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The Great Software Testing Swindle

What is the answer to the continuing bottleneck of software testing?

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Despite the proliferation of automated software over the last 20 years, in 2007 around 80% of all testing will still take place manually. We ask why?

Since the first automation tools appeared on the horizon over 20 years ago, software test automation has been heralded as one of the saviours of IT and IS development teams the world over. During that period, many millions of dollars have been spent on software test automation – indeed, according to IDC, spend on software automation is over $1,000,000,000, and is destined to keep on growing.

At the same time, research carried out by Original Software consistently indicated that a maximum of 20% of the total amount of testing is carried out by QA and testing departments using automation tools. Indeed, many development teams carry out zero automation of their testing – choosing instead to run a completely manual process.

In the last 20 years we have seen breath-taking advances in technology in all areas of our lives which has simply not been matched by the software testing industry. The vast majority of tools available use scripting language which is fundamentally limiting, requiring specialist technical skills which can be difficult to find and expensive to hire.

If you bought a house that had only a coal fire in the lounge, you would immediately install central heating. A much more efficient and cost effective way of heating that covers the whole house, not just one room.

Shouldn’t this be the same for software testing tools? Shouldn’t you insist on the newest technology that offers the most testing coverage with minimal maintenance? This white paper blows the whistle on the Great Software Testing Swindle. We will be asking why the process of software testing continues to be the major bottle neck of application development and we will look at the antidote – next generation software testing solutions that by their unique design enable testers and QA departments to automate significantly more of their testing, and empower their manual testing – thus eliminating the testing bottle neck.

Areas covered include:

  • The rise and rise of software test automation
  • Why is software testing always the bottleneck of application development?
  • The limitations of traditional software test automation tools
  • The antidote. Next generation software test automation.
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