Next Big Things in the IT or QA Field in 2016 and STH Review of the Year 2015

Thank you to you all, STH has had yet another wonderful year. Eventful, educational and exciting – all made possible by our readers, students, content writers, well wishers and the unrelenting efforts of our STH founder, Vijay.

It is once again the time for a round up; to smile with contentment at our achievements, to retrospect on what could have been better and to move forward with renewed motivation & focus.

STH Happy new year 2016

The highlights of 2015 have been:

Our Plan in New Year:

This coming year, we are going to bring you better content and more FREE learning resources. The one that is taking up our immediate attention is to come forward with a FREE live Project training series for different QA areas.

Please vote to let us know your preference:

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We are sure we can make this happen. We will cover many more awesome tutorials with your continuous support and encouragement.

Next Big Things in the IT or QA field

Now, this is the part of the post where we try to align ourselves with what are going to be the “Next Big Things in the IT or QA field”.

The past year has seen various changes to the IT industry. We anticipate that more changes are to come and the following are the few areas that we should look out for:

#1. Hybrid clouds:

What was once a metaphoric passing cloud is now a reality that is here to stay. Its low cost set up, immediate availability, scalability, instant access are a few reasons in favor of cloud based systems. However, the market is moving into a paradigm shift as to leverage the cloud and on-premise assets to achieve the right balance of Agility & flexibility, Risk and Cost. Therefore, from an IT perspective software teams have to become proficient in identifying the right mix of Cloud and On-premise resources during the various stages of the product growth, maturity and maintenance.

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The area of QA that could be immediately impacted by the remote usage of resources is Performance Testing. It is the realm of testing that would need its own set of resources invested in it to make it a reality. Therefore, the leading performance testing tool Load Runner now comes with a HP Performance Center, ALM integration, to make all the resources commonly available across multiple projects and teams over a scalable cloud.

It also helps with Performance Testing being conducted early on in the project by facilitating the integration of performance tests at the code level and making it an a process that is part of the entire application (DevOps) life cycle. It is only a matter of time before the other performance test tools would catch on to this change. So this is the right time for performance testers to dig deeper into this newer approach towards performance testing and become thought leaders. For more information on HP Performance Center, please check this.

#2. Model based testing:

Have you noticed that, now with the ISTQB CTFL Certification there is yet another basic level certification “Model Based Tester”? If that does not show the prominence this concept has gained, I don’t know what else does.

To put it simply, model based testing uses visual models to navigate through the system and design the tests. It uses modeling languages such as UML, Java (other common programming languages) etc. to create these models. Many Test automation tools are also now implementing this innovative method of software Testing and one such tool suite is “Conformiq”. Check out more information about it and explore this innovative testing technique here.

#3. Crowd sourcing:

Gone are the days when software was built exclusively for internal organizational purposes. Do we go to the banks anymore for any transactions; we simply use their website or app on our mobile devices? When was the last time we went to a travel agent when we needed to make a ticket reservation, we again reach out to the site or app?

So, software systems are more and more growing towards being directly used by the end users or customers. Therefore, now the thought process has also shifted to the lines of: “if that is the actual user base, why not let them test it too?” Enter: Crowd sourcing (Simply, beta testing).

Crowd sourcing definitely has the edge as it helps get the most candid, dynamic, actual feedback from real users. This is definitely beneficial in comparison to some hypothetical tests conducted by software experts in a closely controlled environment. This approach is going to grow in the coming years and gain more significance.

To know more and participate in crowd sourcing, please check this simple guide to crowd sourced testing.

#4. DevOps and Agile integration:

Agile and DevOps application life cycle integration are two topics that have been the buzz for a while now, but time has definitely not damped the said-buzz. If anything, these continue to evolve and would do so for the next few years. So we hope you won’t be surprised if this item makes it to the list of ‘items/trends to watch for in the IT industry’ for the next few years.

As always, STH has some content that could give you a jumpstart on these topics if you wish to give them a go this New Year. Follow the below links:

#5. Mobile Testing:

Of course, this had to make the list, isn’t it? It is indeed the hot career option right now. Mobile application usage is only going to grow and none of us would dispute that. So it is only natural that when the field grows so will job opportunities for testing in the said field.

Therefore, if you haven’t done so already, try mobile application testing and to help you along, we have an article exclusively targeted landing a job in a promising mobile application testing career at: Mobile Testing Career Guide

With that, I (Swati S, STH team member) hope I have inspired you to try out a few new things this New Year and enjoy yourselves to the fullest while you explore.

Thanks once again for your continued support.

Let us know your goals for the new year!

Happy New Year, 2016!

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28 comments ↓

#1 Ankit

Happy New Year STH,

Thanks, for giving us all wonderful articles with real life scenarios.

#2 Zain

Happy New Year STH,

Thanks for all the informative articles, looking forward for upcoming materials

#3 Manoj Prabhakar

HAPPY NEW YEAR..THANKS FOR THE GUIDANCE..STH

I have been working in a Small IT company as a QA Tester(since june 2015) on a Web application based on C#,my TL told me to do selenium testing using java.He made me to learn selenium in another portal..But i have been confused whether java used in testing will help my future career or should i learn C#

#4 Bala

Wish you all a wonderful New Year.

Thank you so much STH Team for giving as useful articles, tips and latest updates.

I wish you all success…

#5 Ameet

Put the statistics for top 10 article in this year which received more views and comments…..so that we can come to know which is the most happening thing in testing field.

#6 Praveen Ummenthalla

Happy new year STH
Thank you so much

#7 Farrukh Shahzad Ahmed

Hi STH Great Team !

Thank you very much for sharing valuable articles and consistent tutorial series. The much liked tutorial series was Selenium learning. I followed all the tutorials and started test automation and it was quite successful experience. I am expecting such a nice tutorial series for Jmeter as well.

Team, Happy New Year in advance!

Farrukh Shahzad Ahmed
Islamabad, Pakistan

#8 Runoch

Thanks so much for your enriched wealth of knowledge skills transfer.I am most grateful.

#9 Vishal Vaswani

Wishing Everyone A Very Happy 2016…

Swati, this article shows a very good work on the compilation!

Cheers…

#10 Mohammed Rahman

Hi Vijay,Thanks for sharing nice & cool Documentation.we can add some training on JIRA & Agile Methodology also. “HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 “

#11 Anindita das

happy new year STH

#12 Vetrivel

Thank you STH team for sharing such important information and ” wish you very happy new year “…..

#13 Monika

Wish you all a very Happpy New Year to STH team.
Thanks for your wonderful and easy to understand articles.

#14 Gaurav Khurana

Manoj Prabhakar – you should focus on concepts. Does not matter much if you use c# or Java. My vote is for Java as its open source and more people are using it these days.
I believe you are on right track

Thank you STH, I learned many great things with your article. I think its time you should write some article series on Mobile testing and performance testing taking one of the market tools
like you did for selenium which was extremely helpful.

#15 Ekaterina

Happy New Year, STH! Thank you for the best and precise
QA tutorials ever.

#16 Brinda

STH is an Ultimate Portal for Software Testing I have Ever seen anyother Testingportal guide like your way. I must say Congratulations for our successfull STH Team.

WISH YOU HAPPY NW YEAR :):):)

#17 SRINIVAS

Happy new year STH… This is really very good site for QA engineers. Keep posting more QA topics..

#18 Swati Seela

@All: A very Happy new year to you all ..Thank you for stopping by

#19 Swati Seela

@Manoj Prabhakar: I vote Java too :)

#20 Swati Seela

@Ameet: Great suggestion..However, we have added the most important article of this year in the beginning part of the article :)

#21 Swati Seela

@Farrukh Shahzad Ahmed: Thank you for your helpful suggestions. We will try to do what we can…

#22 Swati Seela

@Mohammed Rahman: Thank you. The JIRA articles are already at: http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/atlassian-jira-tutorial-1/

Also, agile tutorials too:
http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/agile-scrum-methodology-for-development-and-testing/
http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/agile-methodology-adoption-1/

I hope that helps!

#23 Swati Seela

@Gaurav Khurana: Thank you. Performance testing using LR is a series already at: http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/hp-loadrunner-load-testing-tool-training-tutorials/

Mobile testing too has been covered. see some of the links below. You can use search option in right top corner to find all posts:
http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/beginners-guide-to-mobile-application-testing/
http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/how-to-get-mobile-testing-jobs/

#24 monisha

Thank you and Wish you a Happy New year!

#25 Chamal Perera

Hi – I think crowd source testing and mobile testing may have a bigger impact for 2016. Those are the most emerging topics we’ve been looking in recent years.

Would like to see some articles on Test Automation / Performance Testing on Mobile devices.

Wish you a very happy new year :)

#26 Manoj Prabhakar

@Gaurav Khurana: and @Swati Seela : Thankyou for ur Great suggestion.
What are the skills i need to learn to get a job in a MNC??
Are these enough
1.Manual Testing
2.SQL
3.Selenium with Java
At what level i need to master them(Beginner,intermediate and expert)???

#27 Manoj Prabhakar

What is Business Logic?? how to get it right?? everytime there is a team meeting ..Devs always try to score more than me??they never share everything with me??makes me feel demoralized before my Manager and TL??

At times i feel i should be on the other side as a developer so that i could understand everything abt my project …because they never share details like (DB ,tables,what sp is called,what parameter is passed, make design better ,how developers handle an new task/issue(god only knows)!!!

#28 Pankaj

HI STH,

Happy New year.

It would be great if we have something on Big Data testing.

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