Upcoming Trends to Upsurge in Software Testing Market in 2016

By CIOReview | Thursday, December 24, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: With the rapid increase in creation of software products and applications, the software testing market is witnessing transformation and shift to quality assurance in order to ensure business transformation. The advent of new architectures such as services-oriented architecture (SOA) and the increase in virtualization and the drive towards cloud computing has introduced new aspects for testers to consider.

Adding to the upsurging technological innovation in the software testing industry, following are the software testing market trends for:

Mobile Application Testing

The mobile application testing is going to have a major impact on Quality assurance (QA) and software testing industry. With the upsurge of mobile devices in the market, there will be a significant increase in mobile testing activity, including functionality, performance and security of mobile applications and devices, reports RED HERRING.

Although, mobile devices have become a major part of many mobile app testing organizations’ digital development strategy, many businesses still lack the testing specialists, tools, and consistent methodology needed for effective mobile development.

Gearing Up for Internet-enabled devices

With IoT seeing a massive growth spurt as Gartner predicts that by 2020, the world will have 26 billion devices or more, testing has to expand its horizons to take into account the various ways the connected technology is going to be used. The growing number of devices interacting in the IoT is going to make safety a major concern in QA. Greater connectivity brings the challenge of maintaining quality. Quality in this framework is all about collecting and reporting accurate data. As more devices become connected, it will be mandatory for teams to leverage new testing techniques in order to keep up pace with the requirement.

Test Automation

Automation can be an effective tool for QA testing only if teams can follow best practices to fully utilize it. By evaluating tests, selecting the best automated testing tools and designing a successful framework, automation efforts are more likely to yield the benefits organizations expect. It not only help in quickly detecting defects, but also give teams time to focus on other critical tasks.

Security Testing

The increased connectivity of data and information systems along with the rise of cloud based computing and the phenomenon of IoT will make security testing of software applications more crucial than before. As the amount of malware specifically targeting mobile applications increases, testers need to be more active in ensuring that their projects are adequately protected from these threats. QA teams need to procure tools that will ensure the security of their applications, giving users peace of mind and preventing significant consequences.

Context-driven Testing

The context-driven software testing is going to be a trend that can be expected to emerge strongly in the coming years. According to software testing leaders in the industry, the most successful testers in the future will be the ones that can bring the most skills to the table for any given context or business situation. So, QA teams need to incorporate more context-driven testing into their operations, covering the project from more diverse angles, improving skill development and ensuring that users get what they expect.

In consideration of the listed software testing trends, it can be concluded that the software testing domain is going to experience a bright future in terms of quality assurance, automation testing, performance testing and security testing. So, in order to grab the emerging opportunities in industry, software testers need to be prepared.