With continuous testing gaining momentum and becoming a mainstream practice, the role of test automation is gaining prominence. This is primarily driven by service providers that are trying to achieve agility as a part of their agile and DevOps service delivery. The advantages of this approach, such as regular speedy feedback on defects/risks and improved quality levels on applications, reflect its growing adoption. Some of the leading services delivered by providers as a part of their continuous testing practice include functional tests, TDD, BDD, shift-left and performance testing. AI and automation are two key elements that have a large role in continuous testing deployments. Providers are using automation in testing to derive numerous benefits such as early feedback and generation of automation scripts. It is also used in areas such as automation engineering, functional regression, test case management and proprietary tools and intellectual property (IP). AI is used for cost optimization as well as for functions such as self-healing of defects, dashboard/visualization of testing functions and metrics, and to improve predictability.
Continuous testing is focused on delivering quality assurance quickly. In terms of technology, it encompasses various aspects of automated testing such as shift left and end-to-end automation across testing phases and at every phase of the continuous delivery process. However, in terms of people and processes, it goes beyond automation-based testing. Thus, it accomplishes higher collaboration among QA and development teams to sync with sprint cycles, feature-driven testing, responsiveness to change, creation of a feedback loop and greater client involvement. Continuous testing is gaining momentum, especially to help enterprises keep pace with their agile and DevOps initiatives.
HCL’s continuous testing practice serves 68 enterprise clients from 12 delivery centers. The company provides both continuous testing and independent testing services within existing agile/DevOps teams. The services are integrated with both agile development and DevOps services. As pe the report, HCL’s differentiators include an automation-focused strategy, robust set of tools, intellectual property, accelerators and its OneTest proprietary suite, making it a compelling choice in the continuous testing space.
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