Another business year is coming to its end. As the winter yet warm holiday season is just around the corner, a1qa invites you to look back on the departing year.
Bringing in the right talent is vital for every company. This year the a1qa team has celebrated 500 employees. The Test Automation department has taken the lead and shown progress in 40%! Steady growth in headcount means that we have been able to win more business and grown our clients’ base. A number of big names has enriched our portfolio, which is another testimonial we’re on the right way.
We’ve also expanded geographically and established a new testing lab in Russia to be closer to our eastern clients. The new office is located in Saint Petersburg and has already welcomed its first employees.
The technological base of the company has been updated. Our specialists keep their fingers on the IT pulse. Thus, the number of mobile devices for testing has grown up to 228. In 2017, we acquired new devices such as iPhone 8 and 8+, Apple Watch, and iPhone X, etc.
As for the corporate structure changes, a1qa established two Centers of Excellence: in Retail and QA Consulting. In total, the company operates 10 CoEs in various testing fields. The goal of any CoE is to ensure knowledge accumulation and transfer, identify the most suitable approach to customer service that will lead to the best results.
For the 7th straight year, a1qa Summer, the professional conference for QA specialists, managers, and our clients, has been organized. This year, the event has welcomed more than 300 participants who shared their professional QA insights.
Participating in major in-field events
2017 was rich in fascinating IT events and our experts took an active part in a number of them to share software testing expertise insights in a range of business domains and broaden business network. At the beginning of the year, we’ve attended CES 2017 – the world’s largest technical event in Las Vegas. Throughout the year, we participated in various events for telco, BFSI, oil & gas sphere, etc.
Receiving industry recognition
The expiring year was rich in awards as well. Our team was highlighted as a finalist of TESTA (The European Software Testing Awards) 2017 for the Best Functional Test Automation Project of the Year.
The Technology Headlines included a1qa in Top 10 Companies in the sphere of testing and quality assurance.
Our corporate blog was shortlisted in Top 60 Software Testing Blogs by the website Feedspot, an online content reader. In May 2017, the Orbis Research, market research group, named a1qa as one of the major players in global software testing market.
Plans for 2018
The year 2018 will start with a very important milestone a1qa – we’ll turn 15! Starting out as a small-size software testing lab, a1qa has grown into the international company with clients, partners, and employees the world over. Unbelievable. Great cause for celebration, right?
New business horizons, strong technological emphasis, and regular focus on customer satisfaction – these principles together will be at the heart of a1qa’s strategy for the year 2018.
We’ll keep strengthening our expertise in core domains, trying innovative tools and techniques, polishing our tech skills, and crafting conventional and non-trivial software testing and quality assurance services.
It has been a great please to work together with all our clients, beat challenges, and achieve new heights. Let the year 2018 be full of new technologies, brilliant ideas, and fruitful partnerships.