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What are the emerging trends in QA testing?

As the world is going through a digital revolution, organizations across industries are getting impacted due to the emergence of disruptive technologies. Insurers are coping with this by undergoing transformation adopting innovative digital technologies to stay relevant. QA testing market too is affected and modern testing has changed to support the digital technology developments efforts. Here are a few noteworthy QA testing trends, which are going to rule the testing world in the coming years.

INCREASED ADOPTION OF OPEN SOURCE TOOLS

In the last few years, QA testing teams have shown increased inclination toward open source testing tools, vis-a-vis the proprietary ones. This trend is likely to grow in the future. Organizations have shown confidence in adopting more and more such open source tools.  Automation tools like Selenium have emerged as a benchmark. Be it for agile development, test cases management, bug tracking, or automation, you will find an open source tool leading each category. The increasing trend of adopting Agile and DevOps methodologies by testing teams will further boost the growth of open source tools in the future.

TEST AUTOMATION WILL SHINE

Test automation has seen tremendous growth in the last decade or so as a means to speed up the release cycles, identify defects quickly and test fixes. More and more insurers are leveraging automated testing capabilities while pushing the test automation envelope. However, a lot is yet to be achieved in terms of leveraging the full potential of test automation.

Presenting in the webinar, Andy Edwardson of Farmers Alliance stated that when they set out on their core system transformation journey, they did not plan test automation initially. However, through the course of the testing journey, they needed automation to tackle the large volume of testing involved. Andy stated that it is crucial for testing teams to establish automation as a key component to manage multiple & iterative deployments. In fact, QA & Testing teams need to adopt a holistic approach to test automation by fostering automation across test life cycle i.e. from test design to test execution for functional, regression and end-to-end testing.

QA AND DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Digitization is disrupting the traditional business models and digitally innovative insurers are continuously integrating customer-centric experiences into their business models. As a result of this, core system transformation projects have become a top priority for insurers to stay relevant in the market, and will remain so for several years to come.

These projects require extensive amounts of software testing initiatives to ensure that insurers could realize their digital goals and customers have a rich and delightful experience when interacting with them. Improving the overall quality profile, speed to market, and reduction in costs of these projects rely heavily upon the test automation and application-specific testing initiatives taken by the QA teams.

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AGILE TESTING PRINCIPLES

Testing teams are increasingly adopting the Agile testing methodologies to roll out new products and services at a greater speed. These are the same Agile testing principles and techniques as the developers have been using. This aids in the collaborative efforts of developers and testers working in the software development sprints teams together and testing team can match up to the Agile software development schedule.

REUSABILITY OF TESTING ARTIFACTS

Reusability is going to be a key factor in managing speed and quality of testing given the increased size and complexity of software projects. Today, the testing teams are continuously striving to write and create reusable testing artifacts such as test cases, test scripts, quickly log bugs, etc. to minimize testing efforts.

BIG DATA AND IoT DEVICE TESTING

Advancement of digital technology and its widespread usage is causing explosion of data, which is intriguing to many organizations. Insurers are focusing today on building innovative test strategies to test big data systems as traditional ways are failing in managing huge volume of test data. Testing teams need to be equipped with advanced tools and techniques to manage such projects.

Moreover, the era of connectivity has brought a plethora of IoT devices part of business operations talking and exchanging data with each other. These connected devices are introducing testing challenges as testing goes beyond validating in different mobiles platforms, cross-platform browsers, and other handheld devices to any kind of digital devices imaginable. Apart from usability, security, and performance testing, these devices need to be tested for interoperability and compatibility.


Click below to view the webinar Achieving success in core systems testing on-demand featuring Novarica, Farmers Alliance, American National and ValueMomentum to learn how two P/C carriers successfully led their core system testing initiatives.

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