QA Labs Introduces a Cost-Effective Outsourcing Model for Encyclopaedia Britannica Software Testing Projects

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QA Labs provides all the benefits of near-shore outsourcing at 30% savings.

Encylopaedia Britannica has selected a combined near-shore/offshore outsourcing model offered by QA Labs for all its software testing and quality assurance projects. To provide the best possible software testing at a competitive price, QA Labs will deliver services out of Canada and India. This hybrid outsourcing approach gives Encyclopaedia Britannica access to lower overseas pricing without the logistical challenges of managing offshore outsourcing contracts.

For over a year, QA Labs has tested Encylopaedia Britannica’s CRM software including customer authentication and registration, billing and subscriptions, as well as the software that runs its flagship product, the Ultimate Reference Suite. To secure further Encylopaedia Britannica testing contracts, QA Labs offered the company a combined near-shore/offshore outsourcing model. This approach lowers testing costs more than 30% while reducing problems associated with offshore outsourcing such as time zones, language, cultural differences and proximity.

“There’s no scenario that makes me happier than having QA Labs manage testing projects, some of which will take place in India,” said Terence Boyle, Executive Producer at Encyclopaedia Britannica. “On a day-to-day basis we will work directly with QA Labs in Vancouver, not Bangalore. Using this model, we’ll benefit from lower offshore outsourcing costs, but can continue to work with a company that has a similar business culture and time zone.”

According to a Cutter Consortium report published last year, software testing is an ideal near-shore outsourcing activity, due to easier travel and closer physical proximity. By hiring QA Labs to manage testing, Encyclopaedia Britannica achieves the targeted cost savings from executing some testing offshore, but is not faced with potential communications difficulties associated with offshore development and testing contracts. If transition details get lost in the communication process the cost of outsourcing to an offshore company can rapidly increase, negating the lower hourly price.

“Managing offshore outsourcing contracts can become a headache for IT managers dealing with time zones, language and cultural differences. Still, the appeal of lower development and testing costs are attractive,” said Wolfgang Strigel, President of QA Labs. “This hybrid approach works for QA Labs because we can offer added value and lower costs to our customers and we are not losing work to overseas software testing companies.”

ABOUT QA LABS INC.

QA Labs Inc. is the largest independent software quality assurance and testing service provider in Canada, and is an international authority in the software industry providing contract testing, test automation, and test planning services, as well as QA process consulting and training. QA Labs Inc. helps clients make wise choices that reflect project constraints, industry trends and business considerations, leading to the critical competitive advantage needed today. For more information, please visit http://www.qalabs.com.

ABOUT ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. has been a leader in reference and education publishing since 1768. The company is known for the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica, the 26-volume Compton’s by Britannica and its pioneering work in electronic publishing. Its many digital products include Britannica Online School Edition. Recently published printed products include My First Britannica and the Britannica World Atlas. Britannica makes its headquarters in Chicago. More information is at http://www.britannica.com.

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