July 13, 2016 7:32 pm | Updated 10 months ago.
At present, it’s a common observation that Quality Assurance is a crucial part of the software development life cycle. But when the urge for rigorous testing increases, many companies are still confused about whether to train their in-house engineers or outsource those services. Like many other complications in the software development and testing industry, there is no clear solution to this problem.
Quality Assurance services that can always be outsourced
But there are quality assurance services that can always be outsourced. Why? We’ll discuss in details below, but it comes down to practicality, flexibility and cost effectiveness:
Automated Testing: There is significantly no room for repetitive manual testing in today’s fast-paced software industry. Implementing automation can help expand the scope of your testing, improve the overall quality of your product and make your team more productive all by large margins and with minimal added cost.
Because automated tests are code-based, engineers need to have excellent coding skills and experience with the latest automation tools. Instead of making automation experts out of your existing quality assurance engineers, why not just hire a dedicated team of them as you need them? This spares you the required training time and allows your onsite team to focus on more pressing tasks, such as creating the new features that will grow your customer base.
Usage Testing: When you’ve been a part of the software development lifecycle from the very start, certain unconscious biases can form. This clouded vision may protect against your onsite team from noticing bugs that are going to be experienced by your end user. A dedicated team of outsourced usability specialists approaches your product’s UI with fresh eyes, giving them the perspective they need to find and correct issues relating to user experience.
Security Testing: With complex cyber attacks on the rise and leak after leak of data making the headlines, you’ll want to ensure that your product is going through rigorous security testing. Even if you have the best functional testing team available, your product is still vulnerable unless it is tested by security experts. Additionally, your onsite team may not have the appropriate support (bandwidth, tools, latest methodologies and best practices) to provide adequate security testing.
Expedited Testing: One of the biggest perks of offshore outsourcing is the time difference. With vendors in this area, you benefit from a 24/7 testing cycle, meaning that the code your developers write will be extensively tested overnight. That way, you’ll come back in the morning to fresh reports and a quick check-in call to help iron out any concerns.
Performance Testing: A massive amount of high-end hardware is essential to ensure that your product is functioning perfectly. However, it is not usually feasible to invest in this kind of tech infrastructure every few months — it will sit unused when functional testing is not happening, and it will need to be substituted or upgraded shortly.
It really makes more sense to outsource this testing to a provider with a state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar testing lab, equipped with all of the latest platforms and OS configurations.