A tough, agile system strategy is critical to all organizations but, according to a new survey, less than 80% of developers are automating fewer than half their tests. Proper software testing ensures the launch of a new software system can implement smoothly and is an essential tool for project managers. The operation of any software system is paramount to the success of an organization, yet surprisingly, testing the robustness is regularly overlooked. 

The implementation process of any new software is streamlined by test-automation. It is a critical tool for any launch and a rapidly growing international market. The manual testing of software has a place but is vulnerable to user assumptions or errors and does not always go far enough to robustly test if a new application is going to be able to integrate with existing other applications and systems.

According to a new survey conducted by Kobiton, a specialist in software testing for mobile performance, organizations have been slow to get on board. The survey reviewed 350 software testers and mobile developers from medium and large organizations to determine how they conducted software integration testing in their business, and whether they had begun to automate the process.

Shockingly, for an industry historically perceived as cutting-edge, organizations were slow to adopt adequate automated testing. Just over half the respondents were making some effort by putting out software updates daily or weekly. But the majority (55%) although admitting that automation of testing should be an essential of software quality, weren’t doing it. More than three-quarters of respondents had the majority of their testing conducted manually, and 73% were running at least 100 tests prior to each software release manually, not automatically. For those who were automating software testing, 58% of respondents were using programs that are either new or less than six months old. 
 
Kevin Lee, CEO of Kobiton, said, “70% of survey respondents said mobile is either critical or strategic to their business. For these companies, delivering high-quality apps fast and cost-effectively isn’t an option, it’s a requirement. Test automation is central to making this happen, as evidenced by our survey results and customer feedback.” One of the main obstacles for organizations to introducing automated software testing was tool selection and engineering resources. A quarter of survey participants said they had difficulty selecting the right tools, and 17% struggled with recruiting automation engineers. These are problems Chief Experience Officers will need to address to remain successful. The good news is that a whopping 85% of respondents intend to automate at least 25% of their testing in the immediate future.

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