The QA (Quality Assurance) and the Software Testing industries have observed rapid evolutions in the recent past. This accounts for the emergence of several new & disruptive processes and technologies. To keep pace with the ever-changing trends and advancements in the QA and software testing fields, the businesses have the need to adapt to these rapidly shifting demographics as soon as possible. In addition to the various technological disruptions, the QA and Software fraternity are facing a plethora of challenges. Most businesses aim towards reduction of development duration as these impact release cycles and provides faster go to market.
As these trends keep changing, here are some predictions that we believe the QA and Software Testing industry might have to face in the coming times:
1. Looking Forward to Agile & DevOps
Several organizations across the globe are adopting the agile and DevOps in their software creation & development. Involving programmers or the testers during the early stages of development and delivering a product in the market at a rapid rate is one of the biggest trend prediction. With help of agile testing, the testers might be able to respond to the upcoming challenges faster and in a better manner.
The DevOps technique calls for delivery of seamless integrations as well as collaboration between several departments. As such, this engages the developers into the QA processes and thus, increases the speed of deployment and promotes higher ROI.
2. Cloud & Mobile Applications will be on the Mainstream
The application store approval method is becoming more simplified and straightforward nowadays. As such, the world will observe a boom in the hybrid applications, including both cloud & mobile applications, which would require the users to stay online & offline equally. The QA and Software Testing industry would observe more frequent testing of the mobile & cloud applications on a larger scale. These applications can be tested by the release of a beta version and then, followed by receiving a good feedback.
The applications that interact with the cloud environment will also be a part of the hybrid application and will thus, play a major role in shaping the development of the QA and Software Testing industry. In the recent years, the world has observed substantial investments on the cloud-architecture based platforms with the help of AWS (Amazon Web Service) and Cloud Test Lab of Google. With the presence of such big names, there is expected a pressure built-up among the hybrid application developers & testers to deliver excellent applications.
3. Automated Software Testing
Until now, the majority of the companies of the world rely on manual testing methods and strategies. This tends to be more redundant and sometimes, fails to generate the desired results. To obtain the proper fit & response of the product market, the enterprises will have to shift towards automated software testing. This technique will help in the generation of instant and more accurate results. Moreover, the qualified QA engineers and professionals can now divert their attention to more complicated areas of QA and software testing.
4. IoT Testing
With the trend of IoT growing rapidly, several high-end customers now rely upon IoT testing before they use the products. Testing in terms of their functionality, effectiveness, and security has to be appropriate so it will not come under the scanner.
5. Web Test Automation
Being the best in the QA services, web testing automation tool still remains one of the best ways towards test fixing instantly, speed releasing cycles, and the rapid evolving of the code to catch major defects and thus, not prolong the deployment of the same. This field still calls for a lot of improvements as several companies still run manual testing strategies and now, must think about adopting the web test automation techniques to expedite their services.
However,web test automation should not be considered easy. It could be highly challenging for several vendors and thus, it must be closely tailored to suit the specific demands of all the customers. In addition to this, there is also a hike in the number of users who are worried about the QA team being not able to handle the newly developed solutions. To comfort them, a proper approach could be adopted.
6. Automated API & Microservices Testing
The world has observed the evolution of API & Micro Services as a result of the digital disruption. Several large-scale companies are asking for effective API & Micro Services testing strategies. The major issues in the current times are limited tool sets that offer capabilities to test API & Micro Services. The main question here is how to setup automated verification for data completeness, ensure quality and responsiveness. As such, the QA and software testers needs to be highly surgical with respect to API testing with a light & careful approach.
7. Security Testing
As the technology industry is pacing forward with a whopping speed, there is a significant increase in the amount of information as well. As such, information security and continuous integration testing becomes a matter of concern to the larger companies to ensure the effective data flow without any leakage or breaching of confidential information. Therefore, security testing is another domain that the technology world is going to observe in the upcoming times.
These were some of the important trends in the QA and software testing industry.
Kindly do let us know what do you think about these or share your thoughts related to any other trends you feel are not included.