13 Experts Share Their 2016 Software Industry Predictions [SlideShare]
Test and Monitor | Posted December 30, 2015

It’s never easy to predict the future. But if you want to plan for the future, you need to keep an eye on what’s coming next.

This month, we reached out to people from different areas of the software industry to get their thoughts on what to expect in 2016.

From DevOps to automation, security, and open API — these experts discuss new and continuing developments, changes, and trends that will impact that software industry in 2016.

Here are thirteen software industry predictions:

1. Data will drive decisions

"Today’s application performance monitoring tools collect data from various applications and infrastructure components and help correlate results. However the last mile decision making is still left to the human intuition. As the role of IT changes in 2016, the IT operations and DevOps experts will be expected to not just ensure application quality but also perform data-driven decision making. APM will be increasingly supplemented by analytics and machine learning — whether in product or via integrations — to help contextual decision making."

Priyanka Tiwari

Product Marketing Manager, SmartBear


2. Automated testing becomes critical

“Test automation will become — as it has been doing — the most important process for any software testing team. Companies that invest in this procedure have a major gain in quality, being very targeted by the market.”

Luiz Eduardo Martins

Quality Analyst


3. DevOps teams will prove it or lose it

"DevOps will be challenged as quality and security take center stage and lifelong developers struggle with being asked to both develop and test; to jump between building and breaking. With high profile security breaches a regular occurrence and companies being challenged to produce code, code reviews, and artifacts for events that were initiated years ago — like the VW emissions scandal — team code review, archiving and traceability will take center stage. Prove it or lose it (in court)."

Kevin Gillis

VP of Products, Development & Testing, SmartBear


4. Testing will continue to be fractured

“Testing will continue to be fractured, with some organizations managing cost and offshoring, others integrating test and developing ('automation'), and others attempting to integrate the liberal arts and critique.”

Matthew Heusser

Managing Consultant

Excelon Development


5. Continued movement toward Git and repository management

"We will continue to see movement towards Git and repository management systems in 2016.  With this movement, large enterprise companies will need to verify that the code review capabilities meet the needs of their organization.  As an one example, they will need to think beyond 'Do my developers like it?' to 'What happens when we’re audited?'"

Justin Collier

Product Owner, SmartBear


6. Increased demand for fast, accurate monitoring

“As the whole world of e-commerce grows at crazy fast levels the need for fast, accurate monitoring and agility will become the true front stage stars. The quicker you can move the further you will go.”

Mark Gassner

Director of Technical Operations, Global-E


7. Mobile app testing grows in prominence

"With app stores approval processes becoming more stringent, mobile app testing will continue to grow in prominence. Releasing in the wild and the waiting for customer feedback to fix issues will continue to become more difficult given ever increasing stringent app store guidelines."

Nikhil Kaul

Product Marketing Manager, SmartBear


8. DevOps becomes more than a buzzword

“2016 is when DevOps stops being a buzzword and starts delivering value.”

Andrew Fullen

Studio Manager, Sogeti UK


9. Open API will cement the importance of API description

"With influential members officially on board, the Open API Initiative will further cement the importance of API description formats in 2016, driving the importance of Swagger to much larger levels."

Tony Tam

Vice President of Products, Swagger, SmartBear


10. SOA architecture and cloud technology grows

“2016 will keep trending towards SOA architecture and cloud technology with endless opportunities.”

Hrishi Potdar

Senior QA Engineer


11. The “Year of Security”

“2016 will finally be the Year of Security, with Fintech and Healthcare entering the API and app space in a big way and driving security concerns to top of mind for many consumers. I think the lessons learned from so many breaches in the last few years will push companies to find better solutions for security testing and implementation. I also think (hope) API consumers will start to demand better security standards from the API providers.”

Lorinda Brandon

Sr Manager, Digital Product Mgmnt, Capital One


12. Automated testing grows by leaps and bounds

“Automated testing is going to grow by leaps & bounds. Our engineering department is making a significant push to be extremely platform centric. Facilitating that is going to require very robust automated testing to ensure that the critical core software is as bug-free as possible."

Scott Doelling

Honeywell Fire Systems Americas

Test Automation Lead

13. Continued drive toward skilled testers

“There will be a continued drive in the market toward skilled testers that can be dropped into small development teams and be effective quickly. In practical terms, this means people that have some programming ability, general technical knowledge, very developed testing skills, and probably the ability to teach testing to others.”

Justin Rohrman

Consulting Software Tester, Excelon Development


What are your predictions for the software industry in 2016? Let us know in the comments below. 


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