2010-2011 World Quality Report: new study from Capgemini identifies cloud-based and agile testing as the key trends in enterprise application quality assurance.

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Capgemini, provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, together with Sogeti, its local professional services division, have released the findings of the 2010-2011 World Quality Report. This in-depth study of enterprise application quality assurance and emerging trends in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), sponsored together with HP, reveals that the majority of companies (60 percent) around the world are hosting up to 50 percent of their applications in a cloud environment. Along with an increase in applications deployed in the cloud, organizations are also deploying agile IT delivery in their applications and infrastructure as they look to streamline operations. Close to 60 percent of respondents expect to use agile development methods to deliver new applications over the coming year. As a result, organizations are starting to adopt agile delivery methods and cloud computing technology as a part of their application quality assurance. The report also provides a detailed profile on IT development and quality assurance trends in six specific industries: Consumer products and retail, distribution and logistics, financial services, public sector, high tech and telecoms.

The study surveyed over 30,000 CXOs, IT directors, quality assurance managers and engineers across North America, Europe and Asia, building on the findings of the previous 2009 World Quality Report. Although last year's report identified that in 2009 most companies had to reduce their IT spending, the latest findings show the vast majority of organizations (71 percent) are still investing in new application development projects. The 2010-2011 report also reveals the effects of the economic downturn on enterprise software development and quality assurance. New projects are being initiated but IT investments are shifting from a daily operational focus towards building new applications that bring competitive advantage for business. As a result, both developers and testers are under increased pressure to provide greater efficiency, more consistent quality assurance methodology and better reuse of automated software.

As such, organizations are increasingly turning to agile and cloud based delivery methods to modernize their applications. Benefits cited include cost reduction (50 percent), increased agility (33 percent) and improved time to market (14 percent) for cloud computing. Time to market (37 percent), quality of application (26 percent), resource utilization...

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