8x8’s unified communication platform boasts a large number of essential enterprise features that differentiate their product in a competitive market. The complex nature of 8x8’s product left Mayu Patel, Director of Quality Assurance, with a several key challenges.
HeadSpin’s innovative platform gives Mayu an simple way to test the performance of 8x8’s products.
HeadSpin gives 8x8 a single interface for automated user flow testing. “We needed an automation drive, so that we could reduce the number of man hours needed to conduct testing,” says Mayu. “HeadSpin lets us proactively monitor and identify potential issues before the customer even starts to notice things like lag, downtime or degradation in our services. That helps us be better prepared.”
Given how HeadSpin has been performing, Mayu’s team’s use of HeadSpin is expanding rapidly. “At present, we have 250 unique test cases that we run during off hours — which sums up to 1000-plus total tests.” With in the next few months, Mayu predicts that his team will be scale their use of HeadSpin to more that 700 unique tests.
Cloud-based geo testing
8x8’s QA is no longer tied to any particular geographic location. With 22,000 real, SIM-card equipped devices in more than 150 locations globally, HeadSpin allows 8x8 to be responsive in t their testing. “Currently, we’re testing in seven different locations — all inside of the US. But now we have ability to go in the cloud and bring up devices in particular location. If we can quickly bring up a device on particular carrier in a specific country, then we are definitely proactively enabled. We see that as a huge value add from HeadSpin.”
Better understanding of performance issues
Insights provided by HeadSpin allow 8x8 to deeply understand the real-world performance of their platform. “If you have automated, programmatically measured times and performance data, then you can know a lot about specific issues you might see.”
“With HeadSpin, we were finally able to identify some of the difficult to reproduce problems. You sometimes get into situations where customers say, ‘Oh, I experience this.” But then you try and try and you can’t reproduce the problem. Having the ability to run a broad number of devices enabled us to go back, experience, and fix some of these hard-to-find problems.”
“Big picture, the fact that you can reproduce errors and test them, and test them and then potentially fix them, you're improving the user experience. And that means you're not having people call and opening tickets, and you’re just miles ahead.”