Fresh news stories about high-profile hackings or customer data breaches happen every week. And while no organization wants to be the subject of the next reputation-ruining headline, many business leaders still skip over cyber security best practices when interviewing, hiring and onboarding a new outsourced QA partner. How much will it cost? How fast can you make it happen? These QA questions take center stage over many concerns about security.
Within the development cycle, every team plays a key role. The software development team focuses on delivering code and the QA team focuses on product quality. With each team prioritizing a specific focus, going to market can only be a success - right?
Not quite. Even with an issue-free product launch, the comradery levels across teams can be indifferent at best. In fact, many organizations would describe the relationship between developers and testers as a rivalry.
QA test execution can only be as strong as the strategy you have in place. One of the best QA practices we’ve noticed across many software companies actually happens before any testing begins. By implementing a strong plan with thorough processes, every member on your QA team knows what to deliver, when to deliver it by and why it's important.
But how do you know if your strategy is sound?
Software testing best practices are considered industry constants wherever the constraints of time, quality and resources apply. They hold up regardless of the actual values assigned to each of those boundaries.
Wasted time will delay release cycles regardless of the SDLC timeline.
Compromised quality affects users regardless of your company’s reputation.
Wasted resources mean reduced efficiency regardless of budget.
Software testing consulting services are often the missing bridge between development and delivery. When you engage with QA professionals, you can expect them to round out your internal team and to raise your confidence in what you have built-that it will, ultimately, provide a valued user experience.
A quality QA services provider will work in partnership with you to provide comprehensive test coverage while introducing efficiencies to help you deliver faster, for less.
The IT industry is always in flux—reshaping and reinventing itself as technology becomes faster, more powerful, and more intuitive. Because progress doesn’t slow for anyone, product companies and their engineering teams need to be quick to respond; to match the tempo of the IT world. As money movement and global commerce becomes increasingly digital, finance product companies have become adept at keeping pace with the IT landscape.
Every product deserves high-quality testing. It’s the best way to ensure that your developers stay motivated, stakeholders stay happy, and customers stay loyal to your application-whatever it may be. But when it comes to certain software areas, your testers need to be even more vigilant than usual. Think legal, healthcare, and finance software, where highly sensitive user data is stored and transferred. Because the consequences of a bug or security vulnerability are so serious, QA teams need to be on their A-game. And if they’re not, things could go very wrong.
What’s at the intersection of development, QA, and IT operations? DevOps! When we say DevOps, we’re describing the Agile relationship between your dev organization (including QA) and your IT team. DevOps is transforming the software development lifecycle, enabling teams to work faster and in closer collaboration. This relationship was borne out of a need for increased development and testing speed and high-quality products that delight customers and contribute to the rapid growth of the businesses that build them.
Is QA testing necessary for security software? Software QA is absolutely necessary. We are constantly hearing about data breaches occurring seemingly every day, so products and software that can ensure users' safety are in high demand. This surge in demand for security software increases the pressure security product organizations feel as they release new software. Read on to discover how a security company learned that in order to guarantee the safety of users, cybersecurity companies should invest in a QA partner.
Any time a feature is added or improved, an application’s code is in danger. There’s no escaping it, unfortunately: Any time a developer touches an existing piece of code, s/he introduces the possibility of breakage and new defects. This is especially true, and most common, in the areas where new code meets old.