We believe the world of QA has not kept pace...

By

Monique Swanepoel

,

Content Specialist

2021-09-16

Following a long history of test automation, CI/CD and Agile software development practices are widespread today. However, the world of QA has not kept pace. What do we mean by this? To name one example: in a recent poll we ran on LinkedIn, 71% of respondents answered that they manually test their web application for accessibility. In another poll, 28% of respondents considered themselves to be part of a niche testing team. Now, there’s nothing wrong with this - but can a niche testing team keep up with testing a massive web application and all its facets without delaying the release process, missing a business critical bug, or cutting down on the quality of testing to get everything done? We’re not so sure.

Manual testing

There are companies of all sizes that still rely on manual testing. Although this helps with finding visual bugs in an application’s interface, it is lacking in many areas. Some of the common disadvantages of manual testing include intensive use of resources, long lead times, slow processing, human errors, and scaling. Additionally, manual testing is not always suited for methods like stress testing and complex, dynamic applications. And today there are so many different types of testing that a small team of manual QA testers would hardly be able to keep up. Of course, there are some outlying exceptions where manual testing still has a place - but in many cases, the majority of tests can be automated. 

Case in point: in one instance, an organization using Virtuoso for the first time was able to go from 0% automated regression to over 50% automated regression for two applications within just six weeks - without making any changes to the team or hiring new testers!

CI/CD

CI/CD requires new QA approaches. In order for an application to be deployed continuously successfully, existing test processes need to be robust and reliable. Tests should be easy to author, execute, and maintain by anyone in the organization. Virtuoso is finally delivering on the promise of codeless automation, which means that companies can truly shift left and incorporate testing into any stage of the software development life cycle.

How is Virtuoso bridging the gap?

Virtuoso is here to help companies catch up. Test automation allows organizations to simulate complex cases, scale tests during rapid growth, test across different browsers, devices, and operating systems, execute tests across different development cycles, and much more - in less time, with less resources, yet more efficiently and accurately. Moreover, Virtuoso is able to do any type of testing: functional, codeless, cross-browser, enterprise-level application testing, brand assurance automation… you name it. 

Virtuoso is changing the game by incorporating intelligent AI bots that embrace agile development and shift-left testing. Here are just some of the product features that are helping to fix the slow transition:

  • Natural Language Programming (NLP): Anyone can use plain English to author tests
  • Intelligent Object Identification: Tests behave just like humans would to provide a realistic testing environment and interactions
  • Autonomous Test Generation: Virtuoso’s bots explore and map your application within mere seconds to save time and effort
  • Auto-Scaling: Tests can be run at parallel in the cloud

Stay tuned for more insights into what we at Virtuoso believe.

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