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Declare Your Independence From Working Weekends and Holidays

Dan Haggerty • July 3, 2018

Sit back and relax this 4th of July. It’s what the Founding Fathers would want.

How many times have you been dragged from a vacation, or scrapped weekend plans, because of a work emergency? How about working into all hours of the night (almost always on a Friday) to ensure code is tested and ready to be released?

Working nights, weekends, and holidays is part of the norm for many in QA. But for those who have embraced crowdsourced testing, this culture is changing.

That’s because crowdtesting is a flexible model. It provides brands with the ability to ramp up testing as needs arise, or scale back if nothing is set to be released. With the world’s largest community of on-demand testing experts and digital natives at the ready, Applause gives its clients their weekends and holidays back.

“Applause allows us to test on an off-hour schedule. The Applause team can test over the weekend so when we come in on Monday morning, we immediately have any blocking bugs for our Wednesday release.” – Andy Wolfe, Chief Product Officer, Blueport Commerce

Applause’s approach is unique in its size, reach, and community makeup. More than 300,000 testers are part of Applause’s community, which extends to more than 200 countries and territories. These testers are all vetted and trained so that clients only receive high-quality results.

Test cycles can be started at any time, and clients can receive results in as little as minutes or hours. In fact, the majority of Applause customers kick off cycles overnight or on the weekends in order to stay agile and keep their work hours normal.

“Digital experience for our consumers means that they have access to the information they need, when they need it, in a completely straightforward and easily readable way. For us, Applause helps with that.” – Andy Nichol, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Dow Jones

A recent ROI (return on investment) study by Hobson & Company quantified the amount of time and money Applause clients save by leveraging crowdtesting. Those in the study reported 150-200% increase in the capacity of internal testing teams. In addition, companies increased their number of yearly releases by 100-150% while reducing testing lab costs by 50-75%. These stats highlight the value of testing on off-hours, overnight, and on weekends to keep companies agile and productive.

Read our Hobson ROI Report

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