Don’t you just hate that when you come up with a brand new software application and the darn thing becomes fodder for the Epic Fail website before it’s barely out of the box? There are a few companies like Google, Microsoft, Groupon and Intuit that made sure it didn’t happen to them. They had their technology tested and all bugs squashed before sending it to market.
Founded in 2007 by entrepreneurs Doron Reuveni and Roy Solomon, the Massachusetts-based company, uTest specializes in testing web, mobile, gaming and desktop applications to squirrel out issues before they are packaged up for consumer use.
The applications are tested for functionality, lead and usability. They are tested around the globe in every possible location, on every browser and operating system, using multiple languages. The service enables software manufacturers to have their products put through rigorous testing without the need for a long term quality assurance (QA) contract or staff to do the job. uTest has a of team over 30,000 testers which it draws upon once you specify your requirements. You get precisely what you need and don’t pay for unnecessary fringe services.
What are the benefits other than lower costs for your QA requirements? As uTest states it, “the path to profitability does not include buggy software.” You end up with a better product, increased global compatibility and a time-effective launch to market before your competition beats you to it.
One of the most prominent questions on everyone’s minds is, “Who are the testers?” In a sense they are freelancers that are skilled in various technology fields that are given the challenge of breaking a software application to uncover the weak points.
“When you’ve spent much your career testing software for lifesaving medical equipment and collision estimation, you learn to take QA rather seriously. So when Valerie Dale found uTest through a LinkedIn group, she was excited to have discovered a fun – and certainly less stressful – way to test the latest software applications from a wide-range of industries.”
The online application is available for anyone to access. It asks the applicant to specify their experience, skills and familiarity with hardware and software. The testers are encouraged to stay current by participating in webinars and forums or reading the monthly newsletter provided by the company. Resource material and support is offered from some of the keenest minds in the software industry, such as James Whittaker of Microsoft.
Thoughfully, eTest provides as much educational support to clients and it does to the testers. Through whitepapers, ebooks, webinars and newsletters, customers are given the opportunity to stay current on the developments in QA practices.
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