Software testing on the rise

IT budget spend is a good indicator of key market trends. In its 2015 Worldwide IT Spending Forecast, research firm Gartner estimates about $4 trillion in annual spending on IT. Testing is one area of spending, which can be used to prevent avoidable failures that cut into IT budgets.

Testing is typically more than one percent of a company’s IT budget and billions of dollars are allocated to it every year. To manage the avoidable costs of failure, it is important that organizations stay ahead of the latest software testing trends to save money and practice prevention. In order to do so, organizations should be aware of the key trends in software testing.

Key Trends in Software Testing
Transformational projects are one of the latest trends in testing. According to the World Quality Report, an in-depth research study commissioned by Capgemini, Hewlett-Packard (HP), and Sogeti, a higher portion of overall IT budgets are invested in testing and focused on transformational projects.

Beyond transformation projects, the industry is experiencing increased focus on establishing a Testing Center of Excellence (TCoE). In 2012, the overall budget for testing as a percentage of the IT budget increased from 18 to 28 percent and continues to grow. There is also rapid growth in fully operational TCoE within organizations. This is a great opportunity for organizations to get experience setting up and running TCoE. Organizations are moving toward consolidating testing operations in response to market demands and differing models of testing delivery. Building a successful TCoE involves getting sponsor buy in, evangelizing with project teams, establishing clear processes, templates, status reports, metrics reporting, and clear end-to-end communication channels.


The article was originally published on Software Magazine on Nov 06, 2015 and is re-posted here by permission. Click here to access the complete article.

Shyam Ramanathan

Director of Software Quality Assurance, North America Delivery Head, Virtusa. Shyam has been working in the Quality Assurance world for over 15 years, where he has developed a breadth of knowledge and experience in test management, planning, design, execution, and establishing global delivery teams across geographies and building test Center of Excellence. Experienced Leader in QA/testing services and successfully executed many large engagements. Shyam has focused on the Insurance industry, his clients include Fortune 500 companies. His responsibilities range from business development, project management, program management, QA management, relationship management and partner strategies to technical oversight and delivering creative solutions. He has also a PMP, Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Associate In General Insurance and Associate in Commercial Underwriting certifications. He has run 5 half marathons and one 25k run. He is an avid blogger and loves reading business books. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Madras in India.

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