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Dec 2017 - IDC MarketScape - Doc # US41601117

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Automated Software Quality 2017–2018 Vendor Assessment — Driving Business Optimization via DevOps with Continuous Test and Integration

Author: Melinda-Carol Ballou
Research Director, Agile ALM, Quality & Portfolio Strategies

Abstract

This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to provide an assessment for enterprise automated software quality (ASQ) 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, cloud testing/ASQ SaaS, quality/security automation with software quality analysis and measurement, and mobile testing/digital quality. 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 enterprise ASQ criteria and four-document 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 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 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 MarketScapes 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 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 continuous integration and agile DevOps approaches along with the need for DevSecOps, the demand for effective quality has increased geometrically," said Melinda Ballou, research director for IDC's Agile Application Life-Cycle Management, Quality and Portfolio Strategies service. "Enterprise ASQ exemplifies 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 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 for end-to-end DevOps. While this IDC MarketScape focuses on enterprise ASQ, IDC has chosen the context of three additional sample weighting strategies that have currency moving into 2018/2019 and are frequently requested by users speaking with us — cloud testing/ASQ SaaS, software quality analysis and measurement, and mobile testing/digital quality. Global organizations seeking to coordinate continuous DevOps and other areas demand high levels of functionality, scalability, and maturity overall to execute well (for an 'enterprise' ASQ view)."

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