North America Software Companies Embrace Agile-based Nearshore Test Automation Services From Avantica Technologies

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Latin America-based software engineering services company sees growing market for combined Agile and Test Automation capabilities

Avantica Technologies, one of the largest Nearshore specialists providing software engineering services to both start-up and established software companies, announced today the company’s automated software testing service grew 142% through the first half of 2012 compared to the entire 2011 year.

Gartner Research, a leading information technology research and advisory company, predicted in an earlier report that the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for application testing will grow 17% by 2012 from $2 billion in 2009. Independent, or vendor-provided, application testing as a separate business segment will grow at 50-60% Gartner said.

Test case automation as a subset of the application testing market is growing because of real business benefits such as:

  • Reducing execution time for regression tests
  • Greater test case coverage and multi-environment test execution
  • Time reallocated to execute other types of tests
  • Establishing a “continuous build” strategy
  • Automating results reporting and supporting performance test implementation

The rising popularity of automated testing services in North America from Avantica Technologies and other Nearshore software engineering services providers is related to a number of factors, including:

  • Widespread use of Agile development
  • Continued changes in traditional software engineering methodologies such as Waterfall
  • Focus on higher productivity and cost reduction

One example: over a five week Scrum-based rapid product iteration effort it is not possible to run full test cycles and full regression of previously run test cases except those that are automated.

Other influencing factors affecting the popularity of test automation services from Nearshore providers such as Avantica include rising dissatisfaction with the vast time-zone and distance differences between India and China outsourcers and North America; continued high turn-over of test engineers at far-shore outsourcers – up to 30% annually; and hierarchical, non-collaborative outsourcing business models.

Juan Carlos Porras, QA Unit Manager at Avantica Technologies, explained: “Our QA testing engineers, based in the company’s modern software engineering centers in Costa Rica and Peru, collaborating within an Agile model in the same time-zone, work closely with the internal engineering teams of our North American customers. Costa Rica, for example, is only one hour ahead of Silicon Valley, Peru the same time as Austin. These similarities matter for quality software delivery.”

Avantica Technologies uses a methodology emphasizing the early detection of test case candidates for automation and the automation of tests as soon as possible. Avantica QA engineers analyze every test case and consider different criteria to determine if the test case is suitable for automation. The QA engineers have experience with test case automation using various types of open source and licensed tools. The company’s tools experience includes Jmeter, BadBoy, WebInject, Selenium, Web Load, Load Runner, Test Maker and QTP.

About Avantica Technologies
Avantica Technologies specializes in providing software engineering services well-suited to both start-up and established software companies. Avantica's experience across the software development lifecycle - from design to development, testing and professional services - provides unique value to the company's Enterprise, Cloud, Social Networking, Consumer Web, Financial and Mobile app customers. The nearly 20-year-old company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with engineering centers in Latin America (Costa Rica, Peru). Our model is partner-centric, distributed Agile, English language, U.S. time-zone, economical, and quality software engineering. Avantica Technologies can be found at

Media Contact: Marisol Briceno, mbriceno@avantica(dot)net, (650) 587-1525

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