Testing as a Service is a way to outsource your software testing projects to specialists as and when required rather than allocate a detailed work plan and budget to handle the complexities of on-premise testing. TaaS is essentially a way to delegate responsibility intelligently.
Quality assurance and software testing usually are dreaded topics in a software development system. A 2012 survey conducted by OptimusInfo, of more than 50 executives of various companies situated around British Columbia, Canada showed that a whopping 85% of them needed a helping hand when it came to quality assurance.
We can divide the testing industry into three parts – the complete suite players, who give you the full extent of service, from software development, testing to periodic maintenance, the body shops that focus on testing but still offer the other services and the specialists who offer nothing but testing and quality assurance as a service. The industry has transitioned from the first kind, the third kind being the latest species in the evolution. Why Should You Go for Testing as a Service?
Specialization and Expertise
As opposed to traditional one stop shop services, an exclusive QA company comes with specialized experience and hands-on expertise in terms of dealing with the unique scenarios that one comes across while testing. Testing as a Service incorporates excellence in service, latest technology and a rapid creation, maintenance and execution of test cases in a secure environment by professionals.
With an on demand pricing model, an organization can ask for result based invoices rather than effort based invoices. According to studies done by Carnegie Mellon University on software development life cycles, if software defects are discovered beyond the development phase, the repair costs increase exponentially – going from 5 the normal costs in functional testing stage to 50-200 times in the production stage. TaaS greatly helps reduce and pre-empt these costs through quick defect discovery in the development phase and minimization of double testing and rework.
Flexibility can mean strategic flexibility that one achieves through major task allocation and result based performance evaluation. It can also mean the financial flexibility through test outsourcing and automation choices. The third aspect to this is timeline flexibility through pre-emptive discovery and better time management. Essentially, Testing as a Service makes a software development project management job drastically easier in a lot of paradigms.
Documentation and Licensing
Your test analysis, documentation and licensing become much easier, cleaner and more accessible to you. With the testing service worrying about the quality certification and licensing of your software, you can be sure about the administrative and legal aspects of quality assurance that come after a successful test. You also have access to detailed and comprehensive information, debugging details and performance and functionality analyses at your fingertips for future reference, so that you are sure you don’t commit the same mistake twice.
Move Towards Automation
One can move towards automation through on demand testing quite easily. The choice of which tests to automate becomes crucial while taking this decision. Automation is usually preferred for robust, tedious, repetitive and error prone processes such as data loading and system configuration. An independent quality assurance company is in a unique position to design and automate tests tailor-made for a particular software, while opting for manual testing for the more complex and unique tests.
Get in touch with OptimusQA for help regarding your software testing requirements. You can have a chat about the pros and cons of having an on demand software vendor and put your ideas across to us. With years of industry experience and expertise in the field of quality assurance, we are happy to help you with every part of your decision making process.