Software Testing as a Service: Perceptions from Practice

Software Testing as a Service: Perceptions from Practice

Leah Riungu-Kalliosaari (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland), Ossi Taipale (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland) and Kari Smolander (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2536-5.ch009

Abstract

This chapter describes a qualitative study whose aim was to explore and understand the conditions that influence software testing as a service. Interviews were conducted with software professionals from 16 organizations. The study used qualitative grounded theory as its research method. The level of domain knowledge required by testers was an initial indication of whether testing could be delivered as a service. The benefits of software testing as a service included flexibility and cost effectiveness. Among top requirements were security and pricing. Cloud computing was envisaged as the delivery model for software testing as a service. Some potential research areas suggested were pricing models and handling of test data. There was an indication that the demand for software testing as a service was on the rise, albeit with mixed feelings. Organizations would have to make careful considerations before embarking on testing their systems and applications over the internet.
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