New Research: IT Organizations Not Ready for “Deluge” of Changing Apps

Many IT departments unprepared for accelerated change in business applications
June 23, 2014 - PRLog -- Many corporate information technology (IT) departments may be unprepared for the accelerating pace of change in business software applications, according to new research by Original Software (, a global software-testing solutions provider. Original Software conducted an online survey earlier this year, canvassing IT personnel at large and small organizations around the world about the role of software-testing technology in their businesses.

When asked “How confident are you that your software applications change quickly enough to achieve your organization’s goals?” the majority of respondents showed ambivalence, with 39 percent expressing a position that is “Neither confident nor unconfident.” In addition, nearly two thirds of respondents reported the performance of their testing tools is either “Average,” “Poor” or “Very Poor” when considering the ability to “support applications that change frequently.”

Interpreting the study’s results, Colin Armitage (, CEO of Original Software commented: “Analysts estimate there will be as many as 200 billion apps downloaded to smartphones, tablets and other devices by 2017. Many of those apps will be processing financial transactions or e-commerce purchases for businesses and consumers, generating waves of changes to enterprise applications of all kinds. How can corporate IT organizations cope with this roiling deluge of new software when they don’t seem to be paying enough attention to the challenges of quality control and have little faith in the applicability of their software testing technology?”

Companies whose IT departments struggle to deliver the frequent change required by internal or customer-facing applications risk higher operating costs, lower productivity and competitive disadvantage, Armitage explained.

“Leveraging new technologies, such as mobile apps for retailers and financial services firms, is a smart move,” he elaborated. “But cutting corners in quality assurance processes to keep up with changes in software is a risky proposition.”

To ensure the quality of new and upgraded applications, Armitage offered IT teams three tips:

“Test quickly and often,”
“Test in coordination and collaboration with your business users”
“And then re-test before going live with any application.”

Last month, Original Software announced the latest release of Qualify (, its industry-leading application quality management (AQM) solution. The upgrade enhances the ability of project and test managers to optimize testing activities in real time and meet project objectives with the most efficient use of resources.

“The management information and planning capability help organizations respond quickly to changes across their software projects and make the most efficient use of resources,” Armitage said.

About the Study

Original Software conducted a 60-day online survey during the first quarter of 2014 among personnel involved in software testing and quality assurance at large and small companies around the world. More than 100 technical and business managers responded representing nearly two dozen industries, most notably the fields of business technology, financial services and retail. Respondents from 15 countries participated with roughly a third coming from the US and about a quarter coming from the UK.

About Original Software

Original Software ( enables organizations to meet their objectives more rapidly by delivering enterprise application functionality frequently and efficiently. Knowledge workers and IT professionals use our technology to streamline user acceptance testing, conference room pilots, manual and automated testing, project management, and regulatory audit of applications. The software provides the fastest way to capture and share business processes, validate application functionality, and manage projects in real time. Customers report massive increases in productivity, enabling them to keep up with changing business needs while reducing cost. More than 400 organizations, of all sizes and industries and operating in over 30 countries count on Original Software every day.


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Bob Dirkes
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Bob Dirkes
Source:Original Software
Tags:Software Testing, Software Upgrade, Technology Upgrade, Business Software Applications
Industry:Software, Technology
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