Software testing can be a life-saver too?
The software application has become an integral part of our lives. So much so that it is now being used to bring top minds together in business, especially in challenging environments to solve critical issues. Certainly, digital transformation is the trend of the day.
It is interesting to note that by 2025, 95% of the planet is likely to be connected on a mobile platform, which would involve increased use of the software. No doubt, software testing is required for the smooth functioning of any application on mobile.
Software testing is important to point out the defects and errors that were made during the developmental phases.
- It ensures customer reliability in the application.
- Quality of a product is of top priority because.
- Reduced risk of failure
- Software testing helps in identifying bugs even before the software becomes operational.
- The software cannot work in isolation and have to be integrated with other software. Software testing ensures that the function in sync.
- Software testing is done, keeping the end user in mind. Keeping in mind the scenarios that the end-users may face, software testing is carried out and the readings are duly noted.
- Software testing is a part of the software development process. It performs a root cause analysis, which helps in making it more effective. Areas of software development are identified for improvement.
- Creation of defect reports and other metrics are identified through software testing.
- If used optimally, software testing can add value to the existing set up of software.
- Automated testing can be reused and updated easily and can be used for future scenarios of testing.
Why is software testing required?
Running software without testing is not expensive alone, it can be dangerous too. Software bugs can cause monetary and human loss. Here are a few incidents that changed the perspective that the world had for software testing.
- In April 201, the Bloomberg terminal in London crashed due to a software glitch, affecting more than 3 lakh traders in the financial market. This resulted in the government postponing a 3 bn pound debt sale.
- Nissan cars had to call back 1 million cars from the market due to software failure in the airbag sensory detectors. Two accidents were reported to have taken place because of the defect.
- Starbucks was forced to close about 60% of its stores in the U.S. and Canada due to failure in its POS system. This also forced the store to serve coffee free of cost as they were unable to process the transaction.
- Some of the third party retailers of Amazon saw their product price reduced to Rs 1 due to a software glitch. This incurred heavy losses.
- In 2015, fighter plane F-35 fell victim to a software bug, making it unable to detect targets correctly.
- In one of the costliest accidents in the world, a software bug caused the failure of a $1.2 billion military satellite launch.
- China Airlines Airbus A300 crashed due to a software glitch. The incident killed 264 innocent lives.