High-quality mobile applications have become key to establishing a differentiated, credible digital presence and generating revenue. However, given the proliferation of devices and rapid pace of upgrades, ensuring the quality of mobile applications is far more challenging than testing for the desktop or Web.
Indeed, mobile app testing can become a crippling bottleneck in your company’s application development process. Avoiding this requires IT to become smarter about how it manages limited testing resources to support increasingly diverse technical and user requirements.
So, how do you ensure your IT organization can roll out mobile applications securely, comprehensively, and with the compressed testing cycles necessary to meet today’s time-to-market requirements? The answer is robust, cost-effective, quality assurance and testing (QAT).
Mobile testing best practices
A mobile testing strategy should always begin with analytics of users, applications, devices, and operating systems. What are the most used applications, devices, and OS? What is the customer profile associated with each segment? What are the key business processes that leverage mobile technology?
With the answers to these questions, organizations can analyze risk and make informed tradeoffs among speed, cost, device coverage, and test thoroughness.
Then, to define the core scope of your mobile testing program, you’ll need to answer the following:
- What combination of devices and operating systems should be tested?
- How is my application performing on a specific device or in the real world?
- How do I accelerate the mobile testing process?
Speed and repeatability require focus and flexibility
Once you define top priorities and critical scope, you can build out the mechanics of a repeatable mobile test execution. It is critical to test on real devices using real browsers and important to control mobile devices remotely and leverage automation using proven tools. In addition, you can curtail costly infrastructure investments by leveraging cloud-based environments to reproduce mobile devices and geographic locations. Finally, since mobile device operating systems are updated with increasing frequency, you must develop a regression testing strategy that accommodates frequent application upgrade cycles that are externally driven.
Experienced mobile quality assurance and testing service providers offer cost savings, flexibility, subject-matter expertise, and proven processes, tools, and metrics. Leveraging on-demand, cloud-based, devices and mobile browser lowers infrastructure investments. Automation tools can reduce testing cycle times by 30% to 40%. These factors are critical to cost effectively providing users with the mobile usability, functionality, and performance they need with the security your company requires.
HfS Research's 2015 Application Testing Blueprint Report