Fanfare Launches iTest Team Test Automation Software

Fanfare, delivering innovative testing solutions to network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and service providers (SPs), announced that it has launched its latest test automation software product – Fanfare iTest(TM) Team. iTest Team is the latest product offering in the iTest suite of products designed to simplify and accelerate product and system testing for NEMs and SPs alike.

Using iTest Team, SPs can test and verify the functionality, performance and behavior of a device or group of devices purchased from NEMs. SPs can now perform complex system testing by executing simultaneous commands to a multitude of different devices in their network to simulate real-life network testing. In addition, iTest Team’s Test Audit feature captures and records all testing information. This allows testers to go back in time and access, re-create and re-run every test, action and command that was entered – even those performed last year – saving valuable time and resources.

“Fanfare’s products are becoming an accelerator for SPs who want to speed the deployment of new equipment when building next-generation networks and to their existing networks,” said Theresa Lanowitz, founder of voke, a leading market and industry firm. “NEMs can now clearly and consistently share test assets on their equipment with their SP customers, who can in turn leverage these results to accelerate their extensive acceptance and system testing requirements and roll-out new services to its subscribers. It’s a win-win situation.”

iTest Team is designed to simplify and accelerate device and network testing throughout development and Quality Assurance (QA) teams and between companies. iTest Team provides a communication platform that overcomes barriers such as language, location, and non-existent reporting templates that have made the basic communication of finding and reporting a bug, reproducing it, and verifying the fix a challenge. Fanfare’s products serve as the common language between feature testers and developers, as well as NEMs and SPs, enabling them to seamlessly share test assets to quickly improve product quality and speed the deployment of new equipment and services to market.

“Traditional script-based automation is not scalable enough to meet the increasing complexity and volume of testing and it requires extensive programming expertise from network engineers,” said Richard Woo, Manager, Development Engineering, British Telecom. “We selected Fanfare because they provide the flexibility and user-friendly environment where automation can be used across the entire engineering department. One immediate benefit we realized was the elimination of bottlenecks between network engineers and programmers. With Fanfare, our engineers are no longer afraid to go deep in technology QA validation which ultimately increases the level of stability for service. Translation of complex technology into a common user-friendly language is the key in this technology evolution.”

Additional features of iTest Team include:

  • Multi-platform support for Windows, Linux and Solaris
  • Multi-threading for complex system testing
  • Plug-ins for developers using Eclipse, bringing this emerging platform to commercial use
  • Support of SNMP, Web and SSH protocols that enable testers of all skill levels to build automated test scripts for capture/replay capabilities

iTest Team is currently available at an annual subscription rate of $6500 per user.

iTest Team will be generally available on October 24, 2007 and demonstrated at Interop in New York the same day.

About Fanfare
Fanfare provides software solutions to high-tech equipment manufacturers and service providers that simplify and accelerate device and system testing. Developers and testers create and share automated tests that control and analyze results from multiple devices, traffic generators, and applications while automatically documenting each test with pass-fail criteria. With Fanfare solutions, companies can move along the path toward automation while accelerating QA cycles, reducing time to market, and increasing the quality of released products. Industries such as communications, aerospace and defense, consumer electronics, automotive, industrial, and medical devices have benefited from Fanfare products.