In this fast-changing world, technologies are becoming obsolete every day and newer ones are claiming their presence in the industry for obvious reasons. Businesses are training their employees with new skills and hiring pre-trained skilful developers and testers like never before. These lightning fast changes in the culture of the technology world has brought so many challenges for Software testing to hold its ground in the market. In addition, it has also opened many doors and brought in numerous opportunities as well. As long as new technologies fire the need of new development projects, skilled testers will always be in demand to pluck the bugs out of the code. So, here is a study on the future of software testing and the probable challenges or opportunities involved.
- Mobile Platform will play a Key Role:
The whole world is now relishing the comfort of technology in its palms while trotting the globe. Every application is meant to be developed for mobile platforms to cater to the needs of the mobile users. Thus, it has given rise to many opportunities for software testing. All the applications developed for mobile platforms need requires testing on various mobile devices and browsers. The devices too need to be tested for compatibility checks. According to this evolving trend, it can be forecasted that a completely new world for embedded testing is on the cards. It has also become equally important to address any issue that arises for mobile users immediately. Businesses also focus on minimizing the turnaround time for the users to as much as possible. So performance testing is going to become very critical for software development and testing firms in future. Above all, in this customer-empowered industry, user experience matters much. So, it is highly probable that the user experience testing will also be fuelled by this change.
- Everything is moving to the web:
Gone are those days, when businesses wished to spent fortunes in maintaining large server rooms and data centers. With Cloud computing technology becoming popular, businesses are moving their infrastructure completely to the web for simplified storage and easy access of resources. Hosting the infrastructure in the cloud gives flexibility of choosing storage needs as per the requirements and the ease of access over internet. Amidst the movement, a whole new concept of ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) has evolved. The revolution of cloud computing has necessitated the need of security in the web. So, the software testers now have abundant opportunities to not only learn new technologies but also expand their expertise in a wider range of domains.
- A new World of Agile Testing coming up:
The changing technological scenario has warranted for the need of a different approach towards software development and software testing. Businesses now require things to be developed and tested in a much-stipulated period. Therefore, in lieu of the traditional process, consultancies are adopting agile methodologies like Scrum, Extreme programming, etc. Development consultancies have also advanced further to embrace DevOps, Continuous Integration along with providing SaaS. Thus, to comply with this speed of development and promise of timely delivery, software testing is going to face many challenges overcoming, which will ensure a brighter future for the QA testing professionals. Software testers need to make sure they also broaden their skill set to match with the requirements for performance and automation testing in future.
- A probable Increase in the Complexity:
Looking at the speed at which everything is moving, we can say the software testing world is going to get a refreshing makeover but simultaneously this fact also cannot be denied that things are going to become more intertwined and complex. Along with the advanced skills, the speed to deliver quality work in time will become the most sought after trait software testers. The requirement of mobile compatible applications is likely to bring in more work. The continuous delivery model will also make this mandatory to perform and deliver in a squeezed deadline. There is likely to be no significant difference between developers and testers, as all requires working on the same pace and focus to assure the quality of the final product. People will have to work in unorthodox team settings.
With so many challenges coming up, one has to become open to multi-faceted requirement scenarios. Unlike other trades, software testing will be full of opportunities. People with newer skill sets and an advanced approach towards work will be in demand by the businesses. They will be looking for the people who can develop, test and communicate with the stakeholders effectively. Thus, it is inevitable to adopt new methodologies and learn new skill sets to remain relevant in the industry and ace the challenges like a pro.