Antony Edwards - 14 April 2020
In the previous post in our series on the business implications of the coronavirus pandemic, we explored the importance of performance and scalability testing. Today, we’re examining a related topic: namely, how automation can enable workforce agility and reliable technology even as global teams are working remotely for an indefinite period of time.
As a recent article in the Economic Times put it, “Coronavirus has presented a situation most geeks probably didn’t anticipate: what happens when even the disaster recovery sites and business continuity plans are rendered useless.” The uncertain times in which we currently find ourselves underscore the importance of investing in digital business and long-term resilience. And one such strategy is end-to-end test automation, which enables companies to deliver much better quality software at a faster pace while simultaneously freeing up teams to be more productive.
Among the numerous benefits of a modern test automation strategy are:
- Aligning to agile and DevOps. Intelligent test automation disproves the perception that testing is a bottleneck, and instead positions it as a strategic resource that can deliver high-quality technology at agile and DevOps speed.
- Reliability: Manual testers can only execute so many tests in a given day. AI-driven automation enables companies to increase test coverage and find more bugs, guaranteeing a better performing website or application at release than is possible via manual or traditional testing approaches.
- Increased productivity. With testing cycles decreased, teams can be freed up to focus on other priorities or types of testing. As we mentioned in our previous post, areas like performance and scalability are particularly crucial as companies navigate their coronavirus response. A modern automation strategy enables companies to allocate human testers to these and other critical areas while ensuring that regression tests are also covered.
Now more than ever, organizations are looking for a way to save staff time, increase efficiencies, reduce costs and help employees be as productive as possible under trying circumstances. By overcoming process bottlenecks and enabling greater workforce agility, test automation can help companies address these requirements while also delivering better quality software and applications.
As Vanessa Bates Ramirez wrote in an article for SingularityHub, “This pandemic will likely make us pick up the pace on our path to automation, across many sectors and processes. The solutions people implement during this crisis won’t disappear when things go back to normal.”
Learn more about Eggplant’s approach to automation, and how we can help you automate testing and other processes even as you work remotely.