This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to provide an assessment for software quality analysis and measurement (SQAM) as one of four key ASQ IDC MarketScape assessments to provide a focused view of this competitive market — complementing IDC's enterprise ASQ, cloud testing/ASQ SaaS, and ERP testing assessments. The intent with IDC's MarketScape ASQ report series is to demonstrate weighting approaches for the areas of greatest importance that come up for users making ASQ selections currently with transformative demands of mobile, cloud, and other areas.
"IDC has seen a dramatic increase in multimodal development and also of ongoing 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, security, code analysis automation, and metrics has increased geometrically," said Melinda Ballou, program director for IDC's Application Life-Cycle Management and Executive Strategies service. "Software quality analysis and measurement tools and strategies augment traditional ASQ approaches to enable visibility into the consequences of poor architecture and risk. SQAM solutions can provide a basis for quality collaboration, and service management costs are a core factor. While this IDC MarketScape focuses on software quality analysis and measurement, 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 — enterprise ASQ, cloud testing/ASQ SaaS, and ERP testing. By focusing on SQAM in this assessment, IDC also provides an opportunity to better evaluate the confluence between security and quality enabled by SQAM capabilities (such as static and dynamic analysis)."