10 Tech Trends That Will Impact QA in 2019

1. Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is the use of digital technologies to deliver products and services to consumers faster, cheaper, and better than competitors. Streamlining digital transformation requires the change in every part of the organization’s ecosystem such as business models, organization frameworks, employee skill set. Generally, today there are three steps to do it successfully: adopt business-aligned approaches (Agile and DevOps), make efficient use of ever-increasing data, use all technologies (cloud, automation, analytics, etc.) appropriately.

2. API Economy

Moving ahead on the path to digital transformation, numerous organizations start using robotics automation, which has become possible due to the growth of the API economy and microservices. Putting it simply, this is an approach where large applications are cut down into smaller and easier to manage pieces (microservices).

3. Internet of Things (IoT)

Doesn’t it seem that it has been around forever? The adoption of the Internet of Things has been rising across industries during the last years. Among the domains that are adopting IoT technologies faster than others are Energy and Utilities, Public Sector, Transport, and Financial Services.

4. Artificial Intelligence

The AI and testing may be related in two different ways: testing of AI solutions and application of AI in testing. While AI solutions testing certainly requires a well-structured strategy, in terms of upcoming trends we focus on AI technologies implementation in testing activities.

5. Cloud Computing

Implementation of Agile and DevOps practices have been driving cloud adoption. A large percentage of applications is now based in cloud, either private or hybrid. Cloud computing offers scalability and greater functionality for the software development process.

6. Cybersecurity

Enhancing security should be a top priority of any IT strategy and QA should be able to offer a helping hand in this area.

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR came into force in May 2018 and became applicable to every organization that operates on the territory of the EU. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty about its impact on the IT sector.

7. Blockchain

No doubt, blockchain is one of the hottest trends in IT today. At the very beginning of its history it was used by the FinTech companies to work with cryptocurrencies, while now the organizations from different domains report using blockchain or plan to do so in the upcoming future.

8. Application of Bots

Chatbots are widely expected to reshape completely the way we interact with business. Today there is a lot of conversation about chatbots and their potential application. However, it’s still a challenge to build a well-performing chatbot that will make a prospective client talk to the brand.

9. Mobile Solutions

The demand for high-quality mobile solutions will become even higher in 2019. Users won’t put up with low speed, bad interfaces, and crashes because of the wide choice available in the market. Therefore, the importance of robust testing will increase.

10. Increased Customer Centricity

For the third year in a row, the World Quality Report survey confirmed the importance of end-user experience as the goal of the Quality Assurance and Software Testing strategy.

Summing Up

The IT industry is going through a period of fast changes and all of them have implications for testing and QA. Taken together, all the trends mentioned above will demand faster and more collaborative QA processes.



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