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London, 12 November 2015

SQS to support seamless transition to competitive water market.

Independent software quality specialist SQS Group, has today been appointed by Market Operator Services Limited (MOSL) to help plan the company’s future testing requirement ahead of the Open Water programme launch. 

MOSL, a member organisation supporting the Open Water programme, aims to create a competitive market in England for almost 1.2 million non-household water customers. Once the market opens in April 2017 non-household customers will be able to choose their water retailer, no matter where they are based in the country.

With SQS solutions working to reduce data-related risks and assure system functionality for its clients, this partnership is one that will involve managing the initial analysis of the testing phases for the core ‘Central Market Operating System’ (CMOS), which will support the opening of the new market.

Developing such infrastructure with testing at its core will ensure new developments and ongoing changes are up to the required standard, now and in the future; not only for MOSL but also its clients.

Kevin Cunningham, UK sales director at SQS, comments: “SQS is delighted to have been appointed and looks forward to working with MOSL and the industry to provide the necessary assurance and confidence to all participants in this exciting new market.”

Commenting on the partnership, Mark Salisbury, MOSL director of delivery, said: “The accuracy and robustness of our systems is of paramount importance to our members and vital to the success of the new market.”

“SQS is a world-renowned expert in testing complex systems and we are delighted to have its support in ensuring our systems receive the most stringent testing possible. With SQS’s help we will not only launch on time and within budget, but with the utmost confidence in the systems upon which the market will depend.”

For further information on the critical role of market readiness testing and assurance, download the in-depth article “Testing the water”, available here.

About SQS Software Quality Systems

SQS is the world's leading specialist in software quality. We provide end-to-end business process quality assurance for software based systems. SQS consultants identify and mitigate business risk in technology led transformations utilizing standardized methodology, industrialized automation solutions, global delivery and deep domain knowledge across multiple industries. Through our specialization we provide the objectivity which delivers certainty.

Headquartered in Cologne, Germany, the company now employs approximately 4,600 staff. SQS has offices in Germany, the UK, Australia, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, the UAE and the US. In addition, SQS maintains a minority stake in a company in Portugal. In 2015, SQS generated revenues of 320.7 million Euros

This position stems from over 30 years of successful consultancy operations. With over 10,000 completed projects under its belt, SQS has a strong client base, including half of the DAX 30, nearly a third of the STOXX 50 and 20 per cent of the FTSE 100 companies.

SQS is the first German company to have a primary listing on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange. In addition, SQS shares are also traded on the German Stock Exchange in Frankfurt am Main.

More information: 

SQS Group Limited
Jo Bance
Head of Marketing
7-11 Moorgate
London, EC2R 6AF
Phone:      +44 207 448 4666

Press contact: 

Berkeley PR
Anna May
PR Manager
1650 Arlington Business Park
Reading, RG7 4SA
Phone: +44 118 909 0909 

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