The rapid pace of mobile apps demands new approaches to functional testing. To bring high-quality software to market quickly, your organization needs a strategy that moves you beyond the limitations of testing conducted on devices you manage in an internal lab. This paper outlines five strategic steps to get you there today—and move your processes into the era of the app.
It’s the era of the app. So what does that mean for functional testing?
The explosion of mobile devices creates a new set of challenges for your organization in your quest to develop and deliver robust mobile apps. To be successful, your organization needs to employ effective, efficient, and thorough functional testing throughout the application development lifecycle. And that’s a problem. Conventional, manual testing, which is often the norm for desktop and web applications, simply cannot meet the challenges of testing mobile apps.
Mobile apps create new testing challenges
The era of the mobile app creates unprecedented challenges for your functional testing teams.
- Fragmentation—Mobile devices are changing and evolving at a bewildering pace. There are hundreds of new devices introduced every year. With new screen sizes, form factors, and operating system variations, these changes often cause problems for apps.
- Urgency—To keep pace with a dynamic competitive landscape, mobile development must be fast—very fast. Mobile teams need to design, build, test, and release software in very short intervals. Conventional manual testing simply cannot keep pace with the agile world of the mobile app.
- Risk—Poor app quality can damage the reputation of your enterprise and its brands. Because users provide ratings and public reviews of apps, it’s impossible to not face public scrutiny if you deploy a bad app—and the impact of bad reviews and a low-rated app can be catastrophic.
- Complexity—As mobile apps become more complex and depend on new technologies—such as location-based, near-field communication (NFC), real-time events, and pop-ups—testing becomes more complex, both manually and automatically.
- Localization—If your enterprise offshores testing and app build services, your test teams need the ability to run remote tests that validate functionality over local devices and carriers. Otherwise, the experience for local users could be quite different from that of the test cases. These challenges that arose with mobile devices and apps drive a new set of requirements for functional test teams.
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