The need for testing?

I was just reading an interesting article about the continuing need for testers (link below). If you disregard industries where regulatory issues pretty much define the requirement for testing (Defence, Aviation, Energy for instance) the nature of the role and the day to day activities have definitely changed over the years, with a much greater emphasis on streamlining the development process these days. This inevitably means that changes will always be prevalent throughout any development organisation. Big gains in efficiency can be made through initiatives such as #DevOps and #ContinuousDelivery but the quality of the end product is still the most important consideration. #QA continues to improve product quality by getting involved in the whole process from beginning to end and can act as a stabilising force through these periods of change. And from my own experience, having experienced QA professionals working on software almost never results in a reduction of product quality.