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Why Modernize?

Technology is an integral part of business.

Why should you invest in software testing? And if you’ve already invested heavily in your testing program, why should you invest in modernizing your current practices and tools? If these are questions you’ve heard or asked yourself, take a cue from your peers, Gartner, and the World Quality Report.

When you modernize your testing, you make it easier for IT staff and business stakeholders to collaborate in ways that lead to faster software delivery and better business outcomes.

More than 60 percent of software professionals say faster and higher quality deployments drive their DevOps initiatives.1

Eighty-one percent of U.S. CIOs say it’s difficult to identify the relationship between IT performance and business outcomes.2

By 2022, organizations with diverse IT-business collaborations will deliver business outcomes 25 percent faster than their competitors.3

Why Modernize?

Modernization of business technology will require modernization of testing processes.

Gartner provides rationale for the notion that if we want to change our business model, we need to change our testing approach. Every company seems to be pursuing greater speed to market, reduced risk, and lower costs. In the process, they might build new digital solutions, modernize and update their core applications, and shift to a cloud-centric IT strategy. Each of these activities will require adjustments to the testing approach.4 To put it another way, modernization of business technology will require modernization of testing processes.    

Why Modernize?

Well over half of companies want to speed up software releases and are using QA and test automation to get there.

For further background on what’s really important in software quality assurance (QA) and testing, look no further than the World Quality Report for 2020-21. Some points to note:

Between 2018 and 2020, the percentage of respondents saying QA and testing contribute to business growth and outcomes from from 68 to 74 percent.

“Detect software defects before going live” wasn’t the leading response—it came in second at 72 percent. In other words, driving business growth and outcomes is now seen as more important than finding bugs.

Additionally, for the first time, the 2020 survey included three additional possible responses:

  • Quality at Speed: Speed up software releases with good quality (63%)
  • Automate: Make QA and Testing a smarter automated process (62%)
  • Enablement: Support everybody in the team to achieve higher quality (60%)

These last three responses are significant. Well over half of companies want to speed up software releases and are using QA and testing automation to get there.

Last but not least, six out of 10 are making software quality the responsibility of everybody on the team—not just one group. You can imagine the implication: empowering DevOps, producing business-readable tests, and ensuring everyone is capable of running tests to some degree.

Why Modernize?

Ready to modernize?

If you’re interested in modernizing, but don’t know where to start, that’s okay. Understanding why it is important and committing to a change is essential to taking your first steps toward a transformation.

To maintain this momentum, continue on and read the next article in this series, Modernize your testing in 8 steps.

Footnotes:

1 Sources: IDC U.S. DevOps Survey, September 2020, and William Blair Equity Research (Exhibit 9, Primary Drivers for Scaling DevOps)

2 Source: Dynatrace Global CIO Report

3 Source: Gartner

4 Source: Gartner CIO Agenda 2021