Hello, my name is Noel Vallejo and I am the CEO of TestOut Corporation based in Pleasant Grove, Utah. For those of you who have been to Utah, we are 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City and about 15 minutes north of Provo, Utah.
TestOut was founded in 1991. When I tell people I am in my 20th year of being in business, they are surprised. In this day and age and in our industry, I guess it is odd to be in business that long. I must admit, my long-term commitment to this company is apparent even in my outward appearance. For instance, I started TestOut when I had hair on my head. I frequently find myself saying, “If you see me lose weight, then things must not be going right because I am not eating.” I don’t mind the ups and downs though because I know that TestOut changes people’s lives by providing individuals with software that will prepare them to pass IT certification exams and progress in their career. Who we are is really tied to the concept of why you should do business with TestOut.
I honestly believe TestOut products are ten times more powerful than any of our competitors. Some competitors will sell you video training and others will sell you practice exams or books; but we offer an all-in-one software product. Not only will you receive video training, practice exams, and text lessons, you will receive hands-on practice labs with our product. The labs in our training products are what cost the most time and resources to produce, but it is also what differentiates us from every competitor. It is also the most effective way to learn. And that is what drives us--helping you acquire the skills necessary to succeed in your career.
Over the years as I look at TestOut’s competitors, they always seem to offer more titles than we do. I have to restrain myself from wanting to develop more titles at the cost of what I believe the customer really needs to be successful. I have come to the conclusion that whatever we do, we will do it better than anyone in our market.
My philosophy about developing products is this: If we can’t develop a great product, then I don’t want to be a part of it. I get comments internally at TestOut about how dropping certain features from our products would save us time and resources so we could release more titles and make a higher profit. Perhaps cutting corners would allow us to release more titles and make more money; but I want to develop the best products possible, so I am willing to sacrifice developing more titles even if it means we don’t make as much money.
I have seen many companies come and go while TestOut has stayed strong, so I believe that our approach is the optimal long-term approach of doing business–focusing on helping you get the comprehensive training you need to succeed.