2018 Predictions: More Need for Load Testing

Posted by Load Impact on Feb 5, 2018

What’s going on in the world of testing?

Well, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, and we like to tell ourselves you are, you might be forgiven for thinking everyone does load testing. But there’s plenty of room for growth.

We came across this interesting prediction for 2018: 

In the solutions segment, the web performance testing segment is expected to have the largest market size during the forecast period. Web performance testing solutions test the websites and web applications during the development phase. Web performance testing includes load testing and speed testing of the websites and web applications. Load testing involves testing the websites under high web traffic.

In non-research-written English, we think what the press release is trying to say is this: load testing will increase in popularity and in use in the coming year.

While that’s all good news for the fine folks who offer exceptional load testing tools (like us), there’s good news for you, the load-testing-savvy developer as well.

No matter whether you’re working on B2C (business to consumer) or B2B (business to business) projects, the need for load testing has never been higher. Distributed systems mean distributed performance bottlenecks. Increased broadband speed means even more impatience with slow performance (if more impatience is even possible).

Since you’re already experienced in load testing thanks to your Load Impact skills, you’re well-suited to take advantage of this trend.

Your enterprise might be evolving from physical catalogs to e-commerce. Or you may, as a consultant, find multiple enterprise clients ready to move more of their B2B business to ecommerce. While we’re almost to the third decade of the 21st century, believe it or not, there’s still a lot of digitization to be done in the world.

The same report summary suggests that North America has the biggest market for this kind of digital transformation: even if companies have already evolved to ecommerce, there’s an ongoing demand for more Web and mobile apps. And you - the load-testing-savvy developer - know just how to optimize the performance of those sites and apps.

Yet other areas of the world show increased year-over-year growth, so if you’re in one of those, or want to be, the report suggests that the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is particularly ripe. It suggests that companies have realized they need to improve the web customer experience, especially in healthcare, retail, IT/telecom, financial services/banking, and insurance.

It also suggests that since infrastructure, mobile use and demographics are changing in other regions (the Middle East, Africa and Latin America), there’s plenty of growth there, too.

The takeaway? There’s never been a better time to be a testing-savvy developer, and your load testing skills will serve you well in 2018 and beyond.

Happy testing!

Topics: DevOps, developer centric, load testing strategy, shift left, load testing predition

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