City software firm in hi-tech link up

David Richards: Chief executive
David Richards: Chief executive
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Sheffield and Silicon Valley-based WANdisco is joining forces with leading supplier of software testing services uTest.

WANdisco is integrating Massachusetts-based uTest’s quality assurance system into software created by its Electric Works centre in Sheffield to add new features to the company’s world-beating Subversion product.

Subversion dominates the software development market and is used by blue chip corporates that develop commercial software or bespoke administrative packages.

It enables developers working around the world to keep track of changes and ensure updates are made to the latest development version of the software they are working on.

Meanwhile, the software that has been developed in Sheffield – dubbed uberSVN – allows the same developers to use a range of commercial software development, debugging, testing and distribution tools.

The Sheffield software also enables them to let colleagues know about improvements they have integrated into the version of the software they are all working on and to communicate with the system using Smartphones and tablet computers like the iPad.

David Richards, WANdisco’s Sheffield-born chief executive and co-founder, says the company chose uTest because it had such a strong reputation for testing services for web, mobile and desktop applications.

“It’s a natural extension to uberSVN, enabling development teams to launch quickly while controlling the cost of testing,” said Mr Richards.