By David Milette, Chief Technology Evangelist. As we enter the New Year, we’d like to bring to your attention what we feel are the top trends for 2023 in the realm of quality assurance and testing.
1. SAAS is where it’s at!In 2023 as is the case with many IT departments, QA is being compelled to save costs and reduce complexity by migrating their testing environments and tools to SAAS platforms be it within private or public cloud offerings. Both solutions began getting significant attention in 2022 and we believe that this trend in 2023 will attain mass criticality with many QA departments demonstrating significantly interest and assessing this move to SAAS.
2.Pay as you goRight sizing specific to the project and / or department needs. Gone are the days of buffering in margins of error on tool purchases. QA departments need to be cost efficient and trimmed down to the actual necessities. This implies getting access to what you need exactly when you need it and being able to scale up and down « on Demand ». More and more software vendors are realizing this expressed need by their customers and offerings allowing this flexibility and coming out to meet the demand. SQALogic is confident that we will continue to see more of these types of offerings in 2023 and beyond and many compagnies will happily embrace this flexibility to cater to their internal customers rapidly changing demands charging to the projects only what is required when it is specifically needed. It’s time to Flex with the demand baby!
3.The end of an era!
Now before going crazy on this hear me out! QA departments as we have known them for the last 20ish years will undergo substantial changes and in many cases be dissolved. This however does not mean the end of QA, just the end of QA as we know it! QA experts have been adapting over the last few years to new models such as Agile development and DevOps methodologies. This new breed of QA expert tends to live within the development team and acts as an integral part of the sprints as such being the gate keeper to the definition of done around quality. The actual QA « team » can be loosely tied together for cross-training and knowledge transfer BUT on the day to day of things interaction is much closer within the agile scrum team.
4. Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto!
Yes, thank you indeed, many organisations have seen significant coin saved and tedious repetitive tasks relegated to intelligent RPA processes and with AI (more on that later) coming of age and being used in this field the possibilities are well, almost endless and grow by leaps and bounds. If you are skilled at test automation you already basically automate tassels and processes so guess what, you are a prime user who can benefit from RPA. If you are an automated tester looking for a change RPA could be it! If you are a company not yet using RPA, what are you waiting for?Exciting times indeed with lots of things changing. We at SQALogic, along with our strategic partners, are excited about what 2023 hold in store for us and have many exciting events planned to help you see clearly in your efforts. Let us know what you think and reach out should you want to discuss further!