue and hence ensure that wsdl obtained is working.

July 1, 2011

Is online banking going to be easy for banks to manage?

Banking has changed a lot with the advent of Internet banking as a channel for reaching customers. Customers are seeking more comfort in accessing banking facilities as well expect their banks to deliver value added services through channels like Internet banking. With customers expecting more return on investments, many banks are offering pure internet banking as a solution which gives more earnings to the customer. The overall banking landscape is changing as banks opt to provide pure internet banking facilities as part of their strategy to meet customer demands along with existing regular internet banking facility tied up to their other channels - branches, mobile banking and phone banking. How to make internet banking (pure and regular) more profitable for banks and competitively attractive?

 

Not stopping there, retail banking over the net has changed with the mushrooming of many online banking applications which help customers in managing multiple bank accounts, account aggregation, manage loans, categorize transactions, plan spending and earning, analyze finance pattern, help in switching banks and in a nutshell manage finance effectively. Few of the famous online banking applications include Xero, Wesabe, Mint, Money Manager, Expensr, and Smarty Pig. How banks can leverage these online applications to support them to reach customers effectively?

 

The answer to these questions lie in how banking firms are banking upon these online applications for online accounting and financial management services which add value to customers - in short how to leverage cloud computing for success in performance of internet banking. Internet banking is not simply funds transfer, bill payment and other vanilla services any more; but having an all encompassed internet banking application on their own is also out of scope for banks. These things make it is necessary for banks to take the services of online applications through cloud computing.

 

It will become essential to understand two important aspects to become competitively ahead in online banking: 1) Classifying online banking cloud based applications available and how to leverage these applications for providing customer focused functionalities and 2) Is it possible to have a 'Composite' banking application services/services provider who shall provide basic banking functionalities as well value added functionalities through the cloud wherein the service provider shall become the internet banking face for all competing banks.

 

Banking is going to be easy for customers but not for banks/service providers/application developers unless they leverage technology and adopt themselves to become a superior value provider!