Application testing has never received the level of attention it should have. But with the advent of mobile computing application development, it quickly becomes apparent who put in the quality control time in and who didn’t.
As a result of the wave of mobile applications being built today that face external customers, IT organizations are under more pressure than ever to make sure those applications are fully vetted. Realistically, however, most IT organizations don’t have the infrastructure in place that is needed to test mobile applications at scale. As a result, the spike in application testing taking place in the cloud using services such as SOASTA is mainly driven by the need make sure mobile applications meet end-user expectations in terms of both performance and quality.
SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos says that because the number of users of a mobile computing application could wind up being infinite, IT organizations don’t have the level of infrastructure in place needed to test mobile computing applications under multiple scenarios. The only way to cost-effectively replicate those potential scenarios is by taking advantage of cloud computing services that are specifically optimized to meet the needs of application testing environments, says Lounibos.
IT organizations are under more pressure than ever to roll out mobile computing applications as fast as possible. Business users not only want to access these applications from any number of devices; they also want end customers to be able to access any number of mobile computing applications.
The challenge with mobile computing applications is that IT organizations generally only get one chance to make a good first impression. As such, traditional application testing methodologies won’t cut it when it comes to mobile computing. Not only do mobile computing applications have to be rolled out quickly, they also have to be continuously updated. In effect, that means the test process needs to be continuous as well. Anything short of that and it’s only a matter of time before that mobile application winds up doing more harm than good to not only the reputation of the IT department, but the entire brand of the company.