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SOASTA Addresses Top 5 Challenges in Mobile Testing Industry Today

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SOASTA®, Inc., the leader in cloud and mobile testing, today announced the results of its survey of 500 IT executives representing such industries as Global IT Services, Global Tech, eCommerce, Global Outsourcer, Insurance, Financial Services, Transportation and Retail. Nearly all the respondents, 94%, indicated multiple gaps in their mobile testing approach that lead directly to significant business risk. They ranked the top five challenges in the mobile testing industry today:

1. Development that falls behind without direct access and continuous testing on current devices using an expanding array of touch gestures
2. Time-to-market delays incurred by extensive and error-prone manual testing
3. Unknown app impact of actual device performance (CPU, network, battery)
4. Ignoring the threat of exponential mobile traffic spikes
5. Inexperienced testers who miss critical areas of mobile scale and functionality

When asked ‘where are the gaps in your mobile testing “factory” today?’ the participants responded:

  • Automated functional testing 57%
  • Real device performance 52%
  • Mobile Testing Skills 41%
  • Testing for mobile traffic spikes 41%
  • Access to the latest devices 37%
  • Easily installing mobile apps to test 28%

All of these challenges are addressed by SOASTA’s complete solution for mobile app quality:

1. Mobile device labs can be shipped ready-to-run, deployed in minutes and accessed locally and remotely by development and test teams
2. TouchTest software replaces manual testing with test automation that is precise and stable via the proven in-app, object-based capture and replay approach
3. Continuous Integration frameworks like Jenkins are utilized to push mobile apps to devices and run lights-out for 100% automated testing
4. Mobile performance is secured using CloudTest with unlimited scale delivered with the cloud and validated on real devices while tests run
5. SOASTA Services teams provide the deepest mobile testing expertise for turnkey testing services to strategy, implementation and education

“Mobile app users have no tolerance for apps that don't work as expected. SOASTA’s powerful automated mobile testing solution allows mobile developers using Appcelerator to focus on building transformative apps, safe in the knowledge that they will meet user expectations when they are released,” said Jonathan Rende, Appcelerator VP Products. “SOASTA and Appcelerator share the same goal of accelerating the continuous delivery of apps while improving quality.”

“Mobile is the driving force behind many of the major innovations of today, yet the fact that mobile functionality and performance remains unaddressed by more than 94% of the IT teams across verticals is no surprise,” said Tom Lounibos, SOASTA CEO. “SOASTA has recognized these gaps in the market at an early stage and we have developed our solution to meet the demands of testers. We continue to focus our innovative approach on compressing time-to-results to assure the best mobile user experiences, which drives our customers’ businesses.”

About SOASTA

SOASTA is the leader in cloud and mobile testing. Its web and mobile test automation solution, CloudTest and TouchTest, enables developers, QA professionals and IT operations teams to test with unprecedented speed, scale and precision. The innovative product set streamlines test creation, automates provisioning and execution, and distills analytics to deliver actionable intelligence faster. With SOASTA, companies can have confidence that their applications will perform as designed, even in peak traffic. SOASTA’s customers include many of today’s most successful brands including American Girl, Chegg, Gilt Groupe, Hallmark, Intuit, Microsoft and Netflix. SOASTA is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information about SOASTA, please visit www.soasta.com.

SOASTA is a registered trademark of SOASTA, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Other product or company names mentioned may be trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.

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