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Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom, 2009/02/17 - nFocus, a leading UK software testing company, today announced that it has signed the first UK partnership agreement with Inflectra, a US provider of products and services to manage the software development lifecycle - nFocus.co.uk.
nFocus will be offering Inflectra products to all its existing customers for test management purposes. The company will also offer Inflectra's products to other organisations that are currently undertaking software development and testing.
Through the agreement nFocus will sell and support Inflectra's products including spiraTest, a highly cost effective Quality Assurance and Test Management system with integrated release scheduling and defect tracking. In addition to spiraTest, nFocus will offer spiraPlan to provide a complete Agile Project Management System and spiraTeam Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) system that manages project requirements.
By partnering with Inflectra, nfocus is adding to its existing portfolio of software testing services, from test consultancy, test automation, regression testing to the use of best-of-breed technologies and innovative test management processes to improve the reliability and performance of software systems.
Danny Crone, Technical Director of nFocus commented on the partnership: "Our search for a tool set to manage test cases effectively, while offering traceability and coverage of test execution, led us to Inflectra's spiraTest. spiraTest also integrates well with test automation tools and is a highly cost effective alternative to other test case management tools. We are looking forward to a long-term business partnership with Inflectra and are delighted to be representing them in the UK."
He continued: "spiraTest in particular will be a perfect addition to our new regression testing Virtual Test Service which aims to reduce the cost of regression testing. The regression test service assures that the changes made to our clients' applications do not adversely affect existing functionality. Manually checking is a costly and time consuming process and we believe that that our approach can reduce our client's current regression costs by up to 50%."
Adam Sandman, Director at Inflectra Corporation added: "Inflectra welcomes the chance to develop a closer working partnership with nFocus. This is a perfect match for us as we are now able to introduce our services to more UK organisations, while gaining a competitive advantage through a working partnership with nFocus's test consultants and their in-depth knowledge of software testing."
spiraTest is a complete Quality Assurance and Test Management system with integrated release scheduling and defect tracking. It manages your project's Requirements, Test Cases and Defects/Bugs with Requirements Traceability and comprehensive coverage analysis. For the project manager, it provides the ability to create, edit and delete a project's requirements in a hierarchical organization that resembles a typical scope matrix. Each requirement is mapped to one or more test cases that can be used to validate that your functionality works as expected.
For the tester, spiraTest provides the ability to execute groups of test cases - along with their test steps – so that the testers can follow the instructions and determine if the system being tested behaves as expected. Any deviations from expected behaviour can then be recorded as defects and managed in the defect tracking module.
As described in the Agile Manifesto, traditional waterfall software methodologies and lifecycles have failed to delivery projects on-time and on-budget. In addition, many systems built this way will fail to provide the expected business value as there is no ability to quickly refine the requirements as the project progresses.
Consequently software development has been transformed with these new ideas and concepts, with new methodologies such as Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum, DSDM and AUP becoming common. However the traditional tools of project management - requirements specifications, high level project plans, GANTT charts, white-board schedules and top-down task management - are too cumbersome and not well suited.
SpiraPlan™ provides a complete Agile Project Management System in one package, that can manages your project's requirements, releases, iterations, tasks and issues in one environment, fully synchronized.
SpiraTeam™ is an integrated Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) system that manages your project's requirements, releases, test cases, issues and tasks in one unified environment. SpiraTeam™ contains all of the features provided by SpiraTest® - our highly acclaimed quality assurance system and SpiraPlan™ - Inflectra's agile-enabled project management solution. With integrated customizable dashboards of key project information, SpiraTeam™ allows a user to take control of an entire project lifecycle and synchronize the hitherto separate worlds of development and testing.
nFocus is a UK (Midlands) based IT software and systems test consultancy. The company works with leading systems integrators including Cap Gemini and Microsoft, providing test consultancy and services to medium to large scale projects. In addition, nFocus's client base extends to smaller companies that may require software testing services.
nFocus offers managed services, automation services and test consultancy with a focus on quality assurance, risk mitigation and the provision of value based testing, where testing becomes a key part in the development process.
nFocus (nfocus.co.uk) has been delivering complex solutions with Microsoft Services Organisation since 2000 and hold a partner accreditation from the Cabinet Office.
Inflectra (inflectra.com) is a privately held software company dedicated to helping its customers - large corporations, small businesses, professional services firms, government agencies and individual developers – with the means to effectively and affordably manage their software development lifecycles, so as to decrease the time to market and increase return on investment.
For more press information, please contact:
Danny Crone, nFocus
T: 0870 242 6235 - E: info[.]nfocus.co.uk.