88% expect more investment over the coming year
Significant investment in new application development projects is expected in 2010, according to a study of enterprise application quality assurance testing and emerging trends in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) by Capgemini.
The study conducted together with Sogeti and sponsored with HP has shown that 88% of respondents expect more investment from business leaders in this area over the coming year, despite the economic downturn, as IT spend shifts from a focus on just maintaining business operations towards new application development that provides a competitive advantage.
According to Capgemini, the study, which reached over 10,000 CXOs, IT directors, quality assurance managers and engineers around the world, showed that nearly nine out of 10 respondents see application complexity increasing and majority of them agree that application quality has kept pace with the change.
The study shows that 25% of respondents are already using automation for test cases and 22% are using it for defect management. There will be more emphasis on the earlier stages of ALM such as requirements definition and visualisation and the organisational shift is expected to achieve a shorter and higher quality ALM lifecycle with reduced overall project costs.
According to the survey, the outsourcing of application testing and quality management is set to increase in the next few years, with Europe realising the biggest growth among all other regions. 41% of European respondents say that their organisation is looking at increasing outsourced resources for testing, compared to 29% in North America and 10% in Asia, as the companies primarily focus on their core business.
The study also reveals that on an average of 45% of respondents would increase outsourced testing resources if they could have more value-added services from vendors such as sector-specific, industrialised services.
Olivier Picard, chief sales officer of Capgemini, said: “Application quality is at the forefront of the minds of many CIOs today. Organisations are increasingly challenged by having to develop new applications faster and cheaper, with stricter quality requirements than ever before. Companies will need to focus on accurately measuring their ROI to justify continued investment in testing and quality management services and technologies in the future.”