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6 Trends Currently Reshaping the Software Testing Industry in 2017

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Software testing services play a huge role in creating user-friendly and functional day-to-day software. With new testing technologies emerging by the day, the skills of software testers are challenged, making it hard for them to keep pace. Industries operating in different spheres like manufacturing, banking, healthcare, education and pharmaceuticals constantly demand the services of software testers to ensure that their software platforms run smoothly.

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Bringing in the need to offer quality and error-free performance of applications to end-users, software testers will always be promoted to stay in line with the latest trends of automated testing. Mindful of the following software testing trends which are reshaping the industry, they will be in a position to tune themselves with latest products, ultimately delivering the best they can to their customers and employers as well.

1. Open Source Tools Will Take the Businesses By Storm

Open Source Tools will dominate the forthcoming period of software testing. With modern enterprises registering a need for software practices like Test Automation, DevOps, Agile and Effective Management of Software Tests and Defects, the future lies in the implementation of open source tools. The day is not far away when a strong support team of open source tools will emerge a market leader.

Drifting away from the need for a centralized Test Center of Excellence, Agile teams will be ordained to create test automation practices. Making room for QA engineering and testing practices, the earlier testing practices will undergo a metamorphosis through iterative progressive testing patterns that will seamlessly merge into the software development life cycle.

2. The Perfect Blend of QA and Developer Roles

All set to break the walls between developers and testers, the emergence of DevOps will pave way for a unified job description. Developers will begin to handle testing tasks as well, as part of their ordained duty. The innate tendency of a developer to identify his own bug will pave way for this merger of job responsibilities.

3. Mobile Testing – The Champion of Test Automation

The omnipotent mobiles will as always act as instruments of user-convenience. Offering anything and everything the user demands through various applications, mobile application testing will continue to dominate the technology-driven businesses.

Becoming a significant wing of software testing, it is through effective mobile testing practices that players will reap the benefits of compatibility, functionality and performance in tandem with software testing. The astounding presence of Open-source frameworks and Mobile DevOps will further lead to an expansion of the mobile test automation space.

4. “Performance Engineering” – The New Name for “Performance Testing”

All in an attempt to offer user-friendly features to consumers, it is through enhanced user experience that marketers will be able to gain a strong foothold in their carved niches. Demonstrating the need for consistency of performance across multiple platforms, the numerous devices that are currently in vogue will bring in the new nomenclature of “performance engineering” in place of the age-old name of “performance testing”.

5. Testing Big Data – The “Big” Change

With the rise in patronage of Big Data platforms, the path is clear for Big Data testing. Constantly demanding the implementation of precision-based analytical tools, frameworks and techniques, it is through these high-tech mechanisms that voluminous data sets will be tested for their performance and compatibility. Hence software testing will steadily find an irreplaceable position in the well-established domain of Big Data.

6. The Internet of Things (IoT) – The Universal Need for Sharing Information

With internet causing a rush of information that is being shared and analyzed by the second, the demand of users to go in for IoT testing comes to the fore even before they choose a product. This will weed out the products which are not tested for their effectiveness, performance and security.

Primarily aiming to offer products of impeccable performance, the above-mentioned trends will lead to a conscious allocation of higher IT budgets both for software testing and quality assurance; about 40% of their annual budget.

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