SmartBear Recognized As A Strong Performer In Omnichannel Functional Test Automation By Independent Research Firm

SmartBear Noted for Superior Capabilities in API Testing and Coding-based Scripting, Strong BDD Offering, and Clients that Like “The Flexibility of SmartBear Software’s Tool Expandability”
SOMERVILLE, Mass. — August 14, 2018 — SmartBear, the leader in software quality tools for teams, was cited as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Omnichannel Functional Test Automation Tools, Q3 2018[1]. Using 26-criteria, Forrester, the premier research company that works with business and technology leaders to develop customer-obsessed strategies that drive growth, researched, analyzed, and scored the 15 most significant omnichannel functional test automation (OFTA) providers. SmartBear believes that Forrester’s rankings validate the continued momentum SmartBear has experienced in the last 18 months by providing test automation tools that are robust, yet easy to try, implement, and use by software development teams with any level of testing experience, technical expertise, and on any platform. The report recognized SmartBear for offering “superior capabilities in API testing and coding-based scripting.”

SmartBear has an array of test automation tools, including ReadyAPITestCompleteCrossBrowserTestingTestLeftTestServerQAComplete, and Hiptest. SmartBear contributions to the open source community include their sponsorship of SoapUI and Swagger tools, founding of the OpenAPI Initiative, and support for other open source technologies such as Selenium.

“We believe our position in Forrester’s Wave ranking marks a major shift taking place in the Test Automation market,” said Ryan Lloyd, Vice President of Product, Test and Development at SmartBear. “Software development teams no longer want to be shackled by complex, expensive test automation platforms. The market is moving toward tools that foster collaboration, are open and interoperable, and are frictionless to try, implement, and use – and this is core to our product strategy at SmartBear.”

Forrester also noted that SmartBear provides a strong Test-Driven Development (TDD) and Behavior Driven Development (BDD) offering. In SmartBear’s view, these solutions empower developers to maintain their existing Continuous Integrations (CI) environments with ease while also providing a platform for business and technical stakeholders to communicate with a shared language. The addition of Hiptest to the SmartBear toolkit not only fortifies the company’s BDD offering but also adds to the various technical and non-technical users that SmartBear attracts with their variety of tools, including business personas, developers, QA professionals, and many more. With a diverse set of roles working at every phase of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), SmartBear focuses on the flexibility of their tools to fit seamlessly into the way teams are already working today.

To learn more about moving from manual to automated testing today, check out this free Test Automation Starter Kit: https://smartbear.com/automated-testing/starter-kit/

[1] Forrester, The Forrester Wave™: Omnichannel Functional Test Automation Tools, Q3 2018, Diego Lo Giudice with Christopher Mines, Luis Deya, Kara Hartig, July 26, 2018.

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Gigamon and Endace Partner to Provide Complete Visibility Into Network Traffic for Performance and Security Analytics

Partnership enables speedy, conclusive investigation for network security threats and performance issues

London, UK, August 14, 2018 – Endace, a specialist in high-speed network recording, traffic playback and analytics hosting, and Gigamon, the company leading the convergence of network and security operations to help organizations improve their security stance, today announced a technology partnership to dramatically improve visibility into network traffic for SecOps, NetOps and DevOps teams.

The partnership brings together the EndaceProbe™ Analytics Platform and the GigaSECURE® Security Delivery Platformto give analysts the complete packet-level visibility they need to quickly and conclusively investigate and respond to security threats and remediate network and application performance issues.

Typically, analysts often struggle to uncover the evidence they need to quickly determine the root cause of cyber threats, breaches and network or application performance problems so they can respond appropriately. This is becoming more and more challenging as threat actors increasingly leverage encrypted traffic streams to hide evidence of their activity.

The GigaSECURE platform, a next generation network packet broker, delivers customers total control over how they direct traffic to their security and performance monitoring solutions. It enables filtering, load-balancing and decryption of encrypted traffic in addition to other features. EndaceProbes accurately record network traffic at full line rate and provide high-performance hosting for network security and performance analytics solutions in Application Dock™ the EndaceProbe’s built-in hosting VM hosting environment.

By combining the GigaSECURE Security Delivery Platform with EndaceProbes customers can accurately record every packet on all segments of their network and decrypt encrypted traffic before it is delivered to hosted analytics applications and recorded by EndaceProbes.

“Investigating security threats or troubleshooting performance problems can be a slow, challenging and inconclusive process if you don’t have access to the packets,” said Stuart Wilson, CEO of Endace. “With the Endace and Gigamon partnership, customers have access to a highly scalable solution that delivers the definitive evidence they need to rapidly and accurately investigate and resolve issues.”

Phil Griston, Senior Director of Partner Marketing and Development at Gigamon, commented: “Combining the GigaSECURE Security Delivery Platform with EndaceProbes gives our mutual customers total control over, and visibility into, the traffic on their networks. They can direct traffic with absolute precision to the EndaceProbe platforms on their network for analysis and recording. And control traffic flows to the security and performance analytics solutions they have deployed – both hosted on their EndaceProbes or standalone.”

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Endace

Email: pr@endace.com
Australasia: Mark Evans
mobile +64-21-494 850
USA: Kelly Dorsey
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EMEA: Leah Jones (The CommsCo)
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Naomi Miller
Gigamon
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naomi.miller@gigamon.com

About Endace
Endace’s multifunctional Analytics Platform can host 3rd-party network analytics applications while simultaneously recording a 100% accurate Network History, enabling fast, accurate detection, investigation and analysis of network security and performance issues.

The platform enables agile deployment of analytics functions and dramatically reduces OPEX and CAPEX costs by consolidating datacenter hardware. Hosted applications can analyze live or historical traffic. Global customers include banks, healthcare, telcos, broadcasters, retailers, web giants, governments and military.

For more information see www.endace.com or follow Endace on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Gigamon
Gigamon® is the company leading the convergence of networking and security operations to help organizations reduce the complexity and increase efficiency of their security stack. The Company’s GigaSECURE® Security Delivery Platform is a next generation network packet broker that helps customers make threats more visible across cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments, deploy resources faster and maximize the performance of their security tools. Global 2000 companies and government agencies rely on Gigamon solutions to stop tool sprawl and save costs. Learn how you can make your infrastructure more resilient, more agile and more secure at www.gigamon.com, on our blog and TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

Software innovation spurs record-breaking M&A transaction volumes and valuations for enterprise software

Hampleton Partners Report Reveals Billion Dollar Plus Deal Volumes More than Double in Six Months

London, 14 August 2018 – In its latest analysis of global Mergers & Acquisitions activity in Enterprise Software, Hampleton Partners reports that the sector delivered its best half year on record with 522 transactions in total. Deal volume was up 11 percent year-over-year and up 15 percent from the previous half-year period. With above $1 billion valuations also rising fast – 14 during the first half of 2018, compared with just five in 2H2017 and three during 1H2017 – records for the sector are already breaking.

The top three acquirers over the past 30 months were: Wisetech Global, the Australian logistics software company (14 deals, including: Pierbridge Inc and SaaS Transportation); Vista Equity Partners (13 deals, including Allocate Software Plc and Gather Technologies) and Thoma Bravo (12 deals, including MeridianLink Inc and ABC Financial).

Miro Parizek, founder and principal partner, Hampleton Partners, says: “The rapid rise of software innovation, coupled with cloud-based applications, is delivering new companies, business models and jobs as well as record-breaking volumes and valuations in the first half of 2018.

“We’re anticipating that corporate tax cuts in the US will free up vast amounts of excess cash, leading to further investment in cutting-edge technologies, driving further M&A.”

Microsoft secures largest deal in enterprise software
Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub, a software development platform that has become popular with more than 28 million developers topped the sector’s deals in the first half of 2018. With over 85 million code repositories, it is used by companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google. As developers continue to influence key business functions across several industries, Microsoft is hoping the deal will boost enterprise developers’ use of GitHub.

Private equity’s continued buying spree
Private equity investors continued their strong run, announcing 81 deals, with total disclosed values exceeding $5.8 billion in 1H2018. This is an increase of 72% by transaction volume and a 119% rise in deal values compared to the same period last year.

With buyout fund activity maintaining the momentum from the end of last year, private equity multiples are also continuing to increase. Notable transactions such as the $1.1 billion acquisition of CommerceHub by GTCR and Sycamore Partners at 10x sales and 32x EBITDA suggests that private equity investors are increasingly willing to pay higher multiples.

Download the full Hampleton Enterprise Software M&A Report here for free: https://hampletonpartners.com/hampleton-enterprise-software-report-2018

Download the full Hampleton IT Services M&A Report here for free: https://hampletonpartners.com/it-business-services-report-2018

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Note to Editors:
Hampleton Partners’ M&A Market Reports are compiled using data and information from the 451 Research database (www.451research.com).

About Hampleton Partners
Hampleton Partners is at the forefront of international mergers and acquisitions advisory for companies with technology at their core. Hampleton’s experienced deal makers have built, bought and sold over 100 fast-growing tech businesses and provide hands-on expertise and unrivalled international advice to tech entrepreneurs and companies which are looking to accelerate growth and maximise value.

With offices in London, Frankfurt and San Francisco, Hampleton offers a global perspective with sector expertise in: Automotive Technology, IoT, AI, Fintech, Hi-Tech Industrials & Industry 4.0, Cybersecurity, VR/AR, Healthtech, Digital Marketing, Enterprise Software, SaaS & Cloud and E-commerce. Download sector reports here: https://hampletonpartners.com/research/.

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Experitest and Worksoft Join Forces to Extend End-to-End Continuous Testing to Include Mobile Devices On-Premise or in the Cloud

Enterprises Can Now Speedup Business Application Release Cycles by Testing Both Back-End Systems and Web and Mobile Front-End Interfaces with a Single Integrated Process

DALLAS and WIMINGTON, Delaware, August 13,2018 – Worksoft®,  a leading global provider of continuous test automation software for mission-critical enterprise applications, and Experitest,a leading provider of continuous testing platforms for mobile and web,today announced a new collaboration that extends code-free test automation to any mobile device or application, covering all Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows tablets.

Under this new partnership, Experitest and Worksoft deliver an easy-to-use, lower cost solution for running end-to-end business process tests on mobile devices – both on-premise or in the cloud.  Worksoft’s new integration with Experitest provides a rich cross-platform, mobile application testing environment with a variety of  deployment models. Tests can be run via the device cloud, a locally tethered device, or a simulator, providing true end-to-end continuous testing directly via Worksoft Certify test automation. Testing teams can create mobile tests with Worksoft Certify the same way they create code-free automated tests for any other application. This eliminates the need for teams to learn another tool and tests can be immediately leveraged as part of end-to-end tests.

In the digital age, business applications are growing similar to consumer applications – with web and mobile app interfaces, and rapid release cycles. To ensure smooth business operations, enterprises need to test business applications to ensure they work flawlessly on numerous browsers and mobile devices. Enterprise DevOps environments require end-to-end continuous testing to ensure quality when technology changes.

“Enterprises are rolling out business application updates at an escalating pace. To mitigate risks, the testing process requires continuity between back-end systems and front-end browsers and the mobile apps used to access them,” said Tal Barmeir, CEO, Experitest.  “Through the integration with Worksoft Certify, enterprises can now receive rapid feedback on how their business applications behave on numerous real browsers and devices.”

“Today’s enterprise application landscapes are increasingly complex, yet IT organizations remain under constant pressure to deliver new functionality, both rapidly, and without business disruption. Through our new collaboration with Experitest, we can better meet enterprise needs to test business apps on all digital platforms from a single point of entry, quickly and effectively,” said Brian Smith, vice president, engineering, Worksoft. “Enterprises can now extend end-to-end testing through Experitest’s platform  to include real devices,” he said.

About Worksoft

Worksoft is the industry’s leading continuous test automation platform for Enterprise Packaged Apps, offering a diverse ecosystem of service providers, software integrations, and machine learning solutions to enable true end-to-end, unattended automated testing of mission-critical business applications, including SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, Workday®, SuccessFactors, ServiceNow, and more. Microsoft, Cardinal Health, P&G, Honda, 3M, Intel and Siemens are just a few of the world’s leading global companies who have turned to Worksoft to achieve unparalleled continuous testing at scale and realize DevOps and Agile initiatives. Chosen by the world’s foremost Global System Integrators, Accenture, IBM and Cognizant, Worksoft is embedded into their ERP practices to support their Agile, DevOps, and SAFe methodologies and accelerate digital transformations.

For more information, contact Worksoft at info@worksoft.com or visit www.worksoft.com. For media inquiries, contact Debra Dekelbaum, info@worksoft.com, or +1 (972) 993-0425.

About Experitest

Experitest enables organizations to rapidly release better quality digital applications to the market. It’s SeeTest quality assurance platform, available as SaaS or on-premise solution, enables web & mobile application testing across a large selection of browsers & real mobile devices, and under real end-user conditions. The SeeTest platform includes functional and visual test automation, manual testing, and performance testing, and seamlessly integrates into all ALM environments (e.g., Appium, Selenium, UFT, Junit, Jenkins, Eclipse, Visual Studio, Xcode and Android Studio).

For more information, contact Experitest at support@experitest.com or visit www.experitest.com. For media inquiries, contact Ruth Zamir, support@experitest.com,or +1 646 491 6262.

iSQI and GASQ offer Selenium certification

London, 8/13/2018 – The International Software Quality Institute (iSQI) and the
Global Association for Software Quality (GASQ) are delighted to confirm that the
first module in the Certified Selenium Tester Scheme is now available as part of
their respective internationally recognised professional certification portfolios.

Both organizations, with established expertise in certifying testing professionals, are
offering this premier Selenium certification globally through a network of accredited
training providers.

The Certified Selenium Tester Foundation offers a practical training course; upon successful completion, participants will be able to create and run Selenium WebDriver tests without supervision. Participants in the course will learn about factors to consider when deciding to automate testing as well as specific techniques for navigation, interacting with GUI elements, logging, reporting, and more.

Stephan Goericke, CEO iSQI states “There is no doubt that there is an urgent, and rising,
demand for QA and test professionals with automation skills; Selenium is globally rated
as a top priority in the test automation field. The A4Q Certified Selenium Tester
Foundation offers real world job skills with hands on learning that will give an immediate
return on investment back in in the workplace. “

“Selenium is the lead technology in test automation and automated testing continues to
be a major transformational factor in software development. The A4Q Selenium Tester
Foundation certification offers significant value to organizations seeking to develop, and
recruit, individuals with Selenium Webdriver skills” says GASQ CEO Werner
Henschelchen.

The fist accredited A4Q Selenium Tester Foundation training courses will take be
delivered in September.

About iSQI
For almost 15 years, iSQI has been playing a significant role in certifying the know-how
of IT professionals in over 100 countries on 6 continents in 10 languages. Based in
Germany, the UK, Netherlands and the US, with global offices and a network of
accredited training providers, iSQI delivers more than 30,000 certifications per year
paving the way for successful career development.

Contact: Accreditation@isqi.org
To find out more about iSQI visit: www.isqi.org

About GASQ
GASQ is a global exam provider offering certification programs for software testers,
requirements engineering experts and usability professionals working. Through all of its
activities, GASQ strives to make it its core responsibility to increase awareness of the
importance of good software quality and of highly qualified staff and businesses in this
sector.

About A4Q (Alliance of Qualification)
The A4Q bring together global experts to create highly relevant certification syllabuses
and materials that can be delivered by certification exam delivery bodies and training
provider who meet rigorous quality standards.

Talari receives Recommended Rating from NSS Labs in industry’s first SD-WAN Group Test results

Talari is 1 of only 3 products out of 9 tested to receive ‘Recommended’ rating

9 August 2018 – Talari Networks – the leader in Failsafe SD-WANs™ – announced today that it received a “Recommended” Rating from NSS Labs in its first-ever Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) Group Test.

NSS Labs, Inc. is a global leader and trusted source for independent, fact-based cybersecurity guidance. In this groundbreaking, inaugural test, nine of the industry’s leading SD-WAN products were examined to help enterprises understand the merits of products in the market and identify the capabilities best suited to meet their use case requirements.

Talari’s SD-WAN offering was one of only three out of nine products tested to receive the coveted ‘Recommended’ rating. The NSS Labs tests covered key areas of differentiation for SD-WAN products on Quality of Experience (QoE) for VoIP, QoE for video and network performance.

The NSS Labs SD-WAN Group test provides the most comprehensive independent technical research available of SD-WAN products on the market today and is based upon hundreds of hours of rigorous testing. NSS Labs is committed to providing empirical data and objective group test results that enable organisations to make educated decisions about purchasing and optimising security infrastructure products and services. As with all NSS Labs group tests, there is no fee for participation and the test methodology is available in the public domain to provide transparency and to help enterprises understand the factors behind test results.

“While the SD-WAN market is growing quickly, it has also gotten muddled by the sheer number of vendors claiming to have a high-quality enterprise solution,” said Talari CEO Patrick Sweeney. “The NSS Labs SD-WAN Group test provides greater clarity by giving hard core technical answers on which vendors meet the needs of enterprises, versus other SD-WAN products that can’t pass, or will not submit to independent testing.”

Failsafe SD-WAN technology that delivers MPLS-class high availability and QoE for enterprise WANs using Internet connections to augment and/or replace their low bandwidth, expensive MPLS circuits is critical for enterprises seeking to adopt SD-WANs for the various benefits they deliver without sacrificing uptime or performance predictability for both interactive and real-time applications.

“The SD-WAN market holds strong potential and there are several impressive technologies available today for companies seeking to enhance or replace traditional WAN deployments,” said Jason Brvenik, Chief Technology Officer at NSS Labs. “The NSS Labs 2018 SD-WAN Group Test is the industry’s first baseline assessment of these technologies. Our testing validates that this is a technology that is ready for prime time.”

More information on Talari’s detailed results, comparative test results and the test methodology used can be obtained from Talari’s website, www.talari.com.

About Talari
Talari is the leader in Failsafe SD-WANs™ that deliver both MPLS-class high availability and high QoE (Quality of Experience) predictable application performance for both TCP-based apps and real-time apps like VoIP and videoconferencing, whether built on a hybrid MPLS plus Internet WAN fabric, or a WAN comprised of only Internet connections. Talari technology delivers a multi-link WAN with 50 – 400 times more bandwidth per dollar, WAN cost reductions of 40% – 80%, and greater network reliability and superior application QoE than any single MPLS network. Talari is deployed in over 500 customers in more than 9,000 locations in over 40 countries, and boasts a 90+ NPS (Net Promoter Score). For more information, visit www.talari.com.

About NSS Labs, Inc.
NSS Labs, Inc. is recognized globally as the most trusted source for independent, fact-based cybersecurity guidance. Our mission is to advance transparency and accountability within the cybersecurity industry. Our unmatched foundation in security testing, along with our extensive research and global threat analysis capabilities, provide the basis for NSS Labs’ Cloud Platform for Continuous Security Validation. This cloud platform empowers enterprises with objective, empirical data and allows them to gain continuous visibility, gather actionable insights, and rationalize investments in their cyber programs. The cloud platform lets enterprises know where they stand by continuously validating the effectiveness of their security products and assessing the impact of unmitigated risks to the enterprise stack. This gives business leaders the relevant information they need to substantiate their security investments. CISOs, Chief Security Architects, SOC and Threat Analysts, and information security professionals from many of the world’s largest and most demanding enterprises rely on trusted information from NSS Labs. For more information, visit www.nsslabs.com.

To learn more about Talari, visit www.talari.com

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