"Time will change, so will technology and with that, man".
While the power of technology grows, the importance of testing cannot be undermined. Testing as a practice has moved from playing a cost centric role to that of a mandate. Past failures have made companies realize the strategic importance of testing and its contribution to quality. Testing is a $90 billion market today and is set to grow over the years.
Enterprises are treading in a ‘smart buyer’s’ market and customer satisfaction is key to increasing market share. At the same time they must ensure regulatory compliance. The averseness of enterprises to high failure rates has led to the rise of business application services which are set to boom in the
current recessive environment.
Darwin’s ideology of "Survival of the fittest" is applicable to businesses as well. They must constantly be aware of environmental changes and move quickly to adapt. Let’s look at the key changes impacting the testing landscape:
1. Packaged applications will be the differentiators in a competitive landscape
2. Standardization will shorten project timelines and reduce risk. Coupled with "differentiating solutions" and "delivery methods" it will improve margins
3. Emergence of cloud to reduce the total cost of ownership creating multiple opportunities to host an increasing number of applications on cloud.
4. The increasing use of mobile applications by businesses and increasing budget allocations to mobility
5. Rise of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)– combining solutions with a computing platform where we provide the infrastructure and the tools and the consumer creates his own software
6. The pricing models have moved away from the traditional unit type pricing to outcome based pricing
Competition is the best motivator. It will make you upgrade yourself constantly and adapt to tougher environments more quickly. In this tough competitive landscape it is criminal to forget about one of the most important parameters a product/service is judged on - quality.
Cloud, mobility, packaged applications will move business to a new level but the challenge for us will be to maintain the same level of quality as we always have.
Where do you think is the testing industry headed to? I would be happy to hear your thoughts.