London, November 10th – QualiTest Group, the world’s second largest pure play software testing and quality assurance provider, announced today that it had acquired Test-Direct Limited. The acquisition solidifies QualiTest’s position as one of the largest pure play software testing practices in the UK and represents the company’s second acquisition in the UK region in the last three years. Jason McIvor, Senior Vice President of QualiTest UK, will manage the combined UK operation, while Simon Pickersgill, co-founder of Test Direct UK, will become Head of the North and Midlands region.
Established in March 2002, Test Direct is one of the UK’s leading providers of independent IT testing and quality assurance services across the full testing lifecycle for both the private and the public sector. Test Direct has a large customer base that includes major organisations spread across the financial services, retail and technology sectors.
“The acquisition of Test Direct firmly secures our position as one of the largest independent software testing and quality assurance companies in the U.K.,” said Ayal Zylberman, co-founder and CEO of QualiTest. “We look forward to working with the Test Direct team to bring a wider range of capabilities to our customers, career advancement opportunities for our employees and thought leadership to the testing and quality assurance market.”
David Cotterell, COO of QualiTest Group: “This acquisition expands our reach and enables us to also cover the North & Midlands of England while strengthening our solution offering in the Retail and Financial services space. We plan for additional acquisitions in the short and mid future as part of our vision to become the world largest pure play software testing company.”
Simon Pickersgill, Co-Founder of Test Direct: “This transaction puts us ahead by several years and accelerates opportunities for both our clients and staff – as well as ensuring our growth continues strongly. The resulting organisation positions QualiTest as one of the market leaders in our field whilst remaining focused as a pure play testing consultancy and allowing us to further invest in products and services to the benefit of our markets and clients.”
QualiTest is the world’s second largest pure play outsourced software testing and quality assurance specialist with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, and India. QualiTest focuses on large global enterprises in the technology, telecom, healthcare, finance, defense, media, utilities and retail industries and offers a wide range of testing solutions to meet customer’s business requirements, from engagement models to tailored testing by industry. QualiTest designs and delivers contextualized solutions that leverage deep industry-specific understanding with technology-specific competencies and unique testing-focused IP, products and methodologies. For more information, please visit www.qualitestgroup.com