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How an Outsourced QA Team Increases Productivity

There are still companies out there that dismiss offshore QA as a steep investment — not necessarily in terms of money, but in time. They figure that finding the right QA partner, onboarding them, transferring knowledge, and coordinating schedules will simply take too much time, and that they’re better off hiring in-house or having developers handle the QA workload.

While it’s true that outsourcing your testing services comes with some initial time investment and a certain degree of change management, the benefits — huge time savings, exponential increases in productivity, and a higher-quality product — make it worth while.

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Increase Your QA Team's Productivity (Infographic)

Even the best teams can find ways to improve their efficiency. Making small improvements in the productivity of a QA team can significantly affect the success of your software. 

In our latest infographic, we've identified 6 methods you can use to increase your QA team's efficiency. 

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A Better Way to Work: In-house vs. Outsourcing QA

Ask just about any authority in the software testing space if you should outsource your QA testing, and you’ll get the same answer: “It depends.” It’s true - we’ve said essentially the same thing ourselves.

But the truth is, outsourced QA is almost always a better choice than investing in building out a team. Simply put, when all variables are considered, it’s just a better way to work.

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How to Introduce API Testing

Organizations are increasingly using application programming interfaces (APIs) to connect their products to the outside world. Whenever you sign up for a new service and it pulls your information from Google or Facebook, or you launch a data-consuming app on your smartphone, there’s an API at work. APIs are essential for creating a simple, streamlined, and increasingly connected experience for customers and companies are finally beginning to realize their value - and to direct more resources toward their development and maintenance.

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The Outsourcing QA Talent Advantage

Offshore QA, QA Outsourcing Management | By Lahari | February 20, 2018

Are you growing and unable to find the right QA Talent? Outsourcing QA can be the answer to meet the growing technical needs of your project without adding a spike to your company’s budget. By outsourcing, your team can focus more on the core product activities such as development innovations, and allow the experts to tackle the QA testing. There are several advantages to outsourcing QA.

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Is Now the Right Time to Outsource QA?

When an organization needs to cut costs, increase efficiency, and boost revenue, there’s a short list of strategies to be considered. For companies in the software development and technology sector, outsourcing will make the list every time. Outsourcing IT work is a go-to move for increasing productivity and the bottom line, but only if the company knows who to partner with, what exactly to outsource, and when to do it.

In today’s techno-globalized world, it’s easier than ever to find a team that offers skills you need at a rate that doesn’t bust your budget. This is the main reason why so many companies outsource QA and software testing to places like India and Mexico. Thanks to huge advances in communication technology, engineers located hundreds or thousands of miles away can be an extension of your team. Projects stay on track and teams stay aligned despite the physical distance between them.

Sounds good, right? Of course it does! But back to the question at hand: How do I know when to start outsourcing QA?

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Myth vs. Reality: Outsourcing QA (Infographic)

Over the last decade, QA outsourcing has surged in popularity in the software industry. Even so, there are some misunderstandings about its effectiveness. In our latest infographic, we've identified and dispelled the top 5 myths about outsourcing QA. 

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Should You Partner with an Outsourced QA Provider for Security Testing?

Ensuring the safety and integrity of enterprise data and networks is a lot more complicated than it used to be. With cyber attacks making headlines on a near-daily basis and malicious hackers getting smarter by the day, the security programs of yesterday just can’t cut it. There’s a growing consensus that a security strategy focused only on hardware, software, and policy-setting isn’t enough. For a fully comprehensive security program to be maintained, companies need to be vigilant in many different ways.

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QASource's Top 4 QA Outsourcing Blog Posts

QA Outsourcing Management | By Brandon Getty | January 3, 2018

When companies are trying to run lean - increase efficiency and cut costs - they look for every opportunity to optimize the way teams work and produce. Though IT services have been outsourced for decades, many companies are still skeptical about outsourcing their QA services. Many decision makers still think of outsourced QA as “throwing it over the wall,” with limited interaction and collaboration between teams and deliverables that may or may not come back per the requirements.

But there are plenty of reasons to believe in QA outsourcing. It helps product companies deliver high-quality products without breaking the budget, allows larger teams to scale resources up or down as needed, and frees up development teams to focus on value-adding features. (Click to tweet)

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What Can the QA World Expect in 2018?

Today’s QA world is fueled by two key forces: the growing expectations of product companies and the competition between the testing providers. Every day, CTOs and dev managers are pushing their teams to break new ground, and they’re looking for QA resources that can match their enthusiasm and passion for innovation. Most product companies are looking for a testing services provider that feels right at home on the cutting edge. With the urgency to innovate being one of the driving forces in the industry, the QA world can expect major things in 2018 and beyond.

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