S3 Group sees customer momentum for Warning Center

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 17 April 2015

S3 Group has announced that more than a dozen global pay-TV operators are in various stages of trials of its live-network testing system, the StormTest Warning Center.

Introduced late last year, Warning Center enables video service providers to execute live-network tests of new video services or features; delivers actionable data on the availability, stability and performance of consumers' experiences in the field; and provides a continuous feedback loop between development, engineering support and operations teams.

According to Capgemini's 2014-2015 World Quality Report, an extensive global research study of quality assurance (QA) and testing practices, 2014 marked the first time that more than half of QA and testing budgets were spent supporting new development initiatives, rather than maintenance activity. This transition is particularly acute in the pay-TV industry, according to S3 Group.

"Pay-TV operators are essentially becoming software companies, which requires a fundamental restructuring of how they approach product development, testing and service introductions," said John Maguire, chief strategy officer of TV technology at S3 Group. "For our customers, yesterday's mindset of 'test and launch' is being displaced by a more agile mindset of 'launch and test.'"