Quality Assurance (QA) is the planned and systematic set of activities which assures that software processes and products adapt requirements, standards, and procedures. It is a process which makes a company best because when any software is developed, firms are required to perform QA to maintain their reputation. Startups may see it as an additional burden but it has surely become an important aspect to be in competition and attract customers. If a company gives a software with QA that signifies that they are trying their best to cater and satisfy the client in the long run this helps reduce the development and maintenance cost of the organization.
QA Mentor, while focusing between two stages “What the company builds” and “What the user expects” has uniquely positioned itself in the market by providing customizable QA testing services by following a hybrid approach with flexible on-demand testing services and solutions at low prices. By leveraging its in-house automation solutions and tools, including a proprietary automation framework, QA Mentor is able to speed up execution time and save money for clients. This process also creates a tailor-made solution for each client based on their specific budget and technology needs. The proprietary automation framework methodology alone includes the choice of 50 different automation testing tools and solutions to ensure that the right one is selected for a client’s specific needs.
QA Mentor is an award-winning leading global QA services provider headquartered in New York and with eight different offices around the world. Established in 2010 with an aim to help organizations from various sectors improve their QA functions, QA Mentor proudly boasts of having a unique combination of 150+ offshore and onshore resources who work around the clock supporting all time zones. The company supports 250+ clients from startups to Fortune 500 organizations within nine different industries.
Brainchild of QA Mentor
Ruslan Desyatnikov, Founder & CEO of QA Mentor, graduated from Baruch College – City University of New York with a BBA in Computer Information Systems, and holds an MBA in Technology Management from Phoenix University of Arizona. He holds a number of Quality Assurance/Testing and Project Management certifications and is an active board member of multiple QA Organizations in the United States and Europe.
Ruslan decided to leverage his skill, talent, and experience in the QA to give the industry the overhaul that was much overdue. His efforts towards this end led to the inception of QA Mentor. Ruslan’s dream through QA Mentor was to serve the purpose of providing strategic consulting for the QA departments of various organizations who desperately need support in transforming immature QA practices to enterprise level QA Organizations.
Accomplishment with Self-confidence & Convincing Power
Dream big couldn’t be a single thought if you want success, it has to be always followed by the thought of working hard, which is evident in Ruslan’s thought provoking words, “When I started QA Mentor 6 years ago, I went through tough times as there were not enough clients and I had situations where I simply did not have money to pay rent and salaries to my employees. Even in those situations, I explained to everyone honestly that I would pay them every dime I owed – if not now, then in the near future. It was not easy to make employees stay and work without salaries but I was able to convince my team to be patient and I conducted multiple trainings personally to keep morale high and motivate my team.”
Success: A Choice
Ruslan’s valued words for success, “Not many people realize that success is a choice – your own personal choice and only you and sometimes God can control your success. It’s up to you to be successful or not and no one else. I’ve had various debates on this topic where I’ve also mentioned that luck is often a boost for one’s success. I have seen many people who are successful because they were lucky – they ended up at the right place at the right time. But to me, that’s boring. It’s too easy and I’m glad I had a different path, one I had to work for. Success means different to different people but to me success is never a monetary award. Success to me is when I see my customers and my employees happy and when I can spend more time with my family.”
Invest in R&D, either you have Established or Started
Today’s IT market is changing daily, new tools, technologies, platforms hitting the market. You always need to keep up and be aware of new innovations and absolutely invest into R&D in order to stay competitive. Ruslan’s piece of advice for starters is, practice your patience since without patience you will not achieve anything. Building a business is like running a marathon. Sometimes you have no strength left and you want to quit but you should keep going and never give up. Only the strongest will survive and succeed.”
Building the Right Foundation with Right Pace
Firstly, QA Mentor’s goal is to become the most cost effective service provider in the world, secondly to spread methodologies of their best practices and approaches in every single country in the world and thirdly, to continue to be an advocate of Quality Assurance and help to educate decision makers on importance of QA and no compromises on quality. They have grown year after year at minimum 25% rate. The company doesn’t want to grow too quickly as building the right foundation has always been the ultimate goal for them. They have assured to expand in lower cost areas in order to provide the most economical QA services and solutions to clients. Their next Testing Center will be opened in the Philippines in 2017.