In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, the pace of advancement continues to surge forward, compelling organizations to adapt at an unprecedented rate. Continuous and rapid innovation has become the cornerstone for staying competitive, and amidst this relentless rat-race, the role of Quality Engineering and Testing (QET) has risen to paramount importance. As we stand on the cusp of 2024, it’s evident that this practice area is poised for significant transformation, catalyzed by the emergence of groundbreaking technologies such as Generative AI, Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR), and the pervasive proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT).
In the coming year, Quality Engineering and Testing (QET) will not merely be a checkpoint but a strategic enabler, navigating organizations through the complexities of a tech-driven future. This blog delves into the anticipated QET trends for 2024, exploring how these dynamic advancements are set to reshape testing methodologies, redefine quality benchmarks, and pave the way for a new era in software development and technology implementation. Let’s unravel the key trends that are set to shape the QET landscape and empower organizations to not only keep pace but thrive in the era of technological acceleration.
Major QET Trends to Watch Out in 2024
1: Generative AI in Testing for Redefined Precision
“A substantial 62% of companies are either experimenting or expanding with Generative AI, underlining the growing industry momentum towards this transformative technology.”– Forrester
The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into testing scenarios is poised to revolutionize the industry. Generative AI, with its ability to automate testing processes, stands as the harbinger of improved efficiency and accuracy. This will significantly impact testing methodologies, with Gartner predicting that 75% of large enterprises will leverage AI-enabled test automation tools by 2024.
Benefits of Generative AI in Testing
- Saves time and ensures comprehensive testing.
- Improves testing quality and reduces production failures.
- Analyzes code for potential defects, catching them early and reducing costs.
- Enables regression test coverage decisioning.
- Creates test cases from business workflows or design document.
- Identifies high risk test cases based on historical data and trends – enhanced risk-based testing.
- Allows informed decision-making on estimations.
- Enables the conversion of well written user stories to test cases to automation test scripts.
- Ensures test data requirement match and delivers better test coverage, thereby reducing customer defects.
- Frees up QA engineers and improving efficiency.
- Summarizes testing results for quick issue identification.
2: Geolocation Testing to Bridge Global Divides
In a world of increasingly interconnected businesses, geolocation testing will emerge as a crucial player in 2024. Ensuring that applications work seamlessly across diverse user environments becomes imperative, especially considering that the global mobile application market is projected to reach $407.31 billion by 2026. By conducting geolocation testing, organizations can bridge global divides and deliver a consistent user experience across different locations.
Benefits of Geolocation Testing
- Ensures location-based features work correctly
- Optimizes performance across networks and regions
- Delivers personalized experiences based on location
- Optimizes performance across networks and regions
3: IoT Testing to Ensure Connectivity in Healthcare Evolution
The Internet of Things (IoT), particularly in medical diagnostics and remote care, is experiencing exponential growth. Rigorous testing is pivotal to guaranteeing the reliability, security, and interoperability of IoT devices. The International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts global spending on IoT to hit $1.1 trillion by 2023, emphasizing the importance of robust testing in this evolving landscape. Testing ensures that IoT devices in healthcare provide seamless connectivity and meet the highest quality standards.
Benefits of IoT Testing
- Guarantees seamless connectivity and adherence to quality standards
- Enables remote care and medical diagnostics
- Test coverage on device matrix, connectivity, performance issues, compatibility and compliance standards, API compatibility, OS compatibility, application upgrades and rapid certifications of build deployments, installation and uninstallation testing
- Ensures the reliability, security, and interoperability of IoT devices in healthcare
4: AR, VR, and MR Testing for seamless experiences
The market for augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) is expanding at a remarkable pace. Testing these immersive technologies becomes paramount to providing glitch-free and immersive user experiences. MarketsandMarkets projects the augmented reality market to reach $77 billion by 2025, underscoring the necessity for testing AR, VR, and MR applications rigorously to ensure seamless integration and optimal user experiences. As the demand for AR, VR, and MR continues to grow, testing will play a crucial role in delivering high-quality and immersive applications.
Benefits of AR, VR, and MR Testing
- Ensures glitch-free and immersive user experiences
- Validates the functionality of augmented, virtual, and mixed-reality applications
- Drives the adoption and innovation of immersive technologies
- Verifies seamless integration and optimal user interactions
5: Testing Infrastructure as a Service (TIaaS) to Improve Efficiency
Testing Infrastructure as a Service (TIaaS) will emerge as a groundbreaking trend, offering organizations the ability to automate the setup and management of testing infrastructure through code. This approach enhances scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness in testing processes. As the adoption of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) rises, with 84% of enterprises planning or already using it, according to a Flexera survey, the trend of automating testing infrastructure is becoming integral to the efficiency of quality engineering. By leveraging TIaaS, organizations can streamline testing processes, boost efficiency, and accelerate time-to-market, allowing quality engineering teams to focus on testing rather than infrastructure management.
Benefits of Testing Infrastructure as a Service (TIaaS)
- Enhances scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness in testing processes.
- Enables quick and automated provisioning of testing environments. This accelerates the testing process, reducing time-to-market for software releases and enhancing overall project efficiency.
- Service providers regularly update and maintain testing infrastructure, ensuring access to the latest technologies and tools. This helps organizations stay current and leverage advancements in testing methodologies.
- Aligns with the trend of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) for testing efficiency.
- Reputable TIaaS providers implement robust security measures to safeguard testing environments. This includes data encryption, secure access controls, and compliance with industry regulations, bolstering overall security posture.
By staying ahead of these trends, organizations can not only enhance their testing practices but also deliver high-quality products and services that set new standards in the ever-evolving IT industry. With AgreeYa’s expertise, businesses can align their testing practices with anticipated trends, ensuring the delivery of high-quality products and services not just in 2024 but well into the future.