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Investment in continuous testing can deliver more bang-for-the-buck than almost any other budget allocation
Oct. 22, 2017 03:30 PM
Five Reasons to Shift Your Focus from Coding to Testing
Digital transformation leaders have poured tons of money and effort into coding in recent years. And with good reason. To succeed at digital, you must be able to write great code. You also have to build a strong Agile culture so your coding efforts tightly align with market signals and business outcomes.
But if your investments in testing haven't kept pace with your investments in coding, you'll lose. Here's why:
Reason #1: Functional testing is one of your worst DevOps bottlenecks.
Continuous Testing helps you ensure that the right functional testing is performed at the right time in as automated a manner as possible. This automated, rules-driven testing increases your QA throughput, relieving a speed-killing DevOps bottleneck.
Reason #2: Test metrics create a high-value, shift-left feedback loop.
These metrics empower you to do everything from pinpointing individual developers' skills shortfalls to correlating QA issues with specific types of digital change. These actionable metrics are essential if you're going to make truly fact-based decisions about digital transformation going forward.
Reason #3: Bad performance is failure.
Fortunately, with continuous testing, you can test code performance prior to release. These tests quickly reveal the otherwise hidden impact of code changes on performance. They also help you determine whether potential performance issues can be resolved with more efficient code, more infrastructure, or both.
Reason #4: Your security is at stake.
Continuous testing plays a vital role in cybersecurity strategy by allowing you to discover and remediate potential vulnerabilities in your apps before they show up in production. Given that even relatively minor code updates can introduce the kinds of software vulnerabilities bad actors exploit to further penetrate your digital business, early effective discovery is a must.
Reason #5: You get more budget back.
Continuous testing is such an allocation. It cuts DevOps labor costs by automating test execution and shifting problems left. It improves productivity by driving down avoidable rework rates. It conserves infrastructure. It helps avoid costly security events.
In fact, depending on the current state of testing at your organization, investment in continuous testing can deliver more bang-for-the-buck than almost any other budget allocation. So, if you haven't yet focused on continuous testing as an enabler of digital transformation, it's probably time to do so. You'll increase your digital capacity, accelerate your digital time-to-market, and better mitigate your digital risk.
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