IVL Validation Services-Opportunities and Road Map Post COVID Era

The blog talks about what are the opportunities that you foresee in the post-COVID-19 era? What is the future roadmap for IVL?

The quality engineering field does not remain untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic. A spillover impact on the Quality Engineering space is likely to occur. The concept of co-location team structure will be gone. The virtual workforce will develop a new era of development belonging to agile methodology. The need to identify new tools for virtual working is a priority. It will become the new normal. Principally the challenge for testing is to achieve efficient mitigation of risk, in the event of compromise in the factors testing rely on.

Few challenges are immediate to resolve, while few will have a long-term impact. The organizations across almost every industry all progressed to a sweet spot where time-to-market pressure was relatively high, and cost pressure was moderate. Most of the organizations had already been working to accelerate their software delivery processes. Various enterprise organizations have taken the necessary steps toward scaling the adoption of agile and DevOps

A leading market research firm has been monitoring the software testing services market, and it is poised to grow by USD 34.49 bn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 12%. To ensure these opportunities are not wasted, market vendors need to focus on the growth prospects across the fast-growing segments while maintaining their existing positions in the slow-growing segments. The growth in adoption of mobile testing has been instrumental in driving the growth of the market. Suddenly, Cost reduction has become the top priority.

What is IVL’s roadmap

IVL’s Validation practice is keeping watch on the market situation and re-aligning its efforts towards efficient, economical, and intelligent testing. Achieving this is possible by introducing the right amount of test automation We came up with a three-fold strategy (O3)

Outcome focused test engineering

Test designing can achieve 100% for progression testing, methodologies like linear expansion and pairwise testing can help, and augmented intelligence can dramatically simplify the process. We started building complex, multi-tool Automation harnesses, and frameworks. Also identified areas for automating, where possible, at various levels, such as API or service level. Our team of experts built ready-to-use components, utilities, and tools. We are proposing amalgamations of the licensed and open source tools to bring down the cost of quality. We encourage our clients to calculate automation ROI and focus on the investment of efforts.

IVL's 3 fold Strategy

Outsource testing efforts

Due to the COVID-19, the need for keeping the internal team focused on changes to the release at hand, on an e-release, or support issues are possible when companies outsource the day-to-day testing work to a dedicated team. Getting testing done, keeping anyone’s productivity up during periods of change is not easy. Outsourcing the day-to-day testing work is a perfect solution for many organizations.  In the event of any upset (be it a pandemic, financial upset, natural disaster, etc.), an uncomfortable reality is that team should always be reachable and available; think about the current global situation.

Specific to the uncertain times, by diversifying testing teams and moving work to a different geographical area, you’re minimizing business risk overall. You proposed and offered collaboration programs between the client team and IVL teams to share ideas and ways of working, spreading the knowledge and skills across the teams involved. It will help in the long term.

Offshoring                

There is a lack of a stable workforce due to the work from the home scenario. Organizations are facing hurdles in creating internal automation teams due to a lack of skilled staff. The long term benefit is a team that meets your tool or technology needs and is aware of the project and ground running. The key to successful automation programs is often coupling subject matter experts with technical skills. With offshore teams, organizations become flexible as opposed to those working from the home office.

Conclusion

The outbreak of COVID-19 has illuminated the risk of relying too heavily on the status quo. We started building autonomous automation. Our intelligent automation frameworks focusing on test execution with little or no maintenance and should have a self-healing mechanism. Organizations also leverage outsource or offshore resources to mitigate difficulties when staffing availability and consistency issues arise. At the same time, those having high dependency on key personnel and in-house processes are struggling under time, work pressure, and self-isolation.

Our commitment is towards supporting our clients through this period of extended uncertainty.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The blog is written by Mukund Wangikar, Global Practice head – Validation services, IVL Global. Mukund is responsible for leading IVL Global’s Validation services to build world-class practice with a consistent approach, innovative culture, and customer focus.

Mukund is a well-known figure in the software quality assurance industry with 22+ years of experience. He has a proven record of facilitating long term business relationships with both customer and industry luminaries. Within the industry, Mukund has also held Director of Quality Assurance service at various software consulting and product development firms across the US, UK, and India. His strong winning attitude and personality are assets that will complement and enhance IVL Global’s strength to meet the needs of the customer.