Tuesday Perspectives

Move Over Traditional Testing Environments, Testing-as-a-Service Can Yield a 10-20% Cost Reduction

Published: November 8, 2016

New model increases accuracy, saves costs and decreases time to market

Since the inception of software testing in the 1950s, the science has made great progress. It had to because of the ever changing nature of software development, and more recently because of the fast pace of innovation and the need for continuous updating of platforms.

The result is that development and testing is now increasingly done simultaneously and is often ongoing because of market demand for continuous updates to maintain a competitive edge.

That has led to next-generation testing services that save time and money.

With the 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.

A relatively new model to ease testing challenges is Testing–as-a-Service, or TaaS, which is associated with independent software testing services.  While it is similar in some ways to managed testing services, it is not the same.

What is TaaS?

TaaS is a pay-for-usage service that integrates resources and tools into one comprehensive operational-based model designed to improve services and reduce costs, as well as software quality assurance services.

TaaS 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.

Software testing services within TaaS include functional testing, automation testing, performance testing, mobile application and compatibility testing in a shared-based model.

Who Benefits from Using TaaS?

Everyone benefits with this model. However, those who benefit the most from this testing bundling approach are software companies that develop platforms for business or consumer use. It is applicable to many such organizations, but is especially important to categories such as healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, consumer product goods and retail.

These areas are especially reliant on continuous software delivery methodology. Healthcare is a primary example where numerous applications go-to-market in a shifting regulatory landscape to compete to lower costs and improve outcomes for patients.

Successful Ecommerce applications depend on accurate, fast and reliable platforms to compete and grow in fields where one mistake in the code can result in lost business or opportunities in the millions of dollars.

The pressure on developers to get it right is tremendous, because their reputation – and even the continuation of their companies – is on the line every day.

TaaS is especially relevant to core domain software development companies that don’t have an internal or mature test organization. For example, internal teams that don’t have the skills, tool expertise, process or methodology to test their home-grown applications or enterprise packaged software procured such as SAP, Oracle, Microsoft  or others may consider TaaS.

Why it Makes Sense to Consider TaaS for your Organization

  • TaaS solutions are flexibly priced allowing customers to dynamically use and dynamically payAcquire testing services when needed and calibrate scale, which helps reduce new product time-to-launch
  • Gives advance insight into costs and running time to provide cost predictability from the start
  • Flexible resourcing and pricing based usage reduces testing costs, thus saving money
  • Leverages standardized and highly efficient test methodologies addressing security, reliability and manageability while catering to continuous cost pressures, higher transparency, certainty of outcomes and service level compliance
  • Higher transparency, certainty of outcomes and service level compliance

There are additional considerations, which we will address in more detail in our next post.

In Part 2, we’ll take a deeper dive into practical points for developers who are considering a move to a highly flexible and cost effective TaaS testing environment.

To learn more about Microexcel’s innovative Testing-as-a-Service model, contact us at info@microexcel.com or visit our TaaS web page.

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