D Software Announces Zephyr, an Innovative, Next-Generation On-Demand Test Management System

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Zephyr offers next-generation slick and affordable test management and collaboration capabilities that enable test teams to achieve enhanced levels of productivity in order to ship high quality software on-time.

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As test engineers ourselves, we have used our deep industry experience to bridge that gap by designing an innovative system that uses cutting-edge technology and solves real world problems.

D Software, a startup in the Enterprise 2.0 space, today introduced and publicly previewed Zephyr, the next generation of test management systems, at the STARWEST 2007 Software Testing Analysis & Review Conference. Zephyr is an intuitive, feature-rich test management system with a best-in-class user interface, cutting-edge Web 2.0 features, and a collaborative, customizable experience.

Zephyr is designed to bring superior test management capabilities and a slick UI to the large market of currently underserved quality assurance (QA) teams. Today's test management systems force QA and software testing departments to use multiple disparate, outdated applications to plan, manage, and execute their day‐to‐day work. Zephyr closes the gap in product offerings by managing every aspect of a test department - its people and resources, projects and releases, test assets, test case and data repositories, execution cycles, defect tracking and reporting - by providing a centralized repository server and customized client views via Rich Internet Applications (RIA). Zephyr provides up-to-date status of all aspects of testing via interactive desktops, live dashboards, and instant communication features.

With Zephyr, companies can achieve increased productivity and efficiency, and improved quality of testing. Centralized and contextual department and project test assets, along with integrated management dashboards and instant collaboration, enable test departments to improve productivity, create higher quality products, and achieve faster time-to-market -- saving time and money.

Zephyr's unique features include: *Rich Desktops and Live Dashboards: Testing desktops provide managers, leads, and testers customized views of the project status, allowing managers increased management capabilities, as well as visibility throughout the project. *Instant Global Collaboration: Testers around the world can communicate and collaborate easily, reducing communication and knowledge transfer issues that occur between onsite/offshore teams. *Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-Based Integration: Open architecture allows for easy integration with other systems. *White Labeling: Test Outsourcing Vendors can customize Zephyr and brand it as their own. * Web 2.0 Features: Zephyr brings RSS, Blogging, Collective Intelligence, Themes, Tag Clouds and Real-Time Data Push into the test management space.

"The world of test management has changed, but the tools have not," says Samir Shah, Founder & CEO of Zephyr. "As test engineers ourselves, we have used our deep industry experience to bridge that gap by designing an innovative system that uses cutting-edge technology and solves real world problems."

Pricing and Availability
Zephyr is currently in beta and will soon be available in both SaaS and on-premise distribution modes. It will be priced on a unique pay-as-you-go model, allowing companies to avoid large upfront capital expenditure and complex binding software agreements.

About D Software:
D Software is an Enterprise 2.0 startup based in Sunnyvale, CA focused on empowering the product creation processes of Engineering and IT organizations globally through the development of intuitive, affordable software that contributes to augmented productivity, superior manageability, and enhanced collaboration.

Samir Shah of Zephyr
Phone: +1-408-524-1570
Web site: http://www.getzephyr.com


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