SDLC best practices have come a long way since the last couple of decades. A particularly noticeable change has been in the way quality assurance solutions are perceived. The penetration of internet connectivity, adoption of cloud, ubiquity through mobile devices, proliferation of smart devices and a variety of platforms are a few major factors that have put a lot of focus on ‘testing’ in SDLC. Today, solutions aren’t just tested for functionality but also for their performance, security, usability, availability, scalability, and consistency in experience across platforms.

If you have been involved in a few product releases during the past decade, you would understand the effort that goes into the testing of solutions. When it comes to testing, here are a few prime considerations technical officers have.

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In the new corporate world, ‘change’ is the only constant and organizations are grappling with ways to meet the ever-changing expectations of key stakeholders, especially customers. Market dynamics are leading to a transformation in software testing groups — from typical Quality Assurance (QA) driven to Quality Engineering focused. This shift needs rethinking of the testing role across various phases viz., Requirements, Build, Test and Environment with an objective to improve customer experience and business value. We have been assisting our customers with few of these specialized Quality Assurance services and would love to add value to your processes if that’s a current challenge.

With a more competitive business environment, where access and scalability aren’t a constraint anymore, solutions aren’t the same as they used to be. Now, the focus lies in on testing these solutions against defined specifications and meeting the end user expectations for functionality. At Nalashaa, we engage with our partners in the different stages of the lifecycle to align the testing objectives against the overall business goals. It becomes effortless for you by:

  • Keeping your solutions in-line with the end user expectations
  • Having independent QA to enhance the probability of uncovering defects. Because of their independent position, the team is not influenced by stakeholders of the development team while qualifying an application to promote it to the next stage.
  • Performing Interoperability Testing to check the data transferred between systems in a meaningful manner and further test whether it processed to give the desired output.

Every software development group tests its products, yet delivered software always has defects. Test engineers detect them before the product is released but they always creep in and they often reappear, even with the best manual testing processes. Test Automation is the best way to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and coverage of your software testing. We help you:

  • Assess and leverage popular automation tools such as Selenium, Cucumber, QTP, and a few others to lessen the recurring manual testing costs.
  • Integrate automation testing into your release cycle and apply a data-driven approach to cover a large volume of different types of test data and avoid time crunches.
  • Have uncomplicated automation test cases so that even the non-technical staff can manage them.

With users desiring modern experiences from the applications they use, usability testing becomes an evident choice to reveal user reactions and possible improvement areas before the end user gets the solution in hand. We generally come across pretty but not so ‘usable’ applications which affect customer loyalty, causing a negative impact on on your brand reputation. We can help you circumvent this situation by.

  • Assessing the business/usability goals of your end users, identifying productivity challenges, and fixing things that matter.
  • Applying usability principles to decrease support costs, increase user satisfaction, and save on the development and redesign efforts.
  • Having a scorecard to help you the performance to see if it meets your goals and propose around potential risks

In the present era of fierce competition amongst the organizations to establish their value in the market, user-experience plays a major role. User experience is directly proportional to the software or system performance. We are witnessing a continued adoption of cloud, and solutions are being accessed over multiple platforms. It’s the performance of a software application under different load, condition, circumstances, and environment which drives the experience of a user, either in the positive or the negative direction. We partner with you in starting this journey by.

  • Evaluating the layers of your system and executing load, stress, volume, soak, spike scalability, and web service performance testing.
  • Using multiple tools (such as LoadRunner, WebLoad, HTTPWatch, etc.) to identify inefficiencies and pinpointing the errors that occurred due to negligence.
  • Inculcate performance testing in your development process to avoid any pre-release test.

With an increase in the number of privacy breaches that organizations are facing today, security testing has become an absolutely critical part of the development strategy. Application penetration tests uncover vulnerabilities and ensure that the application risks are minimized. We assist you in tackling such risks by

  • Implementing the necessary domain specific/business logic tests.
  • Evaluating system architecture for deficiencies that might give way to unauthorized access.
  • Using security testing tools to proactively detect application vulnerabilities and safeguarding against attacks that cannot be found by manual assessments.
  • Providing guidance on the possible fixes of the identified vulnerabilities (such as SQL injection and clickjacking among a million others.) and highlighting the root cause in the code.
  • Consolidating the findings and putting together the necessary amendments.

 

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