Testing Talk Interview Series- Sauce Labs

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Sauce Labs is the leading cloud-based web and mobile application automated testing platform. Its secure and reliable testing infrastructure enables users to run functional tests written with Selenium and Appium, eliminating the time and expense of maintaining a in-house test grid.

1. Please tell us about yourself. Try naming two interesting things not everyone knows about you.

I am Charles Ramsey, CEO of Sauce Labs and today with me Lubos Parobek, Vice President of Product at Sauce Labs. I joined the company in February 2015. I took this opportunity because I believed in what Sauce Labs was doing, both in terms of leveraging open source software, and the tremendous opportunity to transform how dev teams test their web and mobile apps.

As for something not everyone knows I am a reader. I’m currently reading The Story of Civilization by Will Durant, which is the first book in a series of 11. And, if it were up to me, I’d rather be surfing.

2.  Can you please tell us a little about your Organization? How are you different and what makes you great?

Sauce Labs has been working on automated functional testing exclusively for seven years. Maintaining a cloud-based infrastructure for enterprises to test across hundreds of operating systems, browsers and devices combinations in the market is not easy.  The challenges associated with what we do, both on web and mobile, are real and significant. It’s no wonder that our customers prefer not to do this on their own.! The outcome of all of that effort and time is that we are able to handle about 1,300,000 tests a day on our own infrastructure with our own software. So our customers can test with extremely high velocity, availability, security and the ability to do both automated web app and mobile simulation and emulation. This is one of the categories that makes us unique and differentiated for our customers.

Even though we are increasingly selling to enterprise customers’, there is still a strong allegiance between Sauce and the development community. Individual developers and small teams prefer Sauce because we were built on open source frameworks such as Appium and Selenium and we make something that used to be considered a necessary evil–testing–fun for developers.

We are up to 125 employees and we have grown quickly over the last year. When I joined the company there were approximately 55 employees.

3. If I am not using your solution today, what are the top three things I am missing out?

If you are not using Sauce Labs and do not have an internal Selenium grid, it means that you are probably still doing Waterfall development. Mid-size and enterprise companies are moving from Waterfall development methodologies to Agile. After they turn to Agile, continuous integration and continuous delivery, they recognize the criticality of automating their functional tests using Selenium. Traditional manual testing methods cannot keep the pace with a continuous integration and continuous delivery shop. Once a dev team gets up to speed on Selenium and they realize the effort required to maintain an internal grid, they start investigating alternatives and that’s typically when they find Sauce Labs.

The other two items we should highlight are scalability and security. If we take into consideration velocity, it is not only the ability to test rapidly, but it is the ability to rapidly change the kinds of tests that you are running. For example some of our customers who are very significant testers move masses of work from PC to Mac, and we are probably the only vendor that is able to handle that kind of volume. It is important to recognize that we don’t use AWS or any other cloud provider; Sauce has its own cloud, offering speed, security and scalability. Our own infrastructure is the service provider that allows our customers to build custom parallel testing environments on the fly, to run tests, and to get very detailed results.

Lubos Parobek, VP of Products: One of the key things we offer is complete functional testing. We support desktop operating systems, browsers and mobile. You need to try Sauce Labs to realize how much additional coverage you can get, how fast you can test many things in parallel, and you can scale hundreds of new tests through our service.

4.  How do you see the testing and development ecosystems evolving in 3 or 5 years from now?

If you think about what Amazon, Apple, and others are doing voice recognition, the whole notion of using a keyboard, whether we are on multiple devices or on a laptop, is going to change dramatically. For example, the next two years the input from voice is going to be a requirement. Everything will have code and, lucky for us, that code will need to be tested.

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