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Five Steps to Smart IoT Testing

DevOps teams need to be able to deliver smart testing in an Internet of Things world, in order to ensure that the digital experience delights.
By Antony Edwards

3. Automate Testing
Manual testing cannot be the foundation of test strategies with the IoT, due to the complexity and variation of products and services. Automation of test execution doesn't suffice, as the entire testing process from creation through to analysis needs to be automated. This requires intelligent models to auto generate tests, with AI, ML, and analytics allowing DevOps teams to analyze data from testing, and to identify the patterns with bugs.

4. Converge Testing and Monitoring
By converging testing and monitoring, DevOps teams bring the user into the automated testing process, so testing is not just product-focused—it's really user-focused. Teams observe what users really care about, what impacts their productivity, what impacts their effectiveness, and what impacts their sentiment. They can then use this to determine whether the test was a pass or failure for a smart IoT product. The IoT is often about bringing technology deeper into our lives, and user acceptance is critical. Therefore, bringing the user into testing is even more critical in the IoT than elsewhere.

5. Get Ready for Load Testing
As the IoT continues to gather steam, DevOps teams need to start thinking about load testing. Many companies add IoT solutions to their existing IT infrastructure, and very few are ensuring that their infrastructure can handle the resulting surge in data. Load testing is an essential preventative measure that DevOps and testing teams must undertake to ensure their network can cope with the explosion in data volumes without impacting the product or user experience.

So testing today is not ready for smart IoT, and if nothing changes it will lead to delays in deployment, updates and user acceptance. However, by following these five steps, DevOps teams will be able to deliver smart testing in an IoT world—and ensure that the digital experience delights.

Antony Edwards studied computer engineering at the University of South Wales, Australia. He worked as a developer in Sydney before joining IBM Research in New York. Moving to London, Antony joined mobile operating system builder Symbian, moving from system architecture to eventually become a VP and member of the executive team. Prior to joining Eggplant, he held the position of CTO with a major U.S. online entertainment company.

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