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Author: Chris Manuel | 03/28/17

Ready to Crest the Wave of Digital Disruption? Implement Continuous Testing

Thanks to digital technologies, leading businesses today embrace rapid change. As Mindtree’s recent webinar, “Continuous Testing in an Age of Digital Disruption,” explains, companies across all industries are digitally transforming so that they can quickly respond to changing market dynamics and remain competitive. To keep up, organizations today must do more than simply become proficient at designing, developing and deploying software. They must also become adept at testing, which has become increasingly complex given the ubiquity of devices and the demand for swift software iterations.

Customers want software upgrades fast, and Agile and DevOps have helped to shrink the software development lifecycle to meet these demands. Yet, increasing speed to market means nothing if quality is adversely affected. That’s why continuous testing must be a critical component of the continuous integration and delivery pipeline.

This three-part blog series covers the importance of continuous testing in a time when unprecedented software delivery speeds are not only essential – but demanded. This series will examine what it takes to create a successful testing paradigm that protects companies against the pitfalls of digital disruption. And it explains the reasons why having the right testing partner can be critical to achieving success throughout the continuous delivery process.

How Agile and DevOps Drive Continuous Testing

Agile practices in a continuous delivery environment require the collaboration of various teams to automate and streamline all parts of the process. It’s certainly not easy, but when executed successfully companies achieve faster iterations, minimize risks, lower costs and improve time to market. Continuous testing is central to that success. A successful model verifies code on the go (at the pace of development), and instantly provisions test environments and test data.

“Continuous Testing in an Age of Digital Disruption,” covered these topics, as well as the criticality of convergence, the use of service virtualization and API testing, and employment of functional and load performance testing. It is not that testing becomes more essential in Agile and DevOps environments, but that the required testing skills include a higher level of technical knowledge than is typical for other delivery methods.

Diego Lo Giudice, vice president and principal analyst of Forrester Research, greatly expands upon this concept in the webinar. He explains how developers today are increasingly writing more test automation code rather than functional code. And he discusses the recent trend in continuous testing to go beyond the “shift left”-paradigm and enable a greater velocity to the entire software development lifecycle. But while organizations continue to build and release software faster than ever before, quality can’t be compromised. To succeed, they must deliver quality at speed.

Want to see the webinar? Go to “Continuous Testing in an Age of Digital Disruption.”

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