The world of software testing is currently experiencing a major change that demands every Organization and Quality Assurance (QA) engineer to keep up and implement the latest trends.
Just a few short years ago, QA professionals were hired based on just their knowledge of market leading testing tools like Selenium, UFT, ALM. Now, the marketplace requires QAs to have specialized skills with applicable working know-how in the new trends and to be adaptable to any or all of the market leading tools. The reality is that initiatives like automation and test data management continue to see flat adoption rates. Experts warn that changes need to be made more swiftly if quality is to keep up with the pace of software engineering.
DEVOPS AND AGILE
DevOps is about seamless collaboration across departments in software development and its operation. This will lead test automation developers moving into agile teams. Testing will now be conducted at every stage to verify requirements, develop automation frameworks (to support DevOps) and configure toolsets for integration and delivery. This trend suggests a shift towards quality engineering to achieve greater speeds of delivery and QA. Testing will also become more iterative, progressive and integrated from the beginning of the development cycle.
OPEN SOURCE TOOLS
Companies are now using open source tools to achieve enhanced performance in terms of test automation with DevOps and Agile. For many of our leading customers Sogeti has implemented open source tools and solutions to reduce costs and improve ROI. The increased dependence on open source tools will drive innovation and expansion of new tool’s. This phenomenon will help reduce development expenses and accelerate the product’s time to market. Testers will also need to adopt advanced programming skills to build libraries and automation frameworks to run their tests.
IOT AND SECURITY
With IoT growing in leaps and bounds, more and more customers rely on IoT Testing before using the products. If the products are not tested, their functionality, security and effectiveness – all will come under scanner. As the adoption of IoT continues to grow, there will be an increasing demand to not only conduct extensive tests on its effectiveness and functionality but also security. The threat to IoT devices will be network-related and involve the user authentication process which will demand static and dynamic testing. As a result, we will see a rise in IoT QA testing teams to respond to potential vulnerabilities right from the start.
We are sitting atop an explosive amount of Big Data today and need to have a very strong strategy around Big Data Testing. Every enterprise across industries attempts to leverage big data analytics to gain a competitive advantage. There will a huge demand for big data testing to help develop strong strategies. Testing datasets requires highly analytical tools, techniques, and frameworks, and is an area that is set to grow big. Big data QA teams will require advanced analytical tools and frameworks to engage in this activity.
MOBILE TESTING AND AUTOMATION
As almost every business on the planet goes through a period of digital transformation, we can expect to see a growing demand for extensive digital strategies to optimize functional testing across all channels.
As we race towards a mobile-first world, the need for extensive mobile test automation will be paramount. Sogeti currently utilises in-house devices, on-demand devices on cloud and mobile testing solutions that have enabled many clients with their mobile testing.
In conclusion, with most organizations making a foray in the digital world, the need for digital transformation will require a huge shift of focus towards digital testing. Robust strategies for digital assurance will be required for focusing on optimizing functional testing across channel’s.
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To understand more about any of these trends, contact our Head of Digital Assurance and Testing, Will Murray .