CONTINUOUS TESTINGEmbracing Open Source Toolsets and Shift Left for Continuous Testing

Emma Datny Emma DatnyDecember 24, 20194 min

In a recent Gartner study, 64% of top digital performers were using an open source first approach for test automation, while lower performers show a much lower rate of open source adoption. Why? Because open source embodies the innovative, fast-moving qualities needed in today’s application economy. 

We are in a changing market driven by agile development, innovation and collaboration. Open source is not going anywhere. In fact, the open source services industry is expected to reach nearly $33 billion by 2022, with more and more enterprise companies adopting open source over traditional legacy tools. 

But it’s not the developers who need to be convinced. Over 30 million are already contributing and collaborating on sites like GitHub, including many who are part of enterprise companies.They are already experimenting with open source tools throughout the CI/CD toolchain, and want access to innovation and collaboration – which they can find with open source communities. 

Agile teams  need to deliver quality fast. They are looking for tools that are easy to try and easy to learn, which allows them to work without any bottlenecks. Agile teams prefer tools that are always up-to-date, easy to adopt, and fully customizable. They also enjoy the wealth of knowledge and support for best practices within the open source community that can inspire in-house initiatives. 

Many developers are already on their journey for digital transformation, innovation and collaboration. And we can bring that development culture shift to the whole enterprise. 

Focus on Quality with Low Cost Risks:

So what’s the big deal with open source? One of the main advantages is its low barrier to entry and ease of adoption, which allows teams to be able to experiment more often and test out new technologies. Open source allows you to download and start using the tool immediately,  in contrast to most legacy tools that require extensive setup and maintenance, and often require services. With open source, if a tool doesn’t fit a team’s needs, you don’t have high cost risks. Just move on, and keep focusing on quality and innovation. 

Become a Software Innovator in a Culture of Collaboration:

By engaging in open source communities, teams can bring back new ideas to the enterprise proprietary software, which can have a stake on future projects that differentiates your business from competitors. With developers supporting one another to enhance and improve tools, there is constant innovation and customization. Moreover, the flexibility means there teams can share use cases, updates, best practices, and ideas with each other, and across the open source community.. 

Easy Adoption and No Vendor Lock-In: 

With open source, there is no need for highly specialized teams learning one specific tool. Developers can choose their tools of choice and if adopted, can be shared within the whole organization. The rapid innovation coupled with no learning curve or expensive licensing lets your teams focus on building better apps, faster, instead of being tied down to inflexible legacy tools. 

Open Source-Based, Enterprise Readiness:

The software delivery lifecycle in an enterprise is complex—hundreds of interconnected application components and technologies from development to production. Teams may be using open source tools in continuous integration, testing, application lifecycle management, release planning and deployment, and configuration management – and this can be hard to manage and collaborate. We want to build an agile environment across the entire software development lifecycle, not disconnected silos. 

Some things don’t come for free with open source. There is a gap. While open source has many advantages, they lack the tools you need to become a true, software leader. How do you scale and build large team collaboration? How can you ensure security and compliance when open source communities are open to all? There is still a hesitance to shift left and embrace open source. 

So how can you embrace the benefits of open source to release better apps faster, while still remaining compliant, secure, and delivering at enterprise speed and scale?

The answer is a solution that lets you enjoy the flexibility of open source with enterprise scalability.  

Meet BlazeMeter Continuous Testing, the industry-first shift-left continuous testing platform for the enterprise, that is 100% open source compatible. BlazeMeter includes UI functional, performance, user experience, 360° API Testing and Monitoring, and virtual or mock services – all integrated in an easy to use SaaS platform. 

Learn more in this webinar, and start testing for free at www.blazemeter.com 

 

Emma Datny

Emma Datny

Emma Datny is a product marketing manager at Broadcom in the Continuous Testing business unit.