Announcing the Rencore Code Quality Assurance Certification Program

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Software developers know better than most how important trust is when it comes to selling their own apps, solutions, and add-ins. Take the business-to-consumer (B2C) market – consumer trust in a piece of software can dive bomb immediately if the customer suspects their personal data may be used in ways they’re not happy about. The same goes for the business-to-business market: if one of your clients has any reason to lose trust in you or the solutions you build, expect them to terminate the contract fast.

Developing trust involves more than just clever marketing and big claims about the security, sustainability, and effectiveness of your software. Smart customers will want more than impressive homages to your tool. Instead, they want hard proof that your product is great and that it won’t damage their company, their SharePoint environment or their reputation. And this isn’t just about being cautious – research from Gartner has shown that 75% of mobile applications downloaded from app stores by enterprise users would fail basic security tests.

So, if you want to prove to potential customers that your apps, solutions, and add-ins offer not only great user experiences but are also safe, secure and follow best practice, what should you do? Until now, there’s been no universally recognized way of testing the quality of code or the quality of the process employed to create those solutions.

certificate_square-02The Rencore Code Quality Assurance Certification Program

At Rencore, we really believe in bringing transparency into the SharePoint and Office 365 development process, and so are very excited to announce our new certification program. By providing a standard for you to test your SharePoint solutions., add-ins and apps, you give your customers confidence that your products have passed the highest industry standard tests.

What does the certification program involve?

Rencore’s SPCAF (SharePoint Code Analysis Framework) is used by developers worldwide to ensure the quality, security and safety of their SharePoint customizations before they are deployed to SharePoint farms. By testing individual code against hundreds of rigorous tests, SPCAF is able to discover problems in customizations before they go live and save you a lot of hassle later on. Our certification program takes our best-practice methodology to the next level. Our certifications verify:

  • The code quality of SharePoint products, custom build solutions and add-ins
  • The process quality of the company creating the products or custom solutions and add-ins
  • Individual customizations, as well as products and companies

Our program will provide you with a certificate to show your customers that they can trust you. It provides them with additional confidence in your products and means they’ll have fewer worries about investing in your products. The certification will also help your developers continually work towards improving your internal governance procedures and maintain standards.

The certification tests your customization’s code and processes against ISO 25010 to assess product quality around the following key areas:

  • Functionality
  • Suitability
  • Reliability
  • Operability
  • Performance efficiency
  • Security
  • Compatibility
  • Maintainability
  • Transferability

Of course, not all of these categories apply to all software; you may have designed a system which is intentionally not interoperable with other platforms. We do, therefore, apply the certification with some flexibility. We also recognize that for our method to be trusted and viewed as legitimate, we needed independent third parties to review and critique our own tests – something we have already done and will continue to do as the number of partners who have completed our certification continues to grow.

So, what does a Rencore certified partner look like?

Among the first companies to have completed our certification is Lightning Tools. With international offices in Florida, the UK, and Australia, Lightning Tools develop awesome products that have helped their customers get maximum return on their investments in SharePoint and Office 365 since 2007.

Rencore Code Quality Assurance Certification programLightning Tools knew how valuable trust is for their customers and submitted many of their most popular products, including:

We then applied our rigorous analysis to their existing products, apps, add-ins and web-parts. The good news: Lightning Tools passed with flying colors. This means their customers can have additional confidence knowing that by deploying Lightning Tools products, they’re not going to damage their environments or put them at risk in any way. They also know that Lightning Tools will be constantly updating their tools to ensure they stay up to date with latest best practice and never get left behind.

Are you confident in your products?

So, do you think your customizations and add-ins would pass the most rigorous tests for code quality and development process best practice? Visit our Rencore Code Quality Assurance Certification program page today and submit your portfolio for our objective, independent analysis of code quality. Discover problems you may not have known you had and boost customer confidence in your proposition.

Try SPCAF today and help ensure your business remains safe, secure and trustworthy for your clients.


Matthias Seidel

Matthias, or Thias for the sake of distinguishing from all the other Matthiases here at Rencore, is the VP of Marketing at Rencore. He is passionate about helping make Microsoft 365 admins' lives easier by evangelizing about Rencore's mission, vision, and products.