Why industry leaders are investing in automated testing
AUTOMATION ESSENTIAL- How much automated testing does your team do today?
In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, it is increasingly difficult to continuously release high-quality software and keep up with high customer expectations. It’s no surprise then that 60% of QA professionals at B2C companies are worried about their level of code coverage, according to Applause research.
Organizations recognize that increased test automation is key to achieving higher test coverage. Nearly three-quarters of organizations want to use test automation for 25% to 50% of their testing, according to the European Software Testing Benchmark Report. It’s an industry.
But what exactly can test automation do for your organization? Here are a few examples, as well as some advice on how to balance test automation with manual testing.
Why you need test automation
Test automation provides scalable, reliable and repeatable results. More importantly, test automation enables you to test a broader spectrum of code and enables you to test this code across multiple platforms and environments. This is done by rapidly validating quality every time a change is made to code, with minimal manual intervention. Done properly, test automation can also verify production integrity and provide the right value without breaking the bank.
Test automation helps your QA team maintain an Agile development cadence necessary to make rapid iterations to your product build, which means you can release more code faster, enabling you to better compete and differentiate your product in the market. It’s also a big step to move towards continuous deployment.
Where to introduce automated testing
Your test maturity will help you identify the best areas to focus on and which to keep manual. The right planning will ensure proper coverage and minimal risk.
As your test automation strategy matures, you can verify changes within your application faster. This enables you to validate the application faster and potentially decrease your time to market. By automating the right test cases, you can focus exploratory and manual test cases on the most critical and complex parts of your code.