Many companies – particularly enterprise companies – are still trying to figure out exactly what their mobile presence should be and how to properly achieve that presence. Unfortunately, according to a new report released by HP, Capgemini and Sogeti, many enterprise companies are in such a rush to catch up with the mobile market that they’re skipping testing. Here are a few disturbing stats Network Computing pulled from the report:
“Enterprises seem to have been caught by surprise at the speed by which mobile application adoption has taken place,” said Murat Aksu, vice president and global head of HP Alliance for Capgemini. “We’re finding enterprise quality assurance teams are falling behind. They’re not carrying out an end-to-end process that includes testing for functionality, usability, performance and security concerns.”
The report showed that among a global group of more than 1,500, fewer than a third of enterprises test their applications before sending them live. Particularly troubling is the fact that among those that actually do have a QA process in place for mobile applications, fewer than 18% tested for security issues, Aksu said.
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Aksu says a large part of the problem is that enterprise-sized companies are accustomed to having full control over all applications and devices, which they’ve traditionally kept tucked safely behind a firewall and other security measures. This old approach may be lending enterprises a false understanding of greater security threats. Or they simply don’t understand the threatscape associated with mobile.
No matter the reason – be it not understanding threats or simply a rush to market – enterprise will need to start understanding and respecting the need for app testing, particularly security testing.
Come back tomorrow and we’ll take a look at more QA stats from survey.