Software testing is the process of detecting faults in a product before it is released and becomes operational. Although there is a lack of understanding about its importance in a software development cycle, the value it can bring to a product cannot be denied. It not only caters to the quality needs of software but also acts as an influencer in making certain crucial business decisions. It can prove costly for an organisation but can also prove beneficial in many respects.
Since software testing helps in identifying and fixing bugs before the software becomes operational, the risk of failure can be reduced considerably. Once live operations begin, the cost can go haywire and fixing bugs at that point can be damaging to the entire software.
Any software does not necessarily work alone. Sometimes it has to integrate and function with other existing legacy systems, as need be. In such cases software testing gives a much needed assurance that it will work suitably and its performance won’t get affected due to the integration.
Software testing is carried out keeping the end user in mind. With a foresight for the scenarios that the end user will possibly face, tests are carried out and their accuracy and efficiency are duly noted for any discrepancies. Hence, it is assured that the end users, for who the solution is designed, will be able to productively operate it.