How can developers guarantee their software testing is eco-friendly?

At Capgemini, the sustainability credentials of software practices are considered by their head of global automotive Alexandre Audoin.

There is a rush among automakers to prioritize their operations and investments toward more digital mobility services. Apart from current investment in electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and digital mobility services an additional estimated amount of US$50 Billion is required to meet long-term sustainability targets. The stakeholders of the automotive companies are putting intense pressure on them to make their products and operations more feasible and viable so that the new regulations set by directives like the European Green Deal and the Paris Agreement are met.

Automakers are not only considering their hardware but also the increasing number of software applications associated with the hardware as the vehicles are now getting smarter and connected.

As IT and Technology have a huge impact on the environment, in order to achieve sustainability in software engineering, Product teams should be proactively updated to minimize complexity and resource consumption by software.

Audoin commented “Along the software journey – from design to implementation, and then production – a shift left testing with green code reviews can be hugely beneficial as this helps to eliminate wastage with code efficiency, reduce energy consumption and create impact. Machine learning can also be used to predict code defect areas using historic data, thus increasing the effectiveness of reviews, test design, and test optimization.” 

The carbon footprint of critical business processes can be measured and reported by continuous testing in integration with DevOps. Cost-effective and resilient applications can be built by mapping the sustainability parameters to validate the energy efficiency of business processes at a transactional level

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