Before I begin, let me start with the obvious. Technology and software have certainly become an integral part of every sector, and every process, in this world. And, therefore, the demand for high quality software, which has gone through a robust testing process, has never been greater.
Over the course of the Indium journey, I have seen the software testing industry go from a pure application level software testing to the more complex system level testing it is today. Test Automation, Load Testing, Functional Testing, Unit Testing have all been around for a while. So what has changed since then? Today, we have applications being delivered over the Cloud and Mobile, and we’re also seeing multi-tier architectures being developed using Agile methodologies. This has necessitated a change in the processes, tools and expertise required to ensure high quality software.
Automation is now the most talked about topic in the IT industry, but, I’d say, this is also nothing new. We have had several tool vendors such as HP, IBM, Microfocus and other open source tools such as Selenium & JMeter for over 15 years now. What has changed is enterprises and technology vendors are rapidly releasing software, and therefore test cycle time has significantly shrunk wherein merely throwing extra hands at the problem won’t suffice with omni-channel technologies to be tested. From our perspective, we are seeing test automation gain increasing significance over the last 3 to 4 years.
Research conducted by IDC forecasts that the market for discreet worldwide testing services is expected to touch US $39 billion by 2019, with a CAGR of about 12.5 percent. More importantly, the IDC report also emphasises on the importance of picking reliable testing vendors, to ensure high quality of software.
Of course, I am using these data points from IDC, to reiterate what we at Indium already have a pulse of from various customers. Over the last couple years, I’ve had numerous interactions with some of the world’s leading brands and the emphasis on software testing has become a key focus area.