Artificial Intelligence in software testing: The next big game changer

26 Oct, 2021

Artificial Intelligence in software testing is changing the way testers automate the testing operations and this is a game-changer. Artificial intelligence helps by minimizing the operations and automating several processes that require human supervision. AI continues to stay on top of its game with the latest development in the evolving tech market. Tons of businesses are using Artificial Intelligence in software testing and it has become a crucial practice that offers excellent customer satisfaction.Be it a website or an application, having a regular AI-driven testing approach can secure the software breakdowns. Therefore most businesses scrutinize the products, solutions, and services to be aware of the risks and performance flaws.

AI In Software Testing

The digital ecosystem demands flawless applications and this makes software testing a very important part of the business. The quality of application matters the most in such a scenario and this factor distinguishes the business from others. According to one of the ‘Big Four’, Artificial Intelligence helps to analyze the critical algorithms, emphasizes testing controls in place and helps to address the inherent challenges. Businesses big or small must implement Artificial Intelligence in software testing.

In some parts of the market, the practice of AI for software testing is in the nascent stage and the amount of autonomy required to reduce the manual efforts is very less. Organizations are realizing that automating the manual test processes with the right tools and technical know-how is a sensitive requirement that can improve the testing cycle and increase the ROI.

Artificial Intelligence in software testing aims to improve the efficiency of testing. AI and Machine Learning implement reasoning and problem solving to automate and improve software testing. On top of that, AI plays a very important role in reducing the duration of manual testing. This enables the teams to focus on more complex and important operations.
Artificial Intelligence practitioners are recognizing the potential of the technology in bridging the gap between human and machine-driven testing capabilities. As a result, many enterprises are recognizing the importance of AI in software testing and are developing intelligent AI-powered software testing tools.

Since 2014, there have been multiple spikes in the number of vendors offering AI-driven test automation solutions. The majority of these businesses are start-up companies that focus on system-level testing of mobile applications and generating the much-needed buzz in the marketplace.

Although there are some aspects of Artificial Intelligence for Software Testing that are not receiving any attention, in a couple of decades, we have seen AI emerge as a new discipline centered at the intersection of three ideas.

Self-healing Tests

In self-healing tests, any changes in the property are automatically sensed and the internal scripts are self-healed during a runtime. Regarding the UI, these self-healing tests have become a reality. There are more developments in the self-healing space and there is a huge room for innovation in the coming years.

Smart Automation Execution

The Artificial intelligence engine promotes the code and its features using smart algorithms that decide if the code can be processed properly. Furthermore, to decrease the chance of application breakdowns or failures, Artificial Intelligence can easily suggest the use of specific methods from the code repository. To automate the quality gates, the automated code repositories are maintained for different projects based on their success ratio.

Autonomous Testing

AI has been a game-changing practice regarding autonomous software testing. It can detect errors and speed up the development of product test cases. In the past, identifying the bugs with multiple iterations was a long and costly operation. Automation testing has improved the overall test coverage of the entire software development process. Now it takes less time to fix the technical glitches, remove the bugs, and also offers faster market acceptance. This saves time and cuts down the costs.

The Current Scenario

The current state of practice uses autonomous and intelligent elements referred to as ‘test bots’. These test bots automate modeling, test generation failure detection, and application discovery. A perfect combo of machine learning techniques is used to implement these test bots. These techniques include decision-tree learning, neural networking, and reinforcement learning.

Machine learning enables the test bots to become robust and act under conditions of uncertainty. Best examples of AI-Driven testing approaches surfaced over the last decade include:

Differential Testing

This testing approach compares application version overbuilds, classifies the differences, and learns from the feedback on classification.

Visual Testing

This approach is image-based and deals with screen comparisons to test the look and feel of the application.

Down The Road

So what can the testers do to build a future of software testing with Artificial Intelligence? The very first step is to determine if you are interested in designing an AI-driven system or being an end-user of such tools. Artificial Intelligence is altering the very fabric of software testing. We might not know the exact future of AI-driven software testing but we can prepare for it by stabilising and scaling automation testing to mature our processes.

Whether you are just starting on automation testing or are looking for a team of dedicated automation testers, DRC Systems offers end-to-end automation testing support to help you hyper-scale your software testing. Contact us today!

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