All businesses strive for productivity. What if there was a way to make it more efficient, faster to market without spending a fortune? The buzzword of the automation industry has expanded into the low-code and no-code software test automation niches.
Low-code and no-code automation are emerging strategies that emphasise minimal effort with maximum output. Codeless test automation application development is rapidly expanding and re modelling the software industry, with revenue projections expected to reach $187 billion by 2030.
However, low-code does not exempt QA teams from the responsibility of testing the application. Functional and performance testing are just as important for low-code apps as they are for any other type of app. In fact, having a robust QA process in place for low-code environments is more important than it is for traditional applications.
What is Low-code/ No-code test automation?
Low-code automation is a method of streamlining business processes that requires little coding, allowing non-technical business users to get hands-on with automation projects while reducing reliance on developers and software engineers.
A growing need in the test automation domain for businesses has been to build and deliver robust automation frameworks with an in-built capability to write and run automated scripts with minimal coding effort.
Model Driven application design framework empowers ‘Citizen Developers’ to achieve scalability with drag and drop feature which allows them to reuse the components without waiting for developers to write the code.
Rather than coding each attribute and workflow, users can benefit from the ready-made elements stacked together to avoid duplication and ensure a faster time-to-market. On the other hand,organisations may encounter some bottlenecks in terms of integration and security.These challenges, however, can be mitigated through the streamlined incorporation of reusable components for developers and testers to build and run test scripts. They can leverage exposed APIs and its integration with low-code/ no-code application development platforms.
Low-code or no-code solutions can thus achieve a proposed and smooth process for effective automation for people and organisations with limited IT expertise. Rather than coding from scratch, they can design such modules with low-code test automssation frameworks.
Benefits of Low-code No-code test automation
Effective collaboration- One of the primary advantages of using a low-code or no-code framework is that it promotes effective collaboration between people with little technical knowledge and QA teams. This is primarily due to the seamless process of visual development and models, which simplify the entire test automation process.
Usability–Users do not need in-depth knowledge of coding, low-code is simple to learn and can be used throughout the business without the need for skilled developers.
Best practices and compliance– As templates are so important in low-code automation, providing best practises for users to follow when building and automating processes ensures that they are created in a compliant manner.
Agility– With the straightforward approach to creating and amending processes, you can make agile changes to processes without worrying about changing the complex code. This aids in complying with regulatory changes, adapting to market changes, and responding to customer needs.
Cost effectiveness- This is easily accomplished in light of reduced resources for on-boarding a technical expert. People with little expertise with test automation can also use this framework,saving the organization’s time, resources, and money.
Faster Time-to-market- When a cycle is efficient, the time to market decreases. With the combination of efficiency and agility of low-code and no-code automation, a product can reach its target audience in record time.
Improved Maintenance – Newer approaches to low or no code automation are also enabling scripts to “self heal.” It will help reduce overall automation maintenance efforts, saving time and money. Scalability- Low-code and no-code automation frameworks help to accelerate processes; they also help organisations scale their scope by deploying ready-to-use components within their test automation suites. Using cloud platforms to augment scalability is an added benefit in this case.
Behaviour Driven Development Framework- A BDD framework can do wonders with low-code and no-code test automation, where an easy-to-understand language can help non-technical people use Cucumber, for instance: writing and running test automation scripts.
Equip citizen developers – Citizen development enables business users to create their own applications and processes using low-code software. Because of the simplicity of low-code or no code platforms, businesses with no prior experience in coding can create their own processes without relying on IT support. Because the software can be used enterprise-wide without requiring IT intervention, users can build their own automated processes to help them with their work.
With these latest advancements, not only do developers have an advantage in bringing in efficiency through minimal coding, but testers also have an advantage in adopting such a platform for improving software test automation. These are also useful for people and organisations with limited technical knowledge.
Low code/No-code test automation on cloud platforms
Cloud-based platforms have aided in the recent surge in the use of low-code platforms, as the secure, yet adaptable solution enables users to collaborate across the organisation. Citizen developers can easily gain access to the software, and it can be scaled up or down as needed, with constant updates to ensure users are always using the most recent version.
The ability to spin up and test new services is a significant advantage of using the cloud. And if the solution fails, it can be turned off without wasting money on physical infrastructure to support services that may or may not work. This means you can experiment with new solutions in low-code, backed up by low-cost and low-risk cloud deployment.