The already many years active network 071-ICT received an official status. On 11 January 2013, the 071-ICT foundation was created. The official launch was settled under the leadership of notary Janbert Heemstra at the office of De Clercq Lawyers Notaries.
071-ICT is the platform for the Leiden ICT sector and ICT professionals. 071-IT organizes free network meetings in Leiden four times a year. The network has been active for several years on the road, but an official status was never reached, until now.
Jeroen Monkhorst (director of Spreadit online results), the first president of the new foundation. Mark Barzilay (co-founder of spriteCloud), takes the treasurer and Natascha from Duuren (IP / IT lawyer and partner), by De Clercq Lawyers Notaries is the secretary of the foundation. Monkhorst: “The 071-ICT Foundation has set itself the goal of stimulating innovation, cooperation and knowledge in the region ‘Rijnland’. 071-ICT actively promotes the sharing of the Leiden ICT knowledge and experience through regular network meetings and other knowledge moments”.
The entire board consists of 071-ICT consists of:
Jeroen Monk Horst (Spreadit online results)
Mark Barzilay (spriteCloud)
Natascha van Duuren (De Clercq lawyers and notaries)
Martijn van Pelt (Interpulse)
Erik Knol (Qeam)
From left to right: Jeroen Monkhorst, Martijn van Pelt, Janbert Heemstra, Natascha van Duuren, Mark Barzilay (afwezig Erik Knol).
I’m incredibly chuffed to announce that as of today, we’ve opened a subsidiary company Cambridge, UK. This has been a while in the making, and is a huge step for us. We consider this step to be the optimal solution to the growing and changing demands on our business:
Our customer base in the UK is growing. We’ve always operated internationally, but after the Netherlands, the UK has been the place we have been most active in. By opening an office here, we will be able to serve local demands much, much better.
Requests for development consultancy have been growing. While we primarily offer quality assurance services, our skillset includes specialization in mobile software development, high scalability server architecture and process consulting, and increasingly customers have asked for our help in these areas. By starting a new business unit dedicated to these services, we’re improving our focus, and will be able to pursue these activities with the dedication they deserve.
Synergy is not just a buzzword. When we previously spoke to customers about QA or development services, we did so in isolation, because we were thinking of ourselves as “a QA company that can do development”. Ironically, by giving full credit to each part separately, we’re in a much better position to offer the combined package to our customers.
You can reach the Cambridge office straight away on +44 (0) 1223 853863, or send an email to email@example.com. Our office/postal address is:
3 Charles Babbage Road
Since I wrote that other blog post, a lot of things have happened here at spriteCloud. In the meantime, we’ve been involved in the testing process with quite a few more customers (yay!). One thing that emerged over time is that many companies don’t exactly come to us for testing alone, but also for answering the question of how to fit testing into the development and release process.
When you try to answer that question, it quite often happens that you discover that the reason these companies didn’t know how to fit testing into their process is that there is not much of a process in place to fit testing into. To us QA-minded people, that may come as a surprise, but it really shouldn’t be.
As one young developer at one of our clients put it to me (slightly paraphrased): “They should really teach release management in university. Programming is easy enough to pick up, but this stuff is hard to figure out on your own.” I sympathize with that, as it mirrors my own experience from some ten years or so ago when I started out on my development career.
Before you can teach anything about development processes, though, it is essential that one understands the software lifecycle.
Our pitch about our Website Quality Assurance Services and Solutions in Dutch.
Upon request we have translated the pitch:
Of no web-application it is known if all the functionally is always working for a 100%.
Especially not, if the complexity increases, or when the application is in constant development.
Let alone, when you have to take all the different web browsers into consideration, or performance when the number of visitors increase.
IF functionality works, you can figure out in only one way: This is to test it!
This testing can be done in two ways again;
1 – Manual,.. testing every bit of functionality manually.
2 – spriteCloud
I am Mark Barzilay from spriteCloud. We are experts in Website Quality Assurance and Test Automation.
We look for solutions in high-end innovation. That we are, through Shell Livewire, one of the 20 most innovative startups of the Netherlands, confirms this.
With aid of our service portal test coverage and test results become clear.
Working together with spriteCloud doesn’t only result in a higher test coverage, but also to a more efficient test process.
In short, with spriteCloud you are certain that the quality of your web application is good!
On the 12th of January 2011 were the finals of the Shell LiveWIRE Young Business Award 2010 at the Shell headquarters in the Hague. This award is an initiative of Shell and Syntens. As one of the top 20 most innovative starters picked out of a group of >300 innovative young businesses, spriteCloud was able to pitch at the finals of this “Shell LiveWIRE YBA2010″. Here is a screenshot of this pitch made by one of the other nominees:
It was a very well organized event including interviews with the finalists and the CEO of both Shell and Syntens. All the 20 nominees were able to do their pitch at this event. Salution from YESdelft finally won the award. Afterwards there was a dinner organized where everyone was able to talk in more depth about their business. spriteCloud would like to thank the organizers of the event and is thankful that they were able to participate with the Young Business Award 2011.
Validatie van website-functionaliteitZouden Bol.com of Vliegwinkel.nl ooit zo succesvol zijn geworden wanneer er in de website functionele fouten zouden zitten? Complexe websites met bestelstructuren, aanmeldschermen of andere functies met een hoge interactiegraad dienen zeer zorgvuldig te worden getest voordat ze live gaan. Voor dat testen is ook weer software nodig, testprogramma’s die constructies systematisch nalopen op alle mogelijke fouten. Dergelijke testsystemen bestaan wel, maar die geven niet duidelijk de precieze fouten weer in het gebruik van de website, stelt Mark Barzilay (29) van SpriteCloud. SpriteCloud is een bedrijf waarin Barzilay samenwerkt met een Australische, een Duitse en een Finse collega. Met SpriteCloud, opgericht in augustus 2009, ontwikkelden zij een programma dat wél aan de gewenste testmethode voldoet.De innovatieve onderneming is genomineerd voor de LiveWIRE Award 2010.
LiveWIRE Nederland komt tot stand door een samenwerking tussen Shell Nederland en Syntens
And another exiting month it has been for spriteCloud.
On the 16th of March 2010 spriteCloud participated in the 4th round of the respected dutch entrepreneurial contest heblef. A round where entrepreneurial startups present their business and prospects for a wide audience.
The focus of the presentation was not so much on spriteCloud’s services and consultancy this time, but more about its online and AGILE automated website test solutions. Both its current solution SiteCheckM8 and the future vision was presented, and positively received.
The newspaper article goes in more depth on who and what spriteCloud is. Unfortunately the article is in dutch but if you really have an urgent need we wont hesitate to translate it for you!