Software and services specialist company DVT has opened the doors on its new, purpose-built mobile application testing hub in Cape Town.

The new hub – DVT’s second such facility (a software test automation hub was established in 2013) – is a fully-equipped testing centre that provides dedicated testing equipment and personnel across all major mobile OS platforms.

Mario Matthee, DVT’s national head of software quality assurance, says the popularity of homegrown mobile apps is exploding as local companies shift their advertising and information-sharing strategies to mobile devices.

“The quantity and variety of consumer and enterprise mobile applications has grown exponentially over the last few years,” says Matthee. “As a result local companies need the means to ensure that every application that they create meets exceptionally high standards to maximise their investment and prevent revenue, productivity and brand reputation loss.”

DVT’s Reumaysa Mamoojee has been appointed to manage the new hub, and says the task of ensuring an application meets its design objectives can be complex.

“Mobile application testing can be very intensive, if only because of the number of different hardware and software platforms available, and the variations within those platforms,” says Mamoojee.

“For example, we don’t only test for suitability on the most popular mobile operating systems (Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows), but also on different flavours of those operating systems and different devices designed to use them,” she says. “Usability testing is key in the mobile industry and we take pride in matching the various test cycles to meet the rapid delivery schedules typically associated with mobile app development.”

The DVT mobile application testing hub offers clients a unique ‘pay-as-you-go’ engagement model, who can pre-book the facility and testers on short notice. Clients only pay for hours used, not for devices or platforms, while DVT manages the access schedule and assists with scoping the testing effort if required.

“We apply industry best practices with regards to test case management and defect tracking, allowing us to present clients with the necessary reports within minutes,” Mamoojee concludes.