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Global On-Demand Crowdsource Software Testing Service Provider, PASS Group Expands to U.S. Market Due to Increasing Demand for Crowdsourced Application Testing
By: Marketwired .
Jan. 30, 2013 12:19 PM
WOBURN, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 -- PASS Group (www.pass.ch), a leading crowdsource software testing services provider, has launched its comprehensive crowdtesting solution passbrains to the U.S. market to meet the increasing demand for consumer-centric, professional & high-quality, software testing services delivered at low-cost. PASS' announcement comes on the heels of a successful launch in Europe in 2011 against a backdrop of the projected growth of the $50 billion quality assurance and software testing market. The revenue growth of crowdsourcing service providers has been staggering, jumping 75 percent in 2011, according to a report by massolution, a leading crowdsourcing and crowdfunding advisory firm.
Crowdtesting is a new disruptive technology being deployed by the world's leading companies as traditional IT and business models shift to embrace the "crowd." Enterprise level companies like eBay are curating their own crowds by utilizing an existing customer base and passbrains multinational army of currently 20,000 users and 2,000 highly skilled software testers in over 60 countries. Enterprise customers can use the passbrains.com platform not just in the form of a managed on-demand service, but also in self-service mode with their hybrid or private crowd.
"Our unique service model ensures best product quality while reducing testing costs and time to market for our clients," said Dieter Speidel, President and CEO of the PASS Group. "We achieve this through massive scaling of the number of external testers assigned during product development to test applications under real-world conditions."
Carl Esposti, CEO and Founder of massolution and Crowdsourcing.org confirmed that their research shows that "large and small companies alike are doing everything they can to maximize the end-customer experience, which today is as likely to occur at the end of an application versus a phone call or in-person. Crowdtesting provides the answer for those enterprises looking to lead or that are struggling to keep up."
While passbrains is best known for providing enterprise level crowdtesting solutions and a highly qualified "crowd" of professional application testers, it is now further expanded to offer an entire suite of real-time Testing Workforce Management solutions to large enterprises including recruiting, crowd consulting and knowledge networking through global experts. Uniquely, passbrains also allows customers direct access to its technology and methodologies as more enterprises are seeking solutions to integrate public and private crowdtesting approaches.
(Link: http://advertisers.crowdsourcing.org/passbrains) A November white paper, "Testing Applications for the Real World," by massolution, which was sponsored by PASS Group, outlines the impact of crowdtesting and how companies are realizing savings of up to 50 percent over previous software development processes.
"The wide availability of software testing professionals offering their services through a virtual Internet-based infrastructure and the rise of cloud computing make crowdtesting a natural extension of the crowdsourcing phenomenon," said Speidel. "Developers desperately need to test software under real-world conditions in order to work out bugs and defects in a matter days or weeks, not months, especially where different languages, browsers and platforms are all variables in software and app localization. Our successes in Europe and the projected growth of the U.S. software testing market enable us to hit the ground running."
"Managed crowdtesting is an excellent tool to further extend our quality assurance strategy by adding test resources with the most heterogeneous skill profiles, professional backgrounds, and cultural user behavior," said Michael Palotas, head of Quality Engineering Europe at eBay. "Crowd testers think and work in different ways than internal testers; this is why crowdtesting can still find bugs which haven't been detected through traditional software testing methods."
Passbrains crowd testers are thoroughly vetted, and clients work with a team of PASS' professional in-house project managers to streamline the entire process. "The data in our white paper confirms that as more testers are added to a project, the number of uncovered defects increases substantially. Identifying more problems in the testing phase with crowdtesting can have a hugely positive impact on a company's reputation and provide significant cost savings and damage avoidance by early detection of critical issues," added Speidel.
The PASS Group and massolution will be holding further conversations [http://www.crowdsourcing.org/search?q=passbrains&c=0] on crowdtesting on www.crowdsourcing.org.
To learn more about crowdsourcing and crowdtesting, read our new whitepaper (Link: http://advertisers.crowdsourcing.org/passbrains).
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