In software testing, India is the largest provider of outsourced services globally, with around 75% of testers worldwide based in the country, up from 50% two years ago. Competing countries are Philippines, China, and Malaysia due to skilled and affordable labor forces.
Demand for qualified testers is high, with the number of employees growing by around 20% every year and the headcount expected to reach 280,000 in the near future. This requires a constant stream of trained and certified people to fill the available vacancies, and means that gaining testing qualifications and skills is attractive to students.
An organization that is helping to fulfil this expanding requirement for testers is SEED Infotech, one of India’s largest providers of IT training, staffing, and consulting. It has a team of more than 600 qualified people and delivers training at over 35 locations across the country.
SEED Infotech identified that there was a gap in the industry’s high demand for software testing skills, including an increasing demand for mobile-related testing and the capabilities that students acquired in gaining their academic qualifications. It needed to find a way to help fill this gap and increase graduates’ employability.
“To give our students the knowledge required by the industry, we needed to deliver programs that would make them job-ready,” says Raghu BS, senior vice president at SEED Infotech.
“SEED Infotech offers training in testing tools, developer platforms, and infrastructure management,” says Raghu. “From our understanding of the market, we realized that Micro Focus’ software testing tools were the most well-used and that being trained with Micro Focus tools would help our students to get jobs and bridge the gap in missing skills.”
With this recognition of Micro Focus’ position in the industry, including its major market share in the Application Delivery Management (ADM) space, and how it could help its students, SEED Infotech approached Micro Focus to deliver software testing training.
“We partner with various IT organizations to deliver each of our programs, and for software testing, Micro Focus was the best choice,” says Raghu. Micro Focus Software University gives students the skills that matter now. With 80% of IT managers saying that training is critical to project success, Micro Focus recognizes that adding technical skills immediately makes the students more valuable.”
To meet SEED Infotech’s requirements, Micro Focus provided the Micro Focus Software University ADM solution, which primarily focuses on software testing. Staff from Micro Focus Software Education train SEED Infotech’s trainers who then deliver the program to the students, most of whom are already studying computer science, information technology, or engineering. The students usually undertake the Micro Focus training immediately after they complete their primary studies, or sometimes during their final year of studies.
“All of our trainers are certified by Micro Focus and we use authorized Micro Focus course materials,” explains Raghu. “We deliver the programs at our centers in four major cities around India and over the last year about 5,000 students have gone through the training.”
The training received by students includes an introduction to software testing using automation tools as well as training on testing tools including Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), LoadRunner, Unified Functional Testing (UFT), and Performance Center.
Micro Focus provides the hardware required for the courses, as well as ‘virtual labs’ which give students the access and licenses required to use software in the cloud. Micro Focus staff are available to help SEED Infotech’s trainers, to answer questions, and resolve problems, and Micro Focus helpdesk supports SEED Infotech’s technical staff to resolve any hardware problems.
“The training is realistic and relevant to what the students will experience in the real world,” says Raghu. “Micro Focus also provides us with the right up-to-date hardware.”
Students typically undertake between 160 and 180 hours of training but have the flexibility to choose the format that suits them best. They can take a full-time course, which would usually run for 35 to 40 days, or can choose to attend for three or four hours per day, such as from 7am to 10am or from 5pm to 9pm. In this case, the training might take four or five months.
“We have a feedback mechanism to hear from students and the comments are generally good,” says Raghu.