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Software Testing: Trends To Watch Out For

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Bangalore:  Testing and quality assurance is going to be the new critical functions in software industry, as the recent trends show an increased complexity and dependence on the software applications by organizations.

Here’s Marlabs capture on the Software Testing trends to watch out for in 2012.

Mobile Application Testing: With the dramatic growth in mobile devices, mobile operating systems have taken center stage across the globe. Mobile applications, although they have limited computing resources, are often built to be as agile and reliable as PC-based applications. Popular operating systems found in smart phones and mobile OS powered tablet computers include Android, Symbian, iOS, Blackberry.

Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS): Testing-as-a-Service delivers application testing services in a highly available, consumable, pay-as-you-go model that provides flexibility in service and pricing. There is increasing demand for TaaS to rapidly manage a wide range of testing projects, reduce production defects and resolve testing issues on priority. Organizations are reaching out to third party providers for instance Google Docs TaaS, which offers a platform for a shared services model.

Business Intelligence Testing: The BI systems testing role is to ensure high quality of the information that supports managers to make decisions with regard to the future of the business.  BI testing will ensure an efficient system that can pull out data, clean it, and present it in without compromising system performance. The efficiency of a business intelligence tool can be gauged not just by its ability to analyze vast pools of data but also by the options it provides to extract real time data and identify key trends.

Test Data Security Standard: While testing an application, confidential information could get exposed to testers. Clearly a breach can lead to significant damage. Proper test data management ensures the availability and security of test data by masking it on testing engagements.

Cloud Testing: Cloud Testing uses cloud infrastructure for software testing. With the cloud computing market soaring to new heights, more and more organizations are looking to host their applications on cloud servers and make them available via tablets and mobile devices. Testing applications on the cloud is also emerging as a promising area.

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