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Applause - Software Testing

Applause - Software Testing

Who Is This Vendor Assessment For?

NelsonHall’s Software Testing Vendor Assessment for Applause is a comprehensive assessment of Applause’s crowd testing offerings and capabilities designed for:

Sourcing managers monitoring the capabilities of existing suppliers of IT services and identifying vendor suitability for software testing services
Vendor marketing, sales and business managers looking to benchmark themselves against their peers
Financial analysts and investors specializing in the software testing sector.

Key Findings & Highlights

Applause is the former uTest. The company was founded in 2008, is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, and is one of the pioneers in crowd-testing.

The company started its crowd-testing activities providing (manual) functional testing initially targeting start-ups. Through the economic recession, Applause was able to gain contracts with well-known clients such as Microsoft and Google, by offering a lower-cost alternatively to traditional testing. Those client references helped the company expand its client base to large enterprises.
NelsonHall estimates revenues of Applause to ~$70m in 2014 and to ~$100m in 2015. This makes Applause the largest of all crowd-testing vendors: its competition is fragmented landscape and includes pure-plays such as Testbirds, Mob4Hire, PassBrains, or 99tests as well as IT services vendors or testing pure-plays with a broader service scope e.g. QA Infotech.

Scope of the Report

The report provides a comprehensive and objective analysis of Applause’s software testing offerings, capabilities, and market and financial strength, including:

Analysis of the company’s offerings and key service components
Revenue estimates
Identification of the company’s strategy, emphasis and new developments
Analysis of the profile of the company’s customer base including the company’s targeting strategy and examples of current contracts
Analysis of the company’s strengths, weaknesses and outlook.

1. Background and Strategy
2. Offerings and Capabilities
3. Delivery Network
4. Client Examples
5. Strengths and Challenges

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