BEVERLY, Mass. – Oct. 7, 2014 – SmartBear Software, the choice of more than two million software professionals for building and delivering the world’s best applications, announced new versions of QAComplete and TestComplete to help organizations accelerate application delivery time and product quality by improving collaboration across software testing groups. In this release, SmartBear has also enhanced its mobile and desktop testing capabilities by providing support for PhoneGap, iOS 8 and Chromium Embedded Framework, among many frameworks.
Collaboration across groups is playing an ever more important role in ensuring testing keeps pace with shorter release schedules while maintaining product quality. Releasing software on tight schedules is leading to elimination of traditional divisions that segregated different software teams. A recent Forrester Research report effectively captures this trend by stating, “The walls between development, operations, and the business are coming down, ushering in a new age of collaboration that, in leading organizations, is already proving itself in delivering real business value faster and more frequently.”
As a result of this development, today running test cases and maintaining delivery quality is no longer the responsibility of testers alone but rather a joint effort among testers, developers and even business analysts. Despite the need to collaborate, these groups often end up using different testing tools for running, analyzing and managing manual and automated tests. As a result, basic tasks like tracking product readiness and ensuring test coverage can be difficult to complete, thereby lengthening the application time to market.
With QAComplete 9.9 and TestComplete 10.4 integration, SmartBear has focussed on helping organizations break silos and achieve testing agility. With a single interface for test orchestration, QAComplete 9.9 provides stakeholders a collaborative testing environment with full visibility across the test cases associated with a release. Team members cannot only collaborate on the design and planning of the tests, but also schedule automated and manual tests for different environments. Additionally, the reporting capability of QAComplete delivers a full view of all tests run across multiple platforms in one easy-to-use interface.
Collaboration can only work, however, if all the various platforms required for an application are supported, whether desktop, mobile or Web. In addition to the key collaboration capabilities of QAComplete 9.9, TestComplete 10.4 contains additional platform support for innovative standards such as HTML 5, Cordova, PhoneGap, Chromium Embedded Framework and iOS 8. These standards have become crucial for enterprises looking to decrease time to market by using platform agnostic development languages.
“Success of QA management and automation platforms is ensured when different users such as QA head, QA manager, engineers and business analysts have right insights to coordinate testing efforts across multiple platforms,” said Ajith J. Pillai, President & CEO, Nous Infosystems, a global solution partner for SmartBear. “With this release, along with enhanced support for mobile testing, SmartBear offers an integrated platform that delivers a unified view of all testing efforts across teams. As a partner who provides SmartBear related testing services, tool implementation, solutions to migrate testing products to the SmartBear platform, and a dedicated offshore based SmartBear lab, we believe a consolidated platform providing end-to-end traceability as well as support to manage and schedule all testing efforts is a big win for our customers.”
“Today’s testing teams have a cross-functional and multi-platform approach and usually include some form of combination of both automated and manual testing,” said Rich Caplow, SVP Product Commercialization at SmartBear. “TestComplete 10.4 ensures organizations can automate tests for new development offerings in the mobile, Web and desktop sector from day one. Additionally, QAComplete 9.9 provides a comprehensive view of each release, right from planning to execution in one interface. A better partnership across different groups and across platforms is achieved as a result of these developments, helping companies to achieve faster time to market.”