Mobile QA Testing Rises, Especially for Security

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 10-23-2013 Email Print this article Print

Less than 31 percent of companies reported validating mobile applications last year, according to Capgemini’s new World Quality Report 2013-2014. This year, the data show a rapid rise in mobile testing applications. Over 55 percent of organizations interviewed are implementing methods and tools to validate functionality, performance and security. The Capgemini report noted, however, that the meaning of quality assurance (QA) activity differs between markets. In China, for example, where mobile adaption is growing very rapidly, practices lag behind as less than half of executives say their organizations are testing mobile devices. In Eastern Europe, mobile adoption is behind the curve compared to most developed markets, but 69 percent of organizations report testing mobile applications. The Capgemini report says the disconnect from region to region between the popularity of mobile and mobile testing practices could be because less-mature QA organizations may report mobile testing, but partially test only a small number of popular devices. You can read the full report here

  • Mobile Testing Lags

    This year, 37% of organizations that test mobile applications acknowledged that they don't have the right testing tools to evaluate mobile applications, compared to 65% last year.
    1-Mobile Testing Lags
  • Specialized Methods Needed

    56% of respondents cite a lack of specialized methods as the biggest barrier to mobile testing. 48% lack mobile testing experts, up from just 29% last year.
    2-Specialized Methods Needed
  • Few In-house Testing Environments

    The percent of respondents who lack an in-house testing environment doubled from 19% in 2012 to 38% in 2013.
    3-Few In-house Testing Environments
  • Time Is of the Essence

    33% of executives say there is not enough time to test mobile apps, in contrast to 18% last year.
    4-Time Is of the Essence
  • Outsourcing Mobile Testing

    If they were to outsource mobile application testing, 60% of respondents say testing across a wide range of platforms and devices is the most important capability.
    5-Outsourcing Mobile Testing
  • The Cost of Outsourcing Mobile Testing

    50% of respondents say cost reduction was key, compared to 25% last year. And benchmarking against the competition followed close behind at 45%.
    6-The Cost of Outsourcing Mobile Testing
  • Efficiency and Performance Rank High

    59% of executives identified efficiency and performance as the primary areas of focus for testing mobile applications.
    7-Efficiency and Performance Rank High
  • Security and Data Integrity Increases as a Priority

    Testing for security and data integrity has risen sharply since 2012. Last year, less than 20% of organizations mentioned security testing as their mobile testing priority.
    8-Security and Data Integrity Increases as a Priority
  • Security Number Two in 2012

    This year, security moved to second place, with 56% of respondents citing its importance. The reason is that as mobile devices become platforms for business transactions, customers expect personal information to be as safe as on other platform.
    9-Security Number Two in 2012
  • Forecast: Security to be Number One by 2015

    Capgemini expects security to be the first quality assurance priority for mobile within two years.
    10-Forecast: Security to be Number One by 2015
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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