Around the (Route 128) World in (About Two) Days

David Rubinstein
October 31, 2012 —  (Page 6 of 7)

Growing off of software quality
Feeling as if a part of some life-sized video game, I navigated through the Cummings Center maze. After a while, the doors to the SmartBear offices finally appeared. (Actually, they were doors to the space SmartBear will be occupying when it is completed.)

SmartBear is in the business of selling tools for software quality. The company was founded in 2003 and was rooted in peer code review. Its first product, Code Historian, let developers find changes in code files, and the company grew with its then-flagship product, CodeCollaborator. Since then, the company has undergone a complete transformation both in executive leadership and its product line, and the 2010 acquisitions of testing companies Automated QA and Pragmatic Software led to the “new” SmartBear, with an emphasis on user-centric quality life-cycle management.

SmartBear too sees mobile and Web-deployed applications as the fastest-growing segment of the development market, and believes its notion of driving software quality throughout the application life cycle positions the company to take advantage of this shift.

“Code review is an effective way of removing defects early in the process,” said Ian McLeod, SmartBear’s chief product officer. “It’s important to get it right the first time, because [software] goes out so quickly, monitoring [code] is so important.”

Another key to taking advantage of agile development, and development of applications for multiple platforms, is the ability to automate tests, something SmartBear’s broad tool suite can offer. “It’s shocking how much manual testing is still going on,” said Betty Zakheim, SmartBear's vice president of product strategy. “I mean, this is a problem that’s been solved for a while now.”

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