If the current situation of the world taught us anything, is that we need to be able to adapt ourselves quickly and efficiently. The same goes for any kind of industry, including the software industry. With the changes brought by the pandemic, digital transformations are happening faster than expected and, in order to remain at the top of the competition, businesses need to deliver better and faster products.
Hence, using automation throughout the development cycle would make be a game-changer for developers and testers. AI-driven automation is essential to drive software testing.
Yet, many organizations are still doing software testing manually, due to a shortage of test automation. Indeed, businesses are embracing Agile and DevOps practices in order to implement faster software release cycles, enhancing customer experiences. Whereas when it comes to the bulk of the testing life cycle, it remains mostly manual and ineffective. Without manual testing, quality and speed-to-market are considerably reduced.
Most developers believe that automating testing and automation applications would improve software quality and help them waste less time. However, the road to change appears to be slow.
Benefits of Test Automation
As many organizations are slowly starting to adopt test automation and automated practices within the testing life cycle, they are experiencing its benefits. Among the most important ones, Automation allows a faster time-to-market, better efficiency, and productivity as well as high-quality products. All of this also leads to better meet customer requirements, thus giving the best customer experience.
Moreover, automated testing can also go a lot more in-depth compared to humans. For instance, it can be beneficial in the case of multi-language software or can even go to some limit cases that general manual testing could easily oversee. Automation can simulate large volumes of simultaneous users, thus ensuring that the server and the network are ready to handle it.
In order to stay ahead of the ever-growing competition, organizations need to implement automation and hence, improve their productivity, by using automation in the many stages of the development lifecycle. In time, test automation will help enterprises become more predictive than preventive.
By having test automation tools, organizations are able to take care of issues faster. That way, this will also allow testers to upgrade their skills and focus on more important tasks.
The future of Automation
With automation, businesses want to become completely autonomous. This is why test automation still has a long road ahead in order to introduce more automated tools in the development process.
AI-driven automation becomes more and more essential to the software industry. It allows organizations to get their software faster to market as well as improving the efficiency, reliability, and agility of their release cycles. Automated testing would reduce the number of bugs and errors, thus decrease the resources and cost used to fix them.
Some of the challenges to adopting test automation are due to the costs and resources that are required to set-up and keep the automation running, which they don’t necessarily have. Besides, some testers are afraid to be eventually completely replaced by automation, even though it seems unlikely.
Although many businesses are still undecided whether or not to adopt automation, those that do will see an upgrade in the development and delivery of their software.