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Feb 2018 - IDC MarketScape - Doc # US40344615

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Mobile Testing and Digital Quality 2017-2018 Vendor Assessment — Enabling Digital Transformation via Quality Solutions

By: Melinda-Carol BallouResearch Director, Agile ALM, Quality & Portfolio Strategies

Abstract

This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to provide an assessment for mobile testing and digital quality, evaluating automated tools capabilities for enabling quality strategies for mobile, cloud, IoT, and other digital platforms as one of four key assessments of the IDC MarketScape for ASQ to provide a comprehensive view across key areas of the market — enterprise ASQ/DevOps, quality/security with software quality analysis and measurement, and cloud 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 global economy as companies continue to struggle with constrained and complex sourcing, limited QA resources, and varying levels of flexibility to meet business and competitive pressures. The intent with IDC's mobile testing and digital quality criteria and four-document ASQ series is to demonstrate weighting approaches for the areas of the greatest importance that come up for users making high-end ASQ selections currently with transformative demands for mobile, cloud, IoT, 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 little context for user-specific challenges or variegated maturity levels). We believe that in-context weighting and analysis is optimal (and less simplistic) to enable pragmatic insight for users making decisions in a dynamic, increasingly chaotic, complex global competitive environment. Additional weighting and visibility are available individually — yet publishing multiple IDC MarketScape documents for ASQ 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 deployment as part of digital transformation, which demands an engaged strategy for quality automation and adoption to adapt to high-speed deployments. With continuous integration and agile DevOps approaches along with the need for DevSecOps, the demand for effective quality in this context has increased geometrically," said Melinda Ballou, research director for IDC's Application Life-Cycle Management service. "Creating strategies that enable mobile testing and digital quality with virtual infrastructure and service virtualization as well as testing of these applications for visibility into their health enables broader portfolio coordination with ALM and capabilities for emerging platforms with mobile, cloud, IoT, and other areas. It is in part due to this increase in vulnerabilities and complexity for software development and deployment projects that IDC has chosen to prioritize combined capabilities for ASQ with additional life-cycle areas. Mobile testing and digital quality solutions in this context can provide a basis for collaboration to enable continuous quality as part of end-to-end DevOps. While this IDC MarketScape focuses on mobile testing and digital quality, IDC has chosen the context of three additional sample weighting strategies that have currency in 2018 and are frequently requested by users speaking with us — cloud testing, quality/security solutions with software quality analysis and measurement, and enterprise ASQ. Global organizations seeking to coordinate continuous DevOps and other areas demand high levels of functionality, scalability, and maturity overall to execute well."


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