Can you stay competitive without testing automation?

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“I feel the need… The need for speed!” said Maverick when he was making on the top of the Top gun. We were in love with tech supremacy of sky fighters, transforming robots, and other gadgets. But not in the wildest dreams one could dream IoT will penetrate everything. IoT devices are expected to be connected by 2030, referring to Statista. This is making IoT industry one of fastest growing industries. The industry was valued at $190BN in 2018 and is to top $1,102BN in 2026, according to Fortune Business Insight. Yes, impressive CAGR at 25 %.

The growth of new technologies and demand for faster release cycles are driving the standard quality software through the roof.

The speed of growth is forcing companies and developers to rethink the ways they ideate, innovate, test, and launch IoT solutions. Why? Because it is becoming a real nightmare for the developers of IoT, since they are facing shorter release times, lower budgets and demand for more solutions and upgrades.

The complexity of IoT solutions is higher than ever before. It is not just about “home” or “in-house” solutions integration, development or up-grading. It is also about making things work once they need to be integrated in other system.

The bottom line is that due to speed of growth, development and complexity the quality of solutions is often at stake. And there is no one in development looking forward to face unsatisfied and complaining customers and angry bosses.

Can you really make things work without automation?

Development, QA and testing engineers feel much better once they implement testing automations. They gain more time, discover bugs faster and lower costs of testing.

Even better they can undertake missions that were impossible until testing automation of IoT solutions and their integration.

Let’s look at example. IoT solution is using 15 different connectivity modules and three serial interfaces for each. That is a total of 45 various combinations. Each connectivity module must be validated by about 100 test cases. This sums up to 4.500 tests for a full release. The solution needs to be re-tested, for new features and new as a system, as it is being upgraded every month. Without automation, this task is extremely costly and timely or even impossible.

Testing automation is a new competitive advantage.

Today it has become clear that testing automation is the only way to secure competitiveness and future development. Testing automation is lowering development costs, shortening time to market, enables early bug discovery and most importantly it is giving more developers, testing and QA engineers more time, to be spent on more complex and higher added value solutions.


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