3 types of TaaS explained

QA & testing

In an industry filled with various acronyms, the “as a service” acronyms represent the hottest trends, pointing in the direction the industry at large is headed. Whether it be SaaS (software as a service), IaaS (infrastructure as a service), PaaS (platform as a service), or any one of dozens of other XaaS services, these acronyms represent the fundamental shift to cloud and distributed computing that companies are adopting.

A more recent addition to the XaaS club is TaaS, or testing as a service. TaaS involves outsourcing testing to a firm that specializes in re-creating real-world scenarios. There are at least three main types of TaaS you should be aware of.


Functional Testing as a Service

Functional testing involves testing the front-facing parts of an application or website — including the UI and GUI — to see how potential customers will interact with it. This helps companies to see if their application is intuitive, as well as functional, and helps identify potential bugs that are likely to be among the most visible.


Performance Testing as a Service

The second type of TaaS is performance testing. TaaS firms will stress-test an application’s ability to handle multiple users, creating virtual users to see how the application performs under load. This can provide invaluable information for a company looking to ensure their application or website can scale and grow as needed.


Security Testing as a Service

Quickly becoming one of the most important aspects of TaaS, security testing scans and probes your application or website for any vulnerabilities. With more and more legislation putting additional burdens on companies to protect user data, security testing provides an added layer of accountability.


The benefits of TaaS

TaaS offers a number of significant benefits to development firms and projects.
1. Speed. Because TaaS firms specialize in testing, they are often able to test and find issues much more efficiently than in-house development teams.
2. Perspective. Developers and development teams can sometimes develop tunnel vision, only looking at their product from a specific point of view. Outside firms may approach an application or website from a completely new point of view that enables them to see things that would otherwise be missed.
3. Accountability. Especially in the realm of security, accountability is king. Having an outside firm test and verify the security of an application or website can go a long way toward reducing liability if there is an unfortunate breach.

Without a doubt, TaaS is quickly becoming an invaluable part of many companies’ development efforts. In the years to come, this service will continue to take a more dominant role among the XaaS acronyms.

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