I can’t resist to show you the latest video we’ve sent to our customers on Valentine’s day. This is real footage of our latest product mPulse, born soon after the logNormal acquisition only a few months ago. I’m so amazed by the work done by our engineering team in such a short time! In a nutshell, mPulse redefines the Real User Measurement space, allowing customers to understand in real-time how their web and mobile apps are behaving in the field. To help deal with bad user experience of mobile and web apps, mPulse comes to the rescue with Big Data, Real-time Processing, Actionable Intelligence and amazing 3D visualization!!
Not much update from me in the last few months as we’ve been EXTREMELY busy We’ve been taken over by the whole mobile movement as our TouchTest Beta is going strong all across the world. We’re currently working with 100′s of companies who have a chance to be part of this beta to test their native application. The feedback were receiving is incredible and I’m helping a bunch of companies and partners to get started with our technology. If you’re into the mobile business (as you should be!) and are struggling with functional test automation, register on our website and I’ll be happy to get you started. If you’re still not familiar with TouchTest you can watch the webinar I ran in EMEA last month which will tell you why we came up with this new way of doing functional test automation for native applications. It has a lot to do with what customers were struggling with
You can also watch this video where Robert Scoble discovers TouchTest for the first time! He looks very impressed! Ken Gardner, our founder and executive chairman, and Tal Broda our VP of engineering, gives him an in-depth view of our product.
We’re also very busy on the partner front. In the past few weeks, we’ve announced some very important relationships with market leaders. Believe it or not, we’re partnering with HP as we’re able today to leverage their new public Cloud. We’ve also announced yesterday our support to the next-generation cloud from RackSpace and with OpenStack! As we’re working with 17 Cloud APIs today, supporting an open source API is very important for us and will help us integrate quickly OpenStack compatible cloud providers (if you’re interested to understand how we leverage Cloud APIs, there is a very good article from Dave Murphy on our blog). During the Rackspace event, Tom Lounibos and Dave Murphy gave their impression on the announcement and what it will mean for SOASTA in the future:
Last but not least, we’ve got more and more testers using CloudTest Lite (we’re seeing hundreds of download every day!) But we also want to influence developers to run more tests! As more developers are working using a PaaS, the best way for us to influence them is to be part of their development platform. That’s why we announced support for VMWare CloudFoundry last week. It will allow every developers using CloudFoundry to use CloudTest Lite for free during their development cycle. We’re the official test automation framework for CloudFoundry. That’s our present to them for their first birthday!
I’m writing this short note while attending the Selenium Conference in London where we have a chance to demo CloudTest and TouchTest to the Selenium community. I’m very excited to be in direct contact with true testers from all over the world and who are investing into the latest software testing trends. There are a few companies really innovative in this hot software testing market and we’re really glad to be recognized as such by the Selenium community. The Selenium movement has done a lot to help testers over the years and being part of this event is our way to say THANK YOU!
Did you know that IBM SmartCloud was part of the SOASTA Global Cloud? The SOASTA Global Cloud allows us to help customers from 39 locations across the globe by giving us access to more than 375,000 servers! Thanks to Cloud providers such as IBM, Microsoft Azure, Amazon EC2, GoGrid, RackSpace, Radix, etc.
Tom Lounibos gives a brief introduction about the IBM and SOASTA relationship and what it means for customers.
The crew of NBC Bay Area was in the SOASTA’s office yesterday to shoot a small report on some of the hottest Startups in the Silicon Valley. In case we needed a reminder, 2012 looks really strong especially for Cloud Computing companies. A good indication? It’s getting really tough to hire top notch developers right now in the Valley (We’re actually hiring software engineers right now!) and the money is flowing in the right direction (SOASTA raised $12M this month. We’re looking at expanding internationally and continue to bring AWESOME innovation into the software testing world, as early as first quarter of 2012. Stay tuned!)
Christmas is approaching fast and I thought I would treat you with another cool CloudTest Video Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the previous one which show you how easy it is to setup and use monitoring during a load and performance test when using SOASTA CloudTest Lite. Today I wanted to show you the power of CloudTest when it comes to testing from the Cloud.
I’ll be flying out to London next week and participate to 2 testing events.
First, I will meet our new partner Testhouse and hold a joint webinar: Load and Performance Testing in Today’s Web and Mobile World – A revolution with SOASTA CloudTest. This is an introduction to cloud testing where I’ll have an opportunity to share some of the good stuff we’re doing with SOASTA. If you’re into load and performance testing, you’ll quickly realize that there is no turning back: Testing from the Cloud is your best choice today if you truly care about the performance of your web or mobile application. I love games (big chess fan, not very good though. Ping me if you want to play on redhotpawn.com) and there will be a game with a very nice prize for the winner. I can’t tell you more …
On Friday, I will participate to the SIGIST Conference and yes, I will talk about … Cloud Testing. Hopefully, my talk will lead to some very interesting discussions! While I love webinar, face-to-face discussion are the best! Conference topics will range from test automation, agile testing, test requirements and of course performance testing! I can’t wait to hear Mieke Gevers talk: Ever been fooled by performance testing results. I can definitely relate to the topic and it should lead to a good discussion. The complete agenda for the conference is here [PDF]
I probably read too much behind Google’s latest annoucement about its Page Speed Service but still, I have to ask myself some questions. As I said yesterday, I do think Google Page Speed Service is a threat to all the consultants out there who are doing Web Performance Optimization. They mostly target SMBs and they’re going to struggle to compete with Google. It is also definitely a threat to the smaller web acceleration players such as Yotta, Torbit, CloudFlare or Blaze. Same goes for Aptimize who has just been acquired by Riverbed.
There was some substantial acquisition during my IBM years: In 2011, Informix ($1B), in 2002 PWC consulting ($2.1B), in 2005 Ascential ($1.1B). But the one I remember the most is the Rational Software acquisition in 2003. The acquisition came from nowhere for a whooping $2.1B! Being in a R&D environment, it has some impact on our development and test environment (for the better I might say). Our source control and change system CMVC migrated to Clearcase/Clearquest and we’ve adopted Rational Functional Tester and Rational Performance Tester as part of our tool set for testing.