Dave Laroche is our Chief Technical Officer. He is a pioneer in the field of automated testing. Dave developed ATF, one of the first automation tools, more than 20 yeas ago. He was a founder and Chief Architect of Segue Software, Inc., the original creators of QA Partner/SilkTest. Dave believes that no testing tool can be easy to use without a solid foundation. That’s why he is committed to providing AscentialTest's universal agent with the most powerful object recognition engine in the industry.
Brian Le Suer is our Chief Executive Officer. He has been working in the field of test automation for more than 30 years. Brian began as a QA Engineer using the testing tools available in the early 1980's. He joined Segue Software in its infancy and served as the EVP of R&D during that company's golden years. Brian formed Star Quality, a consulting firm specializing in test automation in the late 90s. After 12 years of experience in the trenches, he’s excited to be building the next generation testing tool that will increase the productivity and and effectiveness of test and development teams.
After creating QA Partner / SilkTest at Segue Software in the 1990s, Dave and Brian founded a consulting firm specializing in software testing automation, using their own tools as well as those of other market leaders.
As consultants, they had the opportunity to confront the reality of software testing. This in-depth experience of the field taught them that:
This finding explains why the decision to automate the tests is not obvious.
After waiting in vain for the arrival of a new generation tool, Dave and Brian embarked on the design of AscentialTest.
Based on their experience, AscentialTest is built around six key design criteria: