Businesses Face "App Gap" Between User Expectations and Testing Realities
October 16, 2017

Antony Edwards
Testplant

A survey of more than 750 development team leaders in the US and UK, revealed that 68 percent plan to build more apps during the next 12 months. At the same time as reporting increased volumes of development, 91 percent of developers surveyed agree that user expectations for innovation and quality have increased, but app deliveries continue to fail.

The study entitled Application Crisis Research, conducted for Testplant, uncovered the pressures that businesses are under to continually deliver more complex apps and services, further exacerbating the pressures on DevOps teams, as organizations rush towards digital transformation.

The App Complexity Crisis

The research confirms that organizations are not only planning to build more apps in the next year, but the complexity is also increasing.

Over the next 12-18 months, 50 percent say they will develop more apps with IoT components. More than half (58 percent) say their company will develop more apps with AI components. And 62 percent say their company will increase the amount of apps deploying machine learning/deep learning components.

The App Gap

Almost half (42 percent) stated that they are expected to design, develop and test apps in an unrealistic amount of time with over a third (36 percent) admitting they are not given enough time to ensure apps are properly tested before deployment.

81 percent believe that with more time, apps deployed by their team would have a greater impact on the business.

56 percent of respondents agree that use of outdated techniques and tools is holding them back from meeting the demands of the digital world. Interestingly, 75 percent said that with better tools, apps deployed by their team would have a greater impact on the business.

Pressure Cooker

The majority of pressure comes from within the company, according to 60 percent of respondents, whereas nearly half (49 percent) say pressure comes from competitors.

66 percent feel pressure from their company to innovate quickly, and a staggering 40 percent admitted to releasing apps without testing.

On closer examination, automation beyond execution was ranked as the most critical challenge for application and software testing by 67 percent, despite 70 percent claiming they are now more focused on automated testing than they were in the past.

The digital age is upon us and technology is advancing at breakneck speeds, as evidenced by the sudden onslaught of AI, IoT, and machine learning capabilities. It is clear from the research that companies are struggling to keep up with the pace of digitalization and there will be a quality toll unless businesses see the imperative to completely re-think their traditional development processes and move towards more automated, intelligent solutions and tools. Given the top down pressure for continuous delivery and DevOps, the old manual approach to testing just doesn't work.

The next 12-18 months will be a critical period for development teams to rethink their approach to digital transformation and how to seize the opportunity. It is fair to say that if organizations continue to use outdated approaches, they will lose out on the app opportunity and they will continue to release apps and software that are not consumed.

Antony Edwards is CTO of Testplant

The Latest

July 16, 2018

The key to mainframe DevOps success is in quickly identifying and removing major bottlenecks in the application delivery lifecycle. Major challenges include collaboration between mainframe and distributed teams, lack of visibility into the impact of software changes, and limited resource flexibility with scaling out necessary testing initiatives. Now let's take a closer look at some of these key challenges and how IT departments can address them ...

July 11, 2018

How much are organizations investing in the shift to cloud native, how much is it getting them? ...

July 10, 2018

In the shift to cloud native, many organizations have adopted a configuration-as-code approach. This helps drive up application deployment velocity by letting developers and DevOps teams reconfigure their deployments as their needs arise. Other organizations, particularly the more regulated ones, still have security people owning these tools, but that creates increased pressure on the security organization to keep up. How much are organizations investing in this process, and how much is it getting them? ...

June 28, 2018

More than a third of companies that use serverless functions are not employing any application security best practices and are not using any tools or standard security methodologies to secure them, according to the State of Serverless Security survey, conducted by PureSec ...

June 27, 2018

The popularity of social media platforms and applications is spurring enterprises to adopt "social business" models to better engage with employees and customers and improve collaboration, according to a new study published by ISG ...

June 25, 2018

The previous chapter in this WhiteHat Security series discussed Codebase as the first step of the Twelve-Factor App and defined a security best practice approach for ensuring a secure source control system. Considering the importance of applying security in a modern DevOps world, this next chapter examines the security component of step two of the Twelve-Factor methodology. Here follows some actionable advice from the WhiteHat Security Addendum Checklist, which developers and ops engineers can follow during the SaaS build and operations stages ...

June 21, 2018

DevSecOps is quickly gaining support and traction, within and beyond information security teams. In fact, 70% of respondents believe their culture can embrace the change needed to fuse Security and DevOps, according to a new survey of 80 security professionals by Aqua Security ...

June 20, 2018

The larger the company size, the higher the proportion of low IT performers, according to the State of DevOps: Market Segmentation Report from Puppet, based on the 2017 State of DevOps Survey data ...

June 18, 2018

An overwhelming 83 percent of respondents have concerns about deploying traditional firewalls in the cloud, according to Firewalls and the Cloud, a survey conducted by Barracuda Networks...

June 14, 2018

Despite the vast majority of cloud management decision-makers believing that DevOps and microservice enablement are important, very few believe that their organizations are capable of delivering them today — a gap that is costing the average enterprise $34 million per year, according to new report from the Ponemon Institute ...

Share this