Software Testing Trends in 2021 – what’s changed?

Samer Naqvi 11th March 2021

Prelude

Two years ago, I stood up on stage in front of 200 tech enthusiasts and delivered a speech on Software Testing Trends in 2019. This blog revisits some of those trends, looking at how they have changed over the past two years and what new trends have popped up in the realm of software since.

 

Introduction

Covid-19 has changed a lot of things, from the way we work to the systems we are using.

Its impact was felt in organisations and businesses all over the world, with many facing decisions on how projects goals can still be achieved.

We are also in a time of flux, as people actively look for opportunities to change ways of working.

This Pandemic and Lockdown gave the world of business the best opportunity to prove that the concept of working differently (remote, video conferencing, collaboration using modern technologies) can be successful, and in many cases, it increased productivity.

It has proven the model that working from anywhere in the digital world is not only possible, it is now a reality.

With this new model comes new threats and challenges.

One of which being how do business maintain and increase quality?

On my journey to becoming a QA lead, I have worked as a tester and a team lead, working on multiple products and releases over the years. This is not my first experience of working remotely, but it is certainly the longest duration. Bringing its own set of challenges, but also a lot of new applications and tools to facilitate solutions that meet and overcome them.

So, what has changed in the realm of software testing and DevOps in the last few months? Beyond the need to set up a home office, that is.

 

Cloud

The adoption curve of cloud was already on an upward trajectory at the start of 2020, but there is no denying that the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically accelerated the pace and increased the scale of many enterprises’ migration plans.

One thing is clear– companies are now starting to realise the benefits of cloud computing, even beyond the immediate need for remote work.  And those who haven’t yet seriously started on their journey to cloud will be forced to overcome their cautious reservations and extend into cloud as an urgent matter of survival!

 

Testing in the cloud

Now testing in the cloud brings with it benefits of easy availability and high scalability, not to mention low cost. It allows for web and mobile testing in different environments and multiple machines without building your own infrastructure.

This changes the traditional testing scenario by leveraging the resources provided by cloud computing infrastructure to reduce test execution time, increase the execution cycles available, and thereby increase the efficiency of testing to improve the quality of the application.

 

Codeless Automated Testing Tools

Codeless automated testing tools are not new to us, but they are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

With codeless test automation, there is no pressing requirement to understand automated testing frameworks or the technology underlying an app to be able to test automatically.

I remember using WinRuner at the start of my career – a simple record and playback testing tool. Nowadays, codeless testing tools are built on sophisticated AI technology plus visual modelling which allows the faster formation of test cases that create automated tests. Using these tools test engineers can easily generate test case scenarios with no coding know-how and reduce the time wasted on recurring test cases.

 

IOT

IoT is still one of the fastest growing concepts in the technology field. In the widest sense, the term IoT embraces everything connected to the internet. Of late, the term is becoming increasingly used to define objects that “talk” to each other in order to collect and exchange data of different kinds.

One of the more major players in IoT testing is Integration testing. IoT is successful if the Integration test plan is accurate and robust enough to catch flaws in the system. Test coverage and test diversity are one of the biggest challenges of IoT.

Blockchain usage can play a key role to achieve higher security in the IoT ecosystem.
Internet of Things, thus, is all pervading. It is essential for IoT applications to be end-to-end tested with different types of IoT testing for these devices to perform well and deliver seamless user experience. Not doing so can lead to severe and serious repercussions.

 

Quality Assurance

Software testing and Quality Assurance in general will raise the demands for performance, security, compatibility, usability, and data integrity testing. Stability in production is equally important.

QA is not just testing, its purpose is to be the gatekeeper for stability to be upheld; the bastion to ensure all the hard work that goes into a product, shines as brightly as it can.

Another area affected by QA is big data. Big data testing is become a more common practice since data became the new ruler of marketing strategies. Company processes are becoming complex year on year, so big data testing requirements and the need for consistent quality will not be going anywhere in the near future.

 

DevOps

One of the biggest hurdles that affected a lot of businesses during Covid-19 was lockdown. Not just one, but several. Businesses still needed to continue product and service delivery and do so with the same quality and reliability customers had come to expect. In some cases, they needed to raise the standard.

This was and is the key to tackling market competition and to remain competitive – DevOps extended the helping hand to industries worldwide! DevOps is definitely one of the notable saviours to these businesses in the current crisis because of its ability to increase speed and flexibility.

It has all the qualities to help businesses sustain and continue in the ongoing crisis, however, it’s important for teams to effectively use DevOps methodologies and its best practices to make full use of its benefits! This is where places like ECS can help. We’ve adapted ourselves to ensure businesses that are struggling can still succeed by modifying how their digital DNA works and delivers. The world has changed, it is time we all changed with it.

 

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About the author:

Samer Naqvi has been in the software industry for 15+ years and is currently a Test Lead in a BP engagement via ECS. As well as supporting in a QA capacity, Samer has also represented ECS at different industry and community events – including technical conferences, company events,
colleges and most notably, at the Women of Silicon Roundabout in 2019.

 

 

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