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The Future Of Software Testing

Written by Pinky Albert - 26 Sep 2017 4 minutes read

Over the last decade, the software testing industry has seen an immense evolution, paving the way to greener pastures. This meteoric scale of development is making both the developers and the testers continuously strive to upgrade their skills. Not only the tech team, even businesses today need to be even more aware of what is best in terms of performance, security and quality. Effective risk management plays a crucial role in the success of any software product. Speed & efficiency of the QA process helps companies in gaining a competitive advantage to succeed in today’s digital age. As new technologies arises, along with it comes a challenge for testers to overcome the new issues posed by these upcoming technologies. Innovations & initiatives that improve the QA process & enables teams to release faster will play a crucial role in shaping the software testing industry in the future. In this post, we’re going to shift our focus from today to tomorrow.

1. Age of Open Source Tools:
In the next decade, we can expect many new alternatives with more organizations providing and adopting open source technology for proper implementation of Agile, DevOps, and Test Automation. Open source frameworks for automation are likely to be more successful in the coming days. More support for open source tools will be voiced out and the support groups will become more active and involved.

2. Better quality at high speed: 
The need of any business is always best products in the fastest possible time. With the emergence of Agile and DevOps, Continuous Testing, Bug fixing, and Development Updates have become the latest trends. This is making organizations focus on providing the best user experience along with the fastest time to market. Companies cannot afford to waste too much time in discussions, requirement understanding, writing & execution of test cases. There will be more usage of CI & CD tools with the automation framework. With the latest technologies and tools at the disposal of teams, the speed is only going to increase.

3. Crowd Testing- Time for some retrospection:
The use of crowd testing platforms to get applications tested by actual users on real devices will enable enterprises to get the results in a shorter span of time. The process of getting applications tested in the real world conditions, across various devices and locations met through Crowd testing platforms, will enable companies to get insightful testing results really fast. 

4. Rise of Software Development Engineers in Test (SDETs): 
A Software Development Engineer in Test is a tester and also a developer. SDET can be seen as a software developer and also a tester but he will be a part of testing phase and not of development phase of the software development life cycle. SDETs have been existing among us since almost a decade, but their role was very different from traditional testing roles. In the near future, most companies will prefer testers who have a knowledge of how development works, how code functions and know how the business functions to make money. 

5. Big Data Testing will become really BIG: 
Big data is a collection of large datasets that cannot be processed using traditional computing techniques. We are sitting atop an immense amount of Big Data today and need to have a very strong strategy around Big Data Testing. Testing datasets requires highly analytical tools, techniques, and frameworks, and is an area that is set to grow big.

6. IoT- Ushering an era of Connected Devices: 
The Internet of things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data. With IoT growing in leaps and bounds, more and more customers depend on IoT Testing before using the products. If the products are not tested, their functionality, security, and effectiveness – will all come under the radar. 

7. Reusability:
Lots of effort has been put in by testers & organizations in creating test artifacts like the test-cases, test scripts etc. To handle speed & quality, reusability is a key factor. We can expect the open source community & organizations which are early adopters to start creating assets which can be used across teams & projects. Test Automation will become mainstream and creation & writing of test suites will include measures for predictive analysis. There will be an emphasis on reusability of test cases & also initiatives for making it easier to manage test data.

8. Script-Less Automation:
Script-less testing serves to reduce the time required for creating automated tests by considerably reducing the amount of scripting needed. Script-less testing can create innovative platforms that allow you to create UI level automation without a single line of code. Script-less test automation is a more structured and organized model in which, owing to reusable scripts, functional users can eventually automate a good majority of test cases.

9. Virtualisation Revolution:
The commoditization of technology is making it possible for us to not only access cheaply unlimited computational resources but also to do this practically and instantly. It all started with servers being hosted in the cloud. We now have actual mobiles hosted in the cloud which we can connect via web browser. Desktop configurations can also be hosted in the cloud. Users can make money even when they are sleeping by connecting their mobile to the cloud and companies can use their devices for testing.

The world of testing will change mainly in 3 aspects: The responsibilities a tester will undertake; The testing infrastructure and tools; and the profile of the tester. Many company leaders will expect software testers to play a more assertive role in guiding software quality assurance and development broadly. With such huge focus and demand for high quality products, and with major IT trends such as Big Data analytics, Cloud Technologies, Mobility, and Virtualization, Testing has become more than just a need.

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