Today’s age of software development, with its rapid time to market, constant product evolution, and competitive pressure, quality assurance software testing is getting harder to maintain. Still, customer expectations are higher than ever as well and therefore software’s quality assurance and testing have become even more crucial measures nowadays.
Therefore, QA companies are struggling with new challenges that software development has brought forth. Among the testing trends and challenges that are a must for testing vendors to cater for this year, are the following:
- Test automation
To get consumers hooked on your product and make them feel continuously happy, your should maintain utmost efficiency and effectiveness. And test automation is the method helping in this a lot. Creativity and agility brought by manual testing are beyond any question, but it’s automation that provides a quick and cost-efficient way to cover your bases throughout the development process.
- Further rise of cloud storage and mobile
As World Quality Report for 2013-2014 states, the number of companies carrying out mobile testing grew from 31% to 55% in 2012 and 2013 respectively, and there are all signs it only keeps climbing this, too. Again, as more mobile apps rely on the cloud storage more and more, testing these cloud-based systems also gains increasing priority.
- Emphasis on security
One of the highest QA factors, security is even more valuable today. According to the survey of the mentioned World Quality Report, the major focus of mobile testing belongs to efficiency and performance scoring 59% in 2013 while security is number two priority and gets only 3% less, but already 18% more than in 2012. Thus, taking into consideration the increased connective ability of modern information systems and devices, as well as growing hacking opportunities, security has all chances to become the top testing focus this year.
- Context-driven testing
There’s no universal testing approach and if there is, it’s not very effective in most situations any more. As context-driven testing gains wider application, it also influences which skills testers should develop, both as formal trainings and hands-on experience. This means, the most effective testing experts are going to be those testers who have a skillset applicable in many context and can use it efficiently in any given situation to provide innovative solutions.
- Increased business involvement
There are many large organizations moving to the model of a testing center of excellence which is about identifying the best practices and tools in order to improve testing effectiveness. Aiming to yield better product quality and maintain cost-effectiveness, many companies have separated testing human resources from development teams and transferred them into centralized testing teams. IT and business are also frequently brought together by attempts like DevOps environments in which testers are forced to take their place in evolving business landscape, etc.
Can you think of any other testing challenges you’ve run across often this year?