A complete digital ecosystem is a prize every business across the globe is striving to achieve. As enterprises recognize the need for digital transformation, according to a PwC study, one-fifth of large corporates now have a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to accelerate the move.

With technology at the forefront, organizations are using it to their advantage to develop innovations, speed up processes and take up opportunities. However, they must also pay close attention to add levels of security measures, limit costs and optimize the use of resources. This is why Quality Assurance (QA) plays a critical role in the pursuit of key business goals. By implementing checkpoints along the way, it can strengthen products at each milestone of the development lifecycle. Consequently, a digital testing strategy ties it all together.

QA – A Key Factor in Digital Transformation

Typically, software testing was focused on identifying and mitigating defects only after the development cycle. Today, testing is more than just fixing software bugs and speeding up the product development cycle. It involves the coexistence of multiple applications and tools, planning cycles, and development methodologies. As digital becomes the bedrock, enterprises are opting to change the roles of testing by investing in digital testing solutions as part of the QA process more specifically, a digital-first testing approach.

What is digital-first testing?

Digital-first, otherwise known as digital by default often refers to the organizational shift from prioritizing traditional channels with digital ones. While a digital-first strategy does not intend to force stop the use of legacy systems, it suggests adopting modern and state-of-the-art practices that may make your business boom. The current pandemic is an ideal circumstance of enterprises embracing a digital-first technique to deal with the mounting challenges of remote working and client management.

The emergence of digital-first testing methodologies has empowered enterprises to strengthen their QA and testing prowess at a quick pace, with very minimal business disruption. However, one must understand the challenges of integrating a new system into a legacy system.

The what, why and how of digital testing

The digital age has significantly changed the way systems and people interact with each other. It is revolutionizing how businesses operate. With the shift towards Agile and DevOps models, it is compelling enterprises to reinvent testing strategies to render faster time to market and high levels of efficiency. Thus, digital testing solutions enable enterprises to unlock the value of the digital economy. It also combines the challenges of testing complex digital innovations with a customer-oriented approach.

While devising a digital testing strategy, it is important to consider keeping up with emerging trends and create a robust blueprint that proactively abides by it. Here are the four major digital testing methodologies that enable future-ready enterprises:

AI-led Testing

There is an evident impact of automation in the testing curve. The affordability and efficiency it provides earmarks it as a gamechanger in the digital ecosystem. By identifying and resolving issues, AI-led testing has reduced the need for manual intervention over mundane repetitive tasks.

Cloud-based Testing

The migration or adoption of the cloud is a big digital win. With cloud-based testing, enterprises have the chance to leverage the benefits of cloud services. A fully customizable solution, it offers flexibility to scale, reduction in capital costs, complete device or platform coverage, parallel execution and easy administration without any disruptions.

Security Testing

As security breaches become more commonplace, security testing has quickly emerged as a pre-requisite in the development lifecycle. Opting for a proactive testing strategy over a reactive one, it allows you to be two steps ahead. Therefore, applications and systems must be continuously assessed to uncover vulnerabilities that may threaten to put your enterprise at risk.

Microservices Testing

Today, products including an unending list of detailed aspects to design and develop to keep up with customer expectations. This demands accuracy in testing to eliminate the need for multiple rounds of testing cycle. To curb this, a microservices architecture enables breaking down a single application into a suite of services with characteristics of their own. This approach makes smaller APIs easier to maintain. By using microservices testing, quality assurance is brought back on track which promotes business continuity.

Boost testing with best practices of Aspire’s Hyper-Testing

Conventional testing approaches have taken a unilateral approach to defect detection. With Aspire’s Hyper-Testing framework, enterprises are provided with a holistic view of application layers through powerful dashboards. Designed for Agile and DevOps environments, its ability to conduct tests at digital speeds and deliver superior error-free solutions makes it a critical element in the digital testing strategy.

Created by our automation experts, Aspire’s homegrown Hyper-Testing frameworks address the need to offer a meticulous continuous testing methodology powered by artificial intelligence.

  • AFTA (Aspire Framework for Test Automation) – A powerful singular framework that manages multiple automation components for functional and non-functional testing requirements.

  • DCqaf (Digital Commerce quality automation framework) – A versatile framework that ensures end-to-end testing process across all retail operations that promise high levels of quality.

To discover more about Hyper-Testing and how to build a top-notch digital testing strategy while delivering flawless customer experiences.

Read our white paper on “Modernize your Digital Testing Strategy to Deliver Flawless Customer Experiences”

Roshini Cherian

Senior Executive


Janaki Jayachandran

Vice President

Practice Head