AI and ML are transforming our daily lives in many ways. Many of the business sectors have already adopted AI and ML to reduce the cost and for automating most of the tasks. In addition to these, AI has even become crucial for many businesses in validating their functionality, security, performance among other things. Machine Learning is very well known for categorizing data, for discovering algorithms and detecting patterns. With the help of ML and AI in automation testing, there will be numerous advantages such as an increase in test coverage, improvement in accuracy, and faster product delivery. This will effectively help to overcome the test maintenance and test coverage.
Five methods AI can change software automation testing:
1. Delivering products with good quality and speed
Automation testing has already reduced human intervention. AI reduces it further by limiting manual work that humans actually perform. Regression testing is well suited for AI, it verifies whether the previously tested modules continue to function properly after code modification, and it serves as a safeguard that no new bugs were introduced during the recent enhancements in the codebase.
AI will be accountable for activities like time-consuming and back-breaking. And it is also responsible for activities such as identifying iterative test cases, ascertain bugs from thousand lines of code and programming regression test cases. Unlike the traditional test methods, the AI methodology is an expert to identify the issues faster in applications. A combination of AI and humans is known as Intelligent Augmentation. It helps testers to produce efficient results and deliver high-quality products on time.
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AI is efficient for increasing the scope of the test cases and it monitors the memory, file contents, internal programs, and data tables of the app to verify whether the functionality is needed or not. With the help of AI-powered test automation tools, thousands of test cases can be executed in one test run. This potential of AI effectively helps in speeding up and increasing the test coverage multifold.
2. Maintaining tests without human intrusion and reducing costs
In automation testing, test cases will run automatically, but maintaining those test cases is a time-consuming manual task. These tasks can be automated by Machine Learning using various algorithms. AI-based tools can automatically write the tests for an application by collecting data and by capturing screenshots. Hence, AI-based testing reduces costs and saves time.
Errors in the application can become overpriced when they are not resolved at the earliest. With the help of AI, the errors can be resolved at the earliest and this significantly helps in cost savings.
AI uses the stored data for understanding the everyday behavior of the test cycles. While executing the test cases, the current state of the product is compared with the data collected and if there are certain changes at any point in the execution, the test cases are updated accordingly. In this way, AI helps to maintain test cases without human intervention.
3. The self-recovery process removes unconventional tasks
AI performs a self-recovery process and upgrades itself on a regular basis. It stores all the data in memory and uses this memory for self-recovery. It can also predict the future processes and can mitigate risks.
In the self-recovery process, AI identifies and fixes the error before it occurs. AI continuously gathers the data and updates the algorithms. This helps in detecting the behavior of the application and in delivering an efficient product.
4. Independent tasks to obtain higher test efficiency
When tests are dependent on certain modules or responses, it troubles automation and makes it complicated. Earlier pseudo responses were prepared for executing successful test cases. Due to the introduction of AI, pseudo responses are no longer used. After the execution of a few manual tests, AI grasps and store responses from the servers, and those responses were used to remove the dependencies on various modules and servers. So, this helps in obtaining higher test efficiency without errors.
5. Improves accuracy to achieve high-quality products
Even experienced testers can make mistakes while carrying out repetitive tasks in manual testing. Automation testing came into effect to minimize repetitive tasks. When automation is complemented with AI, the repetitive tasks are performed by the AI and the testing teams are furnished with the scope to carry out exploratory activities and find automation solutions. Thus, the time consumption is reduced and the accuracy for achieving quality results increases.
Before investing in AI and ML you should first invest in quality testers. If an organization has the best testing resources, then, with the help of AI and ML it can deliver high-quality products. A combination of knowledge generated by ML and AI and putting that knowledge into action can do wonders for an organization.
When software testing is automated, it makes AI-based testing smarter, but still, there is a need for progress in implementing the AI-assisted testing effectively for business. AI just automates testing activities based on the data provided by human testers. So, human testers need to understand the significance of their roles in order to efficiently leverage AI-based automation techniques that will shape the future of software testing automation.
Author: Vijayakumar Arunachalam