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By Michael Dinan
TMCnet Editor

Saying its cost-saving solutions are gaining momentum in this slower economy, an Israel-based start-up that focuses on Web-based solutions reportedly says it recently earned its 2,000th client in six months.

Officials at Tel Aviv’s Testuff say that features of their on-demand software test management tool include integration to 16 leading bug trackers , video recording, requirement management, automated export to excel within a bug reporter, import capabilities, proxy support for bug trackers and cut-and-paste support.

According to Gil Bloom, head of business development and marketing activities at Testuff, the company is “excited to continue working with our users on the next version – our users are our driving force and the best source for new ideas, improvements and inspiration. They help us to create better tools.”
The company is now moving forward towards its next phase of development, which is expected in a few months, and will result in a brand new unique service for the testing industry, Bloom said.
For the communications technology space, Testuff’s success is yet another nod to the software-as-a-service segment.
In general, SaaS (NewsAlert) is a model of software deployment where an application is hosted as a service provided to customers across the Internet. Think of iTunes, for example. By getting rid of the need to install and run an application on the customer’s own computer, SaaS reduces the cost of software maintenance, operation and support.
Consider recent examples of SaaS thriving in this recession.
Earlier this month, TMCnet reported that France-based document process automation provider saw 66 percent revenue growth last year on its SaaS products. Citing a report from Gartner Inc., that company – Esker – says the SaaS market is expected to double by 2012 from $6.4 billion last year.
Analysts say that it isn’t just IT businesses that should be looking into software-based technologies.
As TMCnet reported, one new study says that the U.S. government could save billions by moving to more open source software, virtualization and cloud computing.
The 14-slide study – from MeriTalk, online group that studies public policy and IT, as well as Red Hat and DLT Solutions Inc. – says that after years of boosted funding, federal IT managers are facing a new challenge: the budget crunch.
“With a grave economic outlook and a new administration in office, Federal agencies will be forced to do more with less,” the study says. “Across 30 key Federal agencies, the government allocated $60 billion for IT infrastructure in FY07, FY08, and FY09. Instead of worrying over a budget stop, why not make the most of the money we are already investing?”
Officials at Testuff say their service is fun and intuitive.
“By deliberately going desktop in a Web age, Testuff achieves a very smooth look and feel that’s rare amongst Web apps,” company officials say. “Accordingly, users report they get fully working with it within an hour.”