What's Ahead for the Software Testing Industry in 2018?
January 12, 2018

Sven Hammar
Apica

Share this

As we enter 2018, businesses are busy anticipating what the new year will bring in terms of industry developments, growing trends, and hidden surprises. In 2017, the increased use of automation within testing teams (where Agile development boosted speed of release), led to QA becoming much more embedded within development teams than would have been the case a few years ago. As a result, proper software testing and monitoring assumes ever greater importance.

The natural question is – what next? Here are some of the changes we believe will happen within our industry in 2018:

AI Breakthroughs Will Begin

Organizations will make breakthroughs with machine learning and artificial intelligence in 2018, especially when it comes to using this technology to get a better understanding of their collected data.

Often, it's hard to see the physical manifestation of wider concepts like AI, but in our space, physical objects – “intelligent things” – fill that gap. Previously, IoT devices sent data for limited onward processing; now, machine learning means devices are capable of transforming that same data into actionable insight. Realtime feedback will change the behavior of our IoT devices for good.

Focus on Quality, Security and Resilience

Businesses will need to address the overall quality of their services as the competitive landscape evens out

Given the high level of major outages in 2017, it is evident that the industry has not been moving fast enough to address the explosive growth of the IoT and API economy. There are organizations that are leading the way and achieving great things in both testing and monitoring; however, most are still disproportionally focusing on speed rather than quality, security and resilience.

Looking into 2018, businesses will need to address the overall quality of their services as the competitive landscape evens out. This will result in a refocus on the monitoring of the customer experience and the need for extensive end-to-end testing, embedded within the delivery lifecycle.

Services Will be a Key Differentiator

In 2018, services will become more of the differentiating factor, as capabilities become more similar. Differentiation of services will come down to availability, ease of use and consistency of a quality experience.

The increased reliance on IoT devices, their data and their management will also drive the need for high availability of the API services that these devices will talk to. Monitoring the availability of these APIs will be the critical factor in ensuring that business can continue to run (especially in the manufacturing space), and that business intelligence data can be trusted by decision makers.

Customer Experience Will Become More Important Than Ever

Software testing and monitoring has historically been the realm of the IT team, be that the development teams for testing, or operations on the monitoring side.

In 2018, the digital transformation drive is underway in most enterprises, combined with the explosion of IoT devices and the data processing that derives from them. This will draw the focus onto both the quality of the application and the overall customer experience.

Consequently, both testing and monitoring should be of significant interest to the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Marketing Officer within organizations, resulting in more rounded testing with team members coming from different parts of the business. That's a potential step change in the type of testing that would be carried out, as well as in the visibility within the business of monitoring results and testing success.

The Way We Validate Results Will Change

2018 will see the adoption of AI, in the form of machine learning, by major software vendors who will be embedding it within their core applications. This machine learning will also become a standard platform for data analytics for new development initiatives. The IoT market will take greatest advantage from this adoption, as the volume of data needing analysis grows exponentially.

This is going to challenge the testing community as new ways of testing and validating the results from AI need to be identified and embedded within the development lifecycle.

Sven Hammar is Chief Strategy Officer and Founder of Apica
Share this

The Latest

September 25, 2020

Michael Olson on the AI+ITOPS Podcast: "I really see AIOps as being a core requirement for observability because it ... applies intelligence to your telemetry data and your incident data ... to potentially predict problems before they happen."

September 24, 2020

Enterprise ITOM and ITSM teams have been welcoming of AIOps, believing that it has the potential to deliver great value to them as their IT environments become more distributed, hybrid and complex. Not so with DevOps teams. It's safe to say they've kept AIOps at arm's length, because they don't think it's relevant nor useful for what they do. Instead, to manage the software code they develop and deploy, they've focused on observability ...

September 23, 2020

The post-pandemic environment has resulted in a major shift on where SREs will be located, with nearly 50% of SREs believing they will be working remotely post COVID-19, as compared to only 19% prior to the pandemic, according to the 2020 SRE Survey Report from Catchpoint and the DevOps Institute ...

September 22, 2020

All application traffic travels across the network. While application performance management tools can offer insight into how critical applications are functioning, they do not provide visibility into the broader network environment. In order to optimize application performance, you need a few key capabilities. Let's explore three steps that can help NetOps teams better support the critical applications upon which your business depends ...

September 21, 2020

In Episode 8, Michael Olson, Director of Product Marketing at New Relic, joins the AI+ITOPS Podcast to discuss how AIOps provides real benefits to IT teams ...

September 18, 2020

Will Cappelli on the AI+ITOPS Podcast: "I'll predict that in 5 years time, APM as we know it will have been completely mutated into an observability plus dynamic analytics capability."

September 17, 2020
One of the benefits of doing the EMA Radar Report: AIOps- A Guide for Investing in Innovation was getting data from all 17 vendors on critical areas ranging from deployment and adoption challenges, to cost and pricing, to architectural and functionality insights across everything from heuristics, to automation, and data assimilation ...
September 16, 2020

When you consider that the average end-user interacts with at least 8 applications, then think about how important those applications are in the overall success of the business and how often the interface between the application and the hardware needs to be updated, it's a potential minefield for business operations. Any single update could explode in your face at any time ...

September 15, 2020

Despite the efforts in modernizing and building a robust infrastructure, IT teams routinely deal with the application, database, hardware, or software outages that can last from a few minutes to several days. These types of incidents can cause financial losses to businesses and damage its reputation ...

September 14, 2020

In Episode 7, Will Cappelli, Field CTO of Moogsoft and Former Gartner Research VP, joins the AI+ITOPS Podcast to discuss the future of APM, AIOps and Observability ...