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Edge Testing opens second centre for cloud-based remote testing

Edge launched the Digital Test Hub concept in Scotland four years ago and it was the first of its kind in the UK. Founded to meet requirements for a low cost, on demand test service supplied within the UK, Edge’s Digital Test Hub operates as a challenger to the offshore model. It can be accessed easily by organisations looking for a remote testing service for their in-house applications and back office systems, within the same time zone and an immediate understanding of business culture and communication norms.
The Digital Test Hub is cloud-based and is available as a standalone service or part of Edge’s Managed Testing Service, offering everything from device and compatibility testing, website monitoring and website performance testing to usability and accessibility testing, functional testing, regression testing and even test automation.
The opening of Edge’s second Digital Test Hub facility in Birmingham aims to create over 60 new jobs in the area over the next two years, from experienced Test Managers and Test Analysts to Trainee Software Testers.
Edge is also tackling the need for UK organisations to use offshored testing by addressing the shortage of testing skills in the UK, by building up a pool of trained testers through its Edge Academy. All Edge employees are required to pass the testing certification ISTQB within the first six months of employment, and there is also further in-house training available.
Brian Ferrie, CEO, said: “The Digital Test Hub model has proven a huge hit with our customers. The ability to have a low cost, on demand, remote service without the challenges of going offshore has been a real winner. We have listened to our customers who have said that the service would be even better if there was the flexibility for the team to be on-site during critical project stages. We chose Birmingham as our second Hub as it’s easily accessible for our customers across our southern business, is a vibrant tech hub and gives us access to some fantastic local talent at both experienced and graduate levels”.
Edge has already been operating out of Birmingham for over four years, working for several banks, telcos and financial services providers. The company’s clients include the Big Lottery Fund, IRESS and the Student Loans Company.
The decision to select Birmingham was driven by customer demand for quick access to on-site support when necessary, and also by the increasing number of large businesses moving to the Midlands. Home to more start-ups than any other UK regional city, 17,473 new Birmingham companies registered in 2016. One example of large businesses moving to the region is HSBC, which will be moving 1,000 head office roles to Birmingham by 1 January 2019 and American owned Advanced Computer Software Group creating approximately 400 jobs at a new site in Birmingham.
Award winning Edge Testing is typically engaged when organisations are implementing a new system or making significant changes to an existing system, to ensure systems are fast, secure, available and work as expected in an increasingly complex and distributed digital age.
Listed on the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100, the ISO accredited company has quickly built up an excellent reputation with an enviable client list across financial services, telecommunications and media, utilities, retail and the public sector.

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