Revolution IT puts the crowd to the test

Revolution IT puts the crowd to the test

Summary: Revolution IT is harnessing the power of the crowd this week launching a crowd-sourced testing platform into the Australian market.

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Revolution IT launched its crowdsourced testing platform in Australia this week, with the company claiming website and app developers will be able to draw upon the feedback of more than 10,000 Australian testers, and 100,000 testers globally.

According to the enterprise application and business services management company, crowdsourced testing can encompass dozens of devices and is scalable to include a handful of local testers, to thousands in Australia and further afield.

Revolution IT's director, Hamish Leighton, claims that testing which once took weeks can be done in hours thanks to the company's new managed testing offering.

"We're Australia's only company with onshore delivery and management capabilities for crowd-testing," said Leighton, who co-founded Revolution IT in London in 2004.

"This means we can apply rigorous standards across the entire crowd-testing process, from ensuring testing covers all stated requirements, to delivering test results that are standardised, detailed and prioritised.

"Plus we can accommodate specialist crowd-testing requirements because we're backed by 200-plus full-time testers and a network of roughly 10,000 Australian testers," he said.

While crowdsourced testing provides an immediately scalable solution for companies hoping to push through website development quickly without forking out a fortune, security and privacy issues could be a stumbling block for financial institutions and other organisations dealing with sensitive information.

However, according to Revolution IT's national manager for digital solutions, Bala Kalimuthu, the company has measures in place to protect individuals' private data.

"There are some traditional measures that we take," said Kalimuthu. "Even if you hire Revolution IT testers to come in, you can take some traditional measures like data scrambling, and the company has to sign a non-disclosure agreement. The testers also have to sign a non-disclosure agreement. We also know the identity of the testers, and we can do a police check.

"In terms of communications layers, to protect against someone hacking into your system; generally for banking we use a security token, and there are VPN connections with customers. We can establish a private cloud of 200 people for your organisation, and between your datacentre, we can execute an additional security layer," he said.

According to Kalimuthu, Revolution IT's crowdsourced testing platform also complies with national data privacy laws, as it can draw upon thousands of testers within Australia and the data is not heading offshore.

Topics: Australia, Web development

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  • Revolution IT puts the crowd to the test

    I'm sorry, but so much of this story doesn't make sense or fill me with confidence in terms of governance and delivery. There is mention of the "service" being able to conduct testing "within hours" when it once took weeks while also ensuring that there is coverage of all requirements. This simply isn't possible, no matter what scale you use. There is the small detail of finding, logging and discussing possible bugs for a start. In the same way that 9 women can't have a baby in one month there is a limit to how many Testers can test a product. There are dozens of other logistical issues that also mean a claim of being able to test solutions "within hours" is impossible.

    There is also the claim regarding utilising "a network of roughly 10,000 Australian Testers". Even if quantity is more important than quality, I know for a fact that there are nowhere near 10,000 software testers in Australia that are qualified to perform effective mobile and App testing. This claim also conflicts with the statement regarding "police checks" - are Revolution IT going to run Police Checks on all 10,000 Testers?

    Just saying....
    colinda94