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Test automation status report

Perforce 02/07/2020, 8:59 am
Perfecto by Perforce has published a report on the status of test automation in 2020. Test automation rates for web and mobile applications are still low, but there is a willingness to invest.
Perfecto by Perforce has published a report on the current state of test automation. The 2020 State of Test Automation Report outlines test trends, industry-wide automation rates, respondents' concerns and their priorities for the current year. To get a better overview of the current situation when testing web and mobile applications, Perforce and Gatepoint Research surveyed cross-industry DevOps experts from over 100 digital companies. Perfecto by Perforce is one of the market leaders for cloud-based automated test solutions for mobile devices and web applications.
The report contains the results of the survey as well as expert assessments and recommendations from Perfecto and thus provides a cross-industry overview of test automation - including the average automation rate, the importance of mobile testing in different industries, the way in which test processes are carried out, the spread of the “shift left approach” (the relocation of test processes to the earliest possible point in the overall process) and the greatest challenges facing leading companies today. The most important results at a glance:
  • Only 18 percent of the companies test exclusively within their development teams, completely without the involvement of a centralized quality assurance team. This confirms that acceptance of the shift left approach is still low.
  • Aside from manual testing, the teams spend most of their time maintaining tests and setting up the test environment.
  • The majority of companies test as soon as a new dev build is available. During the rest of the process they are therefore in a kind of “wait mode”, which means that there is a risk that errors will be overlooked.

The prevalence of test automation varies widely

Test automation is an essential element of the software lifecycle. Without it, test processes become a bottleneck and slow down the release of the software application. More than ever, the automation of tests enables development teams to test at DevOps pace without slowing down the release cycle. However, there are obstacles - the average adoption rate of test automation is less than 50 percent. Companies without a cloud test platform like Perfecto run the risk of falling behind and not being able to realize their full potential.
However, as the report shows, the rate of test automation varies from team to team. Almost 40 percent of the teams still automate less than a quarter of their test cases. Only nine percent automate three quarters. In addition, manual testing continues to be by far the most time-consuming activity for teams.
Eran Kinsbruner, Chief Evangelist at Perfecto, adds: “The data shows us that quality assurance is still responsible for testing in most companies. However, it often lacks the more technical skills required for test automation. What companies need is a solution that can meet a wide range of qualification levels. "
You can access the “2020 State of Test Automation Report” here. Visit www.perforce.com for more information.

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