Top Reasons That Make Automation Testing Business-Critical

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Have you heard about Bixby, which is apparently South Koren firm’s competition to other voice assistant such as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa? Alas! Fans have turned it down and the response has not been so overwhelming. So, how do you make Bixby as smart as Siri?

The answer is rigorous testing and constant evaluation against varying customer experiences (CX).

This could be just a case in point to estimate the role and relevance of Automated Testing in the future.

Automation has been enabling enterprises to test their products within stringent timelines and with better efficiency. With innovative technologies and products getting launched each day, the need for robust testing mechanisms will keep on increasing.

Transparency Market Research in its recent report has estimated that the global test automation market will rise at a solid 15.4% CAGR between 2017 and 2025 to be worth US$ 109.69 Bn by 2025 from US$ 30.45 Bn in 2016.

Also, as per further market reports and analysis, the global test automation market is likely to get broadly segmented into products and services. The services segment would get further segmented into advisory, assessment, and managed services. This implies that you can estimate that various industries will need added guidance on all the aspects related to Test Automation services.

How will the role of tester get redefined?

Agile, DevOps, Scrum, and the overall concept of Continuous Delivery has transformed the role of testers. It has matured and evolved from tedious Manual Testing to fast and frequent Test Automation. We can confidently say that Test Automation is very much responsible for the shifting and evolving role of a tester.

One might say that with Automation the testers can take a backseat and let the tool do its job. However, the fact is, with automation of the testing activity, testers need to be more and vigilant and strategized. Automation without intervention can be a hazardous proposition.

Additionally, in an Agile environment when testers and developers have to work together, the overall dynamics of the teams change. Testing gets faster and releases get more and more frequent. In such cases, testers have to even perform the role of developers and vice versa. It is a proven fact that Automation in any case cannot work without a testing strategy. Tools and frameworks enable and accelerate the testing activity only when it gets directed with a good plan and thought-through perspective.

The role of a tester will always keep evolving in an automated testing environment. Frameworks would get created, tools would get developed, and the only thing that brings everything together and in sync is a testing strategy and a tester’s experience.

Automation will continue to focus on Quality of Testing

In the coming years the demand for software testing will increase, as new technologies and gadgets will need inventive testing mechanisms. Every product will work via a software application, which will work as a key consumer interface. Enterprises will invest more and more in software testing and automation to ensure that the application gives consistent results over a period of time under varying conditions. This will help them ensure desired customer experience.

Quality being the focus, there will be a growing need for automation to ensure it. It will be a shared responsibility in the development team. This will make a difference and redefine software development at every stage of the cycle. Moreover, organizations will have to change strategies and make structural changes to accommodate quality within their systems. Speed of delivery will be key, but only automation will help to ensure quality across the process.

Test Automation will help bring faster feedback

The core purpose of introducing automation has always been to bring speed to the testing and overall software development cycle. It adds value by accelerating the tedious testing activity that is needed for ensuring the desired outcome.

Speed will always be the requirement across diverse industries. Automation will, in all possible ways, help give faster feedback to the team, which will cut down the delays and lay focus on enhancement. Testing Automation will no longer become a bottleneck, but an enabler in the development activity.

The Tester’s role will focus on continuous monitoring and reporting of any deviations in the production activity. In a way, automation of testing will make the activity more and more tangible and measurable for considering the subsequent actions. This will help teams to reduce bugs way ahead in the testing cycle. Time is a key element, which will keep up the need and relevance of test automation even in 2018.

Test Automation will ensure traceability

Automation will not just ensure speed with quality. There’s much more to the process than this. All the test automation tools and frameworks are designed to provide well-structured and detailed reports. These reports come in handy for teams to understand the root cause of the issue/error/bug. Transparency and traceability are some of the greatest highlights of automating the testing process.

These inferences and findings can be pulled out to identify the glitch and accordingly strategize or revise the software testing activity. This can help solve ambiguity in technical implementations such as code complexity or redundancy. In all possible ways, it will enable teams to ensure that the problems do not occur again by taking the right steps in the software testing strategy. Automation Testing will always be required for dealing with the root cause and eliminating it as the development process proceeds.

In Conclusion

CTOs of organizations across diverse industries will always struggle to balance between speed and quality. That’s the very reason they are very much convinced that automation in testing will always bring value for them. Whether you plan to go with a licensed tool or consider an Open Source approach, no one can escape the need for a well-structured testing strategy. Tools can be enablers in the process, but only dedicated teams, and automation experts can bring value for enterprises in their test automation process. Need for automated testing will not die in the near future, but will give the desired outcome with dedicated, well-aligned teams that work on automation scripts/projects.

Check out how Cigniti’s test automation experts implement automated test suites with a focus on long term utilization of the suites. Our key Agile-based test automation activities include small and lean tests to lower maintenance of automation backlogs, prioritize candidate test cases, and much more.

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