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Qantom software private limited is located in Bangalore, India's silicon city. Qantom has been offering SQA services in the niche area of SIP based IP telephony. Thanks to our involvement with the opensource community, despite being a small organization, we boast of tools that are typically used only in large software organizations.
Being in the fast evolving technology business, it becomes extremely restrictive to define a long term vision. Hence our aim is to define biennial vision and assess the progress periodically
- Continue our SQA excellence in the domains of IP Telephony and test automation
- To make inroads into the areas of mobile application development and testing
We are a decade old technology company located in Bangalore, India's silicon valley.
Qantom has been offering SQA services and test automation in the niche domain of
SIP based IP-PBX solutions since 2004.
In 2015, we moved into the space of commercial products for Indian SMBs.
During our journey over the years, as typical, we have had our moments of celebrations and tribulations. Of these we take immense pride in highlighting a few achievements
- We were handed over the complete responsibility of the entire SQA of a complex IP-PBX solution - sipXecs. We take pride to state that we have been the primary QA team from its inception. Our role included functional testing, integration testing, system testing, interoperatbility testing and performance testing. We built specialized and highly effective tools to ensure high quality SQA for this product
- We were responsible for creating WET which was developed to meet the demands of automating the sipfoundry IP-PBX product. As a token of appreciation to the glorious open source community, we released the entire code of WET under a opensource license. When WET was created, it had powerful features that not only matched the capabilities of the commercial leaders of Web automation tools, but also excelled these tools in certain areas.
- We created an innovative, highly effective & comprehensive training methodology for our internal training which was required to cater to the extremely demanding resource requirements for the SQA of the ippbx solution
- and there are more... Please visit our achievements page to view the full details of our achievements.
Qantom: The origin of Qantom's name is very interesting. The founder of Qantom, in his previous job, had created a framework to automate the testing of Phones. The framework would automatically run the tests every night. One morning, a colleague who had stayed back till late in the night, mentioned that the phones scared him in the dead of the night. The phones were making calls all by themselves and he wondered if Phantom was driving the phones. QA by PhaNTOM - a soon to be born baby was already Christened!
Qan is pronounced as in Born and tom is pronounced as in the name Tom
We are a technology driven software company with a well equipped lab. Thanks to our strong background in Opensource technologies, our test labs are driven extensively by Linux servers which gives our clients the ability to use highly secure, scalable and robust applications at a fraction of the cost of commercial equivalents.
We have a modern and spacious office setup which can house over 40 engineers comfortably. We have a separate server / lab area, cafeteria and power backup location.
Hardware and software
Our fleet of hardware includes the latest Desktops and Servers. While most of our desktops have Windows operating system loaded on to it, our servers are all Linux based. The lab is self sufficient with virtually all the important services running. To name a few
- Web Server - At the heart of our intranet is an Apache webserver - a few services run barebones while others use tools like Wordpress, Mantis, Mediawiki, etc.,
- Knowledge management - MediaWiki, Moodle and Joomla running on Linux are used for knowledge management and training.
- Software Configuration Management- Subversion is used as the Source code repository and version control software for the software tools, test repositories and various documents
- Issue and Bug tracker - To track our internal issues and tasks, we use Mantis, an open source issue tracker.
Test automation - For web test automation, we primarily use Selenium. In 2015, we made
a strategic decision to use Selenium instead of WET so that we could focus more on
test automation and less on maintaining the WET tool itself. We adapted several cool features from
WET and have incorporated these into the Selenium based test automation frameworks. The result -
An increased and enhanced test automation coverage!
Based on the client's requirements, we also build home-brewn automation solutions to cater to the testing needs of the product or project being tested. If you want use to any of the commercial off-the-shelf tools for automated testing, we are quite competent to adapt to these tools too.
The network topology has been designed and implemented in a manner that allows a tight security and minimizes congestion. The network is segreggated into various sub networks to allow this to happen. Typically, the network is separated as under:
Sub-network #1 - For all corporate services like Intranet, version control, etc.
Sub-network #2 - For performance and soak testing. Generally, the traffic moving in and out of this sub network is very high and is likely to cause disruptions to the other sub networks. To minimize such disruption, this network is made to work as an independent network with its own DNS such that the amount of traffic going out of and into the network.
Sub-network #3 - Sub-network for Servers used for System testing. If the number of SUTs(System under test) for carrying out system testing is large, then a separate sub network is setup for these SUTs. This helps in minimizing traffic congestion and in quicker fault isolation.
Sub-network #4 - Sub-network for Desktops. All the desktops used for a particular project are put on a separate network.
- Connectivity: Multiple high speed Internet connections to ensure high availability of connectivity and distribute the bandwidth congestion
- Email: In-house linux mail server and backup mail server. Integration of opensource spam filtering solutions with our custom built filters allows high level of Spam filtering.
- Secure internet access: Internet access only through corporate proxy. Depending on the client's requirements, internet access to team members can be specified
- Internal communication: Various intranet tools like Wiki, Status reporting, etc., to allow clients and associates to communicate with each other
We have a strong focus on redundancy and Business continuity plan. The following tools / processes have been implemented to take care of this:
- Multiple ISP: We have signed up with different ISPs to have Multiple high speed Internet connections. These connections are normally distributed to handle different needs. For example, one connection is used for mails, the other one for corporate servers and the third one to serve desktops. During outages, these connections are swapped to ensure that critical tasks are not disrupted.
- Automated backups: All important data is automatically backed up daily onto a centralized backup server using a secure network connection. On stipulated periodic intervals, offsite backups are taken from the centralized backup servers.
- Power backups: Keeping in line with our load distribution policy, we have distributed the power backups into multiple parts. We have two UPS(Uninterrupted Power Supplies) and one petrol powered generator. While one of the UPSes powers all the servers, the second one is used for the desktops. The petrol generator is used to power the office lights and fans.
When we started off, we set ourselves a non contemporary yet challenging parameter to grow exponentially - in knowledge, value addition and technical excellence. When we reflect on the past decade of our existence, we cherish the fact that we have been able to meet our expectations.
Be it the creation of a complex web automation tool, the unique and innovative training framework, setting up of sophisticted servers for in-house use or the fact that two of the world's top three VOIP switch manufacturers have satisfactorily relied on us for SQA services of their UC solutions - all these stand testimony to substantiate our growth claim.
Below is a brief listing of the timeline of the siginificant events in our corporate life
- September 2004 Qantom software starts is journey as a proprietoriship firm
- September 2004 Qantom enters into a contract with Pingtel Corporation to become the sole SQA provider for sipfoundry's IPPbx solution
- November 2004 Qantom's first employee is appointed
- August 2005 Qantom creates the initial version of WET a web automated testing tool and contributes the code under an opensource license
- January 2006 Qantom software becomes Qantom software private limited, a company limited by shares under the companies act, 1956.
- January 2006 Qantom moves into our new spacious office with modern infrastructure facilities
- October 2006 Release 0.9.8 of WET released. This release incorporated several features which made WET inline with several commercially available alternatives - A remarkable achievement for a small team of engineers.
- December 2007 Nortel visits our facility and approves our work
- December 2007 Nortel and Pingtel quadrapules the staff strength of Qantom's sipfoundry testing team
- August 2008 Nortel buys over the IPPbx business of Pingtel. As a tribute to the quality of our work, Nortel decides to continue the SQA services with Qantom
- October 2008 Qantom receives the official P.O from Nortel - A great testimony from a giant in telephone switches
- January 2010 Avaya takes over enterprise business division of Nortel. Issues P.O to Qantom, to endorse the high valued services offered by Qantom
- June 2010 Avaya increases Qantom's scope to include SQA activities traditional telephony - BCM. Yet another moment of pride and glory for Qantom
- July 2010 Ezuce approaches Qantom to carry on the SQA activities their OpenUC Unified Communications solution. The testing project is executed by Thwameva Technologies, Qantom's associate concern in close coordination and guidance from Qantom
- Q1 - 2014 Owing to the changing trends in the global economy, Qantom faces challenges. We get on to the drawing board to reinvent ourselves in the face of the changing scenarios.
- Q1 to Q3 2014 Qantom develops QEDTechEnabler, a platform that would allow small training institutes and individual trainers to leverage technology for their training at an affordable cost
- Q3 2014 Office infrastructure upgraded to facilitate QEDTechEnabler based training development
- Q1 to Q3 2015 Qantom starts working on small business software solutions primarily geared towards the indian market
- August 29th 2015 Qantom releases the first beta release of E-SugamAssist, a nifty tool that simplifies the life of traders to create E-Sugam entries
Our clients have repeatedly reposed their faith in us and provided us with an opportunity to work on different projects. Click on the client's logo to learn more about how Qantom is involved with the client
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