In an economic environment with record inflation & rising interest rates, business leaders are prudent to think carefully about their company’s financial future. With the looming threat of a recession, leaders should be aware that enterprises that invest in automation are likely to recover faster from economic downturns than their competitors.
In this blog, we’ll explain why that’s the case, and will also give a high-level overview of:
- What test automation is
- How test automation can give you a leg up over competitors during a recession
- How to get started in three easy steps
What is test automation?
There's a strong likelihood that if you work with software–either in QA, development, or testing– you already know what test automation is and what its advantages are.
But if you work with software on the business side of things, then this is a good working definition of test automation: the process of using technology to handle the tedious, error-prone testing tasks, such as maintaining test data, executing tests, and analyzing test results.
Automation enables your team to focus their time on skilled work they were hired to do, and enables them to more easily handle frequent application changes due to patching, updates, and employee demands.
See our FAQ blog post about test automation.
Test automation is a perfect use case for regression testing: it significantly increases the speed of test execution, along with the accuracy of test results. And it largely eliminates the tedious, manual work that’s traditionally associated with regression testing.
- Increases productivity: Automated tests don’t require human action. Because these tests can run repeatedly on their own, software developers, QAs, and business users can spend less time on testing and more time on critical tasks. Additionally, these tests can run 24/7; computers don’t require sleep, unlike manual testers.
- Mitigates risk: According to Gartner, the average cost per minute of application downtime for enterprise apps like Oracle Cloud, Oracle EBS, SAP, and Salesforce is $5,600/minute. Automated testing helps ensure minimal application downtime, as it allows you to test all your critical processes in a time efficient manner.
- Reduces costs: Contrary to what many think, test automation is more cost-effective than manual testing in the long term. Manual testing processes do not streamline repetitive tests; as time goes on, the cost of testing your applications simply rises with the amount of labor needed to continue maintaining those tests. Alternatively, automated testing is cheaper in the long run because once you’ve created automated test scripts, you can reuse them endlessly, for no additional cost.
Read more: Opkey’s eBook on How to Save Money with Test Automation
- Accelerates innovation: A recent survey from Gitlab’s DevSecOps revealed that testing was the biggest bottleneck in the software development lifecycle. By automating testing, organizations can reduce this bottleneck, and empower developers to release better software, faster. This enables enterprises to be more agile, and respond quicker to market changes.
How to get started with test automation
- Identify what to automate: The first step towards automation is to identify the processes that are relevant to your business. To identify a processes to automate, it should meet the following criteria:
- The process is defined, meaning a robot can readily be given instructions on how to carry out the duties.
- The procedure involves transferring data between several systems or applications, and up until now, manual labor has been used to do it.
- The process is repetitive, and is prone to human error. This makes the return on automation greater.
- The process would benefit from 24/7 work. Robots, unlike humans, can run constantly.
- Assemble a team to own your automation: You must put together a team of individuals who can: 1) determine which processes and tests fulfill these requirements, and 2) be onboarded in the automation tool and be responsible for setting up the automated processes and tests.
Both business and technical professionals may be on this team. But you don't need to have very extensive technical knowledge to use a no-code automation solution.
- Select a tool and enjoy the benefits of automation: A no-code automation tool is vital when it comes to reaping the benefits of automation quickly, assuring low start-up costs, and a minimal learning curve. No-code is optimal because any employee–not just technical ones–can contribute to test automation. In addition to no-code, your test automation platform should:
- Have expertise in the software you’re looking to automate (Oracle Cloud, EBS, Salesforce, etc).
- Utilize artificial intelligence to automatically heal broken test scripts. By largely reducing test maintenance efforts, your QA teams can focus on more high value activities.
- Ensure optimal test coverage by immediately surfacing the tests your organization is running, and recommend additional tests based on industry standards.
Decision makers: we understand your hesitation to invest in test automation. But as we’ve explained, test automation will help your enterprise prepare for a recession by reducing costs, increasing productivity, and reducing risk.
Opkey is the industry leader in test automation, and its no-code, ERP-aware platform enables you to reap the benefits of automation in just weeks. Speak to one of our experts today.