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Software Testing is an integral and critical part of any software development project. Software testing in India assumes a lot of significance considering the successful and growing IT industry in the country. Even the recession has proved that organizations won’t compromise on quality, and therefore quality and testing of software products are important processes and are also recession proof. In fact, software testing in India is slowly becoming the fastest-growing niche within the IT space.
There was a time when software testing in India was just an after-thought having no specific budgets towards it. But today, more and more companies are working towards growing this business. And, software testing in India has seen significant growth in the last five years. Even engineering students all across the country are being encouraged to pursue a career in software testing in India.
Today, many customers are looking for vendors to provide independent verification and validation (IV&V) services which are separate from the development process. This has led to a surge in demand for QA and software testing services in India and fuelled the growth in testing-focused jobs. As a result, engineers with functional, technical or performance expertise are seeing QA and testing as a viable career path.
If reports are any indication, the software testing industry in India is growing at a whooping rate of 20 percent. A recent Nasscom report on the software testing market says the global testing market was worth $30 billion in 2010, and that India’s share of it was $3.2 billion. According to the report, export revenues and the number of employees in the software testing industry have doubled over the past four years.
Software testing market in India can be broken into two sections; one section is where organizations view software testing as a part of the software development lifecycle, as each software produced has to be tested. So the traditional segment has been one in which development and testing is put together in application development space. Then there is a new trend happening–outsourced testing services. Organizations are keen to validate the product for delivery that they are taking through a third party, because then there’s much more credibility to the whole cycle of validating the quality.
The outsourced testing field if you look worldwide is estimated to be USD 59 billion worth of business across multiple industry segments, ranging from banking and financial services to high end engineering activities like avionics. Out of the USD 59 billion of the outsourced software testing business, the outsourced work that comes to Indian subcontinent is estimated at USD 13 billion. In fact, it will not be wrong to say that India has been tested enough to now become a leader in the software testing market and that software testing in India for sure has a bright future.