Testing and Digital Transformation


Digital Transformation Scenario

As the world moves on from relying on paper to cloud storage, physical stores to online store, from physically connection to becoming wireless because of constant changes in technology and competition, businesses are eventually forced to undergo a digital transformation to stay relevant in a dynamic marketplace. Any organization is going to consume a lot of time and resources whilst undergoing a transformation, but the sacrifices made are absolutely crucial to secure customer retention in the long run.

We are living in the “Era of SMACT” and our lives are highly impacted by Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and the Internet of Things. Every business is around these five basic technologies. Customers are changing their behavior in response and companies are keen to find out how they need to transform to survive this change. Many companies, irrespective of the industry, are facing the same challenges – how to stay on top of these new technologies and how to respond to the changing needs of the customers.

Organizations are radically altering their business processes and operating models. They do this to assure superior Customer Experience. They realize that to achieve this, large-scale transformation programs are necessary. At present, organizations are investing a lot of money in implementing such Digital Transformation programs.

Is it a good idea to invest in testing during Digital Transformation?

Currently we are living an Era of Digital world and Organization are investing significantly in transforming their business/processes in the Digital world. Now, the question arises: At the end of the day, do these Digital Transformation programs lead to the expected results? In fact, to realize the desired outcomes, it’s very important find a way to detect the issues that cause unexpected results, as early as possible, in the Life-Cycle and in the Transformation journey. Quality Assurance and Testing is the answer to predict and decide the actual outcome of a Digital Transformation.

 

Key Challenges in Digital Transformation and How testing provide a solution:

Every change brings associated inherited challenges which makes hard for successfully adopt the change and for be successful organization/one must find a way to overcome those challenges. Similarly, Digital Transformation also come with some key challenges. Following is the list of key challenges which organization faces while transforming their business along with facts that why should organization invest in a Quality Assurance:

 

Digital is Complex:

The most difficult challenge comes from the complexities arising from the nexus of forces – Social-Mobile-Analytics-Cloud, to ensure that they work in synchronization with organizational goals. Adapting to new and latest technologies demands higher process maturity. In this scenario, Quality Assurance becomes an important function for organizations who are effectively embracing the digital transformation and they help here by come up with best processes, tools and techniques to test the complexity of the system.

Digital makes an organization vulnerable to Security Threats:

Security is of paramount importance specifically in an interconnected world. The smart interconnected ecosystems on one side enable an unimaginable world of possibilities, but it makes the entire system highly vulnerable to security threats, if not properly configured and tested, on the flip side. Testing team proactively test the vulnerability, security gap in the system at very early stage hence helping teams to address these issues simultaneously.

 

Digital needs to leverage your Legacy Infrastructure:

This is again next important challenge specifically with those enterprises who are not born Digital. They need to change their organizational DNA both from a cultural perspective and from legacy IT infrastructure standpoint. Testing ensures their core functionalities are not impacted as they chart their path towards Digital Infrastructure can be much challenging.

Digital can make or break your Customer Experience:

Delivering enhanced customer experience while leveraging a variety of components of Digital Ecosystem becomes challenging. Ensuring each component delivers optimum performance leading to customer delight becomes difficult as an organization becomes more digitally matured. Changes in customer behavior, elevated global competition, adoption of social media channels and emerging trends such as cloud and mobile are a few market driven challenges that organizations must deal with during their digital transformation journey. Quality Assurance/ Testing plays a crucial role in responding to these challenges. It’s essential for organizations that are dealing with digital transformation to have an appropriate digital assurance strategy, with the right tools, methodologies and measures to assure customer experience.

 

Digital demands Agility:

In Digital Transformation world, applications are expected to be delivered quicker than ever. None has the time to wait for the long-term release cycles. It is regarded as the thrusting force for agile and DevOps based delivery processes. Being Agile through continuous quality assurance initiatives, and automating processes to ensure shorter delivery cycles become highly critical in a highly dynamic digital landscape.

 

Getting a true state of Development:

Inherited aspect of Testing is, its Test Report. Test Reporting provide a good way to help stake holder to provide the actual health of the system by providing a test reporting, which covers following aspects and help them to proactively make key decisions:

 

  • Quality of the product/component(s).
  • Provide a holistic view of performance
  • Assess – Vulnerability, reliability and availability.
  • Bottlenecks in the system.
  • Trends across different components in the system.

Conclusion:

Quality Assurance & Testing is crucial and plays a critical role in any digital transformation journey. It’s essential for organizations that are dealing with a digital transformation to have an appropriate digital assurance strategy by identifying the right tools, methodologies and measures to assure customer experience and make the organization future ready.


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