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100,000 Hours of Software Testing Took Place before the Sochi Olympics

Hours_of_testing_blogIn today’s increasingly digital world, software testing has become more important than ever. When a major event depends upon digital technology, it is essential that everything works seamlessly. Software testing is a key part of ensuring that users or viewers get the experience they are expecting and that the desired output quality is reached.

One key example of the importance of software testing is found with the recent Sochi Olympics.  The Sochi Games were the most digitally-enabled Olympics in history. To ensure that the events would be a success as the games were broadcast worldwide to 1.5 billion viewers, more than 100,000 hours of software testing took place.

Software Testing Helps Make the Most Digital Olympics a Success

The Sochi Olympics were described by the President and CEO of Sochi 2014 as a “digital brand”.  Technology was integrated into every part of the Olympics, from tackling cyber-security, to helping broadcasters send coverage to mobile devices to athletes and spectators present at the games.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) was one of the key technology themes for Sochi, as experts predicted that as many as 120,000 different digital devices would be used to access the Olympics’ networks. These devices included smartphones, laptops and tablets.  Mobile device testing services were utilised to ensure that the digital Olympics network would be available and accessible to people no matter what device they were using to access it. With more and more people opting to consume their content using a mobile device, it was essential to ensure that the content worked on all platforms. This is true not just for the Sochi Olympics but for any software releases or digital content.

To ensure that users in Sochi were able to access their devices, 2,500 wireless access points were made available throughout the Olympic venues. Users could input their log-in credentials and were granted a specific level of access based on those credentials.  Network technology and virtualisation enabled relatively small teams to manage the networks and make any necessary changes.

Online videos of the Olympics were also available on desktop platforms using Adobe’s Primetime content channels.  Primetime was integrated into Azure Media’s cloud-based services to deliver online ads and video to millions of viewers worldwide.  More than 1,000 hours of live-streaming were available for viewers to watch both live and on-demand.

The delivery of streaming digital content across different platforms using cloud-based servers is a process that requires seamless software solutions.  Performance testing services should also be used to ensure that demands are met for a positive viewing experience no matter how many tune in.  e-testing tool partner SOASTA are all too familiar with the challenges faced by the International Olympic Committee as they have just been awarded a 10 year contract to serve as the official tester for IOC IT operations. SOASTA are already engaged with Brazil ahead of the 2016 Summer Games and will be stepping up to support the readiness of IOC ticketing, seat selection and overall website operations.

The heavy digitalisation of Sochi events is part of an ongoing trend to make massive amounts of content available online; demand for consuming digital content is only likely to grow. Over the years, e-testing has formed partnerships with leading tool vendors like SOASTA to ensure that our clients can meet the growing demands placed upon web and mobile applications. Contact an e-testing consultant to discuss the needs of your organisation.


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