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:
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, 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.
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.
Visual Studio’s Live Unit Testing runs unit tests as users type code.
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.
Appium Desktop is a graphical frontend for running an Appium server and starting sessions to inspect applications under test.
Browser vendors can now create their own WebDriver implementations that follow the W3C specification.
Francisco Partners has acquired a majority stake in SmartBear, which was backed by Insight Venture Partners since 2007.
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.
QASymphony raised $40 million in a series C round of funding led by Insight Venture Partners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jtest Unit Testing Assistant for Java is designed to help developers with the creation, assessment, and enhancement of unit tests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 aims to make future enhancements and evolution of JUnit easier by redesigning the testing framework and dividing it into two main APIs.
StormRunner Functional allows application testing on almost any browser, operating system, or device.
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.
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.