Vignettes from the expo alongsite the Software Testing Conference, Bangalore December 6-7 2012, Inset:Pradeep Chennavajhula, CEO & Co-founder, Edista Testing Institute ( Event Photos: IndiaTechOnline)
Testing times ahead for Indian software biz -- and that's good news!
Bangalore, December 9 2012: Mobility and the Cloud are the two stimulii drivingsoftware testing industry as itenters what is beingcalled itsiteration.The 12th Annual Annual Software Testing Conference (STC) 2012, held here for two days last weekhad as itstheme, Testing Enterprise 3.0 - Reimagining the Business, even as it drew 800 plus delegates and some 35 organizations which shared their experience, particularly in the emergingareas oftechnology-based testing – mobile, web-based andservice-oriented.
For India’s young and ever growing community of software programmers, testing has alwayssomething of a mixed blessing --boring tocheckout someone else’s coding – but challenging ( and rewarding) to tweak applications just so theywork to perfection and beat the competition.
If some 10 in 100 programmers in Indiatook to testing a decade ago, the numberhas grown three fold today, explained Pradeep Chennavajhula, CEO & Co-founder, Edista Testing Institute, a sister unit of QAI,the leading global consulting and workforce development firm that organises the STC every year.Enterprise clients have grownalmost four fold meanwhile, but technology is a shifting goalpost andtesting has become increasingly automatedtoday -- so perhapsthere is still scope one in four engineers to stake out a career in testing, Pradeepfelt.
Developmentslike the cloud have allowed enterprises to shift their infrastructure toa more cost effective plane – and testing industry has responded with cloud-based services. This hashad an interesting offshoot – the rise of the independenttesting expert whoincreasinglyleverages a variety ofportable devices.Agencies like Edistahave had to recognize this reality andrespond withtraning and solutionsthat thismore competitive, technology-driven testing ecosystem demands.It has partnered withTestPlant, the developer of a robotic test tool product called eggPlant, which boasts of an innovative non-invasive 'search and compare' functionality that automates screen testing for any screen-based device: PC, smartphone, or tablet.
Theexpo alongside theSTCfeaturedsomehalf a dozentesting solution and service providers like HP, Pearson, Neotys, Parasoft and Datamatics each of whom could point ata loyal client list in India. The France-based Smartesting spoke of having considerable success with itsUSP --model-based testing --amongleading corporates here.
A n October 2012 study by Research and Markets expects the global software testingservices business to grow at a healthy 5.16% CAGR. The top players it cites includes Indian companies like Infosys, TCS, Cognizant, Wipro, HCL, Tech Mahindra and Hexaware as well as major MNC opertors in India like IBM, Accenture, CapGemini and HP.Clearly there are – literally – testing times ahead – which in this industry is good news, not bad.