The Future Of Software Testing

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. Innovations & initiatives that improve the QA process & enables teams to release faster will play a crucial role in shaping the software testing industry in 2017.

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” -Alay Kay.

Top Trends In Software Testing in 2017

As the digital transformation continues, testing is likely to become faster, more responsive and will involve more collaboration between testing teams & development teams. The following are the top trends in software testing in 2017.

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1) Open Source Tools

We can expect many new alternatives with more organizations providing open source technology in 2017. Open source frameworks for automation are likely to be more successful in the coming days. Businesses are likely to accept these tools for appropriate execution of Agile, DevOps, Test Management, Defect Management and Test Automation. Few of the good support groups of open source tools will become more involved & active.

2) Speed & Quality

With the emergence of Agile & Dev Ops, Continuous Testing, Bug fixing, and Development Updates have become the latest trends. 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. The use of Crowdtesting platforms to get applications tested by actual users on real devices will enable enterprises to get the results in a shorter span of time. Testers should be aware of the changing industry landscape where they have to work closely with developers & stakeholders.

3) Test Design

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.

4) ScriptLess Automation

Learning of scripting language would soon become mandatory in software testing. Fortunately, organizations are likely to go one step ahead and create innovative platforms that allow you to create UI level automation without a single line of code. There will be no downloads. All your services will be hosted in the cloud including the infrastructure.

5) Reusability

Lots of effort has been put by testers & organisations in creating test artefacts like the test-cases, test scripts etc. To handle speed & quality reusability is a key factor. We can expect the open source community & organisations which are early adopters to start creating assets which can be used across teams & projects.

6) Crowd Testing

The need to get applications tested in the real world conditions, across various devices and locations will be met through Crowd testing platforms. By exposing the application to the right set of users/testers with the required devices, crowd testing enables companies to get insightful testing results really fast.

7) Virtualisation

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.

Other Areas

Other areas where testing will be making its mark are as follows:

Big Data: Advanced tools to verify data completeness, data quality & data transformation will lead the industry.

IOT: There will more emphasis on testing apps that involve IOT.

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With new product innovations, 2017 will see innovations in QA that reflect the ongoing changes of the market. The emphasis on innovative testing solutions that effectively use resources without wasting time will continue to grow.

Originally published at on February 28, 2017.