Software testing in 2021: An end of year review
With 2022 on the horizon, it is time to take a look back at software testing in 2021. Specifically, we’ll identify some key trends that developed or emerged. We will also then look at some trends to watch out for in the new year. Finally, we’ll look more closely at how 2021 played out for eTestware and theICEway.
Software testing trends in 2021
In late 2020, numerous software testing experts predicted certain trends to watch out for in 2021, including:
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) being increasingly adopted
- A heavier focus upon cyber security
- The growth of codeless automated testing
- An increased demand for big data testing
- A higher demand for ‘QAOps’
The software testers at eTestware certainly view these as being important to testing now and in the future. Each one has experienced growth over the past 12 months and this is set to be an on-going trend, as we shall soon see.
Software testing trends to watch in 2022
There are many trends we believe will prove critical in the months ahead. All those points listed above will be ones to watch again, in particular AI for testing. Cyber security continues to travel on an upward trajectory and so too does big data. In addition to these, we think some of the following will come to the fore:
- Mobile Test Automation adoption will grow
- Test environments will change
Mobile app development continues to boom as mobile devices increase in both number and capability. At one point, the use of mobile test automation was low as there were few methods or tools available. This is changing and with it, the trend of deploying automated testing for mobile apps is on the rise.
The continued growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) means there are more software systems operating in different environments. Testing teams therefore face a real challenge to ensure the right level of test coverage. We believe that there will be huge growth in the usage of cloud-based and containerised test environments.
Software testing in 2021 was another exciting field to be a part of. The future looks very bright too, as digital transformation continues apace in all sectors. In our experience, very few organisations employ in-house testing teams and so outsourcing is a must. Or, as we like to call it, ‘right-sourcing‘.
2021 for theICEway ecosystem
What a year it has been for theICEway ecosystem of companies:
- In November, CRIBB Cyber Security turned 5 (2016-2021)
- theICEway’s tzChromar solution for cruise time zone changes enjoyed further roll-outs
- Seatrade Cruise Global 2021 saw the fit2go IT solution for secure data capture, deployed successfully
- theICEway was a regional finalist at the National Apprenticeship Awards
Next year eTestware turns 8 and we would like to hear if you want different content from us in 2022. After all, this blog section is mainly for you! Let us know or get in touch if you require assistance with your own software testing requirements.