Growth of Automated Testing Climbs 23 Percent

Posted by Rebecca Cramer in AutomationQuality AssuranceSoftware Development & Testing

Are you more or less reliant on automated testing compared to last year? If you’re like most organizations, you’re adopting automation steadily--but still have room to improve and get more efficient.

Last month, we announced results of an independent global study of developers and testing professionals. Conducted by Dimensional Research, the survey revealed some interesting trends in testing. We are delving into the results a bit deeper with a series of four posts, beginning with this one on automated testing. 

The survey shows good news: automated testing is growing steadily. Most development teams (87%) have adopted some level of test automation. Open source tools such as Selenium and Appium are the most popular (70%), but organizations are also commonly using CI (62%) and automating via frameworks (52%).

While use of automation is growing, there is still room for teams to improve and expand their use of tools to increase efficiency and coverage. In this year’s survey, 42% characterized their testing efforts as “mostly” or “entirely” manual, whereas 32% said they were mostly or entirely automated (a 23% increase, up from 26% last year).

We’re confident that these numbers will continue to grow as companies of all sizes adopt and reap the benefits of automated testing. Stay tuned for next week’s post, where we’ll cover trends around the cloud.

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