Applause Automates App Testing via SaaS Platform

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Applause today unfurled a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that makes it easier to automatically create test automation scripts without having to write code.

At the same time, the company is adding support for an application programming interface (API) through which DevOps teams can send new features to be tested by the Applause platform.

Both offerings are now being included with a rebranded Product Excellence Platform (PEP) offering, a suite of tools and platform through which Applause is making its portfolio of offerings more accessible.

Rob Mason, Applause CTO, said the Applause Codeless Automation (ACA) platform makes it possible for testers to record a series of test case scenarios using a SaaS platform that translates those sessions into an automation script without anyone having to write any code. The current offering supports Android and Apple iOS applications with support for web applications planned, Mason said.

An Applause In-Sprint Testing capability, meanwhile, makes the testing process more iterative using a bi-directional API that can be plugged into any software development life cycle (SDLC) process, Mason said. That bi-directional capability makes it possible to embed the feedback from the testing process into any bug tracking system implemented by an application development team, said Mason.

Mason said that capability is critical, because it enables DevOps teams to identify issues earlier, thereby avoiding late-stage bug fixes that are more costly to fix. It also provides the added benefit of making it easier for developers to address issues in the moment applications are being written, versus days or weeks later when the context around that issue has long since been lost, Mason added. The SaaS platform provide developers with a just-in-time testing capability, Mason said.

Ultimately, Mason said the goal is to make it simpler for a wider range of individuals to participate in application testing by making it easier to reuse tests. In addition, he said, it will allow subject matter experts to record tests that can be turned into test scripts on their behalf. That approach will enable organizations to push testing further left, beyond the developers that originally created an application, to include the owners of that application, Mason added.

The rate at which applications are being built to drive digital business transformation initiatives is increasing, and makes testing more problematic. Automation is the only way to close the gap between the number of application testers an organization can dedicate and all the applications being developed. The automated approach not only reduces the time and effort required to create a test, it also makes it easier to reuse tests across different application use cases.

Ultimately, it’s only a matter of time before machine learning (ML) algorithms and other AI capabilities play a larger role in application testing. The challenge will be finding exactly where the interface between humans and machines should lie in the context of application testing.

In the meantime, the more automated testing becomes, the more widely it will be conducted. The results of those tests may not always be welcome news, but the issues they raise are always better addressed sooner than later.

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