International Data Corporation, a leading provider of analytics and advisory services for the information technology sector, has released their predictions for trends and key drivers in the IT industry for 2019 and beyond. Here are five big shifts they're forecasting for the years ahead:
With so much of the infrastructure we rely on in our daily lives dependent on accurate and unfailing software, it's more important than ever to catch and correct bugs in the code. As such, there has been a big push lately toward more automation in QA testing.
Exploratory testing is a discovery process to determine what does and does not work with regard to a particular software application or website. It is a self actuated process in that it is the tester who determines what to test and is in charge of the exploration.
The sheer growth of digital devices over the last 20 years has made information more accessible than ever and greatly increased the need for new applications to not only process that information, but to accomplish new tasks and tasks that were once done manually.
Usability testing is no longer treated as just something that needs to be done at the end of website or application development. It is now an important element that is present, at least to some degree, throughout the development cycle.
The ease with which operating systems are now updated can greatly increase the complexity of regression testing. As functionality grows with each new Android update, testers must ensure that the operation of the application under test has not been compromised. This isn't always easy.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines provide a series of recommendations for making websites more accessible. The purpose is to ensure that people who are physically challenged or who have cognitive or learning disabilities can access web content on an equal footing with everyone else. The WCAG guidelines also improve usability in general and promote a quality web experience.
A website is the single most important presence a business can have online. It’s great to have a social media presence, a blog and pay per click advertising. But, all of these are pointless if they don’t lead back to a quality website that results in conversions. This is why testing your website for release is so important. You have put a good deal of money and time into your site, so it’s important to make sure that it runs as intended.
User experience is the make or break point of any application. Ultimately, it is the user who determines the quality of an application. This is why testers try to make testing scenarios as realistic as possible and to address mistakes that users might make and how users might approach the application. It’s a matter of getting into the user’s head and the best way to do that is to be the user, at least in spirit.