TestPlant appoints software veteran John Bates to lead next phase of firm's global expansion

Friday February 24, 2017 0 comments Tags: Boulder, TestPlant, Dr. John Bates, Michael Wand, George Mackintosh


BOULDER -- TestPlant, a leader in digital service assurance and software test automation, announced it appointed Dr. John Bates as CEO.testplant-logo

TestPlant said Bates is a respected visionary and dynamic business leader with a strong track record in enterprise software. He founded and grew cutting-edge businesses, and has also served in a range of C-level roles at public software companies.

Bates was co-founder, president and CTO of Apama, a pioneering streaming analytics company acquired by Progress Software in 2005 and now part of Software AG.

He also served as EVP of corporate strategy and CTO at Progress Software and as CTO of Big Data, Head of Industry Solutions and CMO at Software AG.

Most recently, Bates served as CEO of Plat.One, a pioneer in application enablement platforms for the Internet of Things. In September 2016, SAP announced it had acquired Plat.One.

“I am thrilled to be joining TestPlant at a time when incredibly disruptive forces are at work, morphing testing into one of the most critical business imperatives,” said Bates.

“A frictionless, high-quality digital experience is essential for any successful business from financial services, to retail, to automotive, and the update speed of DevOps and Continuous Delivery mean that automation is essential to deliver customer value with speed and quality.

“Meanwhile, new software models around mobile, augmented reality, robots, drones, AI algorithms and the Internet-of-Things, are driving new testing requirements.

“TestPlant’s solutions, which are at work at some of the largest enterprises in the world, and our experienced team are well placed to power these business imperatives, delivering true test automation.”

“Having backed John Bates and his first business Apama with a previous Carlyle fund and remained in close contact throughout the years, we are pleased that we can re-engage with such a seasoned executive who brings a tremendous amount of unique and highly applicable talent and experience to TestPlant,” said Michael Wand, TestPlant director and managing director of The Carlyle Group.

“I am convinced he will positively impact the shaping of TestPlant’s vision and product direction, supercharge the go-to-market strategy and ensure we continue to delight customers.

“We are grateful to George Mackintosh for his contribution to TestPlant, since founding the business in 2008. We look forward to continuing to work with him in his new position as a non-executive director on TestPlant’s board.”

In January 2016, TestPlant received investment from Carlyle Europe Technology Partners III, a €657m Carlyle fund focused on European technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) companies.