Software testing lab opens in Sydney with the support of the NSW government

Focus on application performance diagnostics

A world-class specialist software testing lab was opened today by Polaris Software in conjunction with the NSW government.

The lab is geared toward the banking, financial services, insurance, manufacturing and services sectors with the Polaris Application Certification Enterprise (PACE) being set up by Polaris Software, an integrated global technology solution provider.

The Sydney-based centre completes a truly global PACE for Polaris and complements its Centres for Performance Diagnostics and Managed Testing Services in Canada, Northern Ireland and India.

However, the Sydney lab will concentrate on application performance diagnostics and managed testing services while India will focus on domain based testing and regression test automation.

Polaris Software Lab CEO and chairman, Arun Jain, said Sydney has a long and rich history in banking and financial services making it the most suitable location to support the complex requirements of leading banks in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

He said establishment of the Sydney PACE Lab will provide Polaris' clients in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong with a cost-effective near shore facility, critical for delivering zero defect software.

Software testing plays a critical role in ensuring business applications are delivered on time and cost, Jain added.

"The PACE lab has three clear focus areas: Enable high performance, reduce release time and minimise post implementation pain areas," he said.

"We are very excited about launching the Sydney PACE Lab, as this will complete a truly global, 24/7 PACE, and maximise the throughput in testing."

With revenues of A$280 million and more than 9000 software specialists in 16 countries, Polaris Software has been operating in Australia since the year 2000.

The company currently works with a range of clients including five of the top seven Australian banks as well as global giants like Toshiba, Canon and Firth.

Polaris Software director in Sydney, Anil Verma, said the Sydney lab is a major step in continuous value creation for customers.

Utilising PACE methodology, Verma said the lab will be able to reduce the process cycle time by over 50 per cent for customers in the region.

The Sydney PACE Lab is Polaris's first Australian centre of excellence, with the company planning to open other facilities around the country and in New Zealand.

Only recently, local market analysts warned that Australian businesses are wasting up to 50 per cent of software development budgets because they lack the resources, tools and knowledge to conduct efficient software testing.

Gartner application development analyst Partha Iyengar said shrinking time-to-market project deadlines and naivety about the benefits of software testing means that businesses are missing out on an opportunity to streamline and improve the quality of software development.

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