Software Development transitions from catering to desktops and laptops to the mobile devices and other contemporary, sophisticated devices. A permanent change is on the anvil with the increasing market dominance of mobile applications, Cloud based apps and other software to suit modern devices including the wearables. Concerns about an enterprise system security with the adoption of the BYOD practices and the expectations of a faster software development life-cycle increases the vulnerabilities and the risks a system and the data are exposed to.
Testers and QA specialists in 2016 are taking on an increasingly important role in software development & testing companies. Several trends this year are building and driving the test practices to enhance both the quality and efficiency of the software delivered.
Trends that Catch the Eye for Software Testing Services
Cloud Based Testing especially for Mobile based Solutions
App stores are setting stringent approval processes, which put greater pressure on enterprises to increase the scopes of their mobile app testing, especially with regards to the device variations and platform compatibilities. As a result, releasing apps without appropriate testing and waiting for customer feedback to fix issues has become more difficult.
A key trend in mobile app compatibility testing is the rise of Cloud based testing, or Testing as a service. Cloud is a practical and popular approach as the matrix of device models, OS versions, carriers and platform configurations and it continues to expand aggressively. Maintaining a highly dynamic infrastructure in-house is simply not feasible for enterprises; especially for their needs of testing catered to in-house or by other software testing companies.
Cloud based testing facilities have supporting infrastructure and software for instant configuration, provisioning and alliance between testers and development. This makes their use far more efficient than on-premise setups. This trend for testing establishes itself by the recent arrival of Google’s Cloud Test Lab and Amazon’s AWS Device Farm.
Proactive, Agile & Continuous Test Strategies
As delivery cycles continue to become fast and faster, testing gets merged into the development cycles themselves. This means that developers become more responsible towards and involved with testing.
Software testing companies are adopting integration of testing activities into early development and a trending shift towards an Agile testing methodology is a big thing today. As a result, in 2016 QA shifts away from reactive testing towards proactive test practices integrated with innovative methods like Continuous Integration, Test Driven Development and Extreme Programming.
In 2016, testing progressively adds value to business requirements, design and the earliest development phases by offering expertise reducing setbacks to production cycles that occur when software is created and checked by specific groups in specific time phases.
As a result, user experience, flexibility and performance issues get resolved sooner and result in the delivery of software closely reflecting customer requirements meeting all expectations related to quality.
Test Automation Continues to get Increased Focus
As enterprises realize the benefits of finding defects earlier and faster, Test automation gets an extra special mention in 2016. Manual testing is a necessity for many scenarios, especially the ones involving human acumen; but the fraction relying solely on manual testing has been dropping over the years. In 2016 companies expand their test teams into both development and operations in the pursuit for a more efficient, continuous delivery model of software production.
The most modern testing environments show a definite rise in percentage for automation and enterprises lagging behind set the trend of adopting automation frameworks and related practices into their Testing strategies.
Increasing Focus on Security Testing
In 2016, according to surveys, security testing is becoming a top priority among software testing companies as compared to functional, compatibility and performance testing because security vulnerabilities become more nightmarish with numerous methods and channels of accessing the systems. These tests are very important to enterprises wishing to avoid the risks of security breaches and the resulting service interruptions.
The Bottom line – Test Management Rules in 2016
With traditional methods testing used to be an almost isolated exercise and there was little thought given to organize code, test scripts and data verifications. The continuous integration methodology for development, testing and delivery constantly monitors and rectifies problems in the system.
Test Management drives software organizations to facilitate test data-driven testing, manage data sets, configure them and plan code revision control with minimal interruptions. Test Management best practices laid out by software testing companies for managing performance test setup and cater to production-level service virtualization.
In a Nutshell
Appropriate and prudent test strategies is the call of the day today. Software Testing Solution ensure a right mix of traditional and modern Testing approaches and provide support through the Testing Life Cycles. The unbiased test reports help smoother implementations with near zero post-delivery defects and higher customer satisfaction.
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