The technological transformations happening in the IT world have been very rapid and are creating a considerable impact on businesses. That said, the year 2016 may be seen as an immensely challenging year for the software testing community with the emerging trends.

The year 2015 has already witnessed a rapid adoption of social media platforms fueled by cross-border mergers and acquisitions. With the advent of the big-data era, large chunks of data continue to get accumulated. The advancements in mobile and cloud technologies have given rise to smart applications adapting to user behavior. Another major advancement has been the Internet of Things (IoT), which is slowly changing the way businesses interact with their customers, employees and partners. Digital commerce is stretching beyond e-commerce and e-tailing arena. With the implementation of customized digital commerce solutions by a majority of retailers, digital commerce testing for usability, security and performance has become ever more important. Mobile DevOps, Mobile ERP and Applications’ markets are catching up to speed, and so is the need for mobile testing specifically catering to this spectrum.

According to Gartner, by 2017, over 268 billion downloads of mobile apps will generate cumulative revenue of $77 billion. Hence, mobile application testing has gained prominence in the areas of functional testing, security testing, performance testing, usability testing, regression testing and compatibility testing.

Some key areas where testing services are predicted to gain momentum are:

  • Security Testing
  • Cloud Testing
  • Big Data Testing
  • Digital Commerce Testing
  • IoT Testing
  • DevOps [Continues Integration Testing]
  • Mobile Testing

In the current digital information age, individuals are demanding improved connectivity and on-the-go access to information, which is pushing businesses, government organizations’ and other public sector entities’ to be more agile and flexible when offering services and deliverables.