Zephyr Releases Annual \'How the World Tests\' Industry Report

15 December 2018

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Zephyr, a SmartBear company and the leading global test management solution, has released its annual testing report for 2018, "How The World Tests." The report is compiled of data collected from a cross-section of Zephyr clients, comprised of 18,000 customers across 100 countries. The report covers insights related to the adoption of agile, automation, DevOps and analytics. 

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A prominent theme in this year's report was expanded agile adoption and the need for greater use of automation frameworks and integrations.

"Over 70 percent of our respondents said that at least 50 percent or more of their testing projects are agile," said Tom Alexander, Vice President of Marketing for Zephyr. "And large enterprises are leading the way when it comes to the adoption of automation testing tools."

In fact, enterprise-level organizations surveyed reported that a median value of 40 percent of their test repository is automated compared to medium-sized (30%) and small (20%) businesses.

This is in stark contrast to the findings from Zephyr's last annual report which found that 7 out of 8 companies were not even at the halfway mark when it came to test automation.

"A staggering 77 percent of respondents agree that not enough of their tests are automated," said Alexander. "And 69 percent are looking for more traceability in the development process in order to ensure that none of the requirements have been overlooked. That's where Zephyr really shines; our traceability reports provide more accountability and streamline the process for the whole team."

In terms of DevOps, more organizations are making the transition to achieve a streamlined approach, but it's not easy. Respondents to the Zephyr survey reported a host of challenges in making the shift, including changes to the organization's culture and difficulty choosing the right tools to support their new DevOps practices.

"How The World Tests" aims to provide a relative benchmark to help organizations determine where the testing industry is moving and plan accordingly for the future.

Zephyr's report represents a wide range of industries, including technology, financial, media, healthcare, and retail sectors, as well as key stakeholders in testing and software development, including QA, testers, developers, and product managers.

To learn more about the future of test management download the full report.

About Zephyr

Zephyr, a SmartBear company, provides the world's most widely used software test management solutions, powering more than 18,000 customers and 5 million users across 100 countries. Zephyr is leading the global transformation toward DevOps and Continuous Testing Agility through widely adopted advanced quality management, automation and analytics tools. Leading product and IT teams in finance, healthcare, media, mobile, IT services and enterprise leverage the Zephyr family of products to keep pace with accelerating software delivery lifecycles. Dedicated to helping organizations spend less time testing and more time building, Zephyr launched the first testing solution natively inside Jira nearly a decade ago. Today, companies and teams of all sizes rely on Zephyr's end-to-end solutions, unmatched scalability and support to move from ideas to impact with increasing velocity and ease. Zephyr is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with regional offices in Philadelphia, Europe and India.


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