Why should you test in the cloud?
April 30, 2013 —
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As the pace of mobile device use among workers and consumers accelerates, enterprises are challenged to develop applications and websites for devices beyond PCs. Unfortunately, as mobile gains in importance for the enterprise, companies sometimes cut corners in a key area in order to get their apps and websites to market quickly: testing.
Consider the cautionary tale of the Romney campaign's supposed "killer" mobile app, Orca, which was intended to deliver data and help with get-out-the-vote efforts in battleground states. The app was never tested and thus suffered crashes throughout Election Day. Compare that to the approach of healthcare company Humana. To ensure its 22 million customers have reliable access to information when they need it while doing so cost effectively, Humana now insists on testing its mobile apps and websites using a proven cloud-based platform.
Some companies may quickly build apps or websites without testing and deploy them through an app store, risking low app ratings and treating first users as testers. This is a sure way to get negative feedback for your app. With readily available mobile testing and spot-checking tools available, there is virtually no excuse today for such high-risk practices. Taking the risk of skimping on testing can be detrimental to a mobile app, and internal IT organizations have less time and resources to manage the complexities of the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) culture. Testing is crucial.
Proper mobile testing requires dedicating the right resources in terms of staff and equipment, and the amount of time needed can be significant as well. Mobile apps multiply the complexity because of device diversity, platform diversity (iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows) and network challenges, among others.
To meet the relatively complex testing demands of a growing mobile market, companies are looking for alternatives to maximize their testing efficiency while keeping budgets in check. Some companies are outsourcing testing overseas to reduce labor costs. Reliance on overseas assets for mobile testing introduces its own set of challenges. Hardware and network access become much more difficult to manage. Rather than sending test cases overseas, enterprises are now reaping the benefits of sending them to the cloud. Cloud testing is now growing in favor as it offers both lowered costs and increased resource productivity.