With growth of technical and functional capabilities, testing of software and applications becomes inevitable. However, due to increasing complexities, security issues, scalability and accessibility challenges, software testing function has become a challenging activity for enterprises over the years.
While software testing in its early years was just a fragmented single process performed internally using the existing infrastructure or by outsourcing to a dedicated services provider, over time it has gone through a large evolution cycle. From ad-hoc practices to test consulting and simple execution, it got gradually shifted to Managed testing model comprising standardized test processes and infrastructure within an established Test Center of Excellence (TCoE). Further, software testing manifested in the form of Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS).
What is Testing as a Service
Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS) is the latest evolution in the software testing space which is rapidly gaining traction in the market as a cloud-based delivery model. TaaS is considered as a viable testing model in the agile development and DevOps approaches since it helps achieve business objectives and innovation with the desired speed. TaaS model works as a unit-based testing in a virtual environment providing.
How Testing as a Service Benefit Enterprises
TaaS offers on-demand testing model with highly available, consumable and pay-as-you-go approach. It frees enterprises from creating dedicated test environments, since servers, connectors and their applications are hosted on the cloud. Thus, this simplifies the entire testing process, providing better productivity, flexibility and scalability. There are several other benefits attached to this model.
Below listed a few of the major benefits of implementing TaaS model in software testing
1. Reduced Costs
The major advantage of implementing TaaS model is reduced costs. Since the entire infrastructure is hosted on cloud, it doesn’t require investment of setting up servers, tools or operating systems which reduces the capital and depreciation costs. Moreover, since enterprises pay for the actual service and time taken, it helps control costs resulting in better ROI.
2. Collaboration with Centralization
TaaS model also promotes collaboration since the entire resources and libraries are hosted on a centralized cloud. The centralized environment delivers unified working, eliminating duplication issues and rework.
3. Better Time-to-Market
In contrast to performing on-premise testing, which cause project delays, testing on cloud provide limitless and round-the-clock access to servers, tools and programs from anywhere without waiting. This speeds up the entire testing cycle resulting in better time-to-market of applications.
4. Better Scalability
TaaS environment allows testers to easily and quickly scale the applications under test and expand the capacity thresholds for thousands of users concurrently to suit agile and devOps demands.
5. Better Flexibility
The model also imparts enormous flexibility by providing facilities to ramp-up and tear down the testing environment without hooking up to unused tools and infrastructure. Most importantly, the on-demand and unit-based testing allows enterprises to pay for a particular unit of testing rather than spending on the whole stack that in a way removes the budget lock-in.
TaaS model allows testers to focus on important processes while synchronizing tools, people and processes. Moreover, with standardized infrastructure, there are less errors of inaccurate configurations which ultimately attributes to drive efficiency in the entire test process.
7. Capacity Fulfilment
Since the entire test architecture and the server is hosted on a public cloud, TaaS model reduces space issues which drives better capacity management.
Testing as a Service helps enterprises maximize ROI by lowering the cost of testing. It provides a virtual set up without the upfront investment in automation tools, labs and resources while the Pay-Per-Usage or Unit-based pricing makes it more budget-friendly.
Also, the flexibility and scalability offered by TaaS helps shorten the entire testing cycle of apps reducing the time-to-market. However, it should be noted here that before implementing this model, enterprises need to validate whether they can really adopt this environment with required security or compliance standards. A reliable and experience testing service provider can certainly help take right implementation course after evaluating the feasibility and underlying benefits of TaaS and then customize the TaaS offerings as per the enterprise business needs.
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