Yes, we did it again. We’re athletic and we care for our community, so we took on another sports challenge and had three of us participate in the 11th Relay Race in Jena, a charity run covering a 3x2km distance.
We had a lot of fun and did pretty well but most importantly we’re happy that this year’s funds will be donated to the Kindersprachbrücke Jena e.V., a local organization devoted to helping refugees and migrants, especially children and their families, learn German and find a new home in Jena.
On January 19-20, 2015, Xceptance held its first XLT Summit. About thirty representatives of well-known companies from a variety of fields, including finance, retail and eCommerce, all of whom use XLT to help them in developing web-based software applications, accepted our invitation to meet at Xceptance’s headquarters in Jena, Germany. The goal of the conference was to give XLT users the opportunity to discuss their experiences using our tool both with each other and with the internal XLT development team.
To kick things off, on January 19 we enjoyed a casual dinner in a local restaurant. The next day there was a varied program consisting of presentations contributed both by Xceptance colleagues and external users. Our customers reported on their practical experience using XLT, and had a chance to discuss their results with the other users. The many different applications of XLT–from load testing to test automation to application monitoring–were thus illustrated in light of actual day-to-day practice. A selection of these presentations can be found here: http://goo.gl/fPJj1Q, and parts of the presentation provided by our guests from OTTO.DE can be read here: http://dev.otto.de/.
In addition, the XLT development team presented the newest XLT features. Our guests had the opportunity to speak directly with the developers about their specific feature requests, some of which we were able to immediately agree to implement.
In short, the conference was a great success. In response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the participants, the XLT Summit will now be a regular annual event.
Last but not least, we would like to thank all the attendees, without whose engagement, interest and suggestions the event would not have been possible!
We proudly announce that Xceptance has a new website. Our 10th anniversary made us look back on where we are coming from, what we have been doing and what experiences we gained throughout the past ten years. It was time to have a new web presence reflect all that!
We took advantage of Bootstrap, Less, Jekyll, Git, Font Awesome, and Jenkins to create a website that primarily wants to help our visitors quickly learn about Xceptance, our services and our product. We wanted it to be modern but plain so that we can communicate what we do in the most comprehensive and user-friendly way possible. No boasting, no bragging, and just a little bit about ourselves. To have it all look nice and work smoothly for the mobile users as well, we used Bootstrap.
Since we’re always looking for new people that want to join us, we added a comprehensive jobs page which lists current open positions in both our offices, Cambridge, MA, USA and Jena, Germany.
Go check it out for yourselves! As always, we appreciate any kind of feedback!
The B59, that’s the 16-story office building that accommodates the headquarters of Xceptance Germany, now has a new addition to its front. The red and black neon writing with Xceptance’s name and signature X was put up a week ago and thereby joins the logotypes of the Postbank and Allianz insurance.
The workers who installed the sign definitely had to be free from giddiness, since the sign overlooks the city of Jena from a height of approximately 98 ft. (30m). Several curious bystanders watched the installation process and were able to witness how, piece by piece, the name emerged on the wall.
So now, three years after Xceptance moved to the B59 office space, our flag is finally set. We think it’s been worth the wait!
There certainly are things out there that money can’t buy, just like the Beatles once sang. However, you might agree with us that money can do good (things), if managed appropriately.
With the company anniversary in mind we at Xceptance sought to combine both the good deeds and a great company gift. That’s how we found out about the idea of a ‘Wortpatenschaft‘ (engl.: “word sponsorship”), a campaign dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the German language (in cooperation with the German nonprofit association Deutsche Sprache e.V., Dortmund).
Continue reading We’ve Adopted the Word “Testen”!
Ten years and 230 projects later it’s time to look back at the beginnings of Xceptance. Let us take you on a quick trip down memory lane!
In the beginning there was a small group of four colleagues who decided to take a chance and try something new. They pooled their resources, knowledge and QA experience and struck out on their own. The beginnings of Xceptance are thus all about passion and commitment and the belief in making software better.
Continue reading 10 Years of Xceptance – The Story
Acceptance, huh? Be honest, you almost thought we were being serious about this whole name change! But, as convincing as it might have sounded, we’re not going to abandon our fancy company name, ever!
Despite the uncommon spelling we like our quirky label and the way it usually triggers follow-up questions. It is recognizable and fun and, once you got the hang of it, it sticks. We also trust in SEO and the sanity of our customers so that we don’t feel like there’s a reason to worry much about it. Of course there’ll always be the issue with auto-correction, but we think we can handle that. Having said this: Xceptance it is!
Just in time for our 10th anniversary, we are pleased to announce that the company is going to change its name from Xceptance to something more tangible and easier to pronounce: Acceptance.
With that, we are reacting to the release of a search engine list containing the different versions of the search term users entered to find Xceptance online. Terms reached from “Xcaptence” to “Ecceptance” and even “Axceptacne”. To us, this list was some kind of a wake-up call because we no longer want to take the risk of losing clients just because of a fancy company name. That’s why we decided to settle for this easier to google, user-friendly name because, after all, a company name should represent the company it stands for. An additional benefit of the new name: the auto-correction of mail and office software will never put a red mark on the company’s name again.
Within the coming week we’ll update the website and all other company-related content with the new name and logo. For our current clients and affiliates there won’t be any changes.
Today we updated our web site with the new logo of our company and product. We hope you like it.
It is modern, unique, and resembles our company colors. The font is distinct and the X is pretty eye-catching, because it has been carefully designed and crafted to express the uniqueness of Xceptance and its product and service offers.
In den letzten Wochen war es etwas ruhig in unserem Blog. Tut uns leid. Das liegt Gottseidank hauptsächlich an der guten Auftragslage. Zusätzlich arbeiten wir derzeit an der Fertigstellung der XLT-Versionen 3.1.1 und der 3.2, die einige schöne Neuerungen mitbringen wird.
Der Rekorder wird beispielsweise auch ungenutzte Form-Bestandteile aufzeichnen, so dass die spätere Anpassungen der Skripte vereinfacht wird. Mehr Infos gibt es, wenn wir das Release ausrollen.
Sobald wir eine Sekunde finden, wird auch mehr Blogeinträge geben. Weiter soll es mit den Webseiten-Tuning Tipps gehen und mehr zum Thema Lasttesten ist auch geplant.