Survey of software testers.

A recent survey from Sogeti has identified application testing as the biggest challenge facing software testing and Quality Assurance professionals today. Cloud-based testing and mobile testing were both highlighted as significant 'future' challenges.

The survey, conducted by Sogeti at the TestExpo 2012 software testing event held in London on 21 June, also revealed that 80% of respondents welcomed the concept of 'Shift Left', with 32% saying it would definitely help them and a further 48% agreeing it would help but that they would want to see results with their own project workloads. Only 3% said they did not think that the concept would help or enhance their software testing processes.

'Shift Left' is an innovative strategy that moves software testing quality measures to the start of the application lifecycle, or left along the timeline, dramatically reducing the number of change requests required at the end of each project. This methodology reduces the overall timespan and cost of projects by ensuring that software testing and Quality Assurance practices take place at the earliest and most relevant stage in development as possible.

When asked about their current and future challenges in testing, 67% of respondents said that application testing was a major 'current' challenge, compared to 43% citing mobile testing, 35% Windows 7 migration, 34% for outsourcing, 27% for establishing a Test Centre of Excellence (TCoE), and 22% for cloud-based testing.

On the subject of future testing hurdles, the biggest challenge named was cloud-based testing, which was the answer from 51% of respondents, while 29% of respondents said...

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