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Business: S.A Offers An Alterative to India for Software Testing


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EOH Europe will spearhead the GTS offering at a time when the market seems most likely to respond, Cloete says. He explains that EOH Europe was registered as an entity in April 2008 and started off as an HP Software licence reseller and services company in the UK. Its vision is to extend its software and services capabilities from South Africa to the UK and the company is strongly focused on professional services delivery. As part of this, the division developed GTS.

“The EMEA market size for testing in 2008 was in excess of $4.2 billion with a predicted annual growth of 15 percent. $8 billion is predicted for offshore testing spend. We predict the biggest software testing spend to come from the government and finance sectors with accelerated growth expected within the health and telecommunications sectors.”

EOH says software testing is becoming a critical component of software implementations locally, but there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of customer education: “Ninety percent of the customers we see know they have a problem, but are unable to quantify or address it. The large corporate organisations in particular have very poor testing services in place, if any,” comments Cloete.

He says the maturity of the organisation often determines how advanced the software testing is and that whilst the testing profession has matured in the last decade, it is often still a last minute addition as opposed to being implemented from the initial business requirement and scoping phase.

David Caddick, managing director, EOH Europe, says GTS offers independent software testing services to customers in South Africa and the rest of the world. He says it is irrelevant where you are located, the process is the same. Heading up EOH’s first international office, Caddick already has a testing team in place within the UK and South Africa and has aggressive growth plans in place.

“We already have a significant UK customer on board. As one of the largest SAP users worldwide, this customer has recognised the importance of software testing and is working closely with EOH to ensure the long term success of their software implementations,” says Caddick.

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