With the rapid changes in the field of software testing over the last few years, developers and testers have had to stay on their toes as far as keeping their skills upgraded is concerned. Software testing became a more mainstream part of the development process around 2015, thanks to Agile and DevOps becoming a part of the process cycle of various organizations globally. With monstrous competition in the market, more and more companies have been bending under the pressure to get their apps and software out sooner rather than later. As a result, software testing itself has had to evolve with each new evolution in technology, just to be able to keep up.
As software testers, our goal is to stay abreast of the latest innovations and trends so that we can provide the most competent solutions to our clients. With that in mind, the following are some of the emerging trends in software testing for 2018:
1. Organizations will devote larger budgets to testing
Let us begin with the best possible news that we can bring to our fellow testers: It is likely that most organizations will increase their IT budgets for software testing to up to 40%. This means that there will be more funds coming your way. This increase in the budget comes from understanding that software testing is a major part of any production cycle nowadays. IT trends including cloud technologies, big data analytics, virtualization, and mobility have led to software testing becoming one of the most sought after services by IT companies. As technology can only grow forward, one can hope that this trend is here to stay for long!
2. Open Source Tools Will Become the Buzzword on Everyone’s Lips
Experts in the field believe that open source tools are going to become more and more prominent as the year progresses (and hopefully the rest of the decade too!). In order to implement DevOps, Agile, and Test Automation successfully, organizations will need the help of open source tools. As a result of this, testers who understand open source tools and support communities for these tools will become more sought after.
3. TCoE has reached the end of its usefulness!
Instead of focussing on Quality Assurance, more and more organizations are shifting their focus to Quality Engineering (and rightly so!). However, with this shift in focus comes a major change for testers out there. Organizations are now no longer finding any value in Test Centers of Excellence (TCoE). This is because these organizations want to integrate their test automation developers right into their Agile teams. With this change, testing will come a far more iterative, seamlessly integrated, and progressive aspect of development. Forrester has recently confirmed this trend as well so testers must remember that Agile and DevOps is the way to move forward now!
4. Performance engineering will replace performance testing
Keeping in line with the previously mentioned trend, organizations are looking to replace performance testing with performance engineering. More and more organizations are accepting the old rule of business, which is that a quality product will attract customers and help you gain more market share. Therefore, instead of focussing on testing during various stages of a product development cycle, organizations now want to bring the focus to ensuring that great, performance oriented engineering goes into the making of any product. Of course, this does not mean the end of testing – far from it! It means that testing will become a more integrated part of the development cycle, rather than a step that is taken at different development milestones.
5. BigData Testing is the Future!
BigData testing is only going to get much bigger from here on out. Testers must build a strong strategy for the same as this field is all set to explode. Testing datasets can pose a challenge for people who are not ready for it. It requires a host of tools, frameworks, and techniques that the average inexperienced tester may not have in their arsenal. Instead of losing out on the opportunity, it is time to start studying. This field of testing is highly analytical in nature and is poised to become a very, very big deal.
6. IoT is here to stay!
One of the fastest growing techs today is IoT (Internet of Things). When the testing world was faced with the challenges of manual testing, we came up with test automation. Which was great, but it has limited benefits when it comes to IoT. Even though the idea of using a software connected to the internet in order to control hardware sounds fantastic on paper, there are so many vulnerabilities (particularly those related to security) that testers and developers are going to have to find a way to weed out issues comprehensively. Testing IoT products means testing for security issues, functionality, and quality. Test automation is certainly the right way to go about it, however it will be challenging to do so.
7. DevOps is still the way forward!
DevOps is not a new concept when it comes to running a business. The main ideology behind it is to decrease the amount of time spend on the development of a product to the operations. This concept recently came into the tech sphere (around 5 years ago) and certainly changed the way testers were going about their work. Since this concept is still relatively new in the world of testing, the emerging trends indicate that more organizations are looking to adopt DevOps in the way their do things. As a result, automation and integration will become key offerings in any tester’s arsenal.
With these trends in mind, testers must now pave the way forward to ensure that we can provide much faster updates for any software, ensure a far superior user experience to increase brand loyalty and the product’s popularity, and, finally, help advance ourselves to the next level of testing.
At TestUnity, we watch out for emerging trends in software testing so that we can continually provide a flawless experience for our clients. We provide an end-to-end software testing cycle so that you can provide the best possible solutions for your clients, too. Our testers have years of experience and high levels of competence in both, software and application platforms. As a result, we offer quality assurance like no one else! We offer our expertise to clients look for holistic solutions and adhere to industry standards and best practices to provide high quality results for all our clients.