Contrary to popular belief, coding is not an essential part of the software development life cycle. There is no denying that it is one the most crucial aspects of the process, but there’s another facet that may trump coding in the context of importance: Software testing. What makes software testing such a critical part of the process is that it helps developers make sure that the software product is free from bugs before it is delivered to end-users. See, the world out there is extremely competitive and brimming with consumers that want high-quality products that suffer from a lag in updates. So, users today want the latest software and apps, and they want it now. However, there’s a catch here — these users also don’t wish to be subjected to products that are riddled with bugs and flaws.

Moreover, if you release a product with bugs or faults that haven’t been remedied, it will take a toll on the user experience and consequently the company’s image in the market as well. Quality determines any software product’s ability to succeed in the market. Moreover, what helps one ensure highest standards of quality? No points for guessing, software testing. In addition to providing quality, software testing also translates into reduced costs for maintenance as well as more consistent results among other things. Now, let us take a look at some of the more compelling benefits of software testing.

  • Cost savings: Unfortunately, many people continue to resist investment in software testing, not knowing that it will actually help them cut down costs and also save valuable time further along in the process. See, software development comprises multiple stages and phases and the sooner an issue or a bug is caught, the more relaxed and less expensive it will be to remediate it. Also, a software that isn’t adequately tested across every stage is bound to necessitate a lot more funds and time — often more than the total investment for the entire project — when one eventually comes around to identifying and fixing bugs and other problems.
  • Enhanced security: Anything that exists in the digital realm demands the highest levels of security — this is a given. Also, yet, there are countless instances of hacking in the world that has left a business’ customers vulnerable with nefarious entities in possession of personal and sensitive data. So, it is the developer’s prime responsibility to make sure that their product offers A-grade security. Also, since nothing is perfect and there’s always a chance of some issue, no matter how extensively one may have strategized and planned for it, continual testing stands to help in this regard as well, allowing developers to fortify their products’ security consistently.
  • Better customer experience: It may seem redundant to say this, but a quality product is vital for ensuring that the company can deliver an excellent customer experience, which then results in improved customer satisfaction. Moreover, how do you ensure that you don’t offer customers a substandard product that is unable to meet their expectations sufficiently? Software testing, of course.

If you are worried that this is an effort that you are not prepared to undertake, you can always seek assistance from a reliable software testing company to help you out.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software. The article explains the role of software testing in the software development lifecycle.