Technology continues evolving at what seems like an ever-increasing speed, and we are constantly faced with new smart devices, and innovative software applications. Our use of, and reliance on, technology has grown, and we are close to being a truly connected society, collecting and exchanging astonishing amounts of data.

Reviewing the current technology landscape, it is possible to discern an underlying trend, and draw inferences about the future of testing. Big data, cybersecurity, fragmentation and the Internet of Things are areas that stand out and can be expected to have a significant impact on testing, and testers. New technology will require new skills, or new applications of existing skills. To remain relevant, testers will need to be flexible and adaptable, which necessitates continuous learning. Certain skills are likely to be more valuable, including code literacy, security literacy and data literacy.