Or why your organization needs to get Agile.
An increasing number of the calls I take are dealing with the challenges of BYOD, the growth in browser diversity and the loss of control over the target environment. The business realizes that there may be an opportunity for lower device costs and happier employees through BYOD (not thinking about the cost to development and test, etc).
So how do you deal with this in test? By getting on top of it as soon as possible. If your application is going to support multiple browsers, multiple devices, multiple user constituencies, you can’t batch all that test work up in a classic waterfall, iterative fashion. Developers and testers need access to resources that will enable them to test continuously on any browser/OS/device. I expect to see a long list of announcements in the mobile testing and cloud space during the next two years as vendors seek to fill-in gaps and respond to the very different nature of continuous delivery required to compete effectively and drive engaged customers and employees. Examples include MobileLabs Inc. release late last year of DeviceConnect making it easy to provision a private device cloud or last week’s announcement by SOASTA and Appcelerator of integration between SOASTA’s mobile testing facilities with Appcelerator’s mobile platform such that apps under development can make use of continuous testing.
If devices and the Cloud are going to truly transform your business, your business must transform its culture and the practices that support it. It won’t be pain free but like a sunny day in Seattle, it can be spectacular.
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