FORMER MICROSOFT CONSULTANTS URGE SOFTWARE COMPANIES TO CONSIDER RISKS OF TESTING IN-HOUSE.

Ricky Shome and Raj Narsapuram founded Testing & QA Solutions to offer flawless third-party testing to major technology companies around the world. Following nearly almost two-thousand test cases/test scripts at the discovery of over five-hundred bugs, the duo have become the go-to testing consultants across the Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Retail, Media, Telecoms and Healthcare sectors. Each client has admitted the same thing – that previous attempts to test in-house can be a recipe for disaster.

Testing & QA Solutions isn’t a household name, but something of an institution in the world of software testing and quality assurance. The company was founded by Ricky Shome and Raj Narsapuram, former Microsoft Consultants and award-winners in their own field. Having built their business from the ground up, they now have a bold and serious message for those trying to test software in-house; it rarely works.

“Many companies end up pausing their entire operation to test, which halts core activities as an inexperienced workforce tries to test software without the right equipment and, more seriously, without the right type of insurance to cover liability if they are bringing in a part-time consultant,” explains Ricky Shome, who won “Best Mobile project” at the 2013 European Software Testing Awards (info here). “Even getting to the stage where that consultant walks through the door can cost thousands in lost man hours as employees try to figure out who they need to hire and what qualifications they should have.”

Former MICROSOFT Consultants Urge Software Companies To Consider Risks Of TESTING IN-HOUSE.
Former MICROSOFT Consultants Urge Software Companies To Consider Risks Of TESTING IN-HOUSE.

Continuing, “By outsourcing they mitigate each of these risks, 100%. Third-party firms like ours have tens of thousands of pounds of equipment that’s purpose-built for testing, with the right licenses. Outsourcing to India also brings huge time zone advantages, as we work for clients in Western nations long after their workforce has retired for the day. In all, it’s cheaper and allows any software developer to focus on their core business while their creations are tested simultaneously by professionals.”

Raj Narsapuram is the company’s India-based Co-Director; who worked with Ricky at Microsoft and has since served many multi-national corporations. Conducting daily tests for new clients around the world, he has heard many horror stories from those trying to bite off more than they can chew.

“Ideally, a client will come to us with a fresh testing slate; allowing us to set everything up in our lab and do it right from day one. However, all too often we’re presented with a mess of data by those who have attempted to test in-house with sometimes disastrous results. These people end up spending two to three times as much and always wish they had outsourced at the first juncture,” he adds.

Testing & QA Solutions is perfectly equipped to conduct a wide range of functional/non-functional testing and test automation tasks. Their ever-increasing range of services currently includes regression testing, risk-based testing, testing of mobile apps, performance testing, usability testing and a plethora of other niche offerings.

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1 thought on “FORMER MICROSOFT CONSULTANTS URGE SOFTWARE COMPANIES TO CONSIDER RISKS OF TESTING IN-HOUSE.

  1. Outsourcing of Testing also has its major problems and limitations. The real problem is that companies do not understand what Software Testing is and who should be doing the work. If you hire, and pay properly, the right people and include them in the overall software lifecycle from the beginning you can build an effective in-house group.

    This problem has been around for years, and will continue while companies keep trying to go ‘cheap’ on their testing efforts. Admittedly some level of outsourcing can help, but completely outsourcing of the testing task is asking for an accident.

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