Software development, like any other science, is not an exact science. No matter how much you invest in the development process, you will always need to squash some bugs post-production. This is where software testing comes in. But software testing can be problematic, especially if you plan to do it yourself. As an alternative, outsourcing your software testing can prove to be advantageous. We discuss 5 of these advantages below.
1. Lower Testing Costs
Software testing can be a costly affair. Especially when done inhouse. You will need to hire testers, hire people to supervise those testers, plus a host of other direct and indirect costs. Outsourcing on the other hand means you only pay for the testing, not all these direct and indirect costs. This is because software testing companies rely on economies of scale to lower the software testing costs. By having multiple clients, they can spread their costs and as such lower their prices. This makes their services cheaper than the alternative of inhouse testing.
2. Best Practice Benchmarking
This tracks back to the amount of investment you are willing to commit to your inhouse software testing. Besides the technology and personnel, there is also an expertise component. Conducting software testing inhouse may not adhere to best practice benchmarks. This is mostly because these require extensive experience and investment in achieving these standards. Well-established outsourced software testing companies like Iterators Software Testing have the years of experience as well as technical capacity to achieve these benchmarks.
3. Infrastructure Cost Savings
Another major issue with testing your software inhouse is the cost of infrastructure. To effectively test software, you need a testing lab. These don’t come cheap. Within the lab, you need testing software and multiple testing devices. If you must build out this lab yourself, it will cost you many times over what you would pay a software testing outsourcing company. On the other hand, this lab represents the software testing company’s core infrastructure. Hence, they can afford to invest in the most sophisticated testing tools.
4. Improved Testing Quality
Doing your software testing inhouse means you must cut some corners. You don’t have the extensive testing infrastructure, the trained testing personnel, the experience and skill, etc. When you test inhouse, you are performing tasks that are not part of your core business. On the other hand, software testing is the core business of a software testing outsourcing company. This means the quality of results they yield cannot be matched inhouse. The difference is in quality is comparable to buying a frozen meal versus having a professional chef cook for you. The testers also have extensive experience testing all sorts of software running on multiple devices and platforms. This places them in the unique position of being the best party to test your software because they are able to check for nuances.
5. Maintain Staff Efficiency
Perhaps you have a crack team of developers. They create high-fidelity software. They are excellent at their jobs. You also have other staff members in marketing, accounting, and so on. If you decide to test your software inhouse, these are the people you will have to recruit. They are good at their jobs but not necessarily at testing. Do you really want to take them away from the jobs they do very well to test software? No, you do not – distracting your core employees is one of the most expensive costs your business can incur. Outsourcing means you let the professionals do the testing. They know what to look for, the issues to press, the known problems that may be lurking in your code. With such experience, the results you get will far out-perform those you would get from your employees.
Before deciding to conduct software testing inhouse, take some time to consider and weigh these reasons. In the end, not only will you end up with a better product, but you will save money in the process.