“Much of the recent growth in outsourced application services has been fueled by customers engaging independent testing services where the development provider is separate from the provider performing the testing.” - Forrester
“By 2016, 40% of enterprises will make proof of independent security testing a precondition for using any type of cloud service.” - Gartner
“..standalone worldwide testing services spending surpassed $16.2 billion from 2011 to 2012 and believes growth will stay strong over the next five years, at a CAGR of 14.6% and reach $32.1 billion in revenue by 2017.” - IDC
Nasscom states the Independent Testing Services Industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23% till 2020.
The aforementioned statements by world renowned analysts make it amply obvious as to why is independent software testing becoming a necessity – and to the growth that can be foreseen in the arena. To carve a niche in their chosen arena, independent pure-play testing service providers need to cover multiple industries and multiple technologies – with testing services as their key offering.
Focus must be on the deliverance of the complete set of activities that entail the standard testing lifecycle – not on competing or interfering with other IT services providers engaged in application development or maintenance services.
Focused independent pure-play testing service providers – be they of any size - always add value to clients. Such flexible providers are usually armed with a combination of skill sets that may fit both small and large (country-/industry-specific) projects, and thus can work on deals cutting across a wide range.
Testing Services Growth by Geography
The predicted spending for discrete enterprise application testing services for Americas region is estimated to grow to nearly $15 billion in 2017, while the EMEA and APAC regions are estimated to reach $11.5 billion and $2.5 billion, respectively, in 2017.
The predicted spending for discrete product engineering testing services for Americas region is estimated to grow to nearly $1.9 billion in 2017, while the EMEA and APAC regions are estimated to reach $0.8 billion and $0.5 billion, respectively, in 2017.
Testing Trends 1
Per IDC's IT Outsourcing Survey, Service providers are being used for a variety of testing services with highest adoption for meeting requirements like security, integration function, and performance testing.
Testing Trends 2
Testing of mobile applications swings toward third parties, In IDC's Enterprise Mobility Services Survey, it was found that nearly70% of organizations were using or were planning to use third party services for mobile application testing services
Testing Trends 3
According to IDC's IT Outsourcing Survey, nearly 88% of buyers are using a virtual development/testing environment, either internally or externally, or some combination of both