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Challenges Testers Face for Testing SMAC

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Challenges Testers Face for Testing SMAC

As the number of users who access applications using mobile technology grows, it becomes crucial for testers to understand the intersection of mobile and testing.

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An Intro to SMAC

There is a lot of discussion going currently about SMAC – Social, Mobile, Analytics and the Cloud. SMAC is a new platform with a lot of growth expected in the years to come. Software testing is not only about testing individual parts of the application but also testing the integrated product associated with it. It also requires some prediction based on the analytics of real product usage. SMAC is the evolution of all platforms and when all these technologies combined, are known as the SMAC stack. This stack leverages each module to build and develop functional products and deploy them faster into the marketplace.

According to the Pew Research Center, 77% of Americans own a smartphone. While keeping such reports in mind, organizations in different business areas like retail, banking, finance, insurance, games, etc. have to keep software testing at their top priority.

The Need for Testers to Understand SMAC

Software testing tools assist testers in testing the latest IoT devices. We can also say that SMAC is similar to IoT, it is just that the increasing number of connected devices is making testing more challenging for the development teams. With IoT devices being flooded into the market like any other technology, it is crucial for organizations to invest in software testing. Smart devices are usually controlled by mobile, and data is collected and stored in the cloud for analytics. So, you see, everything in the SMAC platform is interconnected. Testing the SMAC may be somewhat difficult for testers, but it is not possible. There are a few challenges on their way, but testers and QA teams can find solutions to these and find success.

It is imperative to understand how each SMAC has its considerations.

Social

The current number of APIs (Application Performance Interfaces) available for various devices today are expected to grow exponentially. Most enterprises have prepared their product lines accordingly. Social media apps have taken back the markets and make testing more interesting for the development teams.

Mobile

Ever since mobile was introduced, there are more and more innovative products being flooded into the market. Testing experts have to keep-up with software testing for quality assurance and speed delivery. Mobiles are no longer used only for communication, almost every activity can be performed via smartphones i.e. bill payments, online shopping, etc.

Analytics

It is one of the easiest things in the SMAC stack. Testers do not have to make a lot of effort when it comes to analytics; they just need to use more dynamic designs that are more fluid and contemporary.

Cloud

One of the biggest challenges that testers face is the speed at which all the data is transferred to the cloud. While most tools are not suitable for the cloud, it makes testers' jobs tougher. They need to understand the difference in testing in the cloud, or cloud-stored data itself. The best feature of cloud technology is that it's easier to access to any kind of environment that users are looking for.

Conclusion

Technology is evolving on a daily basis in the current digital age, where QA teams have to be very efficient and vigilant. They need to keep an eye on what is happening around them and also anticipate future trends. All this is necessary to sustain a position in the market and continue to grow their business.

Topics:
testers ,mobile testing ,cloud ,analytics ,cloud testing ,performance

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