TestPro makes the grade with aid from IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

IBM Rational software and IBM cloud infrastructure help build a Software as a Service model

Published on 27-Mar-2013

"Because it’s IBM software and we’re putting it on an IBM infrastructure, it’s a lot more efficient; it’s a lot easier for us to sell that total package rather than a piece from one organization and a piece from another." - Scott Marchant, managing director, TestPro

Customer:
TestPro

Industry:
Computer Services

Deployment country:
Australia

Overview

With an eye focused on high-quality service and reduced risk, TestPro provides customers with specialized consulting support and customized testing solutions geared toward software development and quality assurance. From its Sydney, Australia, headquarters, the firm aids with the automation and streamlining of testing processes including regression, load and performance testing.

Business need:
Having recently developed a software testing tool, TestPro wanted to market this offering under a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. However, the product needed a flexible IT platform to thrive.

Solution:
TestPro, an IBM Business Partner, launched its TestPro Automation Framework within the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise infrastructure and even moved its design efforts to the IBM cloud.

Benefits:
The new cloud solution helps drive business growth by providing TestPro with a cost-effective architecture to run its new service while also delivering a flexible platform for users.

Case Study

With an eye focused on high-quality service and reduced risk, TestPro provides customers with specialized consulting support and customized testing solutions geared toward software development and quality assurance. From its Sydney, Australia, headquarters, the firm aids with the automation and streamlining of testing processes including regression, load and performance testing.

Challenge
Beyond traditional outsourced testing services, TestPro also developed its own software offering — the TestPro Automation Framework — that allows customers to manage and perform complex testing initiatives independently. The TestPro Automation Framework offers a simple, nontechnical user interface to IBM® Rational® Functional Tester software, helping users generate and evaluate test cases faster than
using traditional methods.

Hoping to increase the marketability and functionality of this new offering, TestPro wanted to deploy it within a cloud-based architecture. Such a move would allow the business to transition its technology to
a Software as a Service (SaaS) model, simplifying internal management demands while providing outside customers with improved functionality and performance.

TestPro was already familiar with cloud systems, as it had used several of these platforms to support internal operations. When it came time to choose a provider for its new service, TestPro knew there was only one logical choice: IBM.


Solution
Already an IBM Business Partner, TestPro relocated its TestPro Application Framework offering to the IBM SmartCloudEnterprise architecture, enabling the company to deliver this application as a service. Now, when the organization secures a new testing customer, it can create a virtual test space within the cloud environment in a matter of minutes. Conversely, users bypass the installation and setup demands of traditional software purchases and can quickly begin vetting the integrity of their newly designed applications. Users can take advantage of the cloud architecture to quickly and easily restructure testing environments as demands shift.

Similarly, TestPro has used this opportunity to incorporate a cloud-based operating strategy into its day-to-day processes. The organization’s internal design team no longer reports to a physical office every morning to begin coding. Instead, TestPro staff members work remotely, accessing numerous design tools and Rational applications within the SmartCloud Enterprise architecture. This move allows the organization to reclassify its IT architecture costs from capital expenditures to an operating expense, meaning that it pays only for what it uses.

Benefits
• Cuts customer response times with a flexible architecture that can build new virtual test spaces in 20 minutes
• Delivers a pay-per-usage support contract that better aligns IT spending with actual demand
• Drives business growth with a new service that places customers in control and keeps operating costs low

For more information
To learn more about the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise architecture, please contact your IBM marketing representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit the following website:
ibm.com/cloud

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
Rational Functional Tester

Service:
IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

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