Monday, 18 November 2013

Global Software Testing Services Market 2009-2013

The Software Testing Services industry has exited from an uneven recession and recovery to post a 1.0% annualized growth rate in the five years to 2013. Demand for software testing services ultimately derives from total demand for software, as testing is an integral part of the development process. As a result, revenue from software testing dipped in 2009 in response to the 4.1% drop in private investment in computers and software. But the recovery of business demand for software in the years since has brought steady growth to the industry, with additional 3.4% growth expected in 2013.

A Software Testing Service refers to the testing process for a developed software by an IT company. A company offering testing services can either be an independent company, a product development company or a system integration services company. It tests software for its quality, completeness, accuracy, and security. In addition, it executes a program or application for identifying errors, and compares the actual output with the expected one, by feeding a set of test values. These services also include test improvement services; such as training courses, transformation test reviews, etc
Software testing refers to observing the execution of software system, to validate whether it behaves as intended or not. Earlier studies had concluded that testing can consume almost half of the total software development costs. However, from recent studies, it has been found that software bugs (part of code that do not work properly if not corrected during development) have impacted the US in in a greater way in the recent years. Testing helps remove such bugs. Thus, cost savings, business process improvements, the need for quality, and meeting both functional & non-functional testing requirements is driving this market globally.

Cloud based applications are becoming the trend of the software market. As a result, the testing market has also become Cloud-based. For instance, companies like IBM, CSS Corp, etc. have started Cloud based testing, which is likely to reduce the cost and timing of testing the application. Further, companies are investing significantly in building competence in various specialized testing services; such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) testing, web-based application testing, Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) testing, Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) testing, Wireless and Mobile technologies testing, etc. As the domain of software application development is increasing significantly, so is the need for testing the specialized applications.

Since the last decade, software testing has undergone huge changes due to changing focus in technology, methodology, and more importantly, business dynamics. Business drivers, like time-to-market, quality, cost, employee and governance, have contributed significantly to the growth of software testing. Further, reduced cycle time, visibility and smart testing have resulted in test reduction techniques in the process, test automation of tools, and optimization of test workforce.

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