Testing is a crucial part of the Software Development Lifecycle. The act of automating the testing process has emerged as a highly attractive approach compared to manual testing. In a recent study done by qTest, almost half of firms surveyed are looking to automate over 50% of their testing in the next year, resulting in automation becoming the majority approach used when software testing.
The manual testing approach is now considered an antiquated method with a laundry list of flaws including unreliable resources, high risk of human error, and limited testing scopes. Manual testing also consumes valuable time and resources - decreasing throughput and time to market. Human error and limitations will slash into your project’s ROI. Hence, large enterprises are transitioning to automated testing solutions.
Automation technology provides a sound framework to execute testing efficiently. Before testing begins, automation technology stacks are set up to develop scripts and scenarios that identify the best automation framework solution. Machines capture data that identifies potential risks and errors before any time or investment is consumed. By using Automation when testing, firms can expect up to an 80% increase in time to market. Eliminating the unknown variables is a competitive advantage that dominating companies like Amazon and Netflix have adopted.
Automation is key in keeping up with the big boys. Etsy recently switched to a fully automated deployment pipeline resulting in almost 50 site updates a day. Scaling the positive results of an initial testing sample shortens your software development lifecycle, reduces risks, and lowers costs. Automation testing is both reliable and cost effective. With the proper automation framework in place firms like, Etsy, have reallocated their resources elsewhere to focus on innovation and growth.