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Independent Software Testing Services – Paving the Way for New Opportunities

  • 30/09/2011
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  • Posted by EuroSTAR

Looking at the history of IT industry, its poor cousin, software testing, has always been looked at as an unwanted child. Today, when the entire world is moving on IT, software testing is nowhere lacking behind. IT vendors and others have understood its importance and now testing is globally accepted as an inseparable part of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and beyond.  Forrester and Gartner reports that out of the total outsourcing businesses generated, 32% of it is shared by testing alone. Adding further, by 2020, Indian outsourced testing market is projected to generate unbelievable revenue of $12-15 billion.

This statistics and growth rate seems promising enough to motivate the vendors and entrepreneurs to take on this opportunity and give it a shot. IT vendors are trying to establish a testing center of excellence (TCoE) and in case if they don’t have enough competencies, they want to outsource to those, who are experts in testing. Similar is the case with non-IT enterprises. With third party testing vendors flooding the market, anyone now have more options than ever before. You can choose any vendor suiting your customized requirement or set of requirements. Outsourcing to testing vendors gives you several benefits:

•    Lower cost
•    Less time to market
•    Quality assurance
•    Reduced risk
•    Faster test cycle time
•    Ensure availability of requisite skills

Testing is becoming a value creator and a quality differentiator for those who wants to adhere strictly to quality. No doubt, testing is one of the most important factors leading to a quality product or quality application, it also provides a pavement to its success. Leading testing vendors now claim to offer specialized testing services with the guaranteed outcomes and measurable results. These vendors now position testing as a standalone service and service maturity that presents a compelling value proposition. Organizations all over the globe are getting benefitted with significant improvement in the business strategies. They can now concentrate on further developing their Center of Excellence thus meeting security audits, and develop custom testing solutions that suites their customers requirements.

Testing industry has undergone a sea change from virtually non-existent to the fastest growing niche in the IT space in just a span of few years. It has moved from functional test centric industry to cloud testing and beyond that. Today, new concepts and methodologies like “Testing as a Service” (TaaS) are derived, further pumping its growth. Not only these, but the increased number of internet users has also raised the demand for the specialized testing services like performance testing and cloud testing, which becomes necessary for any business to make sure that the website or application effectively handles the expected number of visitors and performs efficiently.

Whatever the past may look like, the future of testing seems very promising. Sooner or later, we will witness a time where software testing will takeover the interest of entrepreneurs who are now focusing on software development. As a matter of fact, few of them have already started taking a holistic approach to testing.

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