Applause, the leading company in enabling digital quality, announced on 11th May 2021 the launch of its latest SaaS product, Applause Codeless Automation (ACA). Applause Codeless Automation enables everyone – regardless of skill or programming expertise – to build test automation scripts without writing a line of code, allowing companies to easily expand their test automation strategies. ACA is compatible with modern open-source frameworks such as Selenium and Appium, and it works with both native Android and iOS software, with web app support coming soon.
Applause’s latest SaaS offering is the industry’s first enterprise-grade codeless test automation solution. With Applause Codeless Automation, users can simply click through the pathways of a product’s app, which records the steps and generates a test script. Users can then run the tests on real devices and execute them inside the ACA software.
Applause Codeless Automation is a component of Applause’s Product Excellence Platform, which is a comprehensive platform that provides all of the resources, products, solutions, and technology required to enable the world’s foremost brands to offer an outstanding digital experience to its customers.
“Traditional automation is still an essential part of any enterprise’s testing strategy. However, it’s clear that – especially when it comes to getting the necessary resources – businesses are struggling to leverage test automation to their full potential. That’s where Applause Codeless Automation can benefit brands,” said Rob Mason, CTO of Applause. “Applause Codeless Automation can take the pressure off of internal experts, particularly for fewer complex scenarios like smoke testing and portions of a regression testing suite. This ultimately allows teams to focus on higher-priority projects and mature test automation faster without the cost of additional resources.”
The Key Test Automation challenges that persist
According to a global survey performed by Applause in February 2021 of more than 2,000 people in product, engineering, QA, and DevOps positions, a lack of programming knowledge and test automation skills are common problems for brands all over the world. Some of the survey’s main findings are as follows:
- A codeless test automation solution is expected to be adopted by 56% of respondents. The three most popular drivers for buying a codeless automation product were increased test coverage, the ability to mature test automation faster, and cost savings.
- The challenges for those who have invested heavily in test automation are more varied: 20% of respondents believe their automation progress is too slow and that they are not getting the coverage they want. Another 18% cited a scarcity of test automation tools as a major issue.
- The biggest roadblock to automation progress, according to 41% of companies using low or limited levels of test automation, is the lack of experienced test automation experts.
- About 74% of companies with three or fewer teammates are capable of writing test automation for about 30% of their tests.
- However, 35% of those with 10+ people are skilled in writing test automation for more than 70% of their test cases.
- The data indicates that when teams have more people who can write test automation scripts, they can automate an incredible portion of their test cases, emphasizing the importance of enabling more users to build automation without programming expertise.