With talk of automation within the software testing industry becoming ever more prevalent, and more and more solutions to automate processes being developed, you could be forgiven for thinking that the human side of software testing is disappearing.
One of the things about technology is that it’s constantly evolving. It’s no different when it comes to software and particularly testing.
It’s one of the reasons why it can be sensible to work with experts to develop your software test process, to ensure you not only test every element thoroughly, but also that you do so in the most efficient way possible.
Forbes recently highlighted some of the top trends in software testing that businesses should be aware of this year.
Top of the list is ever closer ties between developers and testers, with more companies adopting or planning to adopt DevOps. Because testing is carried out alongside development to ensure a fast rollout of the finished product, it’s essential that these two areas work closely together.
Big data has been on our radars for a while now, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still issues to be resolved in this area. As the Forbes article points out, one of the most pressing is finding a quick and effective way to verify that the data has been successfully processed.
This is the “largest bottleneck in big data testing” the news provider revealed, stressing that “any emerging trends will have to address this issue”.
It’s certainly one that companies need to focus on, and as a recent article in Biz Community pointed out, having the right software is essential if you’re going to get a handle on the big data your business has access to.
Another area to watch is the rising need to test in agile, where a tester may not have complete clarity over what’s required because they need to run tests “as a result of fluctuating requests in real time”.
No matter the size of business or organisation you run, it’s essential that you prioritise the use of software test resources so you know you’re doing all you can to protect yourself against hacking and cyber crime.
Unfortunately, no one is safe these days and a good defence is most certainly you’re best offence when it comes to keeping your networks safe. Reuters has just reported on one of the most high profile cyber attacks to hit Australia, with its national parliament targeted by hackers earlier this month (February).
Although there is no evidence as yet that any data has been compromised or stolen, all those on site were instructed to reset the passwords on their computer networks as a precaution.
Director of the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney James Der Derian suggested that in order to carry out an attack of this nature, the perpetrators would need to have access to all sorts of big resources, so it’s most likely that a state-backed hacker is behind it.
Speaker of the lower House of Representatives Tony Smith and president of the upper house Senate Scott Ryan issued a joint statement on the matter, saying: “We have no evidence that this is an attempt to influence the outcome of parliamentary processes or to disrupt or influence electoral or political processes … Accurate attribution of a cyber incident takes time and investigations are being undertaken in conjunction with the relevant security agencies.”
If you’re worried about being targeted in a similar manner, it might be worth having a free health check carried out across the board so you know how well you’re performing and identify and control the inherent risks involved in your operations.
For many years, software development has been dominated by a few large companies, but one expert has recently suggested that we could see the landscape changing shape in the coming years.
Writing for the Harvard Business Review, Shishir Mehrorta explained that a new generation of ‘makers’ is coming through and that they are changing software development to bring it closer to its roots – a sector where anyone could program and solve problems.
“I think software is entering a new phase with its own version of the Maker Generation – people won’t want to buy one-size-fits-all solutions made by others, they’ll want to make it themselves,” he asserted.
That could mean businesses of all sizes investing more heavily in people with knowledge of software development to ensure that they have systems, both customer-facing and back-end, that are tailored for their company.
Of course, within the software development process there needs to be testing, and developing a software quality process will be essential to ensure the output works as desired.
However, Mr Mehrorta stated that for a true revolution in software development to take place, there will need to be a change in the interfaces we use for coding and software development. He added that this will lead to some exciting new solutions, but said that “for every brilliant solution, there’ll probably be a hundred not-very-brilliant solutions”.
If you’re already developing software for your business in-house, you may want to explore the idea of continuous testing, which we recently explained can be a useful tool for ensuring your software development stays on track and doesn’t hit any major problems along the way.