Should Large Firms Fear On-Demand Software Testing Processes?

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 in blogSaaS

Over the past few weeks, we’ve explored some of the “perceived” failings of software-as-a-service (SaaS) as a replacement for traditional on-site debugging tools.

Although the majority of concerns regarding quality, cost, and convenience don’t hold up under scrutiny, these common misperceptions are very rooted in many corporate environments. Nowhere is this “fear” of SaaS-based software debugging tools more prevalent than with larger companies.

To say that larger firms are “fearful” is somewhat inaccurate. “Risk-averse” is more appropriate.

You see, as a general rule, the larger you are, the more resistant to change you become. For in addition to all of the technical troubleshooting that often accompanies change, larger firms also have legal hurdles, boardroom oversight, and a long list of internal checks & balances that make changes very difficult to implement.

The resistance becomes even more pronounced when you factor in Quality Assurance (QA) managers – the traditional gatekeepers of the software testing process. Very few QA managers get promoted for the risks they take. They’re assessed on quality and output. There’s really no incentive for them to buck the system – not if a workable solution already exists.

Whenever alternatives are considered, the QA manager must assess cost, reliability, and how likely it is that others will embrace the change. If history is any lesson, corporate changes are rarely well received – even when those changes benefit everyone.

If the marketing and creative departments represent the risk-takers and dreamers, QA managers (along with accounting and legal) represent the conservative moral compass that keeps the company on track.

This yin-yang interplay is important. To manage a company effectively, you must balance innovation with prudence.

However, quality assurance managers – even the most risk-averse ones on the planet – face an interesting dilemma. The very nature of the software testing process places internal and external pressure on QA managers to innovate. That’s because software debugging tools go through an endless series of improvements, making it dangerous to become too set in one’s ways.

To remain competitive, innovation is essential. But how do you explore your options safely?

Can You Examine Other Software Debugging Tools Safely?

Despite pressure to explore new software debugging platforms, QA managers must tread lightly.

The usual approach is as follows:

  • See what other companies are doing
  • Let those other companies suffer the birthing pains of new developments
  • Wait till new software testing processes become more mainstream
  • Safely switch over to new software debugging tools after the smoke has cleared

A safe and sensible approach, the above steps are the epitome of “zero risk.” You only commit to tried and trusted paths once the software testing community has already blazed a trail.

The risk becomes even smaller if those mainstream solutions are cheaper than what you currently have installed. Your boss is sure to take note if you can switch the company over to a reliable software debugging platform that helps reduce expenses.

But is there a way to speed up the process? Can you mitigate risks and lower costs without waiting for the industry to lead the way?

At Testuff, we believe it is possible. And we’re not the only ones either. We’ve helped over 4,000 companies (big and small) make the transition to SaaS software debugging tools.

How Testuff Removes Risk from the Software Testing Equation

What is the secret behind our winning formula? How do we continue helping companies around the world painlessly switch over to on-demand software debugging tools, 100% risk free?

The answer is simple and comes in 3 parts:

1. We Make the Software Testing Process Scalable
Unlike with on-site software debugging tools, you don’t need to upgrade hardware or commit to expensive servers when you embrace SaaS. You simply install our light client on however many computers you need.

This means that you can install Testuff on just one machine – your machine – without changing a thing. This allows you to test our software debugging tools in isolation, while still keeping your on-site solutions operational.

After a few days or weeks, assess for yourself if the “quality” lives up to your standards. I mean, you can literally compare the test results of the old system with the test results of our system and decide which one is better.

I’m not one to promote secrecy, but you can do this without anyone ever knowing.

If you like the results, share them with your supervisors and install the software on more computers.

2. We’ve Reduced the Learning Curve to Hours – not Weeks
Resistance to change often stems from the perception that the new way will be more difficult. One has to unlearn old patterns and adopt new ones.

SaaS solutions rarely suffer from this issue. Users typically find on-demand software debugging tools to be incredibly intuitive and streamlined. Whereas on-premise testing solutions require bulky manuals and weeks of training (not to mention troubleshooting), our software testing suite works right out of the box, with mere hours needed to become an expert.

3. You Can Try Testuff without Spending a Dime
The second ingredient behind our successful transition formula is price. Confident in the robustness, ease, and convenience of Testuff’s software debugging suite, we offer all initial users a month-long trial at no cost.

When there’s no cost, there’s no risk… whatsoever. You don’t even have to pull out a credit card to take advantage of the free trial.

We’ve effectively made switching over to Testuff a zero-risk process for quality managers all over the globe.

Test it out for yourself. Download Testuff today.