What does the future hold?

 

One of the most amazing things about working in the technology and software world is that this industry advances so fast that I have no real idea what software/technology I’ll be testing on and writing about in 10 years time.

 

10 years ago I hadn’t really heard of cloud computing, now I’m testing call centres hosted in the cloud. 10 years ago I was just starting to test on web apps, now it seems everything is available online.

Almost every article I read is about testing web apps, using web testing tools or some form of web based testing service. Combine this with the general mobile phone uptake trends you have a very mobile, very web, very technology heavy future. Add to this the lowering of barriers of entry (cost and availability of technology) and it wont be long before we are facing option paralysis when deciding which configuration to start testing on first.

As more people adopt modern technology, whether willingly or not, it’s clear a wider array of technology and applications will be moving online and mobile providing us with numerous challenges of not only testing the functionality but also the human factors (or ergonomics) side of our apps and the devices they run on.

Self service (by end users) is also becoming a big selling feature and with mobile devices being just as powerful as many desktop devices it’s clear we have a future dominated by mega massive selections of devices to test against, all running on varying degrees of network capability used in a mind melting variety of contexts. Add to that the seemingly natural way in which the future generations have perfected the art of managing multiple devices and we can quickly see how testing may need to evolve to keep up.

 

So my domain knowledge of the product and industry will need to evolve to keep up with technology and trends, this hasn’t changed much. It’s always been the case.

But also my approaches, test tools and ideas about testing will need to grow, shift and evolve too. But also too my test environments will need to evolve to keep up with the relentless progress of technology and communications. In fact, some test environments may just need ripping apart and rebuilding. And for some, this could be the biggest testing challenge they will face.

So how do you see your test lab or your test “approach” evolving over the next 10 years?

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