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News and events


Welcome to our news archive for 2011.

Our news pages list stories chronologically, the most recent appearing at the top of the list below. Expand each story to read it in full by click the "More information" button below each headline.

nFocus Podcast
How TFS Supports Agile


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nFocus is attending and exhibiting at EuroSTAR 2011, and was recently invited to put together a Podcast for the EuroSTAR test talk series.

nFocus Technical Director Danny Crone recorded the Podcast titled, "How TFS Supports Agile". In this podcast Danny will be exploring what Agile means for testing, what the challenges are, and how TFS can be the solution to some of these challenges. This will include process templates, the new testing tools within Visual Studio 2010, and having a central repository for all project assets.

To listen to the Podcast, please click here.

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nFocus will be exhibiting
at EuroSTAR 2011


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This month nFocus will be attending and exhibiting alongside Microsoft at EuroSTAR, Europe’s Premier Software Testing event.

EuroSTAR is one of the largest software testing conferences in the testing calendar and is being held in Manchester from 21 – 24 November. The conference is made up of both tutorials and presentation sessions over the four day period.

nFocus will be exhibiting alongside Microsoft as the first test consultancy in the world to achieve Microsoft’s Gold Application Lifecycle Management Competency Partner status. During the conference nFocus will be demonstrating the exciting testing functionality within Visual Studio 2010. Why not pop along to our stand to find out more.

nFocus are the market leaders in testing on the Microsoft platform. This stems from supplying testing consultancy to Microsoft Consulting Services’ cutting edge projects for over a decade, being a Microsoft Inner Circle and now Gold Application Lifecycle Management Competency Partner, as well as implementing Visual Studio 2010 test tools successfully on a range of projects for our clients throughout the UK.

To register to attend the event, please click here

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nFocus partner Solidsoft win Microsoft Application Integration Partner of the Year


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One of nFocus’s partners Solidsoft, has just been announced as Microsoft’s Application Integration Partner of the Year, and will be recognised at the Microsoft World Partner Conference in Los Angeles July 10-14. nFocus is proud to have helped Solidsoft to test their solution using all Microsoft Test Technologies.

The Change Reporting System solution, Tell us Once (TUO) is a major program being led by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on behalf of the UK Government. The Change Reporting System gathers information on change of circumstance events on the first occasion, and then electronically disseminates the information to all UK Government departments, hence the name ‘Tell us Once’.

Microsoft explained "the annual awards honor Microsoft partners for delivering innovative solutions during the past year that directly address customer challenges. These award winners will be recognized at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011, the company’s premier annual event for industry partners, July 10-14 in Los Angeles."

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Software Testing Strategy Workshop: September 2011


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Course Details

Date: 08/09/2011
Time: 09:30 - 17:00
Course Leader: Sam Clarke, Principal Consultant, nFocus Ltd
Venue: Intellect Conference Suite, Russell Square House,
10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EE
In association with: Intellect

Who is it for?

Senior personnel in a growing software development or services company who have an active interest in implementing more predictable, pragmatic, cost effective and efficient testing of their product set.

What is it about?

Are you confident that the new release of your product or service continues to meet the expectations of your clients? Are your key people increasingly tied up with testing? Do your clients ask how your product is tested? Do you have issues with cost of rework due to defects in your product?

A Software Development company’s success is often driven by the sale of an innovative or niche solution to a business problem. The reliability of the first release of the product will generally be high due to tenacious testing by the core team of developers, manual writers, sales and marketers. However this success will bring with it customer demands for changes to the product; examples include improvements to functionality, security, scalability and diversity of operating environment to name but a few. With change comes the risk of adversely impacting the quality of the product or service.

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nFocus Technical Director recognised with Microsoft ALM Ranger Status!


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nFocus Technical Director Danny Crone has been recently recognised for his work with Visual Studio 2010 and the Application Lifecycle Management competency by being awarded Microsoft ALM Ranger status!

Danny has worked extensively with Visual Studio throughout his career, and more recently with Visual Studio 2010 which he has been heavily involved since beta. This experience has been invaluable in helping clients get the most out of the test functionality within the latest release, and in doing so makes Danny a valuable asset within the Ranger team.

As an ALM Ranger, Danny will be helping to deliver out of band solutions for missing features or guidance. This means he will be working very closely with the product team, and other Rangers to continue the progress of Visual Studio.

The Rangers are made up of both internal Microsoft people from MCS (Microsoft Consulting Services), MVP’s and key people within the ALM community. Danny explained that, “it is a great honour to be asked to become one of the very few UK VS2010 Rangers, and it is something I will be devoting my time to over the next few months.”

For more details about Danny’s Ranger activities, visit this MSDN blog article.

If you need help with Visual Studio 2010, why not get in touch with nFocus? nFocus offer both Test Manager and Coded UI training courses, as well bespoke consultancy around the tool-set. If you would like further information about either of the above, please email us at

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nFocus launch Visual Studio 2010 Test Manager and Coded UI training course


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Today (26/04/2011) nFocus is delighted to announce the successful launch of its newest training offering, Visual Studio 2010 Test Manager and Coded UI training course.

The course has been described as a departure from the normal style of product training in that clients can take advantage of the very powerful flexibility the Microsoft software testing tool set offers. Rather than simply show you how to operate the tools as they come out of the box, which is the only way to use many test tools, these two practical days focus on analysing your own process and how to adapt the way the tool works to fit your process.

nFocus are in a unique position to deliver such training as not only the first test consultancy in the world to get the Microsoft Gold Application Lifecycle Management Competency partner status, but also this accolade has been attained through our experience of using both Test Manager and Coded UI on a vast range of projects.

Allpay Limited, a leading financial payment processing organisation, was one of the first recipients of the course. Richard Wagstaff, Assistant QA Manager commended that the “training was led by instructors who were clearly experts in their field and presented with a mix of test theory and practical, real world, exercises. I highly recommend the entire nFocus team to anyone who is looking for training from a company who live and breathe test and who actually practice what they preach daily.”

Danny Crone, nFocus Technical Director explained, “This practical course is borne out of using the tools in real life projects for a range of clients. The clear value in undertaking this training course is in using the tools in real life situations, allowing these newly developed skills to be applied back on project.”

If you would like more information about the course, please visit our Visual Studio 2010 Test Manager and Coded UI web page, or contact us at

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The Journey from Manual Testing to Automated Testing using Coded UI


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nFocus will be speaking at Microsofts Connected Development event support by Tech.Days on 26 May in the North of England. This session titled, the journey from manual testing to automated testing using Coded UI will be presented by nFocus co-founder and Technical Director, Danny Crone.

This highly practical session will demonstrate how manual tests created in Microsoft Test Manager can be moved through fast forward play back to the end goal of full automation in Coded UI demonstrating also how data driven techniques can be applied. This session will also touch upon how to play back Coded UI tests on a different browser with some general best practices.

For more information and to book your place, please click here.

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Microsoft's Connected Development Event Supported by Tech.Days


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nFocus will be speaking at Microsoft's Connected Development event support by Tech.Days on 26 May in the North of England.

This event is in essence Tech.Days in the north with a greater focus on the application lifecycle. It is focused on IT decision makers and heads of development and will pull together highlights of content from both Tech.Days and TechEd (North America). 'Whether you are developing for Client, Phone, Web or Cloud, this will be a great day of speakers and content to help you ensure your development in streamlined and integrated with best practices from Microsoft and Gold Application Lifecycle Management partners' like nFocus.

To read the abstract of nFocus's session titled, 'The journey from manual testing to automated testing using coded UI, please click here.

For full details including booking, please visit here.

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nFocus achieve Gold Application Lifecycle Management Competency


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(31/01/2011) nFocus, a specialist in software application testing and test consultancy on the Microsoft platform are today delighted to announce that they are the first dedicated software testing consultancy in the UK to receive the Gold standard for the Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management Competency (ALM).

The evolution of the Microsoft Partner Network has allowed organisations to be rewarded and recognised for their specialities. The network is now made up of 28 competencies that reflect the depth and breadth of Microsoft technologies. These competencies are earned on a Silver and Gold basis, in which partners are stringently examined in those particular areas. As a result, only the most skilled, experienced and successful partners will receive the prestigious Gold standard. nFocus has been specialising in Microsoft technologies over the past decade, and most recently in the Visual Studio 2010 application lifecycle management tool-set.

nFocus Managing Director Ross Lister stated, “The Gold ALM Competency has cemented the fantastic relationship we have with Microsoft. As a testing specialist, we were thrilled to be invited into the Inner Circle in January 2010, and now even more so to be recognised for our expertise in the test domain for Microsoft technologies”. Lister continued, “The testing tools within Visual Studio 2010 have proved fundamental in the success of many of our high profile projects, and I believe this will continue throughout 2011”.

Philippa Snare, Director of Sales, Strategy and Planning for Developer Tools at Microsoft added “We’re delighted that nFocus have been successful in achieving Gold ALM Competency. It is critical that we continue to ensure our customers benefit from the on-going professional development of partners like nFocus. It’s not easy to get to achieve the Gold Competency and we are delighted that nFocus have led the way for our Test offering".

The new competency based Partner Network with its hardened set of requirements means only a select elite will ever receive the Gold ALM standard, and so nFocus are privileged to be one of these select few.

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nFocus facilitate Visual Studio deep-dive workshop at Test Management Summit 2011


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Come along to day one of the Test Management Summit to take part in the nFocus half-day workshop titled, 'A deeper dive into the Test Functionality of Visual Studio 2010'.

This session dives deeper into understanding some of the test functionality within Visual Studio 2010. As we all know, the collaboration between developers and testers is vital; it can make the difference between shipping quality applications and systems, or release dates slipping because of show stopping bugs found late on. In this interactive workshop, we will show you the full application lifecycle using Visual Studio 2010. This will include how developers and testers can benefit from integrated tools throughout the lifecycle. We'll show you how test case management tools can aide in creating and organising test cases, how we can easily replay application execution history, how actionable bugs can be created in the new Microsoft Test and Lab manager, analysing code churn using test impact collector and much much more!

Date: 25/01/2011
Location:Balls's Brothers, Minster Pavement
Time: PM
Cost: £95 plus vat (including a second workshop of your choice)
Booking: Please click here.

Due to the hand-on and interactive elements of this workshop, there are only a limited number of places. To book your place, please click here.

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nFocus and Microsoft present topic at the Test Management Summit 2011


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Anyone who follows Peter Kay will know that garlic bread is the future but are single repositories Garlic Bread? nFocus Technical Director Danny Crone, and Microsoft Technology Tools Specialist Giles Davies will be asking this question in their slot at this year's Test Management Summit at the Institue of Directors, Pall Mall London 26/01/2011.

There is a lot of talk about application lifecycle management, one of the important topics is where to store and how to manage the project assets. This session will demonstrate the use of a single repository for managing project assets using TFS 2010 and then discuss the pros and cons of this approach versus the alternatives.

Date: 26/01/2011
Location: Institue of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London
Time: TBC
Cost:£100 plus vat for the one day conference, £40 plus vat for the dinner
Booking: Please click here

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