In this concluding blog of our 3-part series on software industry trends we are likely to see in 2018, we look at what may happen in software testing services. You can read our blogs on likely 2018 trends in software development and on ERP solutions here and here.
As the world becomes more dependent on software, we are seeing a radical shift in how the end-product is being tested and approved. Manual testing is giving way to automated testing which is making the whole testing process faster and most argue, even better. Since we have been developing and testing software services for some time now, we look at what we are all likely to see coming up in 2018.
The Rise of Automated Testing
Software testing is now a continual process, taking place through the entire software development lifecycle. This means firms will have to rely more and more on automated tests rather than manual ones to ensure the solutions run as intended. With tight deadlines, cost pressures and large pipelines, a software testing company is unable to afford failures after the product is finalised or launched. We see this shift towards automated testing increasing as growth in technologies help even the tests that needed human intervention being done the automated way in the future.
The Results Will Matter Not the Process
One of the things we see happening in 2018 is the focus shifting to results and not the testing process. Customers will not be interested in knowing how many tests were done or what was the score and by how much it beat the benchmarks but rather by the end output. If the product runs as they expected it to then the testing was a success. If it fails or is buggy, then the testing failed, no matter how many tests were done on the software.
User Experience Will be the Key Factor
How the end users like the software will become more critical as companies will try to beat the market by finding loyal customers faster than the competition. This trend has also to do with social media and reviews becoming a big factor in influencing market perceptions and buying decisions. For instance, a bad score in Google Playstore has a spiralling effect on the market perception of any app. This implies, a company cannot approve a software that may have bugs. Consequently, testing a solution or an app from the end-user’s perspective will become more important.
Fail Fast Will Become the Standard
Failing quickly will become vital, mainly due to the need to find bugs faster and more effectively. The cost savings this will result in will be considerable for both developers and for clients, as this will help them from revising things from scratch. Some types of tests that were done at later stages may be pushed to earlier phases in an effort to find problems sooner in the coding.
Mobile Testing Will Increase Exponentially
The growth of mobile apps means that there will be more automated testing and even manual testing happening for these applications, than that for desktop applications. Since ERP, CRM and other business processes and software now run in sync across laptops, desktops and mobiles, you can expect the importance of mobile testing to increase significantly in the days to come. We believe, it may be a good idea if software development services firms start to provide mobile testing services also, either on their own or in collaboration with others.
Big Data Testing Will Become Important
With big data being here to stay, software testing will include testing of large datasets. It will require a range of analytical tools and techniques, customised frameworks and a fresh approach. Testing big data will need more robust testing methods and processes. We see AI being put into play here with the machine learning playing a key role in finding problems and helping weed out potential issues.
Security Testing Will Become Big
The bug scares continue unabated and companies realise the need for their always-on software to be fail-proof. A compromised system may not only mean loss of data for the user but also for all connected systems and devices. This cascading effect places others at significant risk from one hacked device and means millions and even billions in losses. We foresee a growing market for static and dynamic testing to make solutions and apps safer and more capable of resisting attacks.
So that’s it for our series on trends we can expect to see in 2018. Do let us know if you agree or disagree by writing to us or simply reaching us through Facebook, LinkedIn or Google Plus. Wishing you a very happy 2018 from the team at Acuminous.