What is one of the most common burdens during software deployments or feature updates? Simply put, manually testing.
Manual testing activities span across 75% of a program timeline, with more than half of that time requiring 100% resource effort from your employees. This can trigger employee burnout and generate overarching inefficiencies within your organization, like increased costs, wasted time management, and accuracy risks.
Automated testing can reduce efforts by 80%, saving your organization thousands of hours that can be used to address other critical business needs.
So how can you improve efficiencies during your testing phase while still maintaining productivity?
Whether it is a new deployment, feature release or maintenance update, testing automation helps to quickly find and resolve any configuration or process issue.
Businesses who leverage automated testing can look forward to three key benefits:
1. A sustainable approach
In today’s fast-paced world, constant technology and interface changes pose a major challenge to organizations manually testing. Manual test processes present the risk of human error which in turn causes unsustainable testing strategies. With automation, new user updates or releases are easier to manage and help to alleviate the pressure of what is usually a tight timeframe for a technology transformation project. This creates a more sustainable and maintainable ongoing testing process.
2. Reduce time and resources
It is unlikely that organizations have fully dedicated resources solely focused on testing, and it is safe to say most employees working on a business’s testing procedures typically have other core responsibilities unrelated to manual data entry. By leveraging automation, it frees employees of tester fatigue and leverages their expertise across broader business objectives.
3. Mitigate risk
In any organization, a crucial question typically asked is, “How can our organization continue to mitigate risk?” Increasing the number of testing cycles can garner high confidence in deployments and decrease overall risk. Without proper testing, the risk of this new software not working is high. Manually testing all features, again and again, is precarious, exposing an organization to human error. This is where test automation is beneficial. Automating tests allow for easily executed cycles to not only be repeated but scheduled.