QA InfoTech, a 400-person independent quality assurance and software testing firm with five testing Centers of Excellence in the United States and India, today unveiled the top trends in software quality for 2011. Software quality is expected and demanded by consumers now more than ever. In 2010, it became rare for any software company to skip quality assurance altogether. This upcoming year, quality will be integrated at earlier stages in the product development lifecycle, and metrics and test automation will play greater roles.
“Software companies have had to dramatically change their approach to quality to create the more usable and higher quality products that consumers are now demanding,” said Mukesh Sharma, CEO of QA InfoTech Worldwide. “As a result, customers are more satisfied and satisfied customers mean greater revenue for software companies— everyone wins.”
Some of the top trends in software quality are:
1. Quality is no longer an afterthought in product development, but rather a core part of the process from the outset. Quality assurance engineers are increasingly helping to plan for quality and create timelines of relevant metrics at the outset of product development rather than being the “defect finders” later in the process. By providing insight and planning for quality in the early stages, including how to avoid common quality mistakes and how to make products more testable, quality assurance engineers deliver significant positive impacts on products. With the early integration of software quality engineers, products will increasingly be delivered on-time and at the quality-level consumers demand.
2. Independent quality assurance testing is a form of risk mitigation for projects. Companies understand that software development creates a business risk, whether the end-product is for third parties or for use internally. By looking at quality throughout the product development process and meeting important test metrics set up by independent quality assurance teams, companies mitigate their business risks of product failure, customer dissatisfaction and project cancellation. Software quality assurance has become another form of business insurance.
3. There will be less reliance on formal tools and instead a greater use of frameworks built using open source. Increasingly, quality testing frameworks are being developed using open source tools such as Selenium and JMeter. Formal tools from companies such as IBM and Hewlett Packard are still being used, but are being augmented, and sometimes replaced, by test automation frameworks created using open source. This brings down testing costs for companies, sometimes by hundreds of thousands of dollars, and often these savings are passed on to consumers.
4. Companies are setting up test labs in the cloud rather than building them in-house. By using the cloud, companies can test high loads and eliminate costs associated with owning and maintaining hardware. Virtualized images of configurations are increasingly being used to increase efficiency and reduce set-up costs. The result is an ability to test more platform combinations, faster reporting and fewer test machines that ultimately end up in landfills.
“In 2011, there will be a focus on software quality like never before,” continued Sharma. “Consumers are demanding it more than ever and software companies are discovering the positive impact quality has on their bottom-line. It is very exciting time in software quality!”
QA InfoTech Independent Quality Assurance Services
By providing end-to-end software testing, and using its proprietary testing frameworks developed using open source technology, QA InfoTech (an ISO 9001:2008 certified company) reduces costs and time-to-market for its clients’ products in addition to improving overall product quality. The company offers everything from functional testing to globalization and internalization testing, automation frameworks using open source technologies, performance testing, security testing, usability testing, mobile testing and much more. QA InfoTech specializes, and has domain expertise, in several industries including education, publishing, banking and finance, mobile, retail, cross-industry, government and healthcare.
Offering comprehensive and world-class testing facilities that can scale at short notice using virtualization and cloud computing technologies, and that include state-of-the-art hardware, server infrastructure, mobility labs and high-bandwidth Internet-connectivity, QA InfoTech can take on software testing projects of just about any size. QA Info Tech has been actively serving the North American market for more than six years and counts companies such as Adobe, Harvard Business Publishing, The Princeton Review, Scholastic, Ooyala and ideeli as clients.