It has become obvious that a company is only as efficient as its software. This is the technology age. More is being done faster and more automated than ever before. Anyone who is running a business has seen the benefits of software development. Unfortunately along with this development comes many errors, glitches, and set backs. Developing new software can be a very painful process if the right measures are not followed. Imagine integrating software that is supposed to track and order inventory only to have it implemented and cause crashes on the system. This would take hours to fix and you still need to be running business as normal to keep your customers happy. Whether your IT group is developing its own application or you are integrating a third party application to help you manage a critical business function, it is a good idea to consult with experienced software developing companies. They will limit the potential risks accompanied by installing new application. These consulting companies have extensive experience making test software to help you ensure that your application will function as you expect and that there won’t be other problems.
Software Development companies take the testing responsibility so your valued IT staff can focus on their core competencies. Many times in-house IT groups lack the time, resources and experience to thoroughly test new applications. Allowing an outside source to take on this responsibility of making a software test will save you time and keep the business running as usual. Some of the main advantages of Software Development companies are they have streamlined test practices, proven methodologies, clear and comprehensive test planning, complete test metrics with trend analysis, total knowledge transfer and ongoing skill-building training programs.
A company is only as efficient as its IT group typically. Let them thrive in their area of expertise and allow outside professionals with test making software to take care to the integration and implementation of new complicated applications. This will show that you understand the skill set of your IT group and that you want to help them help the company. It is important that you test making software in a controlled environment.
Software development companies have controlled environments and will discover and troubleshoot many of your new applications problems before you even have to deal with them. Listed below are ways software development companies test new software. Regression Testing is the term used for re-testing after fixes or modifications of the software or its environment. Re-running test cases for a new build of software that includes new features, to ensure that product features still work. Automated Testing Tools can be very effective for this type of testing process.
Other types of test done are; user acceptance testing, installation testing, negative testing, and smoke testing. User acceptance testing involves testing based in specifications or use of the end-user. It determines if the software meets the acceptance criteria and should be widely implemented in an organization. The installation testing makes sure that in the cases of an unexpected event that information on the system will be preserved. These events could be loss of power or insufficient memory. Negative testing attempts to find the situations where the software fails. This is very important as it will help prevent future problems that will arise. Smoke test is part of the initial testing process to determine if a new software version is performing well enough to undergo further testing. For example if the software causes crash, slows down the system or corrupts data it isn’t ready for further testing. With all of these available tools and test in most cases you are better of relying on professional software development companies with their own test making software.