Widening Field of Software Testing and Emerging Challenges


 Software testing field has expanded immensely over the last decade thanks to rising profile of IT applications, introduction of new devices and technologies, and emerging performance needs. While the main software testing course has been more-than-ever categorized according to industry-specific domains, a number of specialized tests have come to stay. The rising demand for software testing automation and customized according to local needs today calls for superior skills and specialization. The test management process has also grown up manifold as complexities rolled into the development and testing process. 
Expansion of Software Testing Services
Development of complex and multi-utility IT applications have led to demand for varied, comprehensive, and thorough software testing services. The software testing team is required to fully understand and comprehend exact client needs and behavior of targeted end users. All parameters must be closely followed to deliver products foolproof and suitable for geographical or industry application ensuring the maximum possible satisfaction. Component and unit testing is required to be carried on both in the lab and real environment to make sure the integrated application is bug free and able to withstand all functional and performance pressure. Core software testing now demands superior expertise to assure infallible regression, platform, performance, functional, database, and compatibility testing of applications.
Software testing has also grown with advent of new tools and technologies. New APIs, open source and licensed tools, and state-of-the-art automation technologies have changed the basic postulates governing software testing. Teams now need professionals expert in latest tools, empowered to analyze market trends, and able to visualize end-user requirements.
The growing demand for low-cost software testing automation has unveiled innovative techniques of combining both open-source and commercial tools to create customized solutions that guarantees quality. New developments in software testing automation have also brought into fore loads of tool and technology requiring vendors to train and prepare their workforce accordingly.
The synthesis of IT technology with various economic sectors has led to the development of industry-specific applications. This invites expertise in software testing precise to industry needs, end user experience, and market understanding. For example, the software testing for BFSI and e-commerce sectors take into consideration many areas different when validating applications for gaming or mobile applications testing. Each sector has its individual needs, market, and targeted customers and their subjectivity should be considered during the testing process.
Emerging Software Testing Challenges
•       Cost: The cost is the biggest challenge as software testing has expanded and an application is required to be validated against a range of parameters. A perfect balance between cost and quality is essential to keep investments low and yet make sure quality is not compromised.
•       Security: Software testing requirements in the face of latest web security scenario pose a stern challenge for professionals in this field. They now have to show more understanding and astute skillfulness to address all concerns using simulated attacks, static vulnerability scanning, and penetration tests. 
•       Tools and Technology: Software testing tools and technology should be updated in consonance with market requirements and keeping in mind the budget requirements. Expertise does not lead to time and budget overruns.
•       Outsourcing: Right from selecting the most suitable vendor to communication, project management, cost, security, and a host of other challenges confront software testing outsourcing.

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