For release: June 23, 2004
AbeBooks Selects Agitar Software to Drive Quality of World's
Largest Online Book Marketplace
Enterprise Developer Testing Solution Boosts Functionality, Performance,
and Security in Processing of 50 Million Books From 12,000 Booksellers
(VICTORIA, BC & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 22) -- Agitar Software,
the leader in enterprise developer testing, today announced that
AbeBooks, the world's largest online marketplace for books, has
selected Agitar's products and services as part of a company-wide
software quality initiative designed to improve the functionality,
performance, and security of its e-commerce transaction system.
AbeBooks provides tools and services to more than 12,000 booksellers
for managing inventory and selling books through its global Web
sites and through its strategic partners such as Amazon and Barnes
& Noble. The United Nations named AbeBooks as one of the planet's
top e-business sites at the World Summit Awards in Geneva last
AbeBooks has deployed Agitar's Agitator and the Agitar Management
Dashboard as well as related support and implementation services
for all of its development staff. AbeBooks is using Agitar's products
to create unit test assets for its inventory management software,
called HomeBase, which helps booksellers -- as well as AbeBooks
-- manage listings for over 50 million books.
"Our database of books is one of the fastest growing e-commerce
systems in use and it has to deliver financial-grade security,"
said Jayson Minard, CIO for AbeBooks. "We have embraced a
developer testing program to safely upgrade our core software
assets. Agitator has already paid for itself by finding software
issues that would have been costly to AbeBooks if left undetected.
Using Agitator, our development team has taken further ownership
over quality with marked improvements in our newly produced software,
which is more maintainable and is produced with far fewer errors."
"AbeBooks is taking a serious and rigorous approach to ensuring
that their e-commerce software systems are of the highest quality,"
says Jerry Rudisin, CEO of Agitar Software. "By placing quality
first, AbeBooks will be able to provide the best possible service
to their customers while continuing with their rapid business
expansion. In the process they will significantly reduce costs
across the entire software development lifecycle."
AbeBooks Executive Speaks at JavaOne on Agitar Development expert
and AbeBooks CIO Jayson Minard will be speaking at JavaOne in
San Francisco on June 28 about how he applied Agitar solutions
at AbeBooks to implement a company-wide software quality initiative.
Minard will discuss the implementation of their developer testing
program, and the business benefits that the quality initiative
brings to AbeBooks. Minard is a noted Java development authority,
who formerly was the chief architect for the Java Business Unit
at Borland. His talk, "Improving Developer Testing using
Agitator," will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 28th at the
JavaOne Pavilion at the Moscone Center.
AbeBooks, a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with
offices in Dusseldorf, Germany, is the world's largest online
marketplace for books.
AbeBooks makes it simple and safe to find and buy -- or list and
sell -- books online. Bookbuyers love the variety of over 50 million
new used, rare, and out-of-print books offered by more than 12,000
Booksellers love AbeBooks for providing tools to help them succeed
online, including options for selling via strategic partners (Amazon,
Barnes & Noble), and four sites to reach global markets. For
more information, please visit http://www.abebooks.com .
Agitar Software, a private company based in California with venture
backing from Sequoia and NEA, is the leader in enterprise developer
testing. By automating the manual process of unit test creation,
Agitar lets software developers build quality in, instead of testing
bugs out. By preventing errors in the development phase, companies
benefit from improvements in overall software quality, faster
time to market, and lower software lifecycle costs. For more information,
please visit http://www.agitar.com .
NOTE: Agitar is a registered trademark, Agitator is a trademark
of Agitar Software, Inc. All other company and product names are
the property of their respective owners.
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Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr., AbeBooks.com
Craig Oda, PageOnePR for Agitar
Tel.: +1-650-473-0600, ext. 102