Trends up to 2014
2014 was a great year for software testers and developers, where great importance was given for Cross Border merger and acquisitions. The rapid acceptance of social media platforms was well used by companies to adapt their businesses. Also, last year was marked by the creation of large chunks of data and quick growth in mobile and cloud technology.
Improved connectivity and on the go access to information were the popular demands by businesses. The present CIO's have an increased responsibility towards delivery and support by using these growing technologies. They are entitled to find out ways by which emerging technologies can be used to shape up their organization.
Needs of 2015
The top priority of companies this year will be cost optimization. It would probably be achieved by making processes more effective and also utilizing upcoming technologies. Other priorities include supporting organic growth, building new products and platforms and upgrading existing systems.
Another key area that would come to focus is digital transformation. Businesses are beginning to depend highly on cloud computing and business analytics. More attention is being given on quality and reliability which will help to reduce software application errors and improving security and application performance. It is also clear that the trends of 2015 will also have a major impact on the discipline of quality assurance.
Predictions for 2015
1. Transformational Projects
More and more companies are allocating a major part of their IT budget (around 40%) towards Quality Assurance and software testing domains. Companies are investing their budget into sectors like energy, utilities and transportation; spending approximately 27% and 31% respectively of their budget in QA and testing.
Testing of new products is given importance and more budget allocation is done for this purpose, compared to that for maintenance of existing software. IT trends such as big data analytics, virtualization, mobility and cloud technology will continue to grow in the latter half of 2015.
2. Crowd Sourcing
For the purpose of identifying bugs and defects, companies resort to crowd sourcing. It is an approach in which, the software under development is made available to a large number of users. This is an effective method of cutting costs and at the same time it helps companies to improve their products. This is a new trend in software testing and about 27% of organizations have experimented with crowd source testing and has benefitted from it. Even though it is true that crowd sourcing is a revolutionary method of software testing, it is not possible to completely replace conventional quality assurance and testing teams.
3. SMAC technology
It is short for Social Media, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud. Customers are looking for highly responsive and anywhere accessible software apps that help to make improvements in the areas of communication, business and entertainment. Organizations are intent on spending 52% of the allotted IT budget on QA, out of which the major allotments are 27% for cloud, 40% for big data and analytics and 17% for mobile.
Social media is a great way of promoting products and services, but is ‘Zero tolerant’ towards failures. Any shortcomings of your products will therefore be highlighted by the users of social media which may affect your business in a bad way. In spite of this, social media is going to play a huge role when it comes to making products global.
4. Cloud Migration
After an initial struggle, cloud technology has picked up pace and is sure to be the face of 2015. The technology went through an initial decline in 2013(20%), but bounced back in 2014(28%) and experts say that by the end of 2015, cloud will experience a growth of 32%.
Despite its numerous benefits, it also has minor shortcomings. Not all software applications can be hosted in cloud environment, especially when it comes to large enterprise systems that requires a robust integration testing and hence needs to be hosted in a separate environment.
5. Mobile Application Testing
There has been a steep rise in the number of organizations practicing mobile application testing. It was at 31% in 2012, 55% in 2013 and 87% in 2014 and is predicted to rise up to 95% by the end of 2015.
Mobile Application testing primarily focuses on testing functionality, performance and security which are followed by compatibility testing, regression testing and testing usability. It is estimated that there will be about 4 android devices for every Windows or Apple device by the end of the year 2015.