SOURCE: Appvance


March 08, 2016 10:00 ET

Appvance Adds Larry Schmidlin as New Vice President of Engineering

Industry Veteran Brings Valuable Experience From Both Agile Startups and Large Enterprises

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 8, 2016) - Appvance has announced it has hired Larry Schmidlin as the vice president of engineering, ensuring the company continues its mission to reinvent enterprise software and application testing with the world's first "DevOps-ready" software quality assurance solution.

At Appvance, he will play an integral role in platform development, quality assurance and release management. Appvance provides the first unified enterprise application testing platform that answers the need of both DevOps and quality assurance teams, helping its customers to improve the quality, performance and security of all their applications, up to 10 times faster and for far less costly than old, siloed testing and quality assurance automation tools.

"Larry is a significant addition to our team bringing valuable experience from two key areas. Having worked in fast-paced, agile startups as well as with large enterprises, he will be able to better understand the larger business goals of our customers and the needs of their development teams," said Appvance CEO Kevin Surace. "Although our customers are global 5000 companies that want a complete and robust test automation platform, agile-focused DevOps teams have a need for velocity with quality."

Schmidlin brings more than 25 years of experience of development experience. Prior to joining Appvance, he was most recently the vice president of technology at Wells Fargo, leading the mobile teams for the retail side of the bank. He also worked with other customer-facing web and mobile applications for the bank's wholesale business customers. Among his other relevant experience, Larry was responsible for the development and delivery of the enterprise version of the Zone Alarm software firewall product by end-point security leader Zone Labs, Inc.

"This is an exciting time in software and application development. As more organizations are adopting agile and DevOps methodologies, the software being created is more robust and we are shipping updates at a faster clip than ever before," noted Schmidlin. "But this creates other issues as well. Faster development can sometimes mean less polished, stable and secure applications are being pushed out the door. Appvance is ensuring testing and QA do not take a back burner. I am looking forward to helping drive cutting edge development on our end, while delivering a valuable tool to our current and future customers."

Appvance has developed a "write it once" test scripting methodology, allowing test teams to write or record use cases once and test apps the way users encounter them, fully beginning-to-end including the UX in addition to API-level tests. This yields real-world results that are superior to protocol-level testing alone.

Designed specifically for the development of modern applications that leverage DevOps, agile processes, continuous integration, rapid test development methods and time-challenged delivery environments, Appvance eliminates the redundancies of traditionally siloed approaches to enterprise application and software testing, combining best-of-breed functional, performance, load, app penetration, compatibility, database and others.

About Appvance Inc.
Appvance provides the only DevOps unified test automation platform. Built from the ground up with agile and cloud services in mind, Appvance offers true Beginning-to-End data-driven unified functional, performance, compatibility, and synthetic APM testing, enabling users to quickly uncover client-side and server-side issues in a fraction of the time of traditional testing solutions. The Appvance platform drives quality and velocity for DevOps-oriented or traditional development shops, showing 5x to 10x overall productivity improvements over siloed QA tools. Founded in 2012, Appvance is a venture-backed technology company headquartered in San Jose, CA, with offices in Costa Rica and India and funded by Javelin Ventures, Staenberg Ventures, Social Internet Fund, FundersClub, Three Bridges Ventures and HB Asset Management.

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