Invest Northern Ireland backed company, Serpico Software, has developed the next generation of functional software testing tools that will open up a worldwide market and position it as a leader in its field.

The product, called ScriptMap, makes the automated testing of software more efficient and cost effective, increasing testing productivity by up to 40%.

Serpico Software, based in Belfast, has spent three years developing the core technology for its product and recently received Invest NI equity support. This investment bridges the revenue gap between the development stage and the launch of the product to the market, and provides leverage for other venture capital.

Kevin McCann, Director of Enterprise Support in Invest NI comments: “Invest NI is keen to assist knowledge based industries and to support companies in bringing new products to market. Serpico Software has developed an innovative product that appeals to the global software testing market. There is significant potential for export sales and the creation of quality jobs, and the product will add to the reputation of Northern Ireland as a centre of excellence in software development.”

Serpico Software has just become an accredited software partner with U.S company Siebel Systems Inc, a leading provider of e-business CRM applications software, with over 3500 customers worldwide and a presence in over 28 countries.

The partnership agreement will enable Serpico to market its product to implementers of Siebel CRM software throughout the world.

The company is projecting that growth will initially come from this partnership agreement but plans to roll out the product to other platforms including SAP and Oracle.

Serpico Software’s Managing Director, Robbie McConnell explains the unique selling point of the product: “Traditional testing tools require a fairly high level of programming expertise to use, are time intensive and have major maintenance issues. Scriptmap technology delivers functional testing with context. This unique ability to recognise where in an application you are testing, leads to measurable productivity gains and ensures the software will operate as predicted.

“Overall, with ScriptMap, we offer Siebel implementers the ability to deliver more reliable and higher quality software solutions.”

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