For testers who like a good challenge, the mobile arena is the place to be. LogiGear magazine was able to catch up with Jean Ann at CAST and talk a bit about what makes mobile testing so unique. The real-word example of testing a medical application designed for mobile deployment highlights just how complex the hardware and software interactions are that can impact software performance. What Jean Ann shares highlights the importance of collaboration between developers and testers in creating applications destined to go mobile.
Jean Ann Harrison is an expert in mobile testing. Jean Ann has been in the Software Testing and Quality Assurance field for over 12 years including 4 years working within a Regulatory Environment. Her niche is system integration testing, specifically on mobile medical devices. Watch the interview here.
IBM to Expand in APAC Region
IBM has announced plans to open a new software testing centre at the University of Ballarat, Victoria, to expand application development in the Asia Pacific region. The IBM Delivery Centre at Ballarat Technology Park will employ 150 staff working in areas such as software application development, application support, application management and consulting services.
IBM began partnering with the University of Ballarat in 1995 following a contract with the Victorian Government to build the Southern Region Data Centre. It currently operates three buildings in the area which provide business services, process services, technology services and administration for IBM clients around the world.
Mobile Application Testing Market Sees Growth
A new study from ABI research states that the mobile application testing will exceed $200 million in 2012, with 75% of the revenue being generated from sales automation tools. The study concluded that growth will propel the automation market to $800 million by 2017.
The study also points out that mobile testing has developed independently of traditional testing. This has provided the opportunity for start-ups to enter the space and fill market demand gaps quickly.
These findings are from ABI Research’s Mobile Application Technologies Research Service (http://www.abiresearch.com/research/service/mobile-application-enabling-technologies/), which takes a deep dive into various technologies that enable new and transformative applications. This research involves identifying early signals of how advances in areas such as Augmented Reality, HTML5, NFC, and Voice Recognition are translating into developer activity, as well as visionary predictions on how these enablers may reshape the industry in the future.