10 Emerging Trends in Cloud Testing
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With a majority of organizations making a foray in the digital world, the need for digital transformation will require a huge shift of focus towards digital testing. Robust strategies for digital assurance will be required for focusing on optimizing functional testing across channels.
The application store approval method is becoming more simplified and straightforward nowadays. As such, the world will observe a boom in the hybrid applications, including both cloud & mobile applications, which would require the users to stay online & offline equally. The QA and Software Testing industry would observe more frequent testing of the mobile & cloud applications on a larger scale. These applications can be tested by the release of a beta version and then, followed by receiving a good feedback.
The applications that interact with the cloud environment will also be a part of the hybrid application and will thus, play a major role in shaping the development of the QA and Software Testing industry. In the recent years, the world has observed substantial investments on the cloud-architecture based platforms with the help of AWS (Amazon Web Service) and Cloud Test Lab of Google. With the presence of such big names, there is expected a pressure built-up among the hybrid application developers & testers to deliver excellent applications.
1. 自动化云测试将占据领导优势 Cloud automated testing will take the leading advantage.
Cloud-based testing has been a hot buzzword in technology circles for some time now, and not without reason. Gartner predicts that by 2020, the shift to the cloud will have impacted business decisions worth about 1 trillion dollars. The evolution of TaaS (Testing as a Service), unique from SaaS, further highlights the importance of the role the cloud plays in software testing services.
Cloud testing provides the benefits of easy availability, great scalability and reduced costs. It allows for automated testing in various environments and several machines without the need to build your own infrastructure. The increasing prominence of cloud testing has already given rise to a slew of cloud-based testing tools in the market and each has specialized in supporting commonly used automation frameworks/tools. With cloud-based on-demand scalability, these help to define a completely automated environment that can be scaled up and down in order to optimize resources while enabling testing to scale.
Spurred on by DevOps, TaaS and cloud, automated testing will evolve into more complex integrated models this year, and continue to increase the speed with which code is able to be released.
2. 测试不再仅仅是发现缺陷，而是关乎企业经营成败 Testing is no longer just about overcome the bugs, but about the success or failure of business operations.
Everyone wants the best products in the fastest possible time. This is making organizations focus on providing the best user experience along with the fastest time to market. The speed is only going to increase (and the quality better) with the latest technologies and tools at the disposal of teams.
At the end of the day, the greatest requirement for tools and best practices in 2018 is to enable testing at greater speed while maintaining the right level of quality. What is certain is that the world of software testing will continue to move beyond the mundane and cement itself into a strategic position in the overall software development cycle. We hope to see a lot of exciting innovation that would accentuate the digital revolution and drive growth.
3. AI正在逐步取代人成为云测试的主力 AI is set to transform Testing
Gartner predicts that by the year 2020, 50% of IT organizations will seek to apply smart analytics in application development. Most experts believe the use of advanced analytics to make quality decisions is still at a nascent stage because the technology—as well as the processes around it—is still mostly emerging. But, there is already a buzz around how AI can do more to improve quality and the future promises a lot.
Given its ability to make sense of vast amounts of data, AI will play an important role in test case and test data management. There would be advancements in intelligent testing tools and technologies that are smarter in generating test cases, test scripts, alongside maintaining and reusing test scripts. It seems reasonable to assume that AI could work its magic on formulating various test scenarios, predicting application behaviors, and identifying problems as well as potential areas of improvement leveraging multi-source data.
According to Forrester, organizations are not looking at having centralized Test Centers of Excellence anymore. Test automation developers today are now a part of the agile teams. The erstwhile testing arena is making a shift towards quality engineering, and testing is intended to become more iterative, progressive, and seamlessly integrated with development.
4.众包测试是测试服务市场增长的关键驱动力 Increasing Popularity of Crowdsourced Testing to Boost Demand
According to Technavio analysts, one of the key factors contributing to the growth of the global software testing services market is the growing popularity of crowdsourced testing.
Crowdsourced testing uses a crowdsourced platform to connect testers across the world to test software projects. It targets testers who match the demographics and interests of the target group. Crowdsourced testing allows businesses to test their products at a low cost. It is preferred for user-centric applications such as e-commerce applications and games.
The popularity of crowdsourced testing is growing as it helps developers gain insights about product quality, identify defects and bugs, and obtain instant feedback to improve the product.
According to a senior analyst at Technavio for research on IT professional services, “Crowdsourced testing provides an additional opportunity to developers to test applications in real-world conditions without the need for a full-time QA. Businesses do not have to invest in the acquisition of tools for testing projects. They can get a complete test coverage and access to many testers from different parts of the world without making any financial investments.”
5. 体验优化正在取代性能测试 Experience optimization is replacing performance testing.
“良好的用户体验是成功产品的关键”。 跨不同平台，操作系统和设备的一致性能定义了产品真正捕获的市场份额。 为用户提供最佳体验的需求是使组织改变其战略。 他们现在正在从提供性能测试转向提供性能工程。
Repeating a cliché – “A good user experience is the key to a successful product”. Consistent performance across diverse platforms, OSs, and devices defines how much of a market can a product really capture. The need to provide the best experience to users is making organizations change their strategy. They are now moving away from just providing Performance tests to providing Performance engineering.
6. 物联网正在开启连接时代 IoT is heralding an era of connected devices.
With IoT growing in leaps and bounds, more and more customers rely on IoT Testing before using the products. If the products are not tested, their functionality, security, and effectiveness – all will come under scanner. According to a HP study, 70 percent of devices in the Internet of Things are vulnerable to security problems.
7. 大数据人工智能测试将成为一件大事 Bigdata and AI testing will become a big thing.
We are sitting atop an explosive amount of BigData today and need to have a very strong strategy around BigData Testing. Testing datasets requires highly analytical tools, techniques, and frameworks, and is an area that is set to grow big.
8. 5G应用测试将迎来新的机遇和挑战 5G application testing will usher in new opportunities and challenges.
9. 安全将成为测试的一部分 Security will be part of the testing.
As the technology industry is pacing forward with a whopping speed, there is a significant increase in the amount of information as well. As such, information security and continuous integration testing becomes a matter of concern to the larger companies to ensure the effective data flow without any leakage or breaching of confidential information. Therefore, security testing is another domain that the technology world is going to observe in the upcoming times.
These were some of the important trends in the QA and software testing industry.
10. 测试正在经历供给侧改革与服务升级 Testing is undergoing supply-side disruption and service upgrades.