The software development industry is going through major disruptions, leading to the rise of fresh approaches to testing practices in the software industry. Quality Assurance experts have to adapt to the changes rapidly in order to keep themselves pertinent.
2019 has commenced. Making predictions around QA testing is a thing of the past. Now is the time to take action and work on the trends that are actually going to prove themselves fruitful for our QA lads.
In this blog, let’s explore the top trends of 2019 in testing:
1. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Testing
We now have access to improved ways of getting maximum results attained with minimum errors, all because of AI and Machine Learning. They have also enabled organizations to transform testing into a self-running procedure. Though, adopting AI and Machine Learning come with numerous challenges. Applying AI to QA helps in creating smarter and faster testing architectures that can adjust itself to the changes in the application. Many companies have started applying smart analytics already, majorly for interpretative decisions and predictions. Another favored testing trend is to make use of bots for the purpose of automated testing: test data generation, setting-up of test environments, lifecycle test automation. Apart from this, Machine Learning aids to the banking domain to model transactions in real time and, along with AI, can predict illicit transactions as well. In order to stay at the top of the game, testers must pull up their socks to understand the evolving trends in the domain of testing.
2. Test Automation
Testing is no more about performing tasks in a conventional manner. The motive of test automation has changed. Now, the focus has shifted toward the effective use of test cases from the focus on just testing time. Certain tools are used to control test performances. Tests like the regression test, that require monotonous activities are automated first. This implies that in 2019, testers will be testing both functional and non-functional testing with the help of automation tools. Moreover, as the degree of test automation in companies is not very high, the World Quality Report 2018 stated that it is 14 – 18% of overall testing activities. This brings good news for 2019.
3. IoT Testing
One of the most rapidly developing innovations, the Internet of Things for test automation is a tough shell to crack. A whole set of online data is connected with each other via the web. The hardware is managed by a dedicated program which connects them to the web. From that point onward, it interfaces with every other thing. The products and programs that are connected must be tested for their functionality, quality, and most importantly, security.
IoT testing is done to examine the devices based on IoT technology. There are six kinds of testing that are the necessary elements of a carefully implemented IoT testing process, and without these elements, the IoT testing is incomplete. The six kinds of testing are Security Testing, Compatibility Testing, Performance Testing, Scalability Testing, Usability Testing, and Testing of Data integrity.
4. Big Data Testing
Big Data testing is imperative in order to ensure that the quality of data is not at all compromised. It is speculated to grow by around 400% of its present state within the next couple of years. That said, it will eventually become a usual affair for every company as the cost of data storage will become more affordable. Currently, testers are more bothered about testing management and data storage of Big Data. But in the future, the focus will shift more toward the acceptance of dashboard, mobile report, visualization, and report object.
5. The Agile Approach
The upward-moving graph of Digital Transformation displays an alliance of agile methodology alongside. In 2019, Agile methodology will help in aligning digital transformation strategies along with the increasing business demands. It will help in empowering digital transformation initiatives further for generating much valuable business outcomes rapidly.
The innovation and occurrence of latest technologies are what drive all these new trends, and it is important to understand these factors to make sense of the trends. The only way for QA professionals to stay indomitable is to master their skills that complement the testing trends that keep on updating with every passing year. Let us know your experience with these in the comments!
Source: Veritis, Pythian, DBTA