Software and Apps Top the Charts for Spending in 2013!

It isn’t all about consumer apps! Analyst firm Forrester recently released a report looking at global IT spending, and apps are surely and steadily taking up more of the budget for enterprises and governments.

Of the projected $2.06 trillion Forrester expects to be spent on IT this year, applications account for $234.6 billion. Combined with custom-built software by contractors and consultants, middleware and operating systems, software as a whole makes up the largest portion of this year’s estimated spending, coming in at $542 billion. Of these four sub-categories, applications is the largest. From TechCrunch: Forrester’s big-picture look at spending puts software as the biggest general category for investments, at $542 million for 2013. “Software is where most of the big changes in technology are taking place,” writes Bartels. That is to say, while legacy, on-premise investments are “languishing,” those that focus on cloud-based implementations such as SaaS; and “smart computing” in the form of big data analytics and mobile apps are booming — following trends we’ve seen for a while now. Overall, software investments are set to grow 3.3% this year and 6.2% in 2014 — growth rates that he concedes “may not seem impressive [but still] stronger than any other tech category.”

Recent Mobile Application Usage Drives Users to Mobile Devices from Desktop

Recently, eMarketer conducted a report about a comparison between time spent on mobile devices vs. desktops and laptops. The results were surprising. The numbers showed that many users are spending more and more time away from their non-mobile devices in favor of smart phones and tablets. In this report, eMarketer predicts that users in the US are expected to spend more media time on mobile devices rather than computers. They say: “US adults will spend 43.6% of their overall media time with digital this year, including 19.4% on mobile—compared to 19.2% on laptops and PCs. Time spent with mobile phones and tablets, excluding voice calls, has risen from 13.4% of all media time last year, and has nearly tripled since 2011.”

IOS 7 – With New Territory Comes the Need for Top-of-the-Line Testing Tools

When Apple announced iOS 7, it revealed an operating system with a much different look than the mobile OS we’re used to. According to Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper and iOS developer, this was an intelligent, strategic and aggressive move on Apple’s part. In a recent article, he describes iOS7 as a defense against copycats. Since this platform was released in 2007, iOS has seen countless immitations of its structure and appearance, especially by Android and Samsung. The iOS "theme" quickly became the "go-to" look for smartphones. Now, six years later, Apple is stepping out once again to set a new trend.

HP Releases Whitepaper Endorsing ZAP-fiX as the Go-To Solution for ALM Products on Mac OS!

Partners HP and ZAP Technologies, the leading provider of full lifecycle test automation solutions for mobile, Windows, iOS, and Unix applications, announces the publishing of a whitepaper released to discuss and illustrate how ZAP’s most popular, market-leading product ZAP-fiX extends the HP ALM suite to testing environments on Mac-based platforms.

ZAP Technologies Introduces Real Device Test Automation

ZAP Technologies is an HP Elite Partner, HP software reseller, and solution provider. The company has been developing and delivering leading solutions through HP Software for more than 15 years. ZAP Technologies specializes in developing software that extends HP Software technologies, implementing its industry experience and expertise in test automation best practices, QA management, performance validation, and application management for Mac and cross-platform environments.

ZAPTEST Mobile Application Testing Suite Steals the Show at StarEast Convention in Orlando!

May 1 and 2, Orlando, Florida – As has been tradition for the past several years, ZAP Technologies has attended the famous STAREAST Conference in Orlando to showcase its products and solutions to the Application and QA Testing community. STAREAST is a part of the STAR family of conferences, recognized as the leader in the software testing industry for over 20 years. In this conference, we unveiled zapGEN (ZAP Generator), our newest, innovative, and market-changing performance testing product in the ZAPTEST Suite (ZAP-fiX, zapFARM, and zapGEN). Our booth sported a high level of interest, and many professionals expressed their excitement in seeing zapGEN hit the shelves.

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