As the software development industry has seen unprecedented levels of digital transformation, the demand for in the CI/CD pipeline has taken on greater urgency, especially at the early stages. Also, new advancements in are helping developers with some of the biggest challenges in : test creation, maintenance, and many manual tasks. Many companies have noticed and are spending more on their automated testing initiatives.
Strong testing practices have gotten to be so crucial that they’ve become “the main differentiator between companies that are successful and those that aren’t,” according to Guy Arieli, the QA CTO at . When solution, they’re primarily looking for one that will increase the quality of their releases, increase the speed at which they can be done, and be the most cost-efficient. A out a vendor that satisfies most of their needs while integrating into their CI/CD pipelines.
“We see customers want a unified solution. You don’t want to be using disparate tools for end-to-end testing of different types of clients,” said Dan Belcher, the co-founder of . “Increasingly, they’re pushing us to add value to those with insight around things like performance and visual correctness and other kinds of attributes of quality because they’re trying to move from pure quality assurance like ‘did I break this core feature?’ to quality engineering: ‘Is the feature better than it was before? Is it faster? Is it more accessible? Is it visually appealing?’ ”
Chris Haggan, the product management lead at , said it’s more than just getting the solution with the most features. It’s also about with the tools they already have and seeing if it fits appropriately with the development organization’s overall approach. Another issue is whether the solutions to the mix since they can add complexity.
Where to start?
To start with their automated initiatives, organizations need to earlier, as quality has become a core functional necessity, and testing early on is vital.
“We all the time wanting to fully automate everything in weeks. Yes, of course, that is technically possible. Still, it takes time to evaluate what’s important to test, how solutions fit into your CI/CD chain, which generates test data, and so on, according to Kevin Surace, the CEO and co-founder of . “While no one wants to hear it, the best automation strategy is laid out over a year,” Surace added.
organization’s culture and in executing deep code analysis, as well as deep reliability and security at the earliest stages. “If you put it at the end, you can’t accelerate your delivery. You’re always kind of running into a bottleneck at the end of the process,” said Mark Lambert, the vice president of Strategic Initiatives at .