Branching out

Sauce Labs test the enterprise water with Sauce Team platform

Chris Mayer
saucelabs

The browser testing specialists have enterprise environments in their sights with their newest management console

Cross-browser testers Sauce
Labs
are celebrating
the closing of $5m funding round
with the release of a new
enterprise test management platform.


Sauce Team
represents the beginning of a big
push for enterprise customers for the company which made its name
in web application testing and through support of browser
automator
Selenium.

The new management console is primarily targeted
larger enterprise users, who want to stick to agile principles and
speed up their debugging process at the same time. Sauce Team
contains numerous dashboards and reporting tools, as well as the
option to collaborate with groups and share test results with
videos and snapshots of problems. The platform also integrates with
all the leading continuous integration frameworks, which recognises
the importance of automation within the entire testing
process.

The past 12 months have seen Sauce Labs notch up
plenty of milestones. More than 50 million tests have been run in
the Sauce cloud since launch, with the company hitting hitting six
million in June alone. The platform itself has some impressive
users too, with Dropbox, Eventbrite, Mozilla and Salesforce (also
an investor) all using it in production.

During this time, Sauce Labs has expanded this
to include testing for iOS and Android apps with open source
testing tool Appium, as well as support for testing mobile web apps
and Mac OS X. Through these additions, Sauce Labs say companies can
test their mobile apps for cross-browser compatibility using the
same desktop test scripts.

“We’re seeing an explosion in the demand for
automated testing solutions that can ensure an exceptional end-user
experience while also safeguarding web and mobile revenue for the
enterprise,” said John Dunham, CEO and cofounder of Sauce
Labs.

With the app-testing space becoming increasingly crowded,
the arrival of enterprise-level features could prove to be a savvy
move from Sauce Labs, proving it’s a fit for everyone. The newest
round of funding will predominately go towards the company’s
expansion, but Dunham

disclosed to TechCrunch
that there were plans
to
implement “the use of physical devices with mobile
simulator capabilities” by the year’s end.

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