By Winston Smith, April 24th 2018
Every passing day companies are taking detailed steps to ensure that all standards of Quality Assurance (QA) are maintained in all products released to the market. This is to ensure that quality products are afforded to the client and that problems in the product can be detected early on and fixed. This trend to maintain the highest levels of quality assurance has seen a great increase in various companies as more consumers tend towards products with the best of qualities. This combined with market competition has seen great leaps in the development of technologies associated with Quality Assurance. These trends which showcase the development in Quality Assurance as seen over the past few years include but are not limited to:
- Internet of Things (IoT) Testing
Significant strides have been seen in the development of the Internet of Things– enabled devices. IoT enables connectivity among devices and environments by the use of sensors and programmed software. Quality assurance is ensured by the testing of the Internet of Things devices and their relation to respective environments. QA offers a system where IoT products are tested efficiently and effectively for a various number of defects. This is to ensure that there is enough security for privacy to be maintained in the network. This is done by ensuring the protecting, encryption and storing of data in a secure location like clouds. The test towards QA in IoT products ensures that there are efficient connectivity and interoperations between devices. Functionality is also assured through embedded and back-end computing ensuring that product works well for the consumer. Other tests that ensure Quality Assurance is upheld are compatibility, exploratory and performance tests.
- Automatic Testing
This trend provides a myriad of benefits to testers in a bid to ensure that Quality Assurance is upheld. Test automation provides speed that is essential for the testing of a product. It uses the resources that are afforded to a product effectively compared to the previously used manual testing. It provides a shortened time to market for a product or software with increased test effectiveness. Due to the repeatability of the automated testing techniques, there is high coverage of features to be tested ensuring that a quality product is released to the market.
- Using of Agile and DevOps techniques
DevOps technique provides a system where software can be developed on a regular basis of hourly, daily or weekly durations. The agile technique, on the other hand, is a system which works to collaborate teams by effectiveness, simplicity, and ability to provide feedback during the entire development of software. Merging of the two concepts provides testing that is progressive and repetitive to provide the best quality product. The merging of Agile and DevOps technique thus results in high-quality Assurance as testing is faster and complete since there is verification of requirements and easier configuration of tools of delivery and integration.
- Big Data Testing
As time passes by with the revolution of the digital space, there is an increase in the amount of data that needs to be tested. New techniques are thus needed to be devised since the old traditional methods of testing do not suffice to test big data. Issues associated with big data testing include insufficient space to store the data from the test. For Quality Assurance to be upheld, appropriate testing strategies are needed to be devised to ensure that the data being tested on is of quality and is complete.
- Independent Software Testing
This is a trend that has grown over the past few recent years to ensure that the most quality software is afforded to the clients. This is the concentration on the testing of a specific software by a team of approved Quality Assurance testers. It allows for the progress and development of a program to easily be tracked and determined. Resources can also be easily allocated towards the testing of the software ensuring that the test is done to completion.
- Mobile Applications Testing
The mobile application has seen an increase in number over the years as more mobile phones are manufactured. Quality Assurance of this applications results in increased quality products. Therefore, before an application is released to the public, it is tested carefully using various methods or techniques to ensure standards of Quality assurance are maintained.
- Formal Certification and training
This is a development that has been seen in the field of Quality Assurance. In a bid to ensure that qualified and skilled are available for testing, training for the same are conducted. This ensures that all the personnel involved in all manner of testing and upholding of Quality assurance standards are equipped with the necessary knowledge to do so. A certificate is also provided at the end of the training to show the completion and satisfactory proof of excellence.
- Security Testing
Testing various software to ensure that there is safety in the data and contents it holds is another trend that shows the development of Quality Assurance. Software like mobile apps is tested to ensure that there is little chance of hacking which would result in a violation of privacy or a loss of data. This is also seen in IoT products as they are also protected from any interference to the data that may occur. QA testers therefore skillfully ensure that all software security features are upheld to ensure that the best standards of Quality assurance are maintained, and any form of vulnerability is greatly reduced.
- Quality Assurance Services.
These are services that aid in the upholding of all standards relating to Quality Assurance. Some of this services include consultation on techniques of testing used in software. Customers can, therefore, acquire the relevant information to allow them to ensure the quality of the product instead of using external personnel to do the same type of work. Advises on testing techniques also ensures that clients can pick the best method for testing without incurring extra costs of involving professionals to do the same. These services allow for all kind of information to be easily acquired in a bid to ensure. Quality assurance is maintained.
Quality Assurance reduces the cost to both developer and customer as there are fewer faults and defects in the final product. It also results in increased confidence in a product by customers in the market. These developments in Quality Assurance only serve to increase on all the benefits that are enjoyed when these standards are upheld.