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QA Services for Product Development Companies

Inadequate QA testing can have a huge negative impact on product quality, user experience, and the overall success of the product. Smart software development companies have identified numerous benefits of building quality into the product in parallel with the development instead of testing quality at the very end of product development. Nothing kills a brand as badly as the lack of quality.
There are many benefits to working with a specialized QA team and many great products depend on such teams. This document outlines the advantages they offer.

Security Risks and Testing

As technology becomes an increasingly integral part of personal lives and business, web applications are being used for more and more social interactions and business transactions. However, while there are users adopting and embracing these changes, there are other criminal minds at work, looking for ways to hack web applications for their own gains.
For an enterprise that falls victim to cyber-attacks, the price is huge and potentially crippling. There is financial loss, loss of credibility and customer trust, and brand damage, and in order to prevent these, security testing is essential.

Performance Testing

As the adoption of e-Commerce grows rapidly, there are new online shopping platforms and portals being launched regularly, and a tremendous competition for customers.
Not every e-Commerce platform thrives or even survives. To survive and emerge as a market leader, the product or platform needs to match customer expectation in performance.
In general, for all web applications and software products, products that perform consistently and match customer expectations gain market share, while the ones that fail to do so die a quiet death. ‘Survival of the fittest’ sure works in this era of global competition.

How QA augmentation can help

QA testing has become an indispensable part of the software development
and plays a key role in defining the success of the end product. Though most of the product development companies are familiar with QA testing and are aware of the problems that might arise due to lack of it, there seems to be a lot of confusion around choosing the correct mode of doing QA testing – scaling up the in-house team versus opting for augmentation services.
For past many years, Smartsourcing Global has partnered with some of the best product development companies helping them overcome the challenges related to QA testing that they were facing.

Regression Testing: Manual or Automated

Regression Testing is conducted to check whether new modifications in the code have introduced any errors in the overall functioning of the application. It verifies that software which was previously developed and tested still performs the same way after it was changed or interfaced with other software.
Regression Testing is conducted to check whether new modifications in the code have introduced any errors in the overall functioning of the application. It verifies that software which was previously developed and tested still performs the same way after it was changed or interfaced with other software.

Automation Testing

Automated software testing is the process of testing software applications by executing pre-scripted tests using testing tools.
Automated testing tools can execute tests, report outcomes and compare results with earlier test runs. Tests carried out with these tools can be run repeatedly, at any time of day. The method or process being used to implement automation is called a test automation framework.

The Native vs Hybrid Face-Off: Which Wins on Each Count

A primary and important decision that needs to be taken before building a mobile app is whether it should be built as a native or hybrid app.
A native app is one that’s developed specifically for a particular operating system such as Objective-C or Swift for iOS or Java for Android.
A hybrid app on the other hand, is a website packaged into a native wrapper.

Functional Testing

Functional Testing ensures that any Product released to the customer should perform as expected.
Functional testing is carried out to verify whether each function of the software application functions as per the specification. Lack or improper functional testing might lead to faulty product reaching the users which has a negative effect on the overall reputation, user experience and other commercial impacts.
Functional testing is very crucial step in the overall testing process as it involves testing each and every functionality of the application.

Building a Mobile App: Here’s Your Blueprint to Success

Mobile Apps are a powerful new way of doing business, getting more users and enhancing the consumer experience. A number of businesses, across all sectors, have either developed mobile applications, or are in the process of doing so. Yet the business outcome of App development is not always up to expectations, and there are challenges related to adoption of the App by users, or retention of users.
Drawing on our experience with mobility application development, we believe that an App that’s developed through the 5 stages which will work well for your users and help you achieve your business goals.

Experiencing retail shopping with Mobile Technology

Mobiles are an important sales channel, and business conducted through them is termed m-Commerce. In addition, mobiles have a great impact on in-store retail, too. So it becomes imperative for retail shopping businesses to leverage mobile technologies and have a sound mobile strategy for the entire user journey.
The worldpay report ‘The Store of the Future and the Role of Omni-Channel Payments in Driving Business Growth’ says that 80% of smartphone shoppers use their mobile in-store to help with shopping. More than 50% of purchases are now influenced by digital information.

QA Practices that Deliver the Highest Business Value

A QA team today faces many new challenges related to faster project deliveries, higher user expectations, rapidly changing technologies and support around-the-clock.
The role of the QA team is no longer to simply ensure that the product is delivered defect-free. Of course, that is a given, but today, QA must also support the organization’s strategic business goals and deliver business value through software testing practices. We call this Business Value QA.

Marketing a Mobile App

The mobile App ecosystem is now one of the largest industries in the world. In 2017, there were over 2 million iOS Apps on the App store, and over 3 million Android Apps on Google Play. This makes it a very competitive marketplace. So if you have put in a lot of effort to build a great App, going through the steps then you now need to plan your mobile app marketing strategy to gain adoption.
While there are many aspects to marketing your App, one of the concepts that would be useful for you to focus on is App store ranking.

Outsourced Product Development

The strategic objective behind any kind of outsourcing is to focus management bandwidth on high-impact areas, such as design, branding and innovation, while well-defined processes are outsourced. This has been adopted in the manufacturing sector for many years now, and is now becoming increasingly popular for software products, as well.
A company or entrepreneur decides to build a product based on a market opportunity identified. Very often, outsourcing the product development offers the best and fastest route to take the product to market and gain from the opportunity before competition does. Product development lifecycles are becoming shorter as the race to market becomes increasingly competitive. Product development is becoming complex and challenging due to the need for security and scale-ability of products.

Meeting the Demand for On-Demand Mobile Apps

The App economy, which started in a small way in 2008, when Apple launched their App store, has now evolved into a thriving business landscape. Many businesses found that Apps can help them to make a sale, deliver goods or services, receive payments and manage the ongoing customer relationship.
Smart businesses designed Apps that would best fit into the lifestyles and needs of the target market. So if I, as a consumer, am hungry, I should be able to find a meal through an App. If I need to commute, I should be able to find a cab. If I need to travel, I should be able to book a ticket.
As each of my demands are being met by these different Apps, as a class they are now being called ‘on-demand Apps’. The widespread adoption of some of the pioneering on-demand Apps, such as Uber, made a huge impact on the business landscape and created a demand for more.

Enabling the Enterprise with Mobility

Mobile devices, which can communicate through voice or data networks, have become an essential tool for conducting work today. Organizations can leverage these mobile devices in a number of ways to efficiently conduct business processes.
Mobility has made it possible for work to be done in ways that were not possible before. A field sales person can access customer data while she is out conducting meetings, and also update the enterprise systems about her discussions, orders taken, payments recovered.
Enterprise Mobility covers all the technologies, devices, processes and data that make up the system based on mobile and designed to streamline business workflows.

Agile Development Practices

Agile development is a comprehensive approach to each phase of the software development lifecycle – planning, execution and delivery. It is a set of methods based on clear guidance and principles. The emphasis is on incremental delivery, team collaboration, continual planning, and continual learning.
Plan-driven development, called Waterfall Software Development Lifecycle, would work well when the scope was defined completely at the start. Contracts used to make it difficult for customers to make scope changes. Agile software development, on the other hand, works well when the scope is not completely known or frozen at the start.
Agile is now becoming the preferred way to manage projects, as it is better suited for the rapidly changing business environment and fast evolving products.

Blockchain Testing

Among the rapidly evolving technology areas, one that’s been both disruptive and hugely impactful is blockchain. The first application of blockchain technology was for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, but today, its adoption across different sectors is growing by the day. It’s impact on the future can be judged by the The World Economic Forum survey, which predicted that by 2027, 10% of the global GDP may be stored using blockchain. Blockchain technology adoption will grow even more rapidly in the days to come.
A blockchain is a list of records, or blocks, that grows continuously. These are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block typically contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data. The blockchain is designed to prevent modification of the data.

User Acceptance Testing (UAT) in Agile Practices

User acceptance testing (UAT) is the final phase of the software testing process and has always been considered a very critical phase. During UAT, actual software users test the software to make sure it can handle required tasks in real-world scenarios, as specified.
UAT is an important procedure in a software project and must be completed before the software is rolled out to the market. It is also known as beta testing, application testing or end user testing.
How is this approach to UAT affected once the organization follows Agile practices? There is a way to achieve desired results by implementing UAT within the Agile framework. UAT now needs to be done in a Scrum environment, where an increment of working software is delivered every month or more often.

The Future of IoT Testing

The usage of products, solutions and systems based on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies is growing rapidly, and providing breakthrough value across domains such as smart city management, manufacturing, agriculture, retail and transportation. When it comes to software testing, this IoT era brings in a whole new set of challenges and needs a fresh approach so as to ensure quality-assured systems.
IoT systems comprise of communication, applications, and data analysis for monitoring and managing a variety of ‘things’. So IoT testing protocols must also cover all these various aspects.