How Continuous Testing Boosts Business Performance

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-11-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    With intense demand for in-house custom app development, IT teams are committing to automated continuous testing to ensure timely delivery of quality apps.
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    78% of the IT executives, managers and professionals surveyed said their IT department manages at least 100 custom apps, while 20% said it manages more than 1,000.
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    60% said they use in-house teams "a lot" to work on custom development.
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    63% of the IT respondents said that, in order to optimize software delivery, they combine agile development and continuous delivery, with a strong focus on lifecycle integration.
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    66% said automated testing plays an extremely important role in the delivery of fast-moving digital solutions, and 44% said the same about the delivery of general business solutions.
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    75% said continuous testing plays an important role in efforts to meet evolving business needs and expectations, and 26% of those respondents said it plays a critical role.
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    72% of the IT executives, managers and professionals surveyed said continuous testing requires a major shift in mindset and culture.
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    In conducting continuous testing, 84% said good tooling and automation are highly desirable or critical to effectively capture and model business requirements. 82% said the same about the need to generate test cases from business requirements.
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    In conducting continuous testing, 80% said good tooling and automation are either highly desirable or critical to adapt test cases quickly as requirements change.
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    63% of the IT executives, managers and professionals surveyed said that traditional testing tools are often too complex and/or expensive to use.
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    86% said their senior business management understands the importance of software quality.
 

With the majority of IT departments managing hundreds or thousands of custom apps and developing many of them in-house, a growing number of organizations are investing in automated continuous testing, according to a recent survey from CA Technologies. The resulting report, "Continuous Testing as a Digital Business Enabler: Lessons from Leading Practitioners," reveals that the majority of CIOs and their tech teams are optimizing software delivery via a combination of agile development, continuous delivery and lifecycle integration. They're finding that continuous testing is playing an important, if not critical, role in attempting to meet evolving business needs and expectations. Fortunately, the report also indicates that senior business leaders are supportive, as they recognize the importance of software quality. "As organizations build their modern software factories, it is important not to sacrifice quality in the quest for ever greater speed and efficiency in business growth and success," said Jeff Scheaffer, general manager of continuous delivery for CA Technologies. "Software quality and testing is becoming everyone's responsibility. It is incumbent that business and IT management ensure everyone is appropriately enabled—business analysts, developers, release managers and operations professionals all play a role in the quality chain." More than 920 global senior IT executives, managers and professionals took part in the research, which was conducted by Freeform Dynamics.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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