-Bi-annual survey of testing and QA professionals at TestExpo 2011 reveals that resources allocated to address the growing risks of distributed users remain inadequate-
London, UK – 11 May 2011 – In a recent survey conducted at TestExpo, 37% of respondents said their budgets and resources were not being allocated correctly to address the significant and increasing risk of end user communities becoming more widely distributed geographically, despite nearly 83% highlighting ‘distributed users’ as a major new risk to application performance management.
The survey was conducted in London at TestExpo’s annual spring event, attended by more than 250 of the UK’s leading software testing and Quality Assurance professionals. It asked attendees to reveal the issues they must tackle on a daily basis while implementing testing methods, areas they felt were challenges and their adoption and attitudes towards methodologies such as Agile.
When asked about the trend for distributed users and application deployment, almost half (47%) of respondents said getting performance testing processes to meet the performance challenges associated with deploying applications to geographically remote and distributed WAN locations was a “constant challenge”, while less than a fifth (19%) said they considered this “easy”. The remaining 34% said it was “nothing to worry about”.Respondents had different attitudes on the areas which present the biggest concerns in terms of performance challenges for the testing and deploying of applications. Almost half (49%) of respondents said their biggest performance challenge was distributed WANs, followed by a third (33%) stating that mobile was the biggest testing performance challenge when deploying applications. A quarter (25%) said that cloud testing was their biggest challenge in terms of performance.
The survey data revealed many other significant findings:
• Attitudes to Agile development: When asked how important Agile development was to their organisation, 14% said it was “not important at all”; while 29 % said it was “no more important than any other methodology”. Of the remaining respondents, 31% said it was important and 27% said it was vital;
• Agile adoption: 65% of respondents said they were adopting or starting to adopt Agile testing methods, 18% said they had fully adopted Agile methodologies. Meanwhile 13% of respondents said they had chosen not to adopt Agile, and the remaining 4% did not know what ‘Agile’ was;
• Identifying and optimizing root causes: More than 45 % of respondents said they were able to quickly pinpoint and identify the root-cause of performance issues with remediation steps to optimize the system, with 20% saying they could pinpoint but not resolve, and the rest admitting this wasn’t possible at their organisations. 29 % said that they could not pinpoint and resolve, but admitted “it would be great if we could”;
• Predicting how applications meet SLAs: Over 26 % of professionals surveyed revealed their testing processes either couldn’t or didn’t attempt to meet end user response times of SLAs prior to production deployment. 60% said their performance testing process could “usually” predict how well applications meet end user response time targets and SLAs prior to production deployment; while 14% claimed this was always the case.
The respondents were cross-sector with 35% in financial services; 28% in telecoms or high tech industries; 12% in media; 8% in retail; 3% in manufacturing; 1 % in pharmaceutical and 12% in other vertical sectors.
Brian Shea, CEO for Sogeti UK said: “This survey reveals the real-life concerns of the UK’s leading testing and QA professionals. TestExpo is the only industry event that provides a true insight into the risks, challenges and issues that the lifeblood of our industry faces on a daily basis. At Sogeti we listen and respond to these genuine concerns as part of a continual process of refining our services. Cost and innovation were the pivotal themes for the spring event, and the many findings of this survey demonstrate to businesses that their innovative technologies and methodologies must be budgeted and supported appropriately as part of the overall processes of maintaining and assuring the quality of the products they deploy.”
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Sogeti is a leading provider of professional technology services, specialising in Application Management, Infrastructure Management, High-Tech Engineering and Testing. Working closely with its clients, Sogeti enables them to leverage technological innovation and achieve maximum results. Sogeti brings together more than 20,000 professionals in 15 countries and is present in over 100 locations in Europe, the US and India. Sogeti is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cap Gemini S.A., listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.
For more information please visit www.sogeti.com.
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