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Development and testing methodologies need a rethink

Research sponsored by Vector Software has revealed that the number one software development challenge that organisations are currently facing is time pressures to release new products/upgrades to market, while the most pressing concern is software quality.

According to the company’s annual Software Testing Technology Report, those concerns come at a time when more businesses, not just those mandated to perform thorough software testing, are having to engage in business-critical software development in order to ensure that end users not only have quality software but are able to operate without disruption.

Among the report’s key findings were: almost half of those questioned have 50% of their software built on legacy code bases which continues to be a barrier to quality; IoT software development initiatives are on the rise and, as a result, IoT security, and the security of software applications in general, continues to be a growing concern for many.

According to Jeffrey Fortin, head of product management at Vector Software, pictured: “In today’s competitive environment companies need to ship products that consumers can trust. That requires integrity, and the resulting importance of producing high quality code continues to rise as brand equity increasingly depends on software.”

Because the quantity and criticality of software is increasing organisations, according to the report, are going to have to rethink their overall development and testing methodologies if they are to conforming to and meet market demands for high integrity software.

Neil Tyler

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