Appvance Insights

Here we share thoughts and observations about what matters most to our customers from experts at Appvance and our partner companies. We welcome your comments and feedback.

Continuous Testing is Required

Continuous Testing is Required, but Not Enough Table Stakes taken to the Next Level Testing is often ignored when talking about agile, CI/CD and DevOps. And yet, testing is often a major bottleneck in these endeavors. To be successful in any of the above, test must be part of the culture, something done continuously at…

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Automatic Regression Testing

Automatic Regression Testing Long Desired, It’s Finally Here The idea of “automatic regression testing” has been considered for many years, but was stymied by several challenges. Those include wiring regression testing into DevOps to create Continuous Regression Testing, and automatically exercising regression testing protocols against all three categories of test (functional, performance, security). But the…

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Traditional Outsourcing Has Met Its Match

Traditional Outsourcing Has Met Its Match AI-Driven Testing Powers a New Model   Software testing has been extensively outsourced over the past decade, to save money of course. Accordingly, much of this outsourcing has gone to low labor-cost countries, billed hourly. Unfortunately, that means the outsourcer is not incented to reduce the hours billed, but…

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Labor Shortages Afflict Testing Departments

Labor Shortages Afflict Testing Departments Test automation’s failure created a strange situation.   The dirty secret in software testing departments is their shortage of labor. While often self-imposed, many testing departments are nonetheless under-staffed and over-committed. The problem isn’t unique to the United States and Canada, as enterprises in England, Australia and throughout the developed world…

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DevTestOps Becomes a Thing

DevTestOps Becomes a Thing Test completes DevOps, says Appvance.ai CEO Test must be a key part of the DevOps culture, whether developers do it or QA people do. OTOH, ignoring testing means the test team hasn’t been let in the room, or testing isn’t taken seriously. After all, at the core of DevOps is testing.…

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5 Reasons Why Open Source Test Automation is declining

5 Reasons Why Open Source Test Automation is declining Appvance.ai CEO on modern testing in 2018 I recently predicted that open source test automation tools will continue to decline. While it won’t ever completely go away, further evidence of its decline is all around. Here are the top 5 reasons. Selenium and other open source…

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AI Test Generation Changes the Landscape

AI test generation permanently changes the quality landscape Appvance.ai CEO on testing in the age of artificial intelligence When Appvance launched AI test generation, we knew we had a game changer. The idea was hatched as we watched testers spend time on mundane tasks, including manual testing and scripting. I say mundane because soon we…

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5 Test Automation Predictions for 2018

5 Test Automation Predictions for 2018 Appvance’s CEO predicts the new year’s 5 big stories. Big changes began to occur in the test automation world last year, as Appvance.ai CEO Kevin Surace detailed last week. But, the pieces are falling into place for much bigger changes in 2018. Here are Kevin’s predictions for the top five.…

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Kevin’s 2017 Year in Review

Kevin’s 2017 Year in Review Appvance’s CEO gives a quick look back on the year’s 5 big stories. As you head out the door to catch this weekend’s bowl games and New Year celebrations, take a moment to consider the momentous changes in test automation during 2017. Appvance.ai CEO Kevin Surace wraps up the five…

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4th Treat of the Season: Machine Learning

4th Treat of the Season: Machine Learning ’Tis the Season for Testing Treats. Next up, machine learning enables superhuman test creation! Let’s face it, software test engineers are having a hard time keeping up with ever larger applications. As today’s apps grow in page count and complexity, the human task of understanding them becomes overwhelming. And…

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