Software Testing Trends: Key Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2015
Around this time last year, I wrote about some recent software testing trends. Among the trends I mentioned were an increase in the use of cloud technology, independent testing services and the dominance of mobile devices. Fast forward one year and all three are still on the upswing. Let’s review how they’ve evolved over the past 12 months, and also take a look at some emerging trends that are poised to shape the software testing trends landscape in 2015.
Harnessing the Power of Cloud
2014 saw cloud testing go mainstream. Together with virtualization, it’s led to higher quality, albeit fickle, test environments. Cloud testing is and will remain an in-demand skill for the software testing community.
As a tester, the responsibilities of cloud testing will require you to become better acquainted with how to setup, configure and manage various test environments.
Globalization and Localization
Last year, I talked about how independent and crowdsourced testing would be on the rise. This trend is going to continue into 2015, as technology and innovation break down barriers of the traditional work environment.
Organizations are more open to remote and alternative forms of employment than ever before, allowing them to look beyond their immediate region for the right candidates. As a result, skills are becoming more important than location, which is excellent news for job seekers living outside large tech cities.
The domination of mobile devices over desktop PCs is set to continue for many years to come. First came smartphones, followed by versatile
tablets and trendy phablets. While wearables haven’t quite hit the mainstream yet, many predict that 2015 will be the year they break through. The Apple iWatch, expected early this year, is tipped to be a market disruptor. In fact, Gartner predicts that smart watches will own 40% of the consumer wristwatch market by 2016. With such a breadth of highly functional mobile devices available to consumers, mobile testing is moving from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’ skill.
Greater focus on security
With so much sensitive information now entwined online, security is a major concern for everyone from individual consumers to Fortune 500 companies. A series of high-profile security breaches in 2014 have brought an even greater focus on security. More and more companies are delving into social media and mobile technology.
On the testing front, this means an increased scrutiny on IT security, particularly on consumer and enterprise mobile applications. Security testing experience is a great asset to have if you find yourself in the job market this year. As far as software testing trends, this is a big one.
Agile really flipped traditional software development methodologies on their heads. Gone are the days of testers and developers only communicating through cryptic emails and bulky bug tracking systems.
These days, the two parties share more face time than ever before. In an effort to further close the communication gap, expect pair testing to take off, especially at smaller organizations and start-ups. Pair testing implies, as its name suggests, that testers and developers work together, allowing developers to aid in testing and also resolve errors as soon as they arise. The result? Not only does it get the job done quicker and more efficiently, but it also puts an end to the infamous tester-developer rivalry.
So, there you have it. Some of the top software testing trends for 2015, and potentially beyond. Do you have another trend you’ve seen everywhere? Post it in the comments below.