Kobiton, the market leader in end-to-end mobile app testing, has released the findings of a survey they recently conducted on software test automation. A major conclusion is that software testers are relying on test automation more than ever before, prompted by a goal to reduce testing expenses while improving product quality and user experience.
“Nearly 100% of testers participating in our study are using automation today, which speaks to how far the industry has come,” said Kevin Lee, CEO of Kobiton. “In a study, we conducted two years ago, half the testers we asked said their automation programs were relatively new, and 76% said they were automating fewer than 50% of all tests.”
According to Kobiton’s survey, 58% of testers in firms having at least 50 employees across a variety of industries claimed they automate at least 100 tests for every application launch. New employees with automation skills are also being prioritized by testing managers. One of the three skills that 2022 survey respondents are particularly interested in is automation experience.
A significant number of responders (34%) use automation testing for both regression and new feature testing. Automation testing is also proven to be highly effective. Manual testing takes 3-5 days, according to 47% of study respondents, but automated testing only takes 3-6 hours for 45% of testers.
A few discoveries have also come from automated testing. According to respondents of the new survey, the capability of manual testers to begin authoring automation scripts was an unexpectedly good result, while code sophistication was the most unfavorable surprise testers found as part of their test automation deployment.
“A desire to increase software test automation was the top priority listed by testers responding to our 2022 study. Automation clearly is the wave of the future,” said Lee.
Interested people can access the full report by Kobiton on the State of Software Test Automation in 2022.