Today’s technological world is full of unprecedented changes and we’ve witnessed the massive digital transformation in the last few years. If we particularly talk about software testing, we have seen several new testing technologies and approaches that have brought about significant transformation in software design, development, testing, and delivery.

As we have just stepped into 2021, let’s take a preemptive look at the top 7 trends in software Quality Assurance (QA) and software testing that you must follow this year to constantly innovate and reinvent your software testing..

1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Automation Testing


By 2027, it’s expected that the global Artificial Intelligence (AI) market will reach $266.92 billion. (fortunebusinessinsights)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making its way into almost every facet of innovative technology. And it is also expected to take over every industry in the near future. It is due to the high business growth that it fosters making it the reason that 80% of executives are willing to adopt Artificial Intelligence (AI).(fortunebusinessinsights)

Like all other fields, software testing is no exception when it comes to deriving greater outcomes from AI. AI helps to improve automation strategies with its powerful software testing tools. These tools can design and run tests with a little human intervention. AI can also analyze keywords and build a traceability matrix by its own to optimize test coverage.

Benefits of AI-Powered QA Testing Tools

There are several benefits of AI-powered QA testing tools, let’s have a look at the most prominent ones:

  • Automatic identification and prioritization of bugs and issues
  • Efficient software testing
  • Real-time risk assessments
  • Optimization of a predictable testing approach

2. Quality Assurance (QA) Test Automation


Test automation is used by more than 78% of organizations whereas remaining 11% of organizations don’t use test automation.(PractiTest)

QA test automation is another software testing trend in 2021 because of its utmost need in this fast-paced business environment. Therefore, we need efficient software testing tools, frameworks, and techniques to get a competitive edge.

There’s high demand for quality software testing with fastest delivery which wouldn’t be achievable without adopting automation testing. Once test automation handles several testing tasks, teams can better focus on evaluating decision and strategic planning for continuous delivery.

Benefits of QA Test Automation

  • More productive software Quality Assurance
  • Saves time and money by optimizing QA processes
  • Early bugs detection
  • Reuse test cases
  • Performs repetitive tasks
  • Continuous feedback
  • High test coverage

3. Agile & DevOps


Approximately 77% of organizations use DevOps effective software deployment (Google).

In the last few years, many organizations have adopted Agile and DevOps practices to shorten the software life cycle. Agile and DevOps practices also fasten the development process without compromising the software quality.

In particular, Agile helps to respond to the rapidly changing requirements whereas DevOps deals efficiently with the demand for speed.

DevOps integrates development and operation activities by involving its own tools, practices, processes, and rules that result in saving time in the software development process.

Despite having an enormous shift in adopting Agile and DevOps, the outcome still remains in the hands of the team. More than that, it greatly depends on how the team performs Quality Assurance and development. Even if this hindrance exists, having a strong focus on end-to-end testing can help in filling out this gap.

With Agile and DevOps, software testing has to be performed in the software life cycle paralleled to the development process rather than appearing at the end.

4. Enhanced Security Testing


42% of organizations believe that they faced an external attack incident because of a software security flaw (2019 Forrester Research survey).

As the data keeps on growing with the rapid evolution in technology, security has become the top priority for companies and stays significant in 2021.

To enhance security and keep the system safe from potential vulnerabilities, we need security testers. The security testers that take care of the entire information system and infrastructure including database and channels.

Benefits of Enhanced Security:

  • Thorough understanding of weak spots and susceptible areas to cyber attacks.
  • Reduces cost and harm in case downtime occurs
  • Help you gain more trust with partners, clients, and 3rd parties.

5. Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data Testing


According to IDC, the growth rate of global IoT spending will reach double-digit in the year 2021.

Currently not so many organizations around the globe have adopted IoT testing technologies and strategies, but the trend is expected to grow tremendously in 2021.

As the use of IoT applications rises, it gives a boost to generation of diverse data volume. As a result, the need for Big Data testing has aroused.

There are several benefits of Big Data testing for organizations such as better decision making with data-driven approach, information validation, and improvement in forming market strategy.

The processes within organizations have become more complex due to rapid increase in the volume of data. This trend is growing exponentially and of course, we can expect much higher trend in 2021.

6. Performance Engineering Instead of Performance Testing

Performance engineering is the new trend that has replaced performance testing in 2021. It encourages the development of critical performance metrics right from the beginning so every process can be made more efficient.

While developing the software, there has always been a goal of achieving high performance. And for that, several factors play a vital role such as business value, security, configuration, and usability.

Previously to avoid performance issues while developing a software, developers preferred using a user-focused approach at every stage of SDLC.

Performance testing objectives have evolved with time and now the system’s performance is considered to be rooted in the entire software development process.

7. Integration of Key QA Testing Tools

Integration of key QA testing tools is extremely important to efficiently carry out several processes in all development phases & activities.

Integration of tools help to gather multi-source data that can be effectively applied to AI/ML approaches for increased performance.

In 2021, to bring more innovation to software testing, the top trend is to use open source tools such as Jmeter, Robotium, and Selenium.

Wrapping Up:

Every passing year, the software quality assurance (QA) spectrum is evolving. Every organization strives to look for the newly introduced trend to reflect and reinforce their strategies. In this blog post, you have learned the top 7 software testing trends you should watch out in 2021.

Which one of these top 7 software testing trends of 2021 is the most suitable for your organization? We would love to see your thoughts in the comments section below.

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