Thursday, September 24, 2020

TESTING COVID TIMES

 

Innovation as Always

Innovation has always come out of the toughest of situations. This continues during our current pandemic as well. When numerous businesses have been forced to shut down with the slowdown of the market, innovators have been working at lightning speed to bring out inventions and processes into the industry to try and keep business afloat as much as possible. From drone delivery of medicines and food to easily pocketable UV sanitizer stickers, we have seen technology innovations that have been helping people and businesses continue as they were before. Additionally, new technology like the Aarogya Setu and social distancing apps for restaurants that help businesses restart after the lockdowns are also gaining prominence.


The IT Impetus to Innovation

Almost all of the innovations we have seen during pandemic has been possible due to Technology. Be it the actual product or service itself being a technology, to using technology to deliver the service or product to the end customers to making the marketplace safer for use of the service, everything has been achieved with technology. IT professionals are the lot of people we saw working the most after healthcare workers, day and night, meeting impossible deadlines to churn out solutions that helped economies move ahead.

IT Organizations have raised up to the current business need by reducing turn-around times, enabling remote deployments and building products and services on the fly to support demand.


Responsibility of the Testing Practice

While IT is playing a crucial role in supporting business domains to reach customers using technology and is fast replacing earlier business models, the underlying tone of the businesses that are prolific during pandemics is also that of low cost. And at times like this it is usually the testing practice that falls under scrutiny of cost reduction programs. To ensure that companies do not lose focus on Quality and continues delivering robust services and product Quality teams have to ensure that they reinvent and adapt where required.

Adoption of automation has to go up significantly because there is less and less time available for the industry to test. Right now, when it is all about how time to market can be made shorter, most organizations will be forced to cut down on elaborate manual testing. It is imperative to adopt automation in order to attain maximum test coverage and cycles of test execution.    

At Prakat, we have always had a tradition of creating strong testing assets by continuously innovating with inhouse accelerators and processes that can help kickstart testing earlier in the lifecycle. We help our customers build strong automation frameworks that can be replicated across their assets and be used to reduce the ideation-to-market times for new products and services. This has helped us cope well with the changing trends in the industry, support critical deployments of clients and respond quickly to changing needs of our client base.

Organizations need to adopt wider automation testing to be able to support continuous innovation and to be able to capitalize on the current requirements of the industry. This also helps build a stronger delivery practice, avid bottlenecks for releases and re-prioritize work based on the situation to attain more productivity.

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