Software market requirements are changing quickly. More and more technology companies want their products to be released to market faster to meet demand and to rapidly integrate client expectations into their products in real-time. This introduces a lot of innovation in software development, validation and the technology industry. It is one of the reasons agile development has overtaken waterfall as the main method of software development in many companies. As the software development strategy becomes more agile and efficient, so too does the software localization process and some new technologies and emerging methods in localization testing.
Although automation testing may not be feasible for all software localization testing projects, automation testing is a growing trend to improve the efficiency and shorten testing turnaround times. Especially for some big software localization projects, which have huge repeat testing requests, automation testing may be a good solution for long-term cost-saving considerations and speeding up product releases to market. This method is typically used in projects, which may contain legacy features and functions and where there are high volumes of screen capturing workloads for each release.
Automation testing is commonly used for the screen shooting, UI testing and functional testing, which can all be adopted to both web testing and software testing.
With the advent of the Cloud computing era, software testing is moving to the Cloud or at least elements of a testing program are tested in the Cloud. This opens up new opportunities for businesses to conduct testing in another scalable and agile environment. It also adds more options and considerable value to the business, product and testing cycle. Cloud testing is a form of software testing where applications use cloud computing environments to simulate real-world traffic. The main benefits are scalability and the ability to access from anywhere in the world. The client’s application for testing can also be hosted in the Cloud, with access provided by the development team. This enables the tester to access the app online and also provides the developer the option to updating the application in the Cloud in a more agile environment.
Compared with some of the more traditional testing methods, there are other advantages for cloud testing, including: worldwide access, immediate availability and scalability of the testing environment. All of these benefits can save environment configuration and maintenance time. The snapshot application, which can be easily restored to a specified earlier point as a backup, can also be used in a Cloud environment. Use of the Cloud can also deliver cost-savings in terms of physical devices and efficiency improvement. Snapshot and real-time environment simulation is not limited to the Cloud and used in other testing methods.
Each localization testing program has different objectives, security requirements and specifications; therefore, each program will require different approach. A good global software localization testing provider will develop a testing strategy depending on the client’s requirements.
As innovation continually evolves and software users continue to demand quick changes and updates, in all languages, then more new technologies and methods will be used in localization testing to provide better solution for the technology organizations and end users.
Based in Beijing, Judy Chen is Technical Services Director at Welocalize.