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Strasz Unveils New Products and Features at the Upcoming ATP Innovations in Testing Conference!

Rory McCorkle, PhD, VP of Business Development
February 20, 2024

In the past two weeks, our blog has delved into the sessions and program we’re excited about for the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) Innovations in Testing Conference, scheduled for March 3 – 6. However, that’s not the only source of our excitement. At the conference, we’re also gearing up to share information about the ongoing evolution of our Pro! item development and banking software, our SetScore! platform for standard setting, and new AI features we’re rolling out.

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Mastering Item Bank Conversions: Proven Tips and Tricks for Seamless Migrations

Lisa Everts, Test Developer & Business Development
February 14, 2024

If you’ve ever found yourself tasked with transferring test items to a new software platform or a different section within an item banking system, you’re likely aware that it involves more than just the technical aspects of moving items. Numerous considerations must be taken into account for a smooth and successful transition.

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ATP Innovations in Testing Conference 2024 – Networking, Learning, and Connecting

Rory McCorkle, PhD, VP of Business Development
February 7, 2024

Welcome to the revitalized Strasz Assessment Systems blog! In the coming weeks, we’ll delve into insightful topics such as Standard Setting and our tool, SetScore!, designed to streamline the test development process. Additionally, we’ll explore the trending subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its integration into our item development and item banking tools, with a focus on their applicability for our clients.

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Cloud Security – Best Practices for Applications, Servers, and Networks

Rupesh Tiwari, SR Software Engineer Architect
October 12th, 2021

According to Statista.com, as of 2021, around 50% of all corporate data is stored in the cloud. This share reached 30% in 2015 and has continued to grow as companies increasingly shift their resources into cloud environments in the hope of improving security and reliability next to advancing business agility. Therefore, securing your data center, deployed workloads and your architecture in the cloud is now-a-days top priority for every company.

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Strasz Spotlight On: Ken White, Scrum Master and Fire Chief

John DeFalco, SR Software Engineer
August 6th, 2021

Ken White is a Scrum Master for one of our Agile development teams. He’s also our Production Support Operations Manager for the same customer. I don’t believe combining these roles is a practice unique to Strasz. What really sets Ken apart from most others is, he is also currently the Fire Chief for the Liberty Corner Volunteer Fire Department. So, it goes without saying that Ken has both an educational background and practical experience to bring teams of people together with a high likelihood of success. We’ve all heard of the chicken and egg paradox. So was the fire department the chicken and his college degree the egg? Or vice versa?

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There’s No Crying in Baseball … or Software Development

John DeFalco, SR Software Engineer
June 9th, 2021

I’ve been a developer for over 25 years, working as a consultant for large and small companies. I knew quite a bit, had seen it all, and knew how to get my job done efficiently. At least that’s what I thought before I joined Strasz. The largest professional existential crisis I’ve had to face in my career was when I realized how much I didn’t know. Life kicked open the door to a vast room that I didn’t know existed. Fabulous. Imposter Syndrome, meet John. I had two options – continue along and close my eyes to reality or dust off my notebook, roll up my sleeves and start educating myself.

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Cooking Up Code…using Mise en Place

John DeFalco, SR Software Engineer
March 8th, 2021

I like to cook. Well, the truth is, I like to eat! From an early age my mother instilled in me that if you want to eat, learn to cook, don’t wait for someone else to cook for you. So I did! This lesson extends beyond the kitchen to our software and certainly other places as well.

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Service Oriented Architecture and its implementation on-premise and in cloud

Rishabh Ajmera, Software Architect
October 28, 2019

Want to orient your services correctly? Hosting in cloud with Containers or with Server-less technology without following correct Service oriented Architecture principles is going to cause bigger problems – only those problems will be in-Cloud. After decomposing the monolith System into the right kind of services, see how to compose the UI together and allow for updates to multiple services. Yes, it is possible to do so on-premise or in-Cloud.

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Goodbye Passwords! Welcome Managed Identities in Azure

Rishabh Ajmera, Software Architect
October 28, 2019

Tired of storing credentials in config files and then encrypting those files, securing passwords at time of deployment and then storing it in a different place, troubleshooting deployed application not working and figuring out that it was human error in typing password in one of those deployment variables? Azure provides a solution by creating a user associated to Application which can be granted access to Resources. Let’s say Good Bye to Passwords for application deployment to Azure!

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Enemy Analysis

Doug Hieber, Senior Application Architect
October 16, 2018

In assessment exams, item enemies can undermine the validity of your exam. The author of this blog post says, use AI to separate item enemies.

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