In this digital transformation era, software testing is more than just a phase or a step in the software development process. It’s a crucial process that runs parallel to the development process. Over the past few years, the software testing industry has experienced a significant scaling following the introduction of more sophisticated technology.
With the application of automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI), a few areas seem to have successfully taken the testing process to the next level. According to CodeFirst, a reputable software development company, here are five important software testing trends you should know.
1. Increased adoption of DevOps
The need to make and adopt business changes that can lead to faster delivery to the market is pushing most organizations towards digital transformation. This has increased the rate of adoption of organizational cultures such as DevOps.
DevOps is a term used for a specific set of principles or rules to minimize the time duration between the development phase and operations. It’s not particularly a new concept in business. However, its emergence in the software development and testing industry is quite recent.
Over the last half a decade, DevOps concept has gained tremendous support from business organizations. That means more organizations will continue to acquire and implement these set of principles to enhance their overall performances as the DevOps concept emphasizes automation and integration.
2. Internet of Things (IoT)
Web of things is among the fast developing technologies in today’s digital world and the entire internet of things concept is a challenge for test automation. A greatIoT is interconnected with other important elements on the internet. Probably this sounds like a sci-fi movie. But it’s not.
The hardware is fully controlled by a dedicated software that connects them to the internet and to all other things. As robust as it may sound, there are several vulnerabilities in such a system. Therefore, all the products that are connected including the hardware and software must be tested for quality, functionality, and most important, security.
Blockchain technology has a high potential of being disruptive (in a right way) and probably is going to be in high demand as its fame has been spreading like bushfire. Testing Blockchain applications need an in-depth understanding of the core concepts such as smart contracts, decentralized applications, proof of stake or work, public/private ledgers, and more.
You must have a wealth of domain knowledge of how crucial issues like regulatory, compliance, and security are handled in business applications. Organizations will need a new set of technical skills like creating ‘testnet’ to safely test decentralized applications or testing and analyzing smart contracts at the API level.
4. The digital transformation with Agile
The Agile methodology has been transforming the digital world over the last seventeen years. It promotes the concept of working with small teams in collaboration. It emphasizes breaking down an entire process into small phases and taking on each phase one at a time to make a quick and continuous delivery. Most modern practices based on the Agile methodology are helpful with the UX (User Experience) work such as planning, execution, and evaluation.
In today’s world, the time-to-market makes a big difference between success and failure. Whether you run an international corporation or a startup that has been running for only two months, you must understand that the today’s society is highly connected and consumers are becoming more demanding in terms of quality solutions. Therefore, software testing isn’t ending; it’s changing.