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Software testing should be a standard part of the development process, and while obviously all programs undergo some degree of assessment, the process isn’t where it needs to be. Rather, even though we understand the benefits of continuous testing, many programs only undergo slow, fragmented testing protocols that compromise both speed and quality in the end product. To reach the software outcomes we desire, then, it’s vital that software developers move towards continuous testing – and automation may be the transitional tool we need.

Continuous Testing Adoption

Continuous testing, the process of providing ongoing security and function checks on software in development, should be fully integrated into today’s DevOps ecosystem. One core reason that developers continue to reject the practice, though, is that companies, specifically DevOps teams, consider the process to be too slow. According to research by Capgemini and Sogeti – and reported by Continuous Testing – agile teams spend 30% of their time creating a testing environment – and this is just one of the major barriers to implementation.

With developers launching new code daily, or even hourly, many also find the continuous testing process too onerous when it comes to communications and program handoffs, as well as with building testing …

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