Embedded Software Testing: Is Your Organization a Leader or a Laggard?


Embedded Software Testing: Is Your Organization a Leader or a Laggard?

September 5, 2017

It has never been as easy to get lost in the rapidly advancing tech environment as it is today, when the is penetrating nearly every aspect of our lives and new technologies are constantly emerging, producing disruptive avalanches of change. The world is evolving faster than ever, and those who cannot embrace the new reality and do not take the time to learn new skills will be left behind.

This simple truth is especially relevant in connection with embedded software testing, which has significantly changed in the last decade. Software testing has always been one of the most important phases in embedded systems development, requiring a heightened code coverage and security level. However, since the traditional waterfall model made way for continuous delivery, it has become the biggest challenge for many embedded developers.

In cooperation with LTM Research, an independent research company, Auriga has conducted a unique survey that unveils current trends in embedded software testing. We asked 55 embedded companies to compare their software-testing approach against those of their peers and revealed why some organizations manage to stay afloat and meet growing customer expectations while others fail.

Let’s take a closer look at the key characteristics that define an embedded software-testing leader and separate a successful embedded company from the pack of so-so businesses unable to adapt to the changeable conditions to attain ambitious goals.

A Well-Defined Testing Strategy

It is not a secret that a well-defined testing strategy is essential for any software development project. A clear roadmap for testing activities enables the good planning, management, and tracking of processes. This usually includes a testing objective, total time and resources needed for a project, testing methods, and other guidelines that help engineers perform testing in a systematic manner.

Auriga’s survey shows that up to 95% of leading embedded companies have a well-defined testing strategy; this is no surprise. Testing efforts need to be carefully planned and executed to minimize programming failures, mitigate risks, and ensure software effectiveness.

An Agile Approach to Testing

Since time is money and businesses need to move faster to reach the market before their competitors, embedded companies can no longer leave testing until the end of the development cycle. This explains the increasing popularity of the Agile approach, which allows for frequent testing throughout the project and the simultaneous performance of traditionally sequential tasks.

Thus, the Agile methodology and DevOps model have become important principles of leadership in embedded software development. Their adoption can be rather challenging; however, with these approaches, scarce specialists can be deployed more efficiently, problems can be caught early, the software revenue cycle can accelerate, and customer satisfaction can skyrocket.

Best Testing Practices and Techniques

There is a wide variety of software-testing practices, methods, and techniques, but it is vital to understand which work best for the embedded software domain and lead to the most efficient results.

According to Auriga’s survey, the software-testing practices that may turn a follower into a leader include a common automated testing framework (third-party or in-house), a remotely accessible hardware testing lab, and continuous integration with automated tests and reports for each build.

Another leadership feature that cannot be overlooked is test automation. More than half of test processes are automated by almost 80% of embedded software-testing leaders. This is a smart way to speed up testing activities while reducing routine manual testing and eliminating the human factor.

You may have already guessed that this is not a full list of industry leaders’ characteristics, but only an introduction to get you started. Join us and follow our news updates to review your industry peers’ thoughts on how embedded testing has changed and learn what separates the leaders from the followers in software-testing practices. Further study outcomes will be released soon!

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