Paragon Application Systems Extends Capabilities of Web FASTest

Holly Springs, NC - 13 October 2016

ePayments testing solution drives the testing revolution helping leading brands meet the demands of consumers for more payment types and always on capability 

Paragon Application Systems, the leading independent testing services provider for the financial services industry, today announced the latest version of its Web FASTest solution. These enhancements expand the automation and configurability of the product, allowing financial services companies to test more code in less time. Organizations using the solution reduce overhead associated with desktop testing and can optimize the skills of their available resources.

The secure, cloud-based solution, introduced one year ago, was built to accommodate the increased complexity and risk that financial services providers are facing in their mission to future-proof their payments systems. Web FASTest provides a testing platform for simulation and validation for ISO based payments schemes as well as next generation transactions. With the latest release of Web FASTest, organizations may quickly adapt to rapidly changing API standards as they implement new digital payments strategies, while ensuring the integrity of their core payments systems.

Web FASTest allows a test engineer to build functional tests and execute them through a secure performance test engine. This provides real-time updates that automatically configure each connection, further enhancing efficiencies. The APIs used in the solution eliminate the time and hassle of exhaustive manual searches. Users can also automatically customize test cards, empowering them to better tailor Web FASTest for their organization’s unique needs.

Users can choose to deploy Web FASTest in a multi-tenant test cloud environment, providing the flexibility of on-demand testing across multiple sites for multiple users. This testing as a service (TaaS) offering delivers a continuously updated platform with access to numerous financial message formats, giving users the freedom to securely test whenever and where is most convenient. The solution can also be deployed onsite for those organizations who have testing needs that are continuous.

“As new payment methods and avenues are added by the day and the overall payments infrastructure becomes increasingly complex and sophisticated, our testing methods must concurrently evolve to ensure the end customer can consistently and reliably complete secure, successful transactions,” said Jim Perry, CEO of Paragon. “With the latest enhancements to Web FASTest, we deliver more automation, customization and options than ever before. Now, users have the power to use the solution in a way that makes the most sense for their organizations’ specific use cases and business structures, reducing overhead and increasing quality.”

Additional enhancements in the recent release include:

  • Payment API support. Organizations can quickly and efficiently adapt to rapidly changing payment API standards to offer new payment solutions across the global payment infrastructure.
  • Extended automation. The ability to expose the functionality in Web FASTest via API extends testing automation by allowing other enterprise systems to make queries concerning available test cards, schemes by user, profiles and cases that can be executed.
  • Efficient performance testing. Organizations can more efficiently conduct performance testing providing graphical display of statistics in real time, the ability to stop/start testing while a system is under test (SUT) and automated activation of multiple connections eliminating the need to manually configure connections.
  • Single page application (SPA) editing. Web FASTest provides optimally responsive editing capabilities usually expected in a desktop application. These advancements allow engineers to use their time executing test cases rather than performing arduous manual processes.
  • Testing with EMV Cards. While users often rely on Paragon’s powerful soft card technology to design test cases without the plastic, there are certain use case scenarios where the real card is required. Now, users can seamlessly acquire a transaction in the test environment using the plastic card.
  • Simplify Support Requests. A single click feature in Web FASTest allows an engineer to capture the most important test artifacts and forward them with a support request to Paragon, saving the time typically spent on importing and recreating the support issue.

Advancements to Web FASTest represent Paragon’s latest efforts to revolutionize payments testing. For more than 20 years, the company has provided software testing solutions to the world’s leading financial services brands, including the top six global card brands, the top 50 merchant acquirers, the top 10 payment processors, the top 50 retailers and the top 300 banks in the world.

Paragon Application Systems is the leading independent provider of simulation, configuration, certification and end-to-end testing solutions for the financial services industry. Paragon enables more than 600 financial institutions, major interchanges, software providers and payment processors across 90 countries to improve their quality and reduce time to market. The company’s software and services empower financial services organizations to deliver the services their customers need when they need them. 

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