2018 will be a year of big changes and transformations in the IT industry. As stated in the World Quality Report 2017-18 conducted by Capgemini and Sogeti, automated testing will continue to prevail on the market of software testing services. Globally recognized QA experts from TestFort unanimously support this statement. Such unity of opinion is primarily due to the rapid technological development, which, in turn, significantly shapes the top testing automation trends in 2018. So let us explore them right now!
Mobile app testing automation
Mobile testing automation will top the rating of the most demanded testing services; primarily due to the fact that the market of mobile application services is drastically growing. The mobile app industry has created a whopping $41.1 billion in gross annual revenue and is expected to grow to $50.9 billion.
Gadgets ubiquitously become the main way of communication. This leads to a significant increase in applications for cars, wearable devices, smart homes, and more. Multiplatformity creates serious difficulties for developers and testers. This is due to the fact that testing mobile applications is very different from traditional testing because of its specificity and complexity.
This year, mobile testing automation is expected to have a great impact on software development, with an emphasis on ensuring the bug-free functionality for better user experience, compatibility with different devices and operating systems, and, of course, security. To date, the two most demanded services in this area relate to IOS automation testing and Android automation testing.
Given the rapid growth and prevalence of mobile use (according to Statista, 52 percent of global web traffic originated from mobile devices in 2017), it is possible to conclude that mobile app testing automation has all chances to beat the web application testing in popularity. Experts from Testfort assume that this tendency will be observed in the nearest future.
Big Data testing
The demand for such dynamically developing technologies as Big Data and Cloud Computing in 2018 will grow exponentially. What does it mean for automated testing?
Primarily that it will require a suitable, verified Big Data testing strategy, high-end analytical methods, and automated software testing tools, combined with the modern technology. The amount of information will only increase over time, and it is crucial to hone the testing process to perfection in order to reduce the time costs for the release of new software.
Unity of Agile and DevOps
The key principle of DevOps ideology presupposes that all departments of the IT company should collaborate closely with each other to quickly and efficiently accomplish the planned tasks. This means that the centralized testing centers (TCOE) will soon be gone as developers are already present in Agile. New trends in software development are shifting towards qualitative engineering, where testing automation will be more progressive, iterative, and integrated into the development process from the very beginning.
DevOps approach requires continuous testing, which means that automation should be comprehensively implemented at every level. Testers can check requirements and settings for integration and software delivery. QA engineers and programmers can possibly merge into a single unit in the near future. This will lead to improved quality of software development, as well as higher profitability and speed.
Open Source automated testing
More and more companies are using open source software, along with the aforementioned Agile and DevOps methods and defect management tools to manage and perform automated software testing. In the future, it is expected that the open source distribution trend will continue.
Simplified modification process in accordance with the project requirements and the availability of open source software will definitely be beneficial for both for vendors and clients. This, in turn, will lead to comprehensive support and will reduce the development and testing costs, accelerating the quality of the end-product.
Back to the origins
Considering the top testing automation trends, it is also worth noting that the key basics of the upcoming testing paradigm surprisingly return to its origins.
“Up to 41% of [the] sample shows a return to the main objectives of QA & Testing — to improve the overall quality of processes, products and software. Call it mean-reversion or historic recurrence: the leaders are going back to basics”
Despite all the debates about the necessity and efficiency of getting a part of the good old Quality Assurance, merging it with high-tech testing methods, it still has the time of its life. Thus, efforts dedicated to optimizing QA to meet bi-modal needs and increase cognitivity have all chances to pay off handsomely.
To sum up, testing automation trends in 2018 will emphasize the technology progress and the need to comply with it. The lack of effective approaches to testing ultimately leads to a time deficit. That’s why it’s so important to have a professional testing and QA team that can quickly and efficiently cope with all the tasks to ensure smooth functioning of your software. Contact us to learn more.