Software Testing News Jan 2023
Another month is here and we’re looking forward to more exciting developments in the testing world. Before that though, it is time for reflection with ‘Software Testing News Jan 2023’. Join us as we look at two updates from January on no-code automated testing. We then focus on a CNBC piece about Google’s attempts to test possible ChatGPT competitors.
Testing is vital & no-code automated testing is the future
In January, The Fintech Times sat with Leapwork to talk about no-code automated testing. In this interesting read, the Danish tech company discusses the importance of testing – specifically for banking. It reveals research suggesting that far too many products are still released without being tested. Key takeaways include:
- The no-code approach uses visual language and flowcharts to illustrate automation flows
- This means that repetitive tasks can be automated by business experts as well as technical experts
- Leapwork’s 2022 Risk Radar report found that 55% of testers in banking and financial services think it is acceptable to release software that hasn’t been properly tested as long as it is patched later
- 40% of software goes to market without adequate testing
- Companies are simply rushing to release products before their competitors
- 4 in 10 CEOs cite ‘reliance on manual testing’ as the key reason for inadequate pre-launch testing
- Over 50% of testers polled said they spend 5-10 days a year patching testing software after release
- Typically, even expert testers are not trained to write code
The Future of No-Code Test Automation
This article from Business Wire looks at Tricentis Test Automation, a cloud-based test automation solution. Tricentis are “a global leader in enterprise continuous testing”. Their solution is designed to simplify test creation and orchestration, whilst enabling scalable test execution. This then makes it easier for QA teams to work with their business stakeholders. In turn, better quality web-based applications and business processes are released faster.
Tricentis Test Automation was created specifically for enterprise applications and is seen as the next iteration of model-based testing. Organisations deploying it can test end-to-end business processes and complex business applications. The solution “now delivers a cloud-based, collaborative solution that enables teams to verify quality across their integrated platforms”. Crucially, it “allows anyone to quickly assemble scalable automated tests without coding or prior test automation knowledge”.
Google testing new chatbot solutions in response to ChatGPT
This piece from CNBC reveals that Google are testing new AI solutions. In fact, the tech giant are actually “asking employees to test potential ChatGPT competitors”. The current furore surrounding ChatGPT has not gone unnoticed at Google HQ, it seems. An all-hands meeting actually took place in which concerns were raised “about the company’s competitive edge in AI”. In response to this, testing efforts with a chatbot product called Apprentice Bard have been stepped up. Apprentice Bard uses Google’s conversation technology ‘LaMDA’ (Language Model for Dialogue Applications). It is apparently similar in look to ChatGPT; questions can be entered into a dialogue box and a text answer is then given.
ChatGPT was launched last year by OpenAI, a San Francisco-based start-up that is backed by Microsoft. Whatever happens over the course of 2023, it certainly promises to be a very interesting year!
That is all for ‘Software Testing News Jan 2023’ and once again we would ask you for your thoughts on our selection. Did we miss anything important? What are your thoughts on no-code automated testing? What about ChatGPT? Have you experimented with the platform? Do get in touch and let us know!