IoT Testing: Trials and Tribulations in a Connected World
The expanding number of interconnected devices makes product testing more complex than ever. Testing and analytics become challenging due to heterogeneous data sources and the incredibly large volume of information and reports. Here are five challenges and trends we find in our testing that you may want to consider:
- With increased complexity, integration testing – already a costly and tedious process – becomes even more unwieldy and expensive, just as market pressures force ever shorter time-to-market windows. In response, testing is evolving from script-based methodologies to more productivity-based automation. But many QA organizations lack the integrated, comprehensive test strategies and tool suites that are key to migrating away from manual processes.
- This lack of QA testing integration and automation greatly impacts a company’s ability to deliver products that capture customer attention while delivering on time and on budget. QA teams may also lack integrated test delivery platforms that map to model-based testing, continuous delivery integration and service virtualization.
- The traditional, narrowly-defined application integration testing model has also created an outdated perspective of QA as an end-of-development process. For example, QA’s traditional last-in-line position frequently results in inadequate end-to-end testing.
- Development teams and QA cannot continue to operate with a single-project focus that doesn’t take into account larger strategic business requirements and end user experience. If they persist, they risk not knowing whether their application portfolio is truly aligned, and if the criteria being tested are indeed validated by business goals and market needs.
- Because user experience testing has typically been a last-minute, lower-level concern, it suffers from the same lack of attention by the product development team. If the user experience assessment isn’t tied into larger business objectives, it leads to partial implementations or inadequate use case testing. This may be a recipe for disaster in connected world testing.
It’s time for QA organizations to take a fresh look at how they approach application platform testing. The biggest difference between traditional and connected-world testing is the heightened focus on broader business goals and the customer experience. This means testing must change from an inside-out to an outside-in approach.
Meanwhile, please share your thoughts regarding the testing challenges you’re facing.
Mindtree will be at STAREAST this May 3-8, delivering a technical presentation called ‘NexGen testing – Enterprise Test Delivery Platform’ on May 7 that corresponds to this topic. Visit our booth to learn how you can integrate design, CI and TestOps.