It’s not every year that “software testing” hits the headlines across publications such as Forbes, Fortune, and Reuters.

But these are no ordinary times for software testing.  Agile and DevOps, which are designed to disrupt development, have also thrown software testing into turmoil—causing a shake-up in the software testing tools industry.  This is evident by the string of software testing tool company acquisitions, spin-merges, and funding rounds that ended up dominating software testing news throughout 2017.

From Selenium to “spin-merges,” here’s a look back at the top software testing headlines from the past year:

January

Microsoft Open Sources Visual Studio Test

Microsoft open sourced the Visual Studio Test Platform (VS Test), which is used to run tests in many languages, collect diagnostic data, and report the results.

Tricentis Receives $165M Investment

Tricentis, known for helping enterprises achieve 90% test automation rates through their Continuous Testing platform, raised $165 million in Series B financing from Insight Venture Partners.

Sauce Labs Releases Third Annual ‘State of Testing’ Survey Results

The survey, conducted by Dimensional Research, reveals more desire to speed up build deployment times as well as a clear stagnation in the speed in fixing identified bugs.

 

February

Microsoft Offers Live Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2017

Visual Studio’s Live Unit Testing  runs unit tests as users type code.

 

March

Akamai Acquires SOASTA

Akamai acquired SOASTA, a provider of cloud-based load testing services for Digital Performance Management, to give Akamai customers greater visibility into the business impact of their website and application optimization strategies.

Sauce Labs Releases New Appium Desktop

Appium Desktop is a graphical frontend for running an Appium server and starting sessions to inspect applications under test.

 

April

WebDriver is Now a W3C Candidate Recommendation

Browser vendors can now create their own WebDriver implementations that follow the W3C specification.

 

May

SmartBear is acquired by Francisco Partners

Francisco Partners has acquired a majority stake in SmartBear, which was backed by Insight Venture Partners since 2007.

Tricentis and Panaya Introduce Autonomous SAP Testing

Autonomous SAP Testing generates SAP business process tests automatically, diving deep into applications and using Machine Learning to observe and understand patterns in end-user transactions.

QA Symphony Raises $40M

QASymphony raised $40 million in a series C round of funding led by Insight Venture Partners.

 

June

Tricentis Introduces BI and Data Warehouse Testing

Tricentis introduces a full lifecycle approach to Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse testing to help organizations understand if data integrity is compromised when data is created, integrated, moved, or transformed.

 

July

Changing Times at SD Times

The July issue of SD Times marked the close of the BZ Media chapter of this venerable publication’s history and opened the chapter on D2 Emerge LLC, a new-age publishing and marketing company founded by two long-time members of the SD Times team: the publisher, David Lyman, and the editor-in-chief, David Rubinstein.

Tricentis Releases Exploratory Add-On for Atlassian Jira

The native add-on aims to simplify planning, documentation and reporting of exploratory testing within the JIRA environment, with full traceability between exploratory test results and associated JIRA issues.

Freeform Dynamics and CA Technologies Publish Continuous Testing Study Findings

The study’s results reveal that while 75 percent of organizations highlight continuous testing as critical or important, only a minority of survey respondents have made exceptional progress acquiring the necessary knowledge and key enablers to drive digital transformation.

Parasoft Releases Unit Testing Assistant for Java

Jtest Unit Testing Assistant for Java is designed to help developers with the creation, assessment, and enhancement of unit tests.

Tricentis and Flood IO Load Testing Join Forces

Tricentis acquired Flood IO load testing, which provides developers, QA testers, and performance testers a simple, DevOps-friendly way to check how their applications perform and scale with massive, globally-distributed loads.

 

August

HPE and Micro Focus Complete $8.8B Spin-Merger

Seattle SpinCo, Inc., which holds the software business of HPE that was spun off, merged with a wholly owned subsidiary of Micro Focus. HP UFT, LoadRunner, StormRunner, and other software testing tools join the Micro Focus portfolio alongside legacy Micro Focus software testing tools such as Silk Test and Silk Performer.

 

September

CA Technologies Introduces CodeSV

CodeSV is a free, lightweight, Java library for developers that provides a simple fluent API enabling them to easily define and setup virtual services directly in their unit testing code.

World Quality Report is Published by Capgemini, Micro Focus, and Sogeti

This report found that initiatives like automation and test data management continue to see flat adoption rates in 2017 and warns that changes need to be made more swiftly if quality is to keep up with the pace of software engineering.

 

October

Ranorex is Acquired by Idera

Ranorex became part of Idera, Inc.’s Test Management Tools business that also includes TestRail by Gurock, effectively doubling the size of its Test Management Tools portfolio.

JUnit 5 is Released

JUnit 5 aims to make future enhancements and evolution of JUnit easier by redesigning the testing framework and dividing it into two main APIs.

 

November

Micro Focus Releases StormRunner Functional

StormRunner Functional allows application testing on almost any browser, operating system, or device.

New Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation Published

Gartner analysts Joachim Herschmann and Thomas E. Murphy evaluated the top 9 software testing tools that are used to accelerate and scale functional automated testing as well as enable the continuous testing required by DevOps.

 

December

Perfecto Mobile Reportedly In Negotiations with Possible Buyers

The board of directors of mobile quality assurance company Perfecto Mobile has reportedly hired an underwriter to negotiate the company’s sale with several potential buyers.

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