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Top 6 Predictions for Test Automation in 2022

Top 6 Predictions for Test Automation in 2022

1. Performance Testing : 

Many organisations bought "performance testing" tool companies in 2021 to expand their service offerings.

Acquisitions have always been a good predictor of what's going on in our industry, in my opinion.

If a large number of corporations are investing in the same region, I believe we should pay attention.

Take a look at these acquisitions for 2021:

• Neotys was purchased by Tricentis.

• K6 was acquired by Neotys-Grafana.

• BlazeMeter was purchased by Perfecto.

"With Perfecto, our presence in SAST, and now BlazeMeter, Perforce can continue solving the most challenging quality concerns in DevOps for our worldwide customer base," stated Mark Ties, CEO and President of Perforce in a press release. (SAST stands for Static Application Security Testing, in case you didn't know.)

2. Cloud-Native Testing

Last year, I discussed how cloud spending increased by 37% to $29 billion in 2020, and that this trend will continue well beyond 2022.

"This trend is likely to endure," according to PWC.com, "as the shift to virtual work highlights the need for scalable, secure, dependable, and cost-effective off-premises technology services."

They go on to explain that, despite the rapid acceptance of cloud computing across industries, most businesses are only scratching the surface of the Cloud's enormous potential. According to a PWC survey of US C-level executives issued in 2021, 53 percent of organisations have yet to see a significant return on their Cloud investments.

As a result, there is a lot of opportunity in this market right now.

However, with potential comes a lot of testing.

Although more firms are using third-party services like AWS software, there is a significant risk in relying on things that are beyond of one's control.

AWS went down a few times in the latter two months of 2021, creating major outages for companies including Hulu, Netflix, and Twitch.

3.In 2022, external dependency test tooling will be on the rise.

For building, testing, and deploying apps, many companies rely significantly on continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines, as you are all aware. At each phase of a smooth build promotion plan, an automation testing strategy with a real-life environment is used.

Here are some resources to familiarise yourself with this year:

Testcontainers
You can use Docker containers in your tests thanks to the Testcontainers Library. External dependencies in distributed Cloud architectures, such as database layer, stream processing (Kafka, pulsar), Selenium, AWS mocks (LocalStack), any Docker image, or any application defined in a Docker-composed file—are all contained within your tests. It will start the Docker container that is necessary.

LocalStack
For developing Cloud apps, LocalStack provides an easy-to-use test/mocking platform.

It creates a testing environment on your local PC with the following features:

the same APIs and capabilities as a real AWS Cloud environment

This means you can execute Lambda functions, store test data in DynamoDB tables, feed events, hide your app behind an API Gateway, and a lot more. All of this takes place on your local system, with no communication with the Cloud.

4. Resilience Testing 

When performing performance testing, we testers are accustomed to exercising our applications based on the traffic we're providing to it, according to Michael Sage of Gremlin.

So you do a load test, a soak test, or a stress test to examine how the application reacts to a specific load profile.

However, we can use Resilience Testing to induce faults or failure modes into our apps to better understand how they respond to that kind of stress.

It's not only about the stats you're gathering or the requests and response times. It's more about knowing what happens when an application's situation changes.

You can use this strategy to generate conditions that will assist you better understand how stress and load effect your application.

 

5. API Security Testing

APIs have quickly risen to prominence as the essential building blocks of software, with developers in every industry and country using them. 2022 will be an API-first world, as more enterprises migrate to the cloud and Cloud microservices become more prevalent.

API tooling and methodologies that enable more people to undertake API testing beyond functional testing will be required in an API-first environment.

Since 2014, I've been writing about the emergence of API functional testing, but it's now grown to include API "non-functional" testing.

 

6. API Observability

Apart from security, another keyword I heard a lot in 2021 was "observability," which I predicted in my 2021 report as well.

As a result, I believe that in 2022, a lot of companies will provide solutions to help verify API observability.

For instance, Speedscale just released a free API Observability desktop programme named

Seeing solutions like these enter the automation testing market corresponds to something else I've noticed: a lot of enterprises are buying performance testing firms.

The trend is toward performance, but not in the usual sense of server-side speed; instead, the emphasis is on front-end user experience performance.

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