Top 10 Automation Testing Trends for 2024

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Top 10 Automation Testing Trends for 2024

Top 10 Automation Testing Trends for 2024

November 6, 2023 0 Comments

Software development is important to information technology (IT). Quality assurance (QA) testing plays a crucial role in ensuring the reliability of applications we use in our daily professional and personal lives. This is where the rubber — reliability, security, and overall functioning of the software we use – meets the road! 

Software applications require thorough testing to eliminate defects, bugs, and usability issues. Quality assurance (QA) addresses security vulnerabilities to protect systems from cyber threats. Key rising trends include:

Trends that are currently rising to the top of the list include the following:  

• AI and Machine Learning in Testing:

No surprise that the rise in popularity of both AI and machine learning secures them on this list. AI and Machine learning enable predictive analytics to forecast defects, prioritize testing, and improve software quality by identifying high-risk areas early. They support Intelligent test case generation for better coverage, efficiency, and error reduction, facilitating continuous testing. Additionally, they enhance test result analysis, helping prioritize defect resolution and improving overall testing, ultimately ensuring higher software quality.

Some tools that may help support in this area are: 

     – Applitools

     – Testim 

     – Functionize 

• Test Data Management Automation: 

In 2024, the software testing industry is witnessing increased adoption of test data automation due to the complexity of applications. It swiftly generates and refreshes test data, ensuring consistency, data privacy compliance, and efficient testing. Test data automation minimizes data-related bottlenecks, improves reliability in test scenarios, and optimizes testing efforts. 

Some tools that may help support in this area are: 

     – Delphix 

     – Informatica TDM 

     – GenRocket 

• Shift-Left Testing: 

Another popular trend that is emerging is shift-left testing.  This refers to the practice of moving testing activities earlier in the software development lifecycle. It is ideal to start during the requirements and design phases to ensure that defects are identified and addressed as early as possible, reducing the cost and effort required for defect remediation and enhancing overall software quality and reliability. 

Some tools that may help support in this area are: 

     – JUnit and TestNG 

     – Docker 

     – GitHub Actions 

• Shift-Right Testing:

In contrast to shift-left, we have shift-right testing.  Shift-right testing refers to the practice of extending testing activities beyond the traditional boundaries of development and deployment into the production or post-release phase. This allows testing to focus on monitoring and testing applications in real-world environments, allowing organizations to detect and address issues as they occur in live, user-facing systems. This also enhances software quality by uncovering issues, performance bottlenecks, and security vulnerabilities in production, enabling quick responses to ensure a better user experience and overall software reliability.  

Some tools that may be helpful to support this area include: 

     – New Relic 

     – AppDynamics 

     – LogRocket 

• API Testing and Microservices:

API and service test automation plays a crucial role in QA testing. It enables the validation of microservices and applications built on a microservices architecture. As applications increasingly rely on APIs to function independently and in cooperation, test automation ensures the seamless integration and functioning of these services. This enhances the overall software quality and reliability. The growing trend of API and service test automation is essential in aligning with the evolving landscape of client-server platforms and microservices, ensuring that systems and applications work cohesively for a more robust and reliable end-user experience.  

Some tools that may support this area include:

     – Postman 

     – SoapUI 

     – Karate 

• Blockchain Testing:

Blockchain automation in QA testing is vital as blockchain extends beyond cryptocurrencies, finding applications in industries seeking security and transparency. As of 2024, the demand for specialized blockchain testing tools and expertise is growing, focusing on transaction integrity, smart contract validation, and consensus mechanisms. Testers should grasp blockchain’s decentralized nature and conduct thorough evaluations of smart contract accuracy, consensus algorithm efficiency, and security. This is essential to ensure the reliability and trustworthiness of blockchain applications, which are poised to transform numerous industries. Testing companies should master blockchain testing to facilitate innovation and ensure the success of blockchain implementations. 

These tools can support this area of automation include:  

  • Truffle
  • Ganache
  • Hyperledger Caliper

• Agile, DevOps, and CI/CD

Agile and DevOps methodologies have become prominent trends in QA testing. The fusion of Agile principles and DevOps practices into Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipelines has transformed the testing process. By prioritizing iterative development, quick feedback, and automated testing, Agile and DevOps empower organizations to effectively test, validate, and deploy applications, simplifying the software development journey. As we approach 2024, these methodologies are set to gain further traction as more organizations recognize their instrumental role in achieving faster, more reliable, and customer-centric software delivery. 

Some helpful tools in this arena include: 

  • Jenkins
  • Selenium
  • Docker

• IoT for Validation testing

In 2024, IoT and embedded systems testing will gain prominence due to the ever-expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market. Testers must ensure IoT devices function in diverse environments, communicate securely, and exhibit resilience, highlighting the importance of interoperability testing among various IoT devices and platforms. Additionally, mobile testing remains critical, requiring comprehensive strategies to ensure flawless functionality, performance, security, usability, and accessibility across a multitude of devices and operating systems. As the IoT and mobile technologies continue to flourish, these testing areas are essential for ensuring quality, reliability, and user satisfaction.  These tools can be helpful in this arena: 

     – Appium

     – Jenkins

     – Testdroid

• Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Testing

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is gaining traction in various industries as organizations seek to automate repetitive tasks. Testing RPA bots and workflows will become a specialized automated testing area in 2024. RPA testing involves validating that bots perform tasks accurately and efficiently and ensuring they can adapt to changing processes. Testers must develop strategies to handle the technical aspects of RPA testing and the business processes they automate. Some helpful tools for this type of automation include: 

– UiPath

– Selenium

– Jenkins

• Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) Testing Methodology

AR and VR testing in 2024 focuses on ensuring glitch-free, motion-sickness-free, and compatible user experiences in applications that are gaining popularity in various industries. Testers employ a specialized methodology that includes functional, performance, compatibility, and motion sickness testing to validate these immersive technologies, ensuring they meet user expectations and function seamlessly across a range of hardware devices. Additionally, security testing safeguards sensitive data within AR and VR applications, contributing to a reliable and enjoyable user experience.  Some key tools to support this type of automation: Three key tools to support AR and VR testing automation are:

  • Unity Test Framework
  • OpenVR (SteamVR)
  • Applitools

These automation trends contribute to improved testing efficiency, increased test coverage, and faster delivery of high-quality software, aligning with the ever-evolving needs of the testing environment. It is important to note that although we try to anticipate the trends that are currently grabbing their position on this list, real-time developments will depend on how technology continues to advance and evolve as well as how the software development industry advances and evolves to meet the needs of industries and global changes. 

If you want more information on these trends and other QA testing concepts, reach out to Klik Soft.  Our team of developers has the expertise to help you with your next project.  Reach out today!






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