This year we will see a paradigm shift in testing industry. Independent software testing majors will gain momentum as against the conventional IT services majors. Software Testing has emerged into becoming a mainstream activity in Software Development Life Cycle and plays a vital role in production release. Year 2014 and ahead will be a very important year for testing services. A report by the leading industry analyst firm Nelson Hall, suggests that Independent Software testing services is expected to grow by 9.5% year on year till 2018.
The year 2014 will also see a shift happening where Independent, pure play software testing providers serving more major software testing services contracts as against the conventional, traditional testing services providers.
Quality Assurance has to be delivered with predictable outcome, speed and in a lowered cost model. To sustain the current pace of changes, there is a demand for comprehensive service portfolio, which can address generic as well as the unique requirements with rapid assessments.
The major chunk of innovation will happen in the areas of IP-led testing. IP-led testing is undoubtedly the future. It is a value driven offering to clients using patented tools. This helps Clients jumpstart their QA initiatives. We also believe that Independent Software Testing will play a crucial role in sectors with large application portfolios like BFSI, Life sciences and Utilities. Leading industry report predicts Financial Services and Energy, Utilities will lead the pack.
Disruptions around technology adoptions in Digital Enterprises need new age software testing services. Initiatives around enterprise Mobility, Cloud and BigData, adoption of Enterprise App Stores, Responsive web will create compelling need for specialized software testing service providers.
Companies need to invest in Career testers backed by strong skills in open source tools, agile testing models, Performance testing, Security testing, Cloud Testing, Dev-Ops, Social and Big Data testing, Application Performance Monitoring and most importantly Mobile test automation tools. Companies are also learning to cope up with disruptions that are happening due to the advent of young mobile application development people; innovative crowd sourced testing vendors, passionate weekend testing vendors and others.
Companies have to back the services models by investments in superior cloud enabled testing infrastructure, look at deep R&D that can plug gaps in the current offerings in the existing market tools, while complimenting them.
Given the cost benefits, flexibility and increasing feasibility, Cloud based testing will be the next logical move that will benefit enterprises. Testing as a Service (TaaS) is already a part of the service offerings by Independent Software testing enterprises and major corporations. Since Testing over the Cloud is a critical decision, there will be a demand for impeccable pre-engagement assessments and agreements in the form of a global service delivery model that meets standards compliance, data privacy, and global business protocols. He signs off saying that 2014 will be an exciting year for the independent software testing services companies.