This IDC study forecasts solid growth in the discrete global testing services market, as companies turn to project-based or fully outsourced testing services to support application testing or product engineering testing requirements. While enterprises, ISVs, OEMs, and technology companies can procure these services in either discrete or bundled testing contracts, this study specifically focuses on the spending tied to standalone testing services engagements. IDC forecasts a five-year CAGR of 16% for discrete global testing services, reaching an estimated $29.3 billion by 2016.
"The pressure to validate an increasingly complex set of testing requirements across different applications architectures and interfaces (e.g., SOA/cloud/mobile), multiple mobile OSs, form factors, and network technology layers will be challenging for most customers over the forecast period," according to Rona Shuchat, director of Application Development, Testing, and Management Services. "IDC expects that while internal QA or QE teams are expanding their use of private and/or public cloud dev/test environments to improve scalability and efficiency of operations, they will seek out third parties for their test resource expertise, test strategy planning, test coverage/modeling optimization, and automated integrated test frameworks to accelerate test cycles at lower cost structures. Cross-platform test experience in mobility, M2M, and application cloud migrations will be essential capabilities within testing services portfolios."