Article | April 10, 2019

Overcoming Challenges Of IoT With The Help Of Functional Testing

By Ray Parker

Industrial Internet Of Things (IoT) And Digital Transformation

IoT devices are the ‘hot’ topic of this century and with increasing dependency on IoT innovations, testers are working rigorously to test IoT solutions. Testing professionals are investing their time to find solutions that can steer IoT application testing in the right direction. Due to the growing number of IoT devices, there are greater challenges for testers ahead. This is why they are investing their efforts in devising strategic approaches to ensure there are no errors with respect to performance, security, and functionality of these devices.

Keeping Pace by Utilizing Test Automation

Gone are the days when organizations utilized old ways of testing. With digital innovation today there is a huge scope for new testing techniques. Organizations are paying close attention to the utilization of test automation. They are working on introducing new testing ways to keep up with the latest innovation in technology.

Key Challenges in IoT

Organizations may face a lot of challenges when implementing IoT testing solutions, such as:

  • Unavailability of platforms for testing multiple test cases simultaneously
  • Failure of developers in creating IoT prototypes to meet business requirements
  • Absence of guarantee that prototype can work efficiently and get right responses

Testing experts should work on the following areas to meet the above-mentioned challenges:

  • Formal prototype/proof-of-concept
  • Key features that require testing
  • Detailed list of protocols that need to be followed for data transmission
  • Integration of tools with the rest of the IT system
  • Security solutions for features to secure IoT devices

IoT Solutions and Functional Testing

A lot of IoT solutions will be available when all these areas are understood by the testers. Organizations need to adopt innovative testing procedures and also focus on introducing functional testing solutions of IoT. Generally, functional testing is carried out at any stage of the development cycle to ensure that the application does not have any bugs and errors. Having said that, if testers rely on functional testing, there can be improvements in efficiency, accuracy, and functionality of IoT devices by a great deal. 

On the other hand, repeated test automation allows testers to detect errors during the early stages of the testing process. It is easier to make your software bug and malware-free and functional testing prove to come out as a time-saving solution for IoT devices. In order to address complex features of applications, more agile functional tools can be used repeatedly which will also have a positive impact on the application. With functional testing solutions, testers get accurate results in less time and deliver application early that helps meeting tight deadlines in this digitized era.

Final Word

There are numerous ways in which software testing experts are working in collaboration with developers to minimize the time duration of the development life cycle. Additionally, they are also trying to come up with solutions that can help them achieve their goals efficiently. Testers need to be much more vigilant about developing more efficient testing tools and pace up as IoT devices grow and gain more popularity.

About The Author

Ray Parker is a senior marketing consultant with a knack for writing about latest news in tech, quality assurance, software development and travel. With a decade of experience working in the tech industry, ray now dabbles out of his New York office.