Why I Moved From HPE To SeaLights

Amir Banet
Amir BanetHead of Product | September 15, 2017

Let me start with a short introduction as many of you don’t really know me, my name is Amir Banet, and as of last week, I am the Head of Product for SeaLights.

Before that, and for the last 13 years, I worked at the “same” company, the brackets are because the company changed owners and names four times during this period, starting from Mercury interactive ->  HP -> HPE and recently Microfocus.

I started my career as a QA engineer, testing market-leading performance testing tools (LoadRunner and Performance Center), this is where I picked up the foundations of what it means to be a QA engineer and to properly adopt test automation.

After successfully completing a few managerial positions in the QA department, I was given the opportunity to step up and become the product manager of  Quick Test Professional (QTP).

Later on, I was responsible for Unified Functional Testing (UFT) and designing and introducing a new, DevTest centric functional testing solution, called Lean FT.

I really liked working at Mercury/HPE since I had the pleasure of working with talented and truly nice people, not to mention leading the pack in the Functional Testing market space.

So, why did I leave HPE? And how did I land up in SeaLights? Well, to be honest, I didn’t really plan on it…

You see, part of my responsibilities as the leading product manager in the functional testing space was to be on the lookout for up and coming innovations in our space and to utilize anything that can help our customers increase their development and testing speed while improving quality.  So, when I stumbled on one of SeaLights webinars and then checked out their site, I immediately recognized the value that they deliver to my install base.

Which value you may ask, well I am mostly referring to the following four things:

  1. How can you identify and block untested code changes, and I’m not talking only about unit tests, but a coverage analysis that is done on any test type in use. This was the first time I saw a solution that could provide code coverage analysis for the functional tests that my tools created.
  2. How can you benchmark your regression tests quality against previous executions or against industry standards. These KPIs are golden to organizations seeking continuous quality improvement, and they are SO hard to collect.
  3. How can you prioritize your tests and select the best one for the job at hand. The concept of Risk Base Testing is not new, what’s new and unique, is how SeaLights provides a solution for this challenge.
  4. How can you gain visibility to the status of all test types and test frameworks in one single dashboard. From my experience, most organizations are using several testing tools and frameworks, and they are struggling to achieve a cohesive and aggregated status understanding.

Since I was really impressed with these capabilities, the next thing I did was contact SeaLights CEO, Eran Sher, to discuss potential integration points and collaboration between SeaLights and the HPE quality suite.

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This talk turned out to be more of an informal interview, as Eran was more interested in expanding his team, rather than expanding his product’s integrations, and one of the key open positions was the leader of his product team.

So we talked about where the market is going, the changes QA organizations and engineers are facing and how most of the solutions out there are far from providing sufficient answers to modern quality management needs.

In hindsight, Eran just recently told me that what really caught his attention when we first met, was my vision on how to address this gap, since it was identical to his.

Well, after that good start, I still had to pass a few additional interviews, like everyone else interviewing for SeaLights have to.

Luckily, I passed and I couldn’t be happier. Because now, after I’ve gotten to know who the people behind this solution are, the value that it currently delivers and the value that it will have once our vision is fulfilled has made me a true believer that the sky is the limit for this company.

If you have gotten this far, thank you for reading my first blog, much more will come in the future ( Though, they might be more professional and less personal than this one 😉 )

So, stay tuned on this channel and don’t hesitate to ping me if you want to see for yourself how the value proposition I mentioned above is achievable with SeaLights.