Perfecto Mobile, the world’s leader in mobile app quality, provides a hybrid cloud-based Continuous Quality Lab that enables mobile app development and testing teams to deliver better apps faster. The Continuous Quality Lab supports testing processes earlier and more often in the development cycle, giving way to faster feedback and improved time to market.
1. Tell us about yourself. Please share a couple of interesting things not everyone knows about you.
I started to work in the hardware and software industry, then moved to Sun Microsystems as a senior QA manager for seven years. After that I managed verification and validation activities at NeuStar and General Electric. My next position was that of chief technology officer (CTO) at Matrix. And eventually I moved to Perfecto where I am working as a technical evangelist especially in the mobile field, but also in other areas such as web testing.
Mobile testing is one of the most interesting areas of focus for me, and I am constantly blogging about it in personal Blog. I’ve recently moved from Israel to Boston with my family and 2 cats and am enjoying the life in the U.S. You can talk to me on Twitter at @ek121268.
What does an Evangelist do for a living?
Actually a lot of things, but from a macro view I engage and track the market. In my specific case I track the mobile space (thanks to my previous experience I am very familiar with mobile trends) and apply these trends to quality practices.
I also speak frequently at different events, usually about mobile and web quality, on behalf of Perfecto. I contribute a lot of white papers and blogs, host webinars, and spend a lot of time working on product strategy. It’s always changing and always challenging, which is why I love it.
Two interesting things…
I have a twin brother, Lior, who not only looks just like me but he also works in the Quality Assurance industry. So I have a replacement if needed
The second thing is that I hold a patent, registered in the US under my name, currently working to apply this patent at Perfecto on the new digital space of Mobile and Web.
2. Can you tell us a little about your company and the Products that you are creating? Tell us more about the “DNA” of Perfecto. What makes your company the great place to work in?
Perfecto serves enterprise customers all around the world, mostly in the US. We have customers from many Fortune 500 companies who have huge demands and expect to get high quality services, so they can in turn deliver seamless experiences to their customers across the web and mobile channels.
The solution enables enterprises to create high-quality apps and sites, and is comprised of two components:
Firstly, a cloud platform containing thousands of real devices (phones, tablets, smart watches, etc.) connected to real live networks and desktop browsers for testing apps and web sites.
Secondly, a variety of testing tools allow users to perform manual and automated tests, as well as performance testing and monitoring, on web, responsive web and mobile apps.
Combined, customers are able to deliver the highest-quality experiences across digital channels, delighting customers and driving business.
Another major piece that sets us apart is our integration portfolio. Perfecto recognizes a major shift to open source tooling, and offers both a RESTful API and integrations with leading open source tools such as Selenium, Appium, Espresso, Calabash, Cucumber and Jenkins. In addition, Perfecto integrates with tools and IDEs from Microsoft, HP, IBM and CA.
As for our history, Perfecto has been in the field of Mobile and Web quality for years, and is still innovating and moving fast. (In fact, Perfecto was just named a Leader in Forrester’s Wave for Front-End Mobile Testing Tools, 2016). So working for a recognized leader in the industry has definitely made things here exciting. And since we practice Agile in development, we’re able to adapt and innovate quickly, keeping up with changes in the digital market.
In fact, if you compare Perfecto’s innovations with other vendors, you will see we release much faster than others. Our belief is that web and mobile are not only dynamic, but fast paced industries, so we must perform this way as well. I’ve found that if an organization is not following the web and mobile trends, it quickly becomes irrelevant to the market and does not deliver the product according to customers’ requirements.
3. How do you see the testing and development ecosystems evolving in 3 or 5 years from now?
I see that test teams are becoming feature teams; it is a movement happening within the last 1-2 years. The importance of quality is at an all-time high as digital experiences are working their way into our lives like we could only have imagined years ago (smart homes, smart cars, reliance on mobile devices). With more mature teams, I’m seeing dev teams take on more responsibly when it comes to quality in order to address shortened release cycles and higher quality demands. This also imposes a challenge (and opportunity) for testers to grow their technical skills and experience newer tools such as open-source and others and transform into DevTest roles.
The easiest way to be first to market with many digital cases is to reduce velocity but not to harm the quality of a website or app. What I see for the next 1-2 years is that while Agile is still growing, it is likely to become the de-facto approach for the digital development life cycle. Developers will choose more open source tools, as they tend to meet their needs of improving velocity without impacting quality.
Also in the app space, everything will be much more connected. Everything will tie back seamlessly together as user experience, technology and processes are more user experience and innovation focused.