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Softech 2010: Platform to bridge the gap & meet new challenges

Juby Thomas
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Juby Thomas
India is on its way to become a leader in the software testing market with more companies outsourcing their software testing services to the country which has a large availability of testers. The testing community today, and test managers in particular, are facing a number of new problems such as increasing complexity, ever-increasing demands to reduce time-to-market & the need for testers to take on more varied roles in the organization.

“It is not about how good we do an engineering job. It is all about the value we deliver to the customers, end users and community at a large. Nobody care about the effort that you put, the end result is that matters,” said T Ashok, Founder & CEO, STAG Software at SiliconIndia’s SoftTec 2010.

Software bugs cost the U.S. economy an estimated $59.5 billion annually, which is equivalent to 0.6 percent of its gross domestic product. Users and the developers end up paying for the bugs in the software. This loss can be reversed if the companies invest in timely and high quality software testing. Testing is an integral part of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) today. Software testing is done in each phase of product life cycle i.e from requirement specifications , design, coding, to the user acceptance.

Even though over the last few years the Indian players have proved that they can offer testing services at a fraction of the cost, the challenges that are faced by the testing community are always left unnoticed.

“If you look at the current scenario, chipset and handset vendors, mobile operators, Internet firms, and new online players are all expanding their footprint in the mobile communications value chain to stake their ownership claims on the mobile Internet. Entering the market with break-through innovations in industrial design, functionality, and user experience, are challenging even for established players. By the time you achieve one technology the other one comes in. Customer satisfaction has become a big challenge,” said Prabha Aithal, CTO, CanvasM. The challenges of such highly competitive environment can be mitigated only by making the testing environment more stronger and competitive.

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