Before we delve into discussing the priorities for 2017, it will be worthwhile spending few minutes looking at what made the headlines in the IT world, many Testing front. In fact, it will not be all correct to segregate milestones across years, since there is so much improvements happening and Tools & practices are calibrated, enhanced, simplified and adopted with a 1-3 year horizon. So, let’s re-word it by saying – the most talked about stuff in testing world in 2016. Moreover, since testing is an important part of any software development, the trends in software development is closely connected with trends in software testing. Automation & Dev-Ops continue to top the list. With a close conjunction with Agility, IT departments are looking at lean practices such as eliminating manual effort on Regression, Shorter builds, etc. Continuous Security testing has been looked at as a key strategy and differentiator among products. Predictive analysis testing, Big data, Cloud, IoT & Mobile app testing, Open source tools were all the most spoken topics on testing. The trends talk volumes on the fact that – Testing has increasingly become a priority and no more an afterthought. There is no doubt that successes and learnings from 2016 will have a big impact on focus areas of 2017 – Test automation continues to be on priority as organizations go lean on IT spending and embrace agility. The need for continuous integration, faster and frequent quality delivery can be achieved only automating testing and build processes. Mobility and Device testing: According to Gartner, by 2017, over 260 billion downloads of mobile apps will generate cumulative revenue of over $ 70 billion. Digital platforms: The application environment has moved beyond PC, desktops, tablets and mobiles to just every connectable device one can imagine. API’s will play a big part in embracing true digital transformation. The digital landscape is fast widening. With m-wallets and mobile banking getting popular, there will be a constant demand for mobile app and device testing. Shift Left IT departments have realized the benefits of this strategy and have aligned developers and testers on the same level to ensure quality from day one. The roles of developer and tester have been slowly fading, with the Testing responsibilities co-owned and focus on quality & value-driven delivery. Virtual Reality The ‘Google Cardboard’, ‘Samsung Gear VR’ headset enables end user to experience virtual reality in a simple, fun and affordable way. This attracts testing of the mobile networks, platforms, battery stability, specific mobile apps, etc. Pokémon-Go was one of the sensation of 2016 in virtual reality. This will pave the way for numerous gaming companies. The mainstream shift toward AR (Augmented reality) and VR (Virtual reality) provides new ways to connect with customers and offer unique and memorable interactions. IoT, AI (Artificial intelligence) and Smart Things: The moment we see the term ‘Smart things’, we are reminded of robots, drones and other unmanned machinery. Enabled with AI, these devices are ready to take IoT to the next level and will dominate Manufacturing, Retail, Hospital, Workplaces and homes. IoT is all about robust and responsive solutions. Developers, Architects, Business analysts and Security experts need to work together to devise ways to integrate all the components flawlessly. This, in turn will directly affect the testing requirements. With an estimated 50 billion IoT sensors by 2020 and more than 200 billion “things” on the internet by 2030, IoT continues to transform or disrupt business models. Big data and analytics In the age of digital transformation, almost everything can be measured. Analyzing the exponentially growing heterogeneous data has been a concern for a while. Adaptive and robust security architecture: Multi-layered security is becoming increasing critical. Centene Corporation, in January 2016 announced that close to 1 million members had potentially been impacted due to a data breach caused by loss of hard drives including personal health information of members. LinkedIn reported a breach in 2012 which affected 150 plus million accounts. Innovative Open source: When it comes to cost-effectiveness, organizations look for new and innovative open source tools that can be engaged and customized at various levels of testing.