Testing As A Service Provider

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Testing as a Service @ Optum Global Solutions Introduction: Testing as a Service (TaaS) is an outsourcing model in which testing activities associated with some of an organization’s business activities are performed by a service provider rather than employees. TaaS may involve engaging consultants to help and advice employees or simply outsourcing an area of testing to a service provider. Usually, a company will still do some testing in-house. TaaS is most suitable for specialized testing efforts that don’t require a lot of in-depth knowledge of the design or the system. Services that are well-suited for the TaaS model include automated regression testing, performance tests, security testing. TaaS is also sometimes known as on-demand…show more content…
And some companies cannot afford to invest in best-of-breed solutions when testing and automation is not their core competency. One model used to handle specialized test efforts is to augment the staff with highly-skilled consultants. Another option is to use “Managed Service” solutions where organizations pay for full-service testing efforts, paying for the people resources needed during the period of time when specialized skills are necessary. “As a Service” solutions are becoming a popular way for organizations to get a service, without the investments or risks necessary by doing the work in-house. Often taking advantage of cloud computing and utility pricing, this model allows organizations to buy what they need, when they need it. Testing as a Service (TaaS) solutions are popular for complex testing efforts requiring a specialized skill set, expensive testing tools or a large amount of resources. When would you want to use TaaS? Certainly TaaS will not cover all of your testing needs. Regardless of test efforts that are outsourced, a good amount of testing should be done in-house when a project is under development. Unit tests, functional tests, and integration tests that require knowledge of the system should be performed throughout the lifecycle with a strong partnership between developers and testers. However, for tasks that can be automated, but require a specialized skill set or tools, it may be best to use an outsourced solution rather than try to hire
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