Are we Giving Automation the Credit it Deserves?

By Aliya Khan July 20, 2018 Blog

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“How many test cases do we have to execute before the release?”
1500
“How much time do we need for that?”
10 days!
“Well, we have only 3 days! Let’s get it done!”

Does this conversation sound familiar to you? Well, this is exactly why you need automation! Think for yourself- how much do you spend in executing test cases? How much time do you spend in maintainability?

There are several myths associated with automation. People tend to start worrying about job security the minute it is spoken about. However, if you focus on the outcomes, then you’ll understand that automation allows you to participate in the future of thought, while also letting you experiment with new technologies, and focus on acquiring new skills. Let’s look at Automation Testing and understand how it can be an eye-opener for organizations.

The critical element in Automation Testing is to identify the processes that need to be automated. Automation can drive efficiencies in several activities within a process, thereby improving overall functionality and introducing continuous delivery.

How Automation is a Blessing?
Automation is not just about making use of artificial intelligence and reducing human dependency. It is also useful for supporting people with their jobs. For example, script-less test automation helps manual testers and other professionals to automate a test case without writing a single line of code. Which is why it is also known as code-less test automation. Since, it doesn’t require the knowledge of programming language, script-less test automation makes the process of automation testing easy enough for anyone to automate. Now isn’t that a blessing?

How Automation is Complimentary?
By covering major business risks, automation gives your people more time to be creative. They can work on creating their own value proposition and building their own niche instead of indulging in repetitive and mundane activities that can be easily automated.

Why Automation only Works For a Few?
While adopting Automation Testing, most organizations struggle with finding the right operating model to implement automation. Since it’s all relatively new, they don’t know how to manage it. Should they build capabilities, buy capabilities or do a hybrid?

The next issue in line is that there are pockets of teams around the world all experimenting and saving money with automation testing. But because it is not centrally governed and tracked, the benefits aren’t visible. The other challenge of automation is that you are potentially under-utilizing the capacity of the automation tool. Therefore, the success of automation testing depends on various factors and not just its mere installation.

Why Automation is Essential Today?
Automation Testing frees up time and resources so that organizations can focus on bigger and better things. Using Test Automation, old patterns can be identified and automated.

Automation Testing platforms look for abnormalities in the processes, which once detected, are instantly fixed without any further delay, thereby saving time and enriching the overall experience.

Therefore, automation leverages open source to drive efficiencies for testing and validating use cases. The reduction in overall effort and testing time allow organizations to scale up and focus on being more efficient. As a result, time-to-market for delivering capabilities is reduced, and quality improves.

All these advancements, however, don't mean that people will lose their jobs to automation, instead some people’s responsibilities will change, thereby giving them more time and resources to consider how they can make their customer's experience better, rather than just focus on solving issues. Therefore, Automation Testing is a real eye-opener as it gives people the ability to think about the future and not just their day-to-day activities.

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