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Software Testing Market Continues To Rise

March 11, 2009

The global market for computer software testing services appears to be the IT sector with the strongest outlook, according to an industry report.

The market for testing services is expected to become a $56 billion industry by 2013, according to software consulting firm Ovum on Wednesday.

Market testing services take place in order to discover any errors or bugs that may exist on computer software after production.

“Both the outsourced and in-house testing services markets will grow over the next four years but not at the heady rates seen over the last four years,” it said.

“Despite this slowing, testing services will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.5 percent from 2008 to 2013, faster than most other (information technology) services.”

India is becoming a greater rival to the US and European software tester markets due to the fact that the quality of its services is increasing while the cost of services continue to be more affordable, according to Ovum senior analyst Alexander Simkin.

“Indian testing services providers used to compete purely on price through labor arbitrage. That’s changing,” Simkin said.

“They are now climbing the value chain and offering the same capability as North American and European testers.”

He added that “we could see increasing numbers of testing services jobs going to other low-cost territories such as China, Malaysia and North Africa” due to a shortage of service in India due to high global demand.

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