2017 is here…what is your New Year resolution? New Year resolutions are often ignored for months, only considered again at the next New Year 🙂 Creating a list is a good place to start. Prioritizing that list and planning to invest in the most important can help accomplish the goals. This article summarizes the Top 10 latest trends in Software Testing for 2017. Unlike other lists focused on enterprises, this list is for ‘Software Testers’ to focus their energy on the right skill sets. The overwhelming evolution of the software testing industry is forcing testers to continuously strive to upgrade their skills. This list is based on our observations and experience with the current hiring market. After all everybody needs a respectable ‘Job’ first & professional growth thereafter – leverage these latest trends in Software Testing, re-strategize and re-skill.
Latest Trends in Software Testing
Automation Testing | Scripting for the Success
The first & foremost! You need to understand that pure ‘Manual Testing’ is dead. If not dead, it won’t take you anywhere after 3 years of work experience. Currently the majority (& we mean literally) of jobs require ‘Automation’ as a must-have, even at managerial levels. Now-a-days Automation is the undeclared king of QA services and remains the best way to speed release cycles, quickly test fixes, and rapidly evolve code in order to catch defects and not delay deployment. The transition happened in the past years & 2017 will see a lot going this way. Mobile apps test automation has also grown in demand and this trend will likely keep gaining speed. So gear up guys & girls – don’t just sit satisfied with your ‘Manual Testing’ experience. Try & learn tools like Selenium, UFT, Load Runner, JMeter, SOAP UI, Appium, etc. via corporate trainings, online repositories, YouTube videos, etc.
“Just automate your success! Specifically, the power of Open Source is being realized by enterprises across the globe, i.e. try & master open-source tools like Selenium, SOAP UI, Appium and JMeter.”
Performance Engineering & Security Testing | Perform & Secure your Success
Consistent performance across diverse platforms, OSs, and devices is now forcing organizations to move away from just providing Performance tests to providing “Performance engineering”, i.e. not just shortcomings but also the solutions to it.
Security testing is one topic that will never go out of style. MarketsandMarkets predicts that the global security testing market is expected to grow to $4.96 billion by 2019 from $2.47 billion in 2014. With the advent of new technology, there is wider adoption of innumerous mobile devices and wearables and of course Internet of Things which connects devices. More and more companies are resorting to the use of cloud-based solutions due to ease of use and the opportunity to quickly scale the architecture when needed. With increase connectivity of information systems and devices, there is subsequent rise on hacking therefore near future will be focusing more on Security Testing. For 2017 & beyond, application security will continue to remain a top priority. A combination of manual and automated code analysis, dynamic and static security testing, and penetration testing is now increasingly being adopted by testing organizations.
“Enhance your performance & secure the future. Security & Performance specialists should continuously expand their competencies working with all novelties on the market.”
Python is gaining popularity | Success via easy & efficient route
For new coders, Python programming language will continue to grow in coming years as it easy to learn. Python always remains the first language of choice as it is human readable and looks like an everyday English. More and more Manual testers are now moving to automated software testing and using such powerful language like Python is a lot easy and fun for learners.
“Learn & implement Python in your Automation journey. If possible, pick-up one new programming language for your New Year resolutions.”
Agile & Continuous Integration | Success is not for the Lazy
There is an increase in the adoption of agile testing methodologies and DevOps to help businesses roll out new products and services at greater speed. Though followed in some projects, the days of ‘Waterfall’ model are gone. Agile development and continuous delivery help companies to push releases on a more frequent basis. As the delivery cycles continue to get shorter, the testing needs to get integrated into the development cycle. Hence, developers will be more involved with the testing process and vice-versa. There is already an increasing demand for testers who have more development skills, e.g. Java, Python, SQL, Shell scripting, etc. As business seek speed to market, more reliable software and higher cost savings – Test Automation & continuous integration will continue to further expedite SDLCs.
“Be responsive & swift in your actions! Understand the agile methodology and start using tools to aid faster test cycles.”
SDETs & DevOps | The Success language
SDETs have been existing among us since almost a decade, but their role was very different from traditional testing roles. That said, by early 2020, almost all testers will need to wear an SDET hat to be successful in the field of Test Automation, that is going to become mainstream. Concept of DevOps is based on seamless collaboration and integration between departments of IT organization. Forget about ‘Manual Testing’, even simple ‘Automation’ testers are finding it hard to scale up professionally. Testers are now required to develop tools (along with scripting) that can aid in ensuring software quality.
“Programming is NOT that tough, trust me! It’s high time that you as a tester learned programming languages. You can start with Java, Python or VBScript.”
Mobile App testing | Mobility is the key factor to Success
Mobility remains at the helm of digital transformation. As apple app store and android play store approval processes become more stringent, mobile app testing will gain importance. As a result, instead of waiting for customer reviews, ratings and feedbacks to fix issues there should be more investment in QA. With recent push towards Digital economy, the Indian market is now all set for Mobile payments. Mobile testing will witness sturdy demand across all major industry verticals with the rise of mCommerce & mPayments.
“Use your mobile for greater good instead of just chatting J. From QA perspective, start developing your skill-set from Mobile Testing perspective including Test tools like Appium.”
Big Data | Aim for the Big Success
The digital revolution has led to the rise of big data. We are sitting atop an explosive amount of BigData today and need to have a very strong strategy around BigData Testing. Testing datasets requires highly analytical tools, techniques, and frameworks, and is an area that is set to grow big. It leverages various techniques – Data mining, Statistics, modelling, machine learning, and Artificial Intelligence for analyzing the existing data and make predictions. Enterprises are now giving more importance to verifying data completeness, ensuring data quality and automating regression testing. There will likely be new and innovative ways, methods and techniques to provide big data testing. Test automation will also be widely applied, as there is simply too much data and too little time to manually drill down into all the data.
“Think Big! Once you are good with Automation Testing, start exploring other avenues like BigData & IoT.”
IoT Testing – Success is for the Smart
The internet of things has been a buzzword for quite some time now, but with more visible use case scenarios, IoT applications are seeing wider adoption. The world is increasingly inter-connected with sensors present everywhere from footwear, fitness products, to home appliances and security systems that lays a foundation for smart cities. The trend will certainly rise over the next 2-5 years. From a QA perspective, IoT apps, especially when combined with AI, robotics and machine-learning, are going to require rigorous testing to avoid fatal security and functionality lapses. IoT presents major challenges for QA because of different devices going beyond computers, smartphones and tablets.
Most commonly, IoT devices and apps are tested for security, performance and usability. With information being transmitted over the network on a continuous basis, security testing becomes very critical with IoT application in order to avoid data breaches and malicious attacks. According to a HP study, 70 percent of devices in the Internet of Things are vulnerable to security problems. IoT enforces the use of automation in order to ensure wider test coverage.
“It’s not just about hard-work, be Smart! Once you are good with Automation Testing, start exploring other avenues like BigData & IoT.”
Go Digital | Success goes Digital
There are major shifts happening in digital thinking and fresh techniques for 2017. Digital assistants like Amazon Echo (Alexa voice system), Google Home, Apple Siri, Google Maps etc. take real time statistics and provide factual details for consumption by users. Specifically in India, this can be seen by the recent demonetization move by the BJP government & a push towards a Digital economy. Only a comprehensive software testing plan can bring about the digital change. API and application testing will play a critical role in ensuring that the right context is considered as the base for making real time predictions. The way these products and services are created in the digital space will determine the software testing trends.
“Think Digital in your Testing pursuits.”
SMAC Testing | Be Technology-aware to succeed
For those who don’t know – SMAC stands for Social + Mobile + Analytics + Cloud. The emergence of SMAC has given a new outlook to application performance. And businesses are realizing the need to upgrade their IT strategy in order to meet the changed requirements of modern users. SMAC testing goes beyond individual testing methods for social, mobile, big data and cloud testing. It requires successfully combining different testing methods and techniques to address social, mobile, analytics and cloud applications individually as well as synergistically. Responsive testing service providers have developed new approaches, strategies and application testing folds to make applications market ready in the era of SMAC.
“Don’t get stuck in your comfort zone. Technology is changing at an ever-increasing pace. If you don’t want to get obsolete, keep up with the latest trends in Software Testing & find a way to hone your testing skills that are relevant to the current market.”
We hope that our outline and recommendations on the latest trends in Software Testing will help to shape your future plans and start efficient and productive 2017.
Happy New Year 🙂 !!