Top 10 Software Testing Trends: Predictions for the Next Decade

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by Gallop Solutions.

With reducing attention spans of users and declining patience levels, businesses are ultra-sensitive to ensure their enterprise applications, both mobile and web, offer a pleasant user-experience, are secure and easy to use. They are also getting compelled to adapt to the ever transforming technology landscape to stay relevant. Over time, mainframe based applications have given way to desktop applications, followed by web, mobile, cloud and today we have moved on to wearables, Internet of Things, virtual reality and now augmented reality applications such as the latest internet craze – Pokemon Go. A series of such rapid changes is keeping not just the developers, but also the testers on tenterhooks, making them continuously strive to upgrade their skills. It is easier said than done – it is definitely challenging for testers to overcome the new issues posed by these upcoming technologies. So, the question is, how can businesses be future ready?

Over the last decade, things have changed. In 2015, continuing into this year, we have seen increased emphasis on testing in the early stages of software development lifecycle & a new paradigm emerged as well focussed on continuous testing and development. Widespread adoption of Agile and DevOps methodologies by organizations across the globe now mandate faster go-to-market times with higher quality. Speed @ Quality is the new normal. A healthy increase was also observed in the usage of virtualization and service oriented architecture along with cloud computing that led to many of test tool vendors coming in with innovation which transformed how we perceived software testing.

At Gallop Solutions, being leaders in Independent software testing services in North America, we work with leading Fortune 500 companies across diverse domains. What we observed from our discussions with clients and prospective clients, we tried putting together this post after due research about the industry, taking in inputs from reputed sources, quality reports, analyst sessions and conferences we attended and spoke at. This post summarizes the Top 10 emerging trends/predictions for the next decade that may change the landscape of software testing altogether. It is interesting to discover each of these trends and to know how enterprises as well as testing professionals can get leverage these trends, re-strategize or re-skill themselves.

  1. The Future belongs to Open Source Tools: Disruption is being observed in the Open source testing tools market. The next ten years (and may be more!) will see much higher adoption of Open source tools as more and more organizations will leverage them for better implementation of Agile, DevOps and Test Automation. Support communities for the open source tools can only become more and more involved and active as the products mature and newer tools keep coming in.
  1. Quality @ High speed is the new mantra: Fierce competition compels every business to come up with the best products in the fastest possible time, thanks to the dwindling competitive advantage. This is compelling organizations focus on providing the best user experience along with being incredibly agile. The speed is only going to increase (and the quality better) with the latest technologies and tools at the disposal of teams.
  1. Software Development Engineers in Test (SDETs) will be in huge demand: SDETs have been existing among us since almost a decade, but their role was very different from traditional testing roles. That said, by early 2020, almost all testers will need to wear an SDET hat to be successful in the field of Test Automation, that is going to become mainstream.
  1. TCoE is losing shine- Agile and DevOps will rule the roost: Forrester mentions that organizations are no longer looking at having centralized Test Centers of Excellence anymore. Test automation developers today are now a part of the agile teams. The erstwhile testing practices are making a shift towards quality engineering, and testing is intended to become more iterative, progressive, and seamlessly integrated with development.
  1. Digital Transformation is here to stay: With a majority of organizations making a foray into the digital world, beyond having a basic, static website or creating fan pages on dominant social media, 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 channels.
  1. BigData Testing will become really BIG: With less than 0.5% of data collected being used currently, the move to gain greater insights from big data will dominate. We are sitting atop an explosive amount of data today and need to have a very strong strategy around Big Data Testing so that the data is interoperable and can talk to each other, rather than be considered in a standalone manner. Testing datasets requires highly analytical tools, techniques, and frameworks, and is an area that is set to grow big.
  1. IoT: Heralding an era of Connected Devices: With IoT growing in leaps and bounds, and global analysts predicting that IoT will storm the market in as quick as two years, businesses will need to be ultra-sensitive about the quality of their apps and appliances. If the products are not tested, their functionality, security, and effectiveness – all will come under scanner. According to a HP study, 70 percent of devices in the Internet of Things are vulnerable to security problems.
  1. DevOps will drive Quality Engineering: DevOps ideology is based on seamless collaboration and integration between the different departments of an IT Organization – developers, quality professionals, and IT professionals. Testing plays a business-critical role as developers are involved not just in the correctness of their code, but also in the testing and overall Quality engineering aspects. DevOps thus is propelling businesses towards greater speeds of deployment and quality assurance and is thus helping them realize higher returns on investment and faster time to market in a cost-efficient manner.
  1. Performance Engineering is replacing Performance Testing: Repeating a cliché – “A good user experience is the key to a successful product”. Consistent performance across diverse platforms, OSs, and devices defines how much of a market can a product really capture. The need to provide the best experience to users is making organizations change their strategy. They are now moving away from just providing Performance tests to providing Performance engineering.
  1. The best news is that Software Testing Budgets will continue to grow: It is but obvious that with such huge focus and demand for high quality products, and with major IT trends such as BigData analytics, Cloud Technologies, Mobility, and Virtualization, Testing has become more than just a need. This will push the organizations towards allocating a bigger chunk of their IT budget (around 40%) for software testing and QA.

About Author: Kalyana Rao Konda

Kalyan is the President & Global Head of Gallop Solutions Inc. With 17+ years of experience in IT Services, specifically software testing, Kalyan has led large QA teams of 2000+ people at AppLabs as VP-Delivery and had been in QA leadership roles with Virtusa & BaaN earlier. He has a rare mix of high technical understanding with a pragmatic approach to testing services delivery. A strong proponent of Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS) delivery model, Kalyan is a thought leader with hands on expertise in building large scale test automation suites, executing and maintaining them. He has a patent pending with USPTO for ‘iGenerate test Scenario’ and ‘Web Services Validator’ filed last year. Kalyan is a speaker at various testing conferences including DevOps East, StarEast& Agile Testing Conference in Boston. He was recently awarded the prestigious “40 Under 40 Award 2016” from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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