Software testing tools vital to e-commerce

As e-commerce grows, more companies are turning to software testing tools to guarantee the quality of their in-house developed applications, says a report from Ovum.

The report from the independent research and consulting company is entitled Ovum Evaluates: Software Testing Tools. It shows that the market is growing at an average of 30 per cent a year, and identifies the leading players as Mercury Interactive, Rational Software, Compuware and Segue, which account for 60 per cent of the market.

According to the report, the market has also seen a shake-out of smaller vendors, both through amalgamation and moves into niche areas.

Ovum predicts that the market, currently worth $US450 million, will rise to $2.3 billion by 2004, maintaining its 30 per cent growth rate.

Ovum believes that Web applications will be the main driver of growth in this sector, surpassing Y2K remediation projects in their contribution to the market in 1999.

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