Experts in the software testing field predict that outsourced testing projects to countries like India will increase by 9 percent in 2012, while many developed nations will reduce onshore testing by as much as 5 percent in 2012 alone. Irrespective of how many feel, outsourcing of software testing is a growing trend and at the moment, one might have to agree with the view that it is here to stay.
But there are many valid reasons for software firms to make a choice of this sort.
Time is money
Software development companies are under huge pressure and often delivering the fully-ready software on the right time can make difference of several million dollars. These companies prefer to outsource testing to professionals who have been doing it day and night and can deliver on exact time without fail.
While a firm already spends on developers, it might not be inclined to go ahead and spend same amount of cash on hiring full-time software testers. The firm might feel that they are not useful at other times and bringing them together along with the entire infrastructure required for software and performance testing might just not be viable.
Simplicity and streamlining
Hiring software testers and providing the necessary support might clutter the existing office structure and also prove a lot more taxing on the managerial staff that needs to take care of the project. Outsourcing it to cheaper clients saves effort as well.
Creativity over testing
Since most software firms primarily hire developers and programmers, they will not be too pleased about jumping ship to testing; which is surely a lot less creative. Hence it is best to keep them to what they are interested.
When firms outsource software testing to top clients they are assured of an expert team that has already worked extensively on testing and debugging, tracking and reporting. This offers both precision and quick results.