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5 predictions on where testing will go in 2019

Lubos Parobek
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2018 has certainly been a year. As the days grow shorter, we can’t help but look forward to a brand new 2019 and all the amazing tech trends in store for us. Today, we hear more from Lubos Parobek, Vice President of Product at Sauce Labs, about how testing will be completely transformed in 2019.

No one know what the future might hold, but we’re taking our best stab at it with some pretty educated guesses. The new year is just around the corner and we’ve asked a number of experts what they think is in store for developers in 2019.

Obviously, nothing is set in stone. Today, we talked to Lubos Parobek, Vice President of Product at Sauce Labs, about where the tech world will go in 2019. His thoughts: testing is going to completely transformed in 2019.

Without further ado, let’s see what our expert had to say!

Testing in 2019

1. Testing fully enters the era of digital transformation

That digital transformation continues to fundamentally alter the way business gets done is indisputable. No matter the size or shape of your business, the manner in which you interact with and deliver products and services to your customers has changed – and will continue to do so. In order to keep pace with these rapidly changing consumer expectations, development teams seeking to speed time to market have shifted to agile development processes. Thus far, however, testing has not kept pace. That changes in 2019. Realizing that fast, continuous delivery of a seamless customer experience is a primary differentiator for just about every business, companies will modernize their approach to testing. Slow and expensive legacy practices will be replaced by increased automation and an emphasis on continuous testing delivered throughout all phases of the development process.

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2. Testing shifts left… and leaps forward

As companies’ desire to release their web and mobile applications more frequently continues to increase, and developers evolve to keep pace, the traditional approach in which testing is considered the sole domain of the QA team and is conducted almost entirely at the end of the development process is quickly becoming obsolete. This will drive testing to “shift left” in 2019, with teams implementing automated testing significantly earlier in the development pipeline. Not only will the volume of tests that shift left increase, so too will the variety. To date, even those early adopters who have shifted left have done so primarily with functional tests designed to ascertain whether something does what it’s supposed to, regardless of the broader non-functional user experience. In 2019, non-functional testing will begin to shift left as well, with teams looking to validate performance, security and visual experience earlier in the process.

3. Early pipeline testing moves to the cloud

With testing earlier in the development pipeline becoming the norm rather than the exception, development teams will increasingly leverage the cloud in 2019 to control costs and gain the agility to test quickly and at scale. Historically, one of the primary roadblocks preventing organizations from implementing testing earlier in the development pipeline has been the time and cost associated with creating the appropriate infrastructure. As the pressures of the new digital economy turn early pipeline testing from a nice-to-have to a must-have, organizations will seek fast, reliable, and cost-effective solutions, and will turn to the cloud to find them.

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4. Headless makes headway

With continuous testing now virtually a requirement for teams to deliver quality apps at the speed their users demand, testing will continue to be pushed as far to the left as possible, giving developers feedback as soon as they finish coding a component. This instant feedback improves developer productivity, as it’s much easier to address bugs in code that was just written than in code written hours or days before. Unfortunately, traditional cross-browser testing clouds often can’t meet the volume, frequency, and speed requirements necessary for these early stage testing use cases. Enter headless testing, which combines new technologies such as headless browsers and containers to give developers instant access to fast and reliable test results at a cost-effective price point by. In 2019, we’ll see a marked increase in the popularity of this transformative infrastructure approach.

5. Late adopters will look to fast track automated testing

Organizations that have been slower to implement today’s testing best practices will look for a fast track to modernization in 2019 – and they’ll find it in the form of automated testing. The practice of writing a test script, generally in Selenium or Appium, that interacts with the browser and functional elements on a web page with no human intervention (other than generating the test script in the first place), automated testing is essential for any organization looking to replace legacy, manual testing – and the costs and bottlenecks associated with it – with an approach appropriate for the high-speed world of the new digital economy. Look for it to take hold in big way in 2019.


Lubos Parobek

Lubos Parobek is the Vice President of Product at Sauce Labs. Follow him on Twitter @lubosp.

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