• The Growth Fund acquired a substantial shareholding in January 2015
  • Leading pure-play software testing business in Australian and New Zealand
  • Focus on organic expansion into new geographies and testing services

The Planit Software Testing journey

Chris Carter has been software testing since the 1980s and it remains his passion today. When he acquired the Planit business in a management buyout in 1999 he, along with eight staff, embarked on a mission to make Planit the leading provider of software testing and training in Australia.

Although the market in Australia was relatively small and unsophisticated, with testing often an after thought, Chris saw the rapidly increasing importance of testing in the software development value chain and the maturation of the industry in Australia as real opportunities to grow the business.

Developing a quality programme

Quality and reputation were vital – competitors in the market were typically small groups of contractors or very large overseas systems integrators, with software testing rarely their competency.

With a strategic focus on training and the development of personnel, Planit quickly became the employer of choice in the sector and amassed the largest employee talent pool of specialised software testers in Australia. Combining this resource advantage with a tenured and passionate management team, the company became recognised as the highest quality provider of software testing services to clients in Australia.

Testing global boundaries

The Planit team continues to keep the business ahead of the curve through industry leadership and technical innovation. With the momentum gained by establishing the ANZ Testing Board for local certification, Planit extended into New Zealand – opening offices in Auckland and Wellington.

Following partnership with The Growth Fund, Planit has embarked on international expansion with the intent to open offices in both Europe and Asia. For Chris, this means an opportunity to create a global industry leader, with increased opportunities for both management and staff – as he puts it, “It’s now Planit on steroids”.