Here is what proves that OZ has a lot to offer in the testing space
Aussie firm aims to build 10,000-strong software armyRevolution IT banks on crowdsourcing to help win business.
Australian software testing provider Revolution IT is hoping to turn 10,000 local software professionals into a pool of software testers-for-hire.
Just as sites like 99designs have popularised a model where freelance graphic designers compete for work at basement prices, Revolution IT is adopting a similar approach.
The CRN Fast50 entrant plans to invite thousands of local software testers and professionals to sign up for what it says is Australian's first managed onshore crowd testing service.
By combining these people with a talent pool of 100,000 via overseas crowdsourcing partners, Revolution IT hopes to become the "biggest testing organisation" in the world, in the words of Revolution IT director Hamish Leighton.
"This puts us on a globe scale, bigger than any other of the outsourcers. The pool of talent we can reach now is phenomenal."
The sheer number of testers, as well as the price and speed, are key selling points.
Leighton claims that projects that might take six months and cost up to $70,000 could be reduced to five to ten days at a maximum cost of $10,000.
Testing can potentially be done across multiple operating systems and many devices without building software testing labs.
Revolution IT has partnered with four crowdsourcing providers - 99tests, Bugfinders, Testbirds and Passbrains - customers of which, according to a presentation from Revolution IT, include the likes of Microsoft, Google and eBay as users. Locally, Allianz and ANZ are among those that have used crowdtesting.
"We're seeing people using it for SAP and CRM… ServiceNow rollouts," said Leighton, who added that he has seen the approach used on projects costing more than $10 million.
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