Mobile apps quality assurance (QA) is already more than just part of a mobile development process; it’s become an industry model that dictates its own terms, conditions and trends. Imagine how sad it’ll be to lose your app’s downloads and user loyalty because of a tiny tricky bug you’ve missed while creating your mobile product! Today, businesses want to make sure they launch a bug-free app to the app store and, thus, start investing more in developing and improving their app’s QA and testing function.
According to the World Quality Report 2013-2014 that had been published jointly by Capgemini, Sogeti, and HP based on the interviews with 1500 CIOs, IT directors, and QA/Testing managers, QA and testing budgets and expenditures have seen a significant growth in the last few years. In fact, 23% of all IT budgets went to QA and testing last year; in 2015, this figure is projected to account for almost 30%. Let’s see what else is going to be hot on the apps QA and testing market this year.
Agile testing, or testing in an Agile environment is now a highly adopted practice, but when it comes to testing area, this sphere is yet to be explored. The most common challenges are the lack of adequate testing concepts and difficulties in identifying the focus domain for testing.
Test Center of Excellence (TCOE) will keep playing an important role as far as the choice of a 3rd party vendor is concerned. Businesses globally are looking to partner with a provider able to deliver turnkey apps testing solutions. On average, it takes a company 3 to 6 months to build a fully up and running TCOE, plus up to 3 years to accumulate sufficient knowledge and expertise, so it’s not an easy venture for those providers that want to capitalize on their mobile QA offering fast.
Mobile apps outsourcing industry is set to enjoy 9.5% annual growth by 2018, according to the report from business research Nelson Hall. Cost cutting remains one of the key drivers of apps testing outsourcing, but finding the right partner will be a challenge due to a very high competition within this domain. So, crowdsourcing is getting to the forefront, as it allows businesses to only pay for the bugs discovered and fixed. In this essence, crowdsourcing becomes an effective way of apps testing, as testers have a direct interest in boosting app’s success rates instead of wasting client’s IT budget like in the case of some 3rd party testing providers. Crowdsourcing also provides a solution for apps’ localization and fragmentation, and thus gives businesses an abundantly testing coverage without restricting mobile software development cycles.
Another distinguishing feature of today’s mobile QA is an ever-growing gap between business expectations and available testing resources.
According to the World Quality Report, 55% of organizations are now testing mobile apps, up from 31% last year. Yet, 56% lack effective testing procedures. In an industry infamous for fragmentation, 52% lack the devices they need for comprehensive mobile testing (especially Android apps). 48% lack mobile experts, and 38% lack in-house testing environments. So, access to and quality of mobile QA resources will become question #1 when it comes to transferring apps testing to a 3rd party provider.
And how do you test your mobile apps?
Sources: Capgemini, 2014; mycrowd.com