South African broadcaster MultiChoice, has expanded its video test automation capacity with the implementation of Accenture StormTest, a suite of automated testing capabilities, to support a data-driven, continuous integration approach to product development.
In addition to investing in new technologies to help accelerate delivery of innovative products and services, the company has adopted continuous integration to streamline its offering across platforms such as its catch up service, setting recordings to decoders remotely and using instant search on decoders. Test automation is an integrated part of their development workflow that tracks the health of its rapidly evolving software platforms.
Accenture StormTest uses automation technologies to actively test new service releases across platforms and devices during development and deployment. The insights it provides enables organisations to accelerate service innovation, optimise development processes and ultimately improve the quality of the viewer experience.
StormTest provides MultiChoice with a set of key performance indicators on each software build, including overall build health, test coverage, functional regression and quality-of-experience metrics, such as application access times, menu transitions and start-up times.
John Maguire, managing director, Accenture Digital Video, said: “With faster software delivery using agile and DevOps practices, it can be difficult for organisations to understand if the software under development is getting better.
“Integrating test automation into the workflow provides an objective basis to measure the progress of software builds while improving release quality and velocity of new features.”
MultiChoice is a subsidiary of Naspers Limited. Based in Cape Town, Naspers is the largest company in Africa and is the seventh largest company in the world.