Revolutionary, turnkey solution automates and streamlines the management and tracking of QA’s mobile devices, applications and tester activity
February 5, 2012 ‒ Atlanta, GA ‒ Mobile Labs, LLC, a leader in automated, cross-platform mobile application testing, today announces the release of deviceConnect™, an internal device cloud that delivers comprehensive management capabilities for mobile devices in corporate test labs and the apps that require testing. deviceConnect allows a group of testers located anywhere within an enterprise’s worldwide, private infrastructure to easily share a set of mobile devices for manual or automated testing of mobile apps. deviceConnect works in conjunction with Mobile Labs’ Trust™, an industry-leading automated functional and regression testing tool for mobile applications. Via its web-based console, deviceConnect provides testers with remote access to test devices—including Android and iOS smartphones and tablets—while simultaneously letting QA leaders manage the entire test pool as well as view device detail, such as each device’s name, manufacturer, model number, OS version, and apps currently loaded for test. The solution allows management to filter devices by platform, availability, apps loaded on the device and more.
deviceConnect is a second-generation, software-based device cloud that revolutionizes mobile device sharing by making it economically and physically possible for more organizations to benefit from device cloud management. Using a very light hardware footprint, deviceConnect can be rapidly deployed anywhere within an enterprise that has Ethernet connectivity, and a deviceConnect cart may be easily wheeled from location to location without the need for environment or power experts and with very brief downtime. deviceConnect is a complete solution, delivered to the customer configured and ready for use. Its simple Web-based management interface allows anyone within the organization to manage the device cloud without specialized training or tools.
Unlike public device clouds, deviceConnect’s installation inside an enterprise’s corporate infrastructure makes it highly secure. In addition, its location behind the corporate firewall makes it easy to install and manage. The solution can be remotely maintained with new releases pushed to the customer. Housed in a compact mobile cart, deviceConnect takes up a fraction of the space in a data center that other on-premises solutions occupy. This turnkey solution consists of a server, which runs the deviceConnect software, and a rack available in multiple configurations to accommodate large quantities of mobile devices, each of which has a hard wire connection to the cart’s server.
According to Mobile Labs President and CEO Don Addington, enterprise test devices are often misplaced, locked in a desk drawer over the weekend or accidentally taken with associates on vacation. When a particular device is needed to test an app and that device is missing, testing is delayed. Considering the pressure and aggressive time lines enterprise developers and testers are working under to get high quality apps deployed, missing devices create a major stop gap in the application testing process.
“By streamlining and automating the inventory management of QA’s test devices, deviceConnect solves this problem while also providing QA with an almost immediate ROI, because it improves tester productivity and efficiency. The solution also minimizes the increasing complexity associated with managing and tracking multiple tester locations, devices, platforms and operating systems,” Addington explains. “While deviceConnect was built with enterprise testing organizations in mind, the benefits extend to departments outside of QA. There are many departments within large companies that can use deviceConnect to manage mobile devices, including marketing, sales and customer support organizations.”
According to Cap Gemini and Sogeti’s fourth annual World Quality Report, “a troubling two-thirds of organizations (65%) do not have the right tools to test mobile applications and equally concerning is the 52% who do not have access to the required devices.”
Mobile Labs solves both of these problems with its solutions. Trust automates functional and regression testing for mobile applications while deviceConnect enables access to the right devices at the right time. With deviceConnect, testers can remain 100% focused on the testing process, helping to speed apps from development to end user deployment.
Testers will find it easy to locate an appropriate, available device, and administrative functions support controlling access to authorized users. Devices are easily made available simply by plugging them in to a USB cable, and administrators can control which devices are available for use. Once a device is selected, it can be used for manual testing or for object definition, script development, and automated-script testing.