Industry Report:

Benefits of Automation & AI in Functional Testing

In this benchmark report, we review how digital transforming organizations develop and execute testing strategies that ensure the reliability and quality of applications, integrations, and other technology changes. We surveyed two hundred CIOs, CISOs, and IT leaders in development, quality assurance, operations from large enterprises on their testing strategies, practices, and challenges. Our key question is how digitally transforming organizations leverage test automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to increase test coverage and robustness across growing application portfolios.

A few key findings:

• Leaders reported that testing teams spend most of their time testing platforms (62%), including browsers, devices, and operating systems, followed by API level testing (56%) and functional testing (52%).

• Top reasons IT leaders invest in test automation include increasing test coverage (53%) and enabling test reuse to drive efficiencies (51%). Their biggest challenge in achieving test automation is the lack of platform coverage (58%).

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Author of the Report

Isaac Sacolick (@NYIke) is the Founder and President of StarCIO, a company that helps clients succeed with data and technology while executing smarter, faster, safer, and more innovative transformation programs. Isaac is a successful CIO who has led digital transformation, product development, innovation, agile management, data science, and IT operations in multiple organizations. He is the author of the Amazon bestseller, Driving Digital: The Leader’s Guide to Business Transformation Through Technology, and has written over six hundred articles as a contributing editor at InfoWorld,, and Social, Agile and Transformation. He is an industry speaker on digital transformation, becoming a data-driven organization, artificial intelligence, agile management, and other leadership topics. IDG, Enterprise Management 360, and Thinkers360 list Isaac as a top digital influencer, and HuffPost, Forbes, and HP Enterprise as a top social CIO.

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Micro Focus helps you run and transform your business so you can succeed in the digital economy. With a broad product portfolio, one of the software industry’s largest patent collections, and a deep inventory of advanced analytics, we deliver market-leading innovation. We also give you flexibility, expertise, and the peace of mind that you will be supported over the long term. This means you can adapt to market conditions confidently and at your own pace. It’s our two-fold approach to customer success—we deliver the technology you need, with the outcomes you desire. That’s High Tech, Low Drama.