Are You Onshore, Offshore Or In House? What About Your Software QA?

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arrows pointersNowadays a wide range of day-to-day operations in organizations all over the globe rely on applications and software heavily. In terms of consequences we cannot take it for granted that the software is running smoothly. Along with a heavy impact of disruption on company’s ability to be engaged in some core activities, dysfunctional or flawed software may just as well lead to security breaches.

The relationship between information security and software testing is enduring. Chances for security breaches without stable, quality software increase remarkably. That’s why software testing is viewed as a crucial part in the cycle of software development and updates.

There have been several approaches used by companies to test software with a gradual change from one to another.

1. In-House Testing

One of them is to perform all the testing in house. It has many benefits including that the company exercises the process control. But from the economic point of view, it’s hard for some companies to hire a full team of committed software testers, mostly during high demand periods. The alternative to this issue is hiring an independent testing company or some freelance contractors to do the testing part at the client company’s office independently or together with their own testers.

2. Outsourced Testing

A substitution of in-house testing by complete outsourced testing followed. By this approach the work is offshored to the companies with dedicated testing teams overseas where the testing can be performed more cost-effectively. Still there are some disadvantages connected with the far transfer of such a sensitive task. The communication and quality control can be problematic as well due to large differences in the time zones. The gradual move from one approach to another was conditioned mainly by an attempt to reduce expenses while ensuring rigorous testing.

3. Combined Approach

The most recent approach, however, has managed to join efficiency and control of home testing with lower costs of international outsourcing. Now testing can be done by testing companies remotely on their sites. Letting testing companies work at their office lowers costs significantly, since the work may be delegated to a larger number of testers which means more effective testing services. Since in outsourcing it’s important to keep the balance between cost and quality, this approach often seems the best.

These are the existing two polar testing approaches and their emerging alternative. To make an informed decision on the approach that suits your current project, it’s essential to objectively evaluate the company’s resources and set the priorities.