How to Increase Effective Software Testing in Higher Education

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The world as we know it has changed massively in the past six months, and as we head into the new academic year, universities and learning institutions are all going through huge changes and developments to make sure they are equipped to deal with the digital transformation they need to undertake in order to continue operations as normally as possible. From online teaching facilities to increased remote capabilities for support staff and students alike, in today’s world, being able to adapt digitally is absolutely key to the success of higher education institutions.

This means hundreds of institutions adopting more agile methods of software development, as well as embracing continuous delivery for both modern front-end interfaces and back-end business-critical enterprise applications.

What do Universities Need to do in Order to Keep Up?

Traditional, manual software testing can be a pain in the neck at the best of times, but in today’s world, where the effectiveness of your digital infrastructure is vital to regular operations, it has become the number one barrier to truly effective and continuous software deployment, speed and agility.

Today’s universities need:

  • To have the ability to develop or update both new and existing software quickly and efficiently, with as little disruption to regular operations as possible.
  • To be able to iterate, update and improve their offerings more frequently – this means that the time and resource it takes for each update must be reduced.
  • To be able to swiftly move new and updated software into production, while maintaining high quality and reducing costs.

Automation testing is the ideal alternative to the time and resource-consuming manual software testing strategies that many universities have struggled with in recent years. However, traditional automation testing has not evolved as much as we would hope for, particularly when compared to Agile and DevOps technologies. Traditional automation testing is unable to keep up with the far more expansive needs of higher education infrastructure and software today, including the complex enterprise apps that are becoming commonplace as universities move more of their operations online. However, there are solutions available!

How iData Can Help

iData is an on-demand software testing solution that can keep up with the new demands of higher education institutions and give you accurate and efficient testing, without compromising on quality of process or quality of results. iAutomation makes it easy to find predicted outcomes of your software testing and features automatic bug identification so you don’t have to worry about your infrastructure coming up against pesky crashes. When it comes to improving efficiency in higher education contexts, iData can offer the following benefits:

  • Accelerating release cycles – 75% reduction in time spent on test cycles
  • Automating & reducing costs – 75% reduction, eliminating nearly all regression incidents/defects
  • Improving software quality – 95% defect coverage.

IDS' “best of breed” platform, which has been recognised as the number one leader in their field for the last three years by top analysts at Forrester and the last 5 years by Gartner. We are currently offering a free health check to assess how we can help increase the effectiveness, efficiency & coverage of your software testing with iData – get in touch to arrange a no-obligation analysis of your data.

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