Nights a test for Canterbury firm

A small Christchurch software-testing firm is working nights so that it can satisfy New Zealand businesses with a need for next-day service.

A small Christchurch software-testing firm is working nights so that it can satisfy New Zealand businesses with a need for next-day service.

The year-old Nightside Test Design, which now claims customers across the Tasman, says it is now talking to companies in the US and the UK about offering services during their day.

Managing director Peter Brown says the company’s staff originally worked nights because they had other jobs. However, the winning of several large project deals means he and a couple of other staff can work fulltime for the company, boosted by several extra contractors working at night, usually between 7pm and 11pm.

“Often businesses are working on ‘internet time’, which means they want it doing quickly,” says Brown. “The work is emailable. We can run the test down here and send back comments, giving next-day delivery.”

He says development firms often build software with a framework and fill in functionality, meaning the work can be done bit by bit.

Brown says his customers do not want to be identified but typically include larger software companies wanting to outsource their testing and quality control work, plus companies, such as power supply and radio companies, that make products with embedded microprocessors.

Nightside plans to drum up more trade by attending the Cebit trade show in Australia in May.

At present, the business claims a six-figure turnover.

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