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Future of testing industry

 Fitter, better, faster: What the future holds for software testing industry

By Sanjay Zalavadia, VP, Client Services, Zephyr

Software testers need to consider future challenges in their industry in order to meet them head-on.

Advancements in software development typically occur at a rapid clip, putting pressure on software quality assurance professionals to stay abreast of the latest trends and plan for the future.

Because of the often frantic nature of production schedules, software testers rarely have the time needed to effectively make preparations for what lies ahead. Despite the inherent challenges, it's still vitally important that QA members recognize current developments in the software industry and consider how may send out ripples of change that may be felt years down the line.

There are several ongoing trends that may affect the progress of software development for some time. Mobile development, for instance, has picked up steam as more individuals trade in their traditional PCs for tablets and smartphones. Programmers and software testers will likely need to shift their focus from desktop operating systems to mobile ones like Android and iOS.

South African communications consulting firm Communikay highlighted several other factors that software testers to should take note of, particularly the increasing interest in social media and localization in addition to mobile.

According to QA veteran Ruud Teunissen, these three trends have converged into a single concept - SoLoMo - that will have reverberating effects for the testing community. He explained that given the complex nature of SoLoMo, and the need for these various features to work in harmony, QA teams will need to focus their efforts on continuous integration.

"Increasing integration is also creating headaches for testers," Teunnissen said at a recent IndigoCube event. "Software is being integrated into virtually every aspect of our lives today; it is found in everything from household appliances to cars and aircraft. This means a whole new range of issues and aspects that require testing."


Reduce time to market
QualiTest CEO Stuart Noakes echoed many of these concerns, including the need to account for the shift to mobile platforms and the growing complexity of software development, in a guest post for TechHub. He also cited the increasingly competitive marketplace and the need to deliver finished products within a short timeframe as other significant issues. 

"A statistic I was given at a networking dinner was that a new software product is outdated/superseded or competitively out priced within 16 months of its launch," Noakes wrote. "Projects cannot last a year or two in domains like that." 

To account for these emerging challenges, QA teams should look to employ tools that streamline the testing process, unite employees and eliminate inefficiencies that drag down production. Test management software provides a singular platform for team members to track, record and share run results, ensuring everyone is on the same page. 

The often siloed nature of QA procedures can be a detriment to the overall goal, as testers fail to communicate with one another regarding the progress of a current project. With a high-quality test management system, everyone involved in the testing process can keep tabs of the latest developments and avoid carrying out redundant tasks like running the same test case twice. 

Meeting the challenges of the future will require QA teams to improve their oversight and communication abilities. Test management software provides the ideal platform to meet these needs.

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Testing Services

Testing Companies have a lot of unexplored avenues. This industry still has a definite potential to grow.

David Christian
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Growth of Testing Industry

Testing Industry will definitely grow as the pace in invention of new technologies increases. Whether its implementation or deployment of any technology, testing need to be done for betterment. There is lot to come in this industry, new resources, tools and more. As mentioned, Test management software is the one of great achievement that sets the base for the upcoming growth of this industry.

Ron Fowler
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Testing the build within an application

As companies reduce the size of their IT department, an increased number of applications are being purchased off the shelf versus being developed internally.  Testing the "build" within applications will continue to rise.  With pressure to integrate disparate systems, these builds become even more important.  Can the application integrate the new locations, charge codes, ordering items and so on into the many other  applications will become an even more common question.

Alisha Henderson
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Future of testing industry

Software testing - and the people who work in the industry - are changing. One of the major reasons behind this change is the need to get products to market faster. Consumers don't want to wait for the next product release or latest feature update.

This shift away from deferred gratification is not only causing software testing to change, but also the role of the tester. Development and testing need to work more closely together and come up with ideas for improving the product. But does that mean that testers should become developers?

Testers Still Need to Be Independent Roles

Many companies believe that testers should take on more skills, including coding and programming. While testers should become more technical with their skillsets, they don't need to become full-fledged programmers or developers.

Testers offer a unique perspective that developers and programmers don't offer to the process.

Within 5 years

  • Automation testing would be a mandatory skill that would be expected of any software tester.
  • Manual testing would prevail but the number of dedicated manual testers would reduce.
  • More and more projects would test their application on the cloud.
  • Continuous integration would be mandatory.
  • Most QA would be Agile testers and would even own the role of DevOps
  • Mobile testing practices would experience an immense spike
  • Requirement of Big Data testers would increase.

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Monica Paul
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Future of the testing industry

This is a good article written on the future of software testing requirement based on testing without any gaps.

As long as software is being developed on any platform there is going to be need for software testing. Manual testing can no longer support the huge data permutations and combinations; therefore Automation Testing is going to pick up pace in the near future.

What is going to change for sure is the definition or role of a software tester. Software developers will need to transition and incorporate software testing into their daily activities. Agile development methodology is gaining popularity and soon the term Software Engineer will get its true meaning: software professional who writes, tests, builds, deploys and documents code.

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