Features & Interviews

Vendor risk management provider of the year — CAST

New York-based, but founded by Frenchman Vincent Delaroche and quoted on the Euronext Exchange in Paris, CAST has established itself as the leader in the field of benchmarking the quality of software code. Around 10% of financial firms are using some sort of standard for benchmarking the quality of their code, reckons Lev Lesokhin, marketing »

Crowd testing provider of the year — Applause

Crowd testing provider of the year — Applause

Applause, the Boston-based firm that specialises in crowd testing, teamed up with Santander to develop a mobile app for the Spanish market that will be fit for purpose in a new era of open banking. The success of Applause is based on the expertise of the many manual testers that it brings to the table »

Mobile testing provider of the year — Perfecto

How quickly can a bank test its app on hundreds of combinations of devices and operating systems?  Perfecto, a provider of cloud-based mobile testing environments, offers a solution for a highly fragmented market. Bank customers are unforgiving when it comes to mobile apps. Bugs mean lost market share. But every new phone release — indeed »

Regulatory testing project of the year — HCL and Deutsche Bank

Regulatory testing project of the year — HCL and Deutsche Bank

European banks have to implement FATCA tax rules for each national market in which they operate. So Deutsche Bank’s FATCA compliance app was necessarily going to be a sophisticated build. In partnership with HCL, Deutsche designed a pioneering DevOps solution. Compliance is increasingly driving software development and testing, and the complexity for software developers arises »

Software vendor platform of the year — Calypso Technology’s CATT

The San Francisco-based trading and risk systems became the first capital markets software vendor to offer an automated testing platform for its product. Standard Bank of South Africa was the first major customer. Testing software and apps has become progressively more difficult and time-consuming for banks. Aside from the growing number of legacy systems that »

DevOps advisory provider of the year — Tata Consultancy Services

ING is recognised as a leader in Agile and DevOps delivery among European banks. The partnership of ING’s Belgian subsidiary with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been an important part of its success in its move toward continuous app delivery. Netherlands-based ING started its transition to full automation of software development two years ago, driven »

India tech giant warns Trump’s `radical shift’ to hurt industry

Tech Mahindra Ltd. said net income was 5.9 billion rupees ($91 million) in the fourth quarter, compared with the average analyst estimate of 7.8 billion, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Shares fell as much as 17 percent and traded 12 percent lower at 1:18 p.m. local time, the largest intraday decline since May 2015. »

Nationwide prepares for GDPR rules with centralised data management

Nationwide prepares for GDPR rules with centralised data management

In May 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force, mandating that all data used within firms, including data used in testing, is anonymised and secure. The Nationwide Building Society has centralised its data management capabilities to meet the regulatory challenge, said Richard Jordan, testing services practice manager. As long »

Bank code quality is below par, according to CAST app data

Bank code quality is below par, according to CAST app data

 Software coding in the financial services industry is less secure than in other industries, and also ranks lower on other benchmarks for structural quality, according to a database gathered by CAST Software, the New York-based software vendor, from its client firms. In total, the results from 1.3 billion lines of code are in the CAST »

Interview: RegTech drives growth at QualiTest

Interview: RegTech drives growth at QualiTest

Ayal Zylberman started testing 25 years ago and has worked on every rung of the test ladder: from test analyst to test manager and head of quality assurance. His experience spans a number of industry verticals, including finance and the military. He founded QualiTest in 1998. At that time, most testing firms were focusing their »

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