This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to provide an assessment for enterprise automated software quality (ASQ) as one of four key ASQ IDC MarketScape assessments to provide a comprehensive view of the market — enterprise ASQ, cloud testing/ASQ SaaS, software quality analysis and measurement, and ERP testing. Organizations seeking process, services, and product automation capabilities for ASQ come to their decision making with varying levels of maturity, differing pain points, and challenges. This is even more the case in a volatile economy as companies continue to struggle with both constrained and complex sourcing, limited QA resources, and varying levels of flexibility to meet business and competitive pressures. The intent with IDC's enterprise ASQ criteria and report series is to demonstrate weighting approaches for the areas of greatest importance that come up for users making high-end ASQ selections currently with transformative demands of mobile, cloud, and other areas. Too frequently, users and vendors see "one" sample market assessment diagram and assume that a single model for the market will directly address all their needs (with no context for user-specific challenges or variegated maturity levels). IDC believes that in-context weighting and analysis is optimal (and less simplistic) to enable pragmatic insight for users making decisions and for vendors seeking to understand their competitive ASQ positioning in a dynamic and increasingly chaotic, complex global competitive environment. Additional weighting and visibility are available individually — yet publishing multiple ASQ IDC MarketScapes can enable decision makers to "see" varying approaches based on their peers' experiences, as they assess IDC's analysis.
"IDC has seen a dramatic increase in multimodal development and also of complex sourcing for software projects. This continues the existing trend for combining internal resources with contractors, onshore/offshore providers, and use of open source. With declining internal resources, the demand for effective quality has increased geometrically," said Melinda Ballou, program director for IDC's Application Life-Cycle Management and Executive Strategies service. "Enterprise ASQ demands broader portfolio coordination with ALM and capabilities for emerging platforms with mobile, cloud, and other areas. It is in part due to this increase in multisourced projects that IDC has chosen to prioritize combined capabilities for ASQ with additional life-cycle areas. Enterprise ASQ solutions in this context can provide a basis for quality collaboration, where communication between far-flung resources across multiple corporate and global cultures is a necessity and where long-term deployment and service management costs are a core factor of the end-to-end software life cycle. While this IDC MarketScape focuses on enterprise ASQ, IDC has chosen the context of three additional sample weighting strategies that have currency in 2012 and are frequently requested by users speaking with us — cloud testing/ASQ SaaS, software quality analysis and measurement, and ERP testing. Global organizations seeking to coordinate complex sourcing and other areas demand high levels of functionality, scalability, and maturity overall to execute well (for an "enterprise" ASQ view). In an environment where financial impact is key for resource prioritization and corporate survival, and where 70%+ of costs occur post-deployment, IT financial management visibility from initiation through to service and systems management becomes critical."
COVERITY INC, WORKSOFT INC, Keynote Systems, Inc., CAST SA, Micro Focus International plc, Parasoft, Hewlett-Packard Company, Compuware Corporation, Klocwork Inc., Oracle Corporation, SmartBear Software, Inc., IBM, Skytap, Inc., SOASTA, Inc., Microsoft Corporation