MultiChoice chooses Accenture StormTest

African broadcaster MultiChoice has implemented Accenture’s StormTest automated testing solutions. StormTest is a suite of automated testing capabilities, supporting a data-driven, continuous integration approach to product development.

StormTest uses automation technologies to continuously test new service releases across platforms and devices during development and deployment. Organisations can use the resulting insights to accelerate service innovation and optimise development processes.

StormTest will provide MultiChoice with a set of key performance indicators on each of the broadcaster’s software builds, including overall build health, test coverage, functional regression and quality-of-experience metrics, such as application access times, menu transitions and start-up times.

MultiChoice’s programming is tailored for each of the African regions in which the company operates. The company is investing in new technologies to help accelerate delivery of products and services and to streamline its offering across platforms such as its Catch Up service, setting recordings to decoders remotely and using instant search on decoders. Test automation is an integrated part of their development workflow that tracks the health of its rapidly evolving software platforms.

“With faster software delivery using agile and DevOps practices, it can be difficult for organizations to understand if the software under development is getting better,” said John Maguire, managing director, Accenture Digital Video. “Integrating test automation into the workflow provides an objective basis to measure the progress of software builds while improving release quality and velocity of new features.”

MultiChoice is a subsidiary of Naspers Limited. Based in Cape Town-based Naspers is the largest company in Africa and is the seventh largest company in the world.