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Sauce Labs Streamlines Manual Software Testing in the Cloud With Sauce Scout

Media-Rich Test Results Accelerate Collaboration Between QA and Development Teams

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/12/11 -- Sauce Labs, the web application testing company, today expanded its suite of testing products with Sauce Scout, a new tool for QA professionals and QA managers that increases the operational value of and reduces the complexity and operational overhead of manual software testing. Sauce Scout leverages key subsystems of Sauce OnDemand, a cloud based testing service, to provide QA teams with a wide selection of browsers and operating systems that can be provisioned in less than 20 seconds for manual testing. Media-rich test results include screen shots and videos of bugs that can be easily shared with development teams to pinpoint problems in complex UI interactions and accelerate development momentum. Sauce Scout requires no coding expertise and pricing begins at $3 per hour with user-selectable plans as low as $2 per hour.

"In the process of working with hundreds of Sauce Labs customers on automated testing, we learned that manual testing remains a critical, labor intensive piece of the development process," said John Dunham, CEO at Sauce Labs. "Sauce Scout is a direct result of customer feedback, and we're excited to help our customers eliminate the pain and expand the usefulness of manual testing with another easy-to-use testing tool that leverages our cloud-based OnDemand service."

While the use of Selenium for automated testing continues to increase in popularity with agile development teams, manual testing remains an important part of most development processes. This is because there are many tests that are not readily automatable -- such as the way objects in an application appear as they move across a screen, or how an application pop-up covers the application itself. Sauce Scout delivers the following benefits to manual testing teams:

  • Improved QA and Dev Collaboration -- In many organizations, manual test results consist of written descriptions of unwanted application behavior by QA that developers later need to visualize to try and reproduce a bug. Sauce Scout streamlines this process by automatically capturing a video and screen shots of the bug as it's discovered so it's easier for developers to pinpoint the root-cause of inappropriate application behavior.

  • Less Infrastructure Headaches -- Manual testing across browsers is time-consuming because it requires separate machines with the specific combination of browser and OS to be tested. Sauce Scout simplifies manual testing by providing QA pros the ability to access a clean version of any browser in less than 20 seconds with just a single click.

  • Extended QA Efficiency -- By automatically logging rich-media recording of caught-in-the-act bug behavior, Sauce Scout dramatically reduces the workload of documenting bugs found in the manual testing process, freeing up time for QA teams to focus on finding more bugs.

Sauce Scout supports the following browsers on Windows: Chrome, Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, 9; Firefox, 2, 3, 3.5, 3.6, 4; Opera 9, 10, 11; and Safari 3, 4, 5. Browsers supported on Linux include Firefox 3 and 3.6.

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About Sauce Labs
Sauce Labs, web application testing company, provides Sauce OnDemand, a cloud based service that allows users to run automated cross-browser functional tests faster and eliminating the need to maintain their own test infrastructure. To date, more than five million Sauce OnDemand tests have been run in the Sauce cloud. The lead investor of Sauce Labs is the Contrarian Group, Peter Ueberroth's investment management firm. Sauce Labs is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit http://saucelabs.com.

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