The year 2022 proved to be a critical one for the automation testing industry in general. It evolved from serving as an independent function within software delivery businesses to becoming a key part of the delivery lifecycle with the expansion of digital transformation initiatives. Test automation specialists aren’t restricted to only testing and identifying defects; they now drive and instill quality in the rest of the software delivery teams, as pointed out by the World Quality Report 2020-21 (WQR).
Running a technology business without leveraging automation testing was almost unheard of in 2022, and the same is expected in 2023 as well. As per reports, the size of the automation testing market touched $20 billion in 2022 and is expected to record 15% growth between 2023 and 2032. Another study found that the software testing market will surge to $70 billion by 2030.
Here’s a list of the top automation testing trends to watch out for in 2023.
- Digital Assurance Testing
The growing demand for risk-free digital transformation pushed the use of AI-driven end-to-end digital assurance testing this year due to its ability to test a wide range of applications across social, mobile, analytics, & cloud (SMAC), big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), etc. No wonder, the digital assurance market is expected to reach $9.90 billion in 2026.
- Hyperautomation Testing
Gartner predicts this coveted and widely famous business-driven approach, which involves the orchestrated use of different technologies, tools, or platforms, including robotic process automation (RPA), low-code application platforms (LCAP), artificial intelligence (AI), and virtual assistants, will continue to gain prominence and shape the future of the automation testing market in 2023 and beyond.
- Scriptless or codeless Testing
In this approach, tests are automated and involve recording them on-screen and then replaying them as an automated test. It records the tester’s actions while generating different tests needed for varied features and enables developers to use varied testing tools.
Scriptless testing will be big next year because it offers flexibility for reusing test cases, dashboards, reporting, and test schedules, OOTB third-party integrations, fast setup, greater efficacy, low learning curve, etc.
- Data Validation Automation
This testing variant is experiencing robust demand due to its ability to automate the validation process easier and quicker without much scope of inaccuracy.
- Functional testing
The growth rate of functional testing is buoyant in 2023 due to its ability to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the application/software/product, improve software quality, verify software performance as per user requirements, etc.
- API Testing
With more businesses moving to the cloud and the rapid jump in cloud microservices, 2023 is expected to become an API-first world that will require API tooling and techniques for API testing.
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