TEST Magazine July 2018

According to the trade association, UK Finance, there were 13.2 billion debit card payments in the UK last year, compared to 13.1 billion in cash, making 2017 the first year where cash was no longer king. Of course, all this is only made possible by the software which supports it. Since Payleven released the first device onto the UK market in 2012 it’s been the new and smaller businesses which have really benefitted from this explosion of tech, with businesses and individuals alike using these fast, efficient systems to power their trade activity. Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, tablets and other devices, these facilitators of commerce are now common and consumer trust is now firmly in place regarding these types of machines and the contactless payments they make on them. The UK Finance report stated that the rise of contactless payments is a key factor in increased debit card use, with almost two-thirds (63%) of adults now using contactless cards, with the average shopper making nine contactless payments per month, up from five in 2016. By 2027, UK Finance expects adults to be making 22 contactless payments per month.

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TEST Magazine was specifically created as a voice for the modern-day software testing and quality assurance professional. Launched in 2008 and distributed to an audience over 14,000, the publication provides news, features and practical, as well as professional, advice on all facets of software testing. TEST Magazine is widely regarded as the leading journal for software testing and quality assurance in Europe and beyond.


TEST Magazine’s readership is made up of C-level executives and directors in QA and Software Testing departments, as well as test managers, team leaders, consultants and analysts. We also have a wide readership in IT Management, as well as in academic circles. Focused primarily on the European market, 50% of our readership base comes from the UK. We do stretch beyond the European borders with numerous readers in USA, India and Australia.

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Published each year in September, the editorial plan for the next 12 months acts as a blueprint for the magazine. TEST Magazine prides itself on its in-depth coverage of the latest trends, good practices and challenges concerning software testing professionals. Each issue explores some key features, everything from Test Automation, to DevOps and Big Data, through to Mobile, ETL and Agile Testing. In addition, each issue covers a different industry sector such as Manufacturing or Retail, as well as regular features such as thought-leadership pieces and industry news.

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From the Benchmark Reports to our Executive Workshops and TEST Focus Groups, we are able to pool together senior decision makers from different vertical sectors to discuss their challenges in a meaningful and structured manner and share the findings with our network in hope to continually educate and promote healthy discussions for the betterment of the software testing and QA industry.

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