UK company nFocus Testing has been named as Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Partner of the Year for helping companies to develop, test and release quality software using Microsoft Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Azure and .NET.
OnWindows spoke to Ross Lister, managing director of nFocus Testing, to find out what the accolade means for the company
Tell me a little bit about your company and what you do.
nFocus was established in 1999 and provides a complete testing service. This includes ALM consultancy, testing within Scrum projects, test automation, testing mobile applications and test resourcing. We acquired our first customer Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) in 1999 and have helped to support the delivery of leading-edge projects based around the latest Microsoft technologies. In 2009, we were selected as MSC’s leading supplier of testing consultancy services. Around this time the Microsoft Visual Studio team engaged with nFocus to form a partnership to support the new testing tools offered as part of the 2010 release. This resulted in the company joining Microsoft’s Visual Studio Inner Circle Partner Program. Since then, we’ve helped organisations of all shapes and sizes to accelerate their adoption of Visual Studio, both on our own and in collaboration with the Microsoft Developer Platform Evangelist team.
Congratulations on winning the award. What does this accolade mean to your company?
We are delighted to receive this award. Our team consistently strives to provide an excellent service to all of our clients and to get recognition for this from Microsoft is a proud moment for us. We have been working with Visual Studio Quality Tools since their inception, helping organisations of all types and sizes to adopt them through consultancy and training. As a long-term partner of Microsoft UK, we are hoping the award will help raise our profile, and that of testing and quality assurance within both the partner and wider community. nFocus strives to be recognised as the preeminent testing company in the Microsoft space and winning this award is evidence of that expertise.
What competencies did you have to demonstrate to be a contender?
In 2011, nFocus became the first testing consultancy in the world to achieve Microsoft’s Gold ALM Competency – an accreditation we have retained ever since – which recognises best-in-class Microsoft partners that are capable of delivering high-end ALM solutions and projects. In addition, nFocus is the only company that has been selected worldwide to develop Microsoft’s Visual Studio Quality Tools Deployment Planning Service, which has been adopted by partners across the globe to help organisations adopt Visual Studio Quality Tools. Having recognised the company’s experience in improving quality through ALM, Microsoft invited nFocus’ technical director Danny Crone into its ALM Ranger Program. The programme is comprised of ALM experts, who help to develop the future of Microsoft’s ALM toolset Visual Studio.
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