Based on the tremendous customer and industry response to this news, we knew we had to unveil some additional details…soon. That’s why we coordinated a series of webinars featuring insights from Tricentis and QASymphony leaders.
The initial broadcast in this series featured Tricentis Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Wolfgang Platz. Wayne Ariola sat down with Wolfgang to discuss FAQs such as:
- The rationale behind the merger
- The integration timeline
- An overview of overlapping and complementary technologies
- The high-level roadmap for the integrated offering
You can watch the complete webinar on-demand. Here’s a quick excerpt from the conversation:
Wayne: The press release said, and the statement kind of captured me, it is “the most modern continuous testing platform,” which is something I’d like you to help us unpack a little bit, and then it goes on to say, “optimized for DevOps.” Help us understand that a little bit more, Wolfgang.
Wolfgang: Yeah. I like your question, and I like it because you already have a word in there which I find very, very tempting in that regard, which is “unpack it a bit”. When you called it a modern continuous testing platform, the way I would want to go into depth is really breaking it up into three pieces: what is most modern, what is continuous testing, what is platform?
First of all, as you mentioned, everybody’s now heading towards DevOps. If I have a look into our customer base, whoever I talk to, enterprise level, everybody, and simply everybody wants to go DevOps these days. What they have realized is that testing is the bottleneck, it is the roadblock from development into operations. So what we believe—what we very, very strongly believe—is that you cannot realize DevOps without continuous testing. That is why it is about continuous testing.
Now, it is about platform as well. We see that there are specific solutions for specific problems out there, and there is a plethora of those things out there. You have this kind of tool that addresses this a little bit, you have that kind of tool that addresses that a little bit, and so on and so forth. And all of a sudden, in former days, people who wanted to go for a comprehensive testing, they had to deal with 10, 15 different tools. And what are you going to do from an integration perspective?
So what we think is, when you have a look at the history of innovation in tools, you always see it like there is a best of breed, then there is a consolidation, there is a best of breed, there is a consolidation. What we think is that we now are the platform that aggregates the best of all best of breed in one, and that is really required for being able to serve the enterprise. So it is about a continuous testing platform that you need to play right.
Wayne: And that addresses the modern piece of it, because this is where we are in the continuum? Is that what you were trying to get to?
Wolfgang: Well, the modern even goes beyond. When I talk about modern, I want to make sure that we are plugged into the most modern methodology and technology. We do not just come with the most modern technology, but we also come with the most modern understanding of process, people, and all the interactions. So it is really a complete offering, with the most modern parts from different angles, and that is why we call ourselves the most modern continuous testing platform. Okay? Does that make sense?
Wayne: It does, absolutely. But there’s one last piece of the puzzle in that statement: optimized for DevOps. I’m not letting you off the hook on that one. Let’s address it just briefly.
Wolfgang: What we have found out is … and this is what you talk about optimized for DevOps. What we have found out is that continuous testing, as a necessity being brought into DevOps, is only going to work when you make it part of the entire CI/CT/CD pack. If you don’t get it to that kind of a maturity, you’re not going to fully benefit from that. What we believe is that, in order to make this happen, you got to solve for a series of different challenges. It is not just about test automation, it’s also about test data management, providing the right test data. It’s also about putting the system in a state that the test can really run, which we cover with service virtualization. If you want to really be plugged into the CI/CT/CD chain, you’ve got to solve for a series of challenges, and we are optimized to do that, because the platform covers that all.