It turns out that software testers are relying on automation more than ever before, driven by a desire to reduce testing costs and improve software quality and user experience. VentureBeat shares the findings from a new Kobiton report: Kobiton asked 150 testers in companies with at least 50 employees in various fields. […] For context, there are two types of software testing: manual and automated. Manual is still common, but it is not ideal for repetitive tests, so many testers choose automation, which can speed up the development and performance of the application. By the way, 40% of testers who responded to Kobiton’s research said that their primary motivation for using automation is to improve the user experience. “In a study we conducted two years ago, half of the testers we asked said their automation programs were relatively new, and 76% said they were automating less than 50% of all tests,” said Kevin Lee, CEO Kobiton. “Nearly 100% of testers participating in this year’s study use automation, which shows how far the industry has come.”

Test leads also prefer new hires with automation experience. Kobiton research found that experience with automation is one of the top three skills managers are most interested in. And how is automation used? A majority (34%) of respondents to Kobiton’s survey said they use automation for an equal mix of regression and new feature testing. And it made them more effective. Nearly half (47%) of respondents said manual pre-release testing takes 3-5 days, while automated tests can do it in 3-6 hours.

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