(SAN JOSE, Calif. November 13, 2017)- Industry-leading test management software provider, Zephyr, acquired the visual feedback and collaborative testing tool “Capture for Jira” from Atlassian on November 13, 2017, expanding their portfolio of software quality management tools.

Zephyr has been an Atlassian Partner for several years, and is well known for the tool Zephyr for JIRA, one of the top-selling test management solutions in the Atlassian marketplace since launching in 2012 with over 12,000 customers. Additional products and apps in the Zephyr family include ZAPIZephyr Enterprise Platform, and Zephyr Blueprints for Confluence. Zephyr also offers an Enterprise version of their software solutions with additional functionality and enhancements for quality assurance and development operations.

Of the acquisition, Zephyr CEO Scott Johnson shares, “We are excited to bring software testing innovation to Capture for Jira customers and expand our collaboration with Atlassian and our presence on their Marketplace. Atlassian has done a fantastic job with this product line and we are looking forward to building on this success with continued investments and innovation in the product. Development has already begun to bring new capabilities to our Capture for Jira customers, such as video capture, a browser extension for Edge, and a deep integration with Zephyr for Jira.”

Capture for Jira is a testing tool that allows software teams to collaborate with visual feedback. The tool has a deep integration with Jira Software, a project management tool for software developers, allowing users to capture screenshots within browsers, create annotations, and prioritize testing initiatives within the Jira platform.

“We believe Capture for Jira will thrive under the ownership of Zephyr. They have a proven track record in the software testing space and Capture for Jira aligns well with their strategic focus on quality and testing for all types of software and IT teams,” said Bryan Rollins, Head of Server Business, Atlassian.

Capture for Jira is used by thousands of companies. Learn more about Capture for Jira with a free trial on the Atlassian marketplace.

To ensure a smooth transition, current Capture for Jira customers will not need to make any changes or updates. Capture for Jira will remain on the Atlassian Marketplace as an app, current licenses and subscriptions will remain active, and support will be offered directly from Zephyr at https://www.getzephyr.com/support.

About Zephyr

Zephyr is a leading provider of real-time enterprise quality management solutions, powering Agile and DevOps transformations for more than 12,000 global customers across 100 countries. Product and IT teams of all sizes use Zephyr’s products to manage all aspects of their testing lifecycle to release high quality software, faster. Zephyr’s feature rich products address today’s dynamic and global needs across a variety of industries including finance, healthcare, media, mobile, IT services, and enterprise software. Zephyr is headquartered in San Jose, CA with offices in King of Prussia, PA, Europe, and India. For more information, please visit www.getzephyr.com


Contact: Robb Ellis





SOURCE: Zephyr

New Test Data Converter Links DATPROF to Tosca

Connecting correct test data with various scenarios is no longer a challenge for Tosca TDM. Valori automated this ‘chain’ at the hackathon using the standard datprof2tosca converter. The result: fast and secure production-style anonymised subsets. This new service is now available through Valori.

“One of Valori’s specialities is Tosca, a powerful product with which to implement the processing side of testing automation,” says Valori’s Mark Schut. “However, unfortunately up to now creating your own test data in Tosca was complex and time-consuming. At a recent hackathon at Valori in Nieuwegein, a team of four testing experts and DATPROF thus tackled a particular challenge together: thinking up a way to greatly simplify the generation of test data with DATPROF in Tosca, using existing (anonymised) production data.”

Synergy Between Two Tools
“Earlier this year Valori entered into a unique collaboration with DATPROF, leader in specialised and user-friendly TDM solutions,” adds Bert Nienhuis at DATPROF. “Using DATPROF Subset enables the generation of consistent subsets, which gave us an idea. Shouldn’t it be possible to realise a synergy between the existing tools DATPROF and Tosca? We started brainstorming and soon found a remarkable solution.”

Completely Functional During Hackathon
During the course of a hackathon organised in late May at the Valori offices in Nieuwegein, Mark and Bert – together with Valorians Joost Jongman and Steven Dijkman – implemented an entire chain, first subsetting and anonymising data from a (fictional) production system and then loading it into Tosca using the converter. “This converter allows DATPROF to fill Tosca’s TDM with anonymised subsets in a fully automated fashion, while ensuring the data security as well,” Joost states. “Test data is easy to manage and production-like test data is used, recognised by the chain.”

New Proposition Great Addition
“The hackathon was a great opportunity to try out our concept in practice. It’s fantastic that we managed to get this done together as well. This new proposition is a great addition to our current services,” concludes Steven Dijkman.

Contact Details:

Maarten Urbach | DATPROF
Email Id: maarten@datprof.com

Nieuwe testdata-converter koppelt DATPROF aan Tosca

De juiste testdata koppelen aan verschillende Tosca testscenario’s: dankzij de nieuwe koppeling tussen DATPROF en Tosca wordt dit nu nog eenvoudiger. Valori heeft deze ‘keten’ geautomatiseerd met de standaard datprof2tosca-converter. Het resultaat? Snel en eenvoudig veilige productie-like geanonimiseerde subsets voorhanden. Deze nieuwe dienstverlening is vanaf nu beschikbaar via Valori.

“Eén van de specialiteiten van Valori betreft Tosca, een sterk product waarmee de proceskant van testautomatisering geïmplementeerd kan worden,” zegt Valori’s Mark Schut. “Punt van aandacht was echter wel dat het niet altijd eenvoudig is om zelf geschikte testdata te genereren voor testgevallen. In sommige situaties is dit zeer complex of zelfs niet mogelijk. Tijdens een recente hackathon bij Valori in Nieuwegein stond een team van vier testspecialisten samen met DATPROF dan ook voor de bijzondere uitdaging: kunnen we een manier bedenken waarop het genereren van testdata met DATPROF in Tosca een stuk eenvoudiger kan verlopen, gebruikmakend van bestaande (geanonimiseerde) productiedata?”

Synergie tussen twee tools
“Eerder dit jaar is Valori een bijzondere samenwerking aangegaan met DATPROF, toonaangevend in gespecialiseerde en gebruiksvriendelijke TDM-oplossingen,” vult Bert Nienhuis van DATPROF aan. “Met DATPROF Subset kunnen consistente testsets worden gegenereerd en dat bracht ons op een idee. Het moest toch mogelijk zijn om synergie te realiseren tussen de bestaande tools DATPROF en Tosca. We zijn gaan brainstormen en kwamen al vrij snel tot een bijzondere oplossing.”

Volledig werkend tijdens hackathon
Tijdens een hackathon, eind mei gehouden op het Valori-kantoor in Nieuwegein, hebben Mark en Bert – samen met Valorianen Joost Jongman en Steven Dijkman – een volledige keten geïmplementeerd, waarmee data uit een (fictief) productiesysteem eerst gesubset en geanonimiseerd werden en vervolgens via de converter in Tosca werden geladen. “Dankzij deze converter kan DATPROF geheel geautomatiseerd het TDM van Tosca vullen met geanonimiseerde subsets, waarbij ook de dataveiligheid geborgd kan worden,” stelt Joost vast. “De testdata zijn eenvoudig te beheren en er wordt gewerkt met productie-like testdata, erkend door de keten.”

Nieuwe propositie geweldige aanvulling
“De hackathon bood ons een prima kans om het concept dat we hadden bedacht in de praktijk te zien werken. Fantastisch dat we ook dit samen voor elkaar hebben gekregen. Deze nieuwe propositie vormt een geweldige aanvulling op onze huidige dienstverlening,” besluit Steven Dijkman.

Contact Details:

Mark Schut | Valori
Email Id: markschut@valori.nl

Tricentis Acquires Flood IO, Scaling Open Source On-Demand Load Testing for DevOps

Tricentis extends leadership in software test automation by adding load testing to its Continuous Testing platform

Mountain View, CA- July 27, 2017 – Tricentis, leader in Continuous Testing and software test automation, announced today that they have acquired Flood IO: the industry’s most flexible and scalable on-demand load testing solution. Flood’s breakthrough technology frees load testing from resource-intensive performance labs and “shifts it left” with a simplified and highly-scalable approach. Together, Tricentis and Flood are transforming load testing for today’s lean, fast-paced delivery pipelines.

Transforming Load Testing for DevOps and Agile

Flood lets DevOps teams test how their applications scale with massive load generated from around the world.  Test plans can be defined in open source tools such as JMeter, Gatling, and Selenium, or specified directly in the Flood interface.  Over 5,000 companies globally already use Flood, including DirecTV, Bloomberg, Heroku, Red Hat, NEC, ABC, Paperless Post, AT&T, Riot Games, and Telus.

Tricentis is recognized for transforming traditional testing to meet the needs of Agile and DevOps processes. This acquisition broadens that mission to embrace load and performance testing—enabling teams to “shift left” load testing and integrate Continuous Load Testing into their delivery pipelines.

“Times have changed. Old performance testing approaches are too late, too heavy, and too slow for today’s lean, fast-paced delivery pipelines,” explained Sandeep Johri, CEO of Tricentis. “Yet, releasing updates without insight into their performance impact is incredibly dangerous in today’s world—with competitors just a click away. Flood’s technology offers DevOps teams unparalleled flexibility for load testing early and continuously. This acquisition enables us to take our mission of ‘transforming testing for DevOps’ to the next level.”

Andrew Midgley, Software Testing Lead at REA, described how Flood helped REA break free from legacy performance testing approaches: “We previously had very specialized tools for load and performance testing that were quite expensive. They were very richly featured—but completely disconnected from our everyday development tools. We ended up with a couple of engineers who were quite good at load and performance testing with our enterprise tools, but the majority of engineers found the barriers too great. With Flood, we have moved to an approach which is far more inclusive and utilizes many of the tools our engineers are working with on a daily basis.”

The Flood team has joined Tricentis and will continue driving the Flood technology forward. “At Flood, we set out to build insanely easy-to-use performance testing tools that help teams scale their apps to millions of users,” remarked Tim Koopmans, Flood co-founder. “Joining forces with Tricentis will help us advance our vision for achieving Continuous Load Testing in a DevOps environment. We’re excited about the opportunity to accelerate the path to Continuous Testing—making it faster and easier to ensure that applications meet users’ rising expectations.”

To bring load testing into the fold of Tricentis’ Continuous Testing platform, a fully-integrated offering uses Tricentis’ scriptless test cases for “shift left” load testing. This enables teams to:

  • Start load testing with any Tricentis Tosca cross-browser test case
  • Create smoke tests on the fly with the Tricentis Tosca recorder
  • Integrate load testing into CI for immediate feedback
  • Identify performance problems early—when they’re easiest to fix

Details on the Tricentis-Flood integration, as well as upcoming enterprise load testing offerings, will be unveiled at the Accelerate 2017 conference in Vienna.

The Need for Early and Continuous Load Testing

“Agile delivery cycles rely on continuous quality, including user experience and performance testing across dynamic release cycles (and we are also seeing increased use of open source),” explained Melinda Ballou, Research Director for IDC’s Agile Application Life-Cycle Management (ALM), Quality and Portfolio Strategies program. “Organizations are re-architecting the quality process for accelerated delivery to help enable business adaptability and brand innovation that ultimately impact competitive responsiveness and the bottom line. As part of that process, I am seeing adoption of lightweight, continuous load testing emerging across development teams, from early-stage startups to large enterprises.”

Additionally, The Forrester Wave™: Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools, Q4 2016* confirms the importance of early load testing as well as the convergence of functional testing and load testing: “Driven by mobile, the internet of things, and the need for speed, dev teams want to use their functional test cases not only for user acceptance testing (UAT) and automated regression testing, but also for testing load performance — and they want do more of it. Performance testing is shifting left, meaning that teams test load performance early and locally so they can fix their designs sooner rather than later.”

Additional Details on Tricentis and Flood Load Testing

For additional details on the acquisition and upcoming offerings, see the Tricentis Continuous Load Testing page, Tricentis Acquires Flood IO, Scaling Load Testing for DevOps blog, and Flood Has Joined Forces with Tricentis blog.

About Flood IO

Flood is a load testing platform that lets you run globally-distributed performance tests with your favorite open source tools, including JMeter, Gatling and Selenium. Scale out your flood load tests for maximum concurrency and throughput at any given time. We’ll take care of the infrastructure and provide aggregated, real-time reporting. Our distributed grid infrastructure was built with a “shared nothing” architecture that lets us scale horizontally beyond the capabilities of any other load testing service on the market today.

Whether you need to load test a single URL, simulate realistic browser behavior with Selenium, or execute large concurrency and volume with JMeter or Gatling, Flood provides a simple and affordable platform for scaling load tests on demand. Start a free trial at https://flood.io.

About Tricentis

Tricentis provides a Continuous Testing platform that accelerates testing to keep pace with Agile and DevOps. With the industry’s most innovative functional testing technologies, Tricentis breaks through the barriers experienced with conventional software testing tools—achieving test automation rates of over 90%. Our integrated software testing solution, Tricentis Tosca, consists of a unique Model-based Test Automation and Test Case Design approach, encompassing risk-based testing, test data management and provisioning, service virtualization, and more. Prominent analysts have recognized us as a Leader in both Software Test Automation and in Functional Automation Tools. We are established as a reliable enterprise partner, helping to deliver significant performance improvements to testing projects.

Tricentis’ 400+ customers include global names from the Top 500 brands such as HBO, Toyota, Allianz, BMW, Starbucks, Deutsche Bank, Lexmark, Orange, A&E, Vantiv, Vodafone, Telstra and UBS. For regular news and information about Tricentis and the automated testing market, like and follow the company on: www.tricentis.com

©Tricentis and Tosca are registered trademarks of Tricentis.  Other trade names used in this document are properties of their respective owners.

Contact Information

Anne Stanley
(415) 800-5383

Wayne Ariola
+1 (650) 393-3054



SOURCE: Tricentis 

Award-Winning Qualitia Now Supports Mobile Test Automation

Pune, June 01, 2017 – Qualitia, the leader in script-less test automation, has announced that it now offers support for test automation of mobile applications. With its easy-to-use, unified interface, Qualitia’s new release allows manual testers and business users to automate their test cases for mobile applications and achieve faster time to market.

Mobile, undoubtedly, is a very big part of the current as well as the future digital world. Increasingly, enterprises are moving several parts of their existing processes for their employees, customers, and partners, to mobile apps. This movement towards the mobility has brought a different and more complex set of challenges for testers.

“Over the last few years, Qualitia has helped several global enterprises achieve tremendous cost and time-saving in their test automation initiatives. It was time to take the next step and now we are extremely proud to release the fast, easy, and reliable mobile functional test automation platform which can be used by automation engineers, manual testers, as well as the business users. With Qualitia, quick and reliable automated mobile testing is now a reality”, said Ashutosh Saitwal, President & CSO at Qualitia Software.

Qualitia’s mobile test automation offers out-of-the-box integration with popular DevOps tools such as Bamboo, Jenkins, and TeamCity. Qualitia also provides seamless integration with Sauce Labs, which is one of the popular cloud-based testing platforms. The latest release offers full support for Android and iOS devices with various form factors, multiple operating system versions to test native, hybrid and web applications. It also offers direct out-of-the-box support for complex test cases.

“We were very cautious about maintaining Qualitia’s unified experience even for the mobile test automation. The initial feedback from the beta users is extremely encouraging”, says Rahul Chaudhary, Managing Director and CEO, Qualitia Software.

While ensuring the intuitive and easy automation for hybrid applications, this release ensures a solid backend technology.

“Qualitia is designed to think like a QA expert. It offers a broad technology and platform coverage for test execution with the ability of parallel execution across platforms including Cloud. Qualitia makes it very easy to create mix mode test cases for handling complex real-life use cases”, says Amaresh Shirsat, CTO, Qualitia Software.

To know more about the latest release, visit http://www.qualitiasoft.com/

About Qualitia
Qualitia is a pioneer in scriptless functional test automation. Qualitia has enabled businesses to transform the way software functional testing is done, by significantly optimizing cost and effort to make “Go Live” decisions with high confidence. With Qualitia, large enterprises are successfully driving “Shift Left” agenda in Agile & DevOps environment.

Qualitia is appreciated by Gartner, IDC, Forrester, Ovum and many leading analysts for it’s innovative approach to software test automation.

Media Contact:
Monica Paul
Qualitia Software

SmartBear Announces Acquisition by Francisco Partners

Investment by Leading Global Technology-Focused Investment Firm to Support Company Accelerated Growth

SOMERVILLE, Mass. May 3, 2017 SmartBear Software, the leader in software quality tools for teams, announced today that Francisco Partners, a leading global technology-focused private equity firm, has acquired a majority stake in the company designed to support the company accelerated growth. Terms of the transaction were not announced. 

SmartBear is highly profitable and has been growing at double digit rates for more than five years. The investment by Francisco Partners will help support the company’s growth which has been fueled by the demand for solutions to manage the application lifecycle and the rapidly expanding API economy. Francisco Partners has a strong track record of successfully accelerating growth in technology companies by providing M&A expertise, market guidance and capital. 

With software permeating all sectors of the economy, the need for easy-to-use tools to help developers build and test new applications continues to grow. The interconnectedness of these applications through APIs is also forcing businesses of all kinds to re-think how they interact with and best serve their customers. In addition, the ever expanding combinations of applications and devices are making software quality even more complex.

SmartBear is integral in helping software developers and testers create the highest quality software applications with products, including TestComplete, QAComplete, Collaborator, AlertSite and CrossBrowserTesting. SmartBear portfolio of products also includes some of the largest open source and commercial products for API design and testing, including SoapUI and Swagger. There is a new trial of a SmartBear product every four seconds. 

The acquisition by Francisco Partners marks a transition in lead investors from SmartBear original 2007 investor, Insight Venture Partners. During Insights period of investment, the company grew from a single product company for U/I testing into an industry leader in software quality tools for teams with multiple product lines and over 20,000 customers. 

We are thrilled to partner with Francisco Partners, said Justin Teague, CEO of SmartBear. Teir track record for growing companies is unmatched, and they are the right fit for the next phase of SmartBear expansion.

SmartBear has built a robust product portfolio addressing the critical software test management and automation needs of development organizations, said Brian Decker, Principal at Francisco Partners. The company has an especially impressive leadership position in the rapidly growing API lifecycle management space with its flagship open source products, SoapUI and Swagger. We are excited to partner with Justin and the SmartBear management team as they continue to drive tremendous growth in the business.

We are excited to be working with SmartBear as the company embarks on its next stage of growth,said David Golob, Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Francisco Partners. The company stands at the intersection of two powerful trends in the software industry: the advent of the API economy and the movement toward grassroots team-based and individual purchases of software in enterprises.

SmartBear Software was advised by Evercore and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Francisco Partners was advised by Paul Hastings LLP.

About Insight Venture Partners

Insight Venture Partners is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in high-growth software, SaaS, mobile and internet-enabled companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Founded in 1995, Insight has raised more than $13 billion and invested in more than 250 companies worldwide. Our mission is to find, fund and work successfully with visionary executives providing them with practical, hands-on growth and acquisition expertise, to foster long-term success. 

For more information on Insight and all of its investments, visit http://www.Insightpartners.com or follow us on Twitter: @Insightpartners 

About Francisco Partners 

Francisco Partners is a leading global private equity firm, which specializes in investments in technology businesses. Since its launch over 17 years ago, Francisco Partners has raised over $10 billion in capital and invested in nearly 200 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. The firm invests in opportunities where its deep knowledge and operational expertise can help companies realize their full potential.

About SmartBear Software

Supporting more than five million software professionals and over 20,000 companies in 194 countries, SmartBear is the leader in software quality tools for teams. The company’s products help deliver the highest quality and best performing software possible while helping teams ship code at nearly impossible velocities. With products for API testing, UI testing, code review and performance monitoring across mobile, web and desktop applications, SmartBear equips every development, testing and operations team member with the tools to ensure quality at every stage of the software cycle.

For more information, visit: http://smartbear.com, or for the SmartBear community, go to: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.

Contact Details: 
Tracy Wemett | BroadPR 
Email Id: tracy@broadpr.com 

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