The past year has been a turbulent year for everyone in the software quality and security sector, with many high-impact security vulnerabilities and software bugs keeping IT and dev teams busy throughout the year. We noticed that many companies and teams focused more on software quality this year and spent more time and resources to make their projects more robust. Various teams told us that customer expectations for software quality are steadily increasing, especially as it becomes easier for customers to switch to alternative products at any time.
At the end of a year we always like to look back to review what went well, what didn’t go so well and to set our goals for the next year. For us here at Gurock 2014 has been a great year and it was especially intense with various major feature releases of our flagship product TestRail, designing and building our improved cloud infrastructure and the release of our new website. We worked with many fantastic new and existing customers this year and look forward to continue working with you all in 2015! We list some of our major milestones of 2014 below and include a short outlook of our upcoming plans for the next year.
TestRail is our modern test management tool that helps software testers and dev teams manage and organize their software tests. We have seen an incredible growth of TestRail usage this year with many new teams adopting TestRail and existing customers expanding their usage. We are really happy to see that TestRail has become one of the top test management tools and that more and more teams are making the switch.
With last year’s TestRail 4.0 announcement we’ve released the largest TestRail update yet and we’ve spent a lot of time adding often requested features based on customer feedback. This includes an all-new design of the user interface, many advanced features for both new and power users as well as various improvements to make TestRail more flexible and scalable. The major improvements we’ve released for TestRail this year include:
- All-new design with a fast and modern user interface
- Fast and scalable bulk editing for test cases and results
- Significantly improved navigation between suites, runs and tests
- Major TestRail API updates and new API bindings for various languages
- New test suite modes with project baseline support
- Improved Todo tab and new project reporting options
- Better JIRA and third-party integrations and scripts
- New filtering, grouping and test case copying capabilities
- Updated security options and user/group management features
One of our main goals for TestRail is to build the fastest and easiest-to-use testing tool while still providing many advanced features for teams who need them. So we are really thrilled to see that our design efforts have been paying off as both small and large teams enjoy using TestRail for projects of all sizes and levels of complexity.
SmartInspect was our first product that we released almost 10 years ago, how time flies! SmartInspect is used by an enthusiastic and loyal user base for .NET, Java and Delphi logging. Developers, testers and support teams can use SmartInspect to debug applications and to see exactly what happens under the hood when an application is causing issues or crashes. SmartInspect is a pretty mature product and we continued maintaining and releasing platform updates for SmartInspect during the past year.
We plan to continue maintaining SmartInspect and further growing its user base so more teams can benefit from rich and easier to analyze application logs (and we of course use SmartInspect to build and debug all our products).
In 2014 we continued working with a lot of fantastic customers, including many small teams as well as larger enterprise customers. One of the things that impressed us most (and made us really happy) is that many teams and users helped us improve our products. This included providing us with detailed and useful feature feedback, supporting other customers in our forum, helping us test new product versions and publishing various third-party libraries, scripts, extensions and integrations for TestRail. Some fun facts about our customers in 2014:
- We now work with many thousands of teams located in 86 countries (see the above map)
- TestRail’s usage more than doubled in 2014 from new and existing customers
- Our products are used by more than half of the top 30 US technology companies
- Teams of all sizes use TestRail, including freelancers, growing startups and 1000+ tester teams
- Most of the major game studios have used TestRail for at least one of their AAA titles last year
- Customers include Formula 1 racing teams, sport leagues, central banks and space agencies
Website and Design
We also built and shipped our new website this year to make it easier for customers to find and learn about our products. Together with the new website we published many additional resources for TestRail and SmartInspect customers. Specifically we improved and plan to further work on the following areas:
- New product tours for TestRail and SmartInspect to better highlight all product benefits
- We produced detailed TestRail training videos to help with customer onboarding
- TestRail’s documentation and API reference received many updates with detailed examples
- We also got a new, fresh company logo (thanks to the team at Fixel for the design!)
- We are still working on building new community, forum and resource sections; stay tuned!
We have some big and exciting plans for 2015 but we are not ready to announce most of them yet. We will continue to focus on TestRail this year with multiple larger feature updates, going live with our new and improved cloud infrastructure and announcing more partnerships & integrations.
Another major goal in 2015 for us is to expand our team so we can help more customers find, adopt and use TestRail. If everything goes as planned we should have some first big news to announce in this area in February.
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