According to a Gartner forecast, ‘Worldwide IT spending is estimated to reach $3.5 trillion in 2018, which has gone up by 2.9per cent from 2017.’ Amongst the many trends and predictions in the software services space, it is also expected that the budgets for software testing will go up. Software Testing and Quality Assurance has today evolved from being an activity at the end of the development cycle to a strategy that will decide the fate of the application/software.
With the acceptance and spread of Digital Technologies and need for Digital Transformation, software testing has taken a new spin. Today, organizations are increasingly considering approaches such as DevOps and Agile, which encourage collaboration between development teams and testing teams.
Considering the current trends in testing and technology, we have predicted top 10 software testing trends for 2020. Let us know your views on the same as well.
1. Testing Big Data for effective decision making
Whether it is healthcare, retail, telecom, banking, or any sector, Data and Data Analytics is gaining a lot of importance. There is a lot of emphasis on how the data is segmented and optimized for decision making.
Big Data Testing is has been growing and will continue to grow even in the near future, as enterprises will need robust processes to build the right kind of strategy for the market. So, there will always be requirements for testing and validating Big Data applications.
2. Testing the DevOps way
Testing is today no more an after-thought, as there is a constant collaboration between the testing and development teams. With the DevOps (as referred to as DevTestOps) route, QA becomes an enabler for Development and Operations. It encourages automated software development leading to faster time to market, enhanced quality, and development with better impact.
DevOps encourages collaboration between Development and Operations, which makes QA as a shared responsibility and further automates the process.
3. Testing Digital Technologies
Digital Technologies such as social media, online gaming applications, multimedia, Cloud, Interoperable tools and mobile devices are redefining products and services. There is no definite way of testing and developing these applications, as they keep on evolving almost every hour.
So, Digital testing for Digital Transformation will continue to gain importance, as organizations cannot afford to enter the market before testing their applications/software for the digitally enabled world. This will further lead to acceptance of flexible testing and development approaches such as Agile and DevOps.
Testing will be more automated and will find its place way ahead in the development cycle.
4. Test Automation for robust QA
Automation of tests has been gaining importance, as in the current digital landscape, there is a desperate need to test the code repeatedly and also get the application/software faster to the market. Moreover, test automation with its built-in frameworks assures maximum test coverage, which eliminates the scope of manual errors.
Test Automation has been embraced by enterprises by leveraging both commercial tools as well as Open Source tools such as Selenium.
5. Performance Testing to Performance Engineering
An application cannot succeed in the commercial landscape if it doesn’t give the desired experience right in the beginning. Whether it is a start-up or a large enterprise Performance Testing will continue to bring results and ensure robustness.
Performance testing has today progressed to Performance Engineering, as it determines consumer experience, resulting in commercial viability. Moreover, it is important to gauge the performance of the product also to build resilience and robustness even in a crisis situation.
6. Open-source to Open Innovation
Open-source tools and testing frameworks are getting increasingly popular, specifically, for their intrinsic benefits such as availability of open testing and development platforms and also the cost factor. The trend will only grow in the near future, where testing and development will be much more experimental and will need continuous improvement.
We think more and more enterprise big-medium-small will endorse open source innovation for better delivery and robust products in the digital world.
7. Growing significance of Testing Center of Excellence (TCoE)
Enterprises have been working towards establishing TCoE for some time now. The reason being, it provides definite formats and ready-to-use frameworks and tools for testing. With the growing need for faster turnaround and market stability, we feel that the importance of setting up TCoE will continue to grow.
8. Testing for Security in the Digital World
Digital revolution has given rise to some unimaginable security threats in the connected world. Analyst reports estimate that the demand for security testing professionals and talent will only increase in the next few years. It is seen as a key enabler for all enterprises
that work across diverse sectors. They are already working with partners to make their applications much more secure and resilient.
9. Test Transformation & Change Management
With growing need for quality assurance at speed, enterprises are going through a transformation to build required quality metrics and instill the idea of quality across the entire system. Test Transformation has further led to rigorous Change Management initiative.
The underlying thought is that Test Transformation will continue to happen for the various organization, which will enable Change Management to further evolve.
10. Testing for compatibility and User Experience (UX)
There is a whole gamut of devices and technology platforms today, which has further intensified the role of testing. We feel that will more and more innovations in the technology sphere, there will be increasing requirement for testing across various devices and Operating Systems. The core objective is and will be to offer desired UX.
We have been able to come up with these trends with our extensive experience and understanding of the technology and consumer trends. Do write back to us if you have any more trends to suggest or have any thoughts on this topic.