Independent Survey Finds Manual Testing a Major Impediment to Business Success, Yet Only 7% of Organizations Automate Tests on Mainframe Code
- 77% of organizations find it increasingly difficult to increase quality, velocity and efficiency to meet innovation goals when developing and testing mainframe application code.
- 53% of application development managers say the time required to conduct thorough testing is the biggest barrier to integrating the mainframe into Agile and DevOps.
- 82% said that unless they can automate more test cases, they won't be able to meet their business' need for speed, and innovation and customer experiences will suffer.
DETROIT, Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Compuware today announced the findings of a global survey of 400 IT leaders, which reveals that manual testing practices, still in widespread use, are one of the biggest challenges large organizations face as they attempt to accelerate digital innovation.
The survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Compuware, examines the processes that organizations have in place to deliver innovation on the mainframe as quickly as in their distributed environments—which are highly reliant on the mainframe.
The survey also explores the methods used to support testing on the mainframe and the challenges businesses face in simultaneously increasing quality, velocity and efficiency during the application development and delivery process. To download the full report of the survey findings, click here.
Key findings of the global survey of application development managers revealed:
- Manual testing is a drain on resources
- The pressure to cut corners creates business risk
- Test automation is critical to success
- Challenges of test automation are holding businesses back
The research shows that organizations see test automation as the key to their ability to deliver innovation faster while maintaining quality, but many still use manual testing practices when it comes to the mainframe. Given the central role that the mainframe continues to play in powering modern digital services, these manual testing practices are creating a bottleneck. Ultimately, this is hindering the delivery of innovation and preventing organizations from meeting their business goals.
According to the report, by "shifting left" with automated testing—automated unit testing in particular—organizations can gain "fast feedback" on the mainframe, supercharging innovation without fearing the risk of introducing problems that disrupt operations, introduce security risks, hinder customer experiences or impact business revenues. Better still, they can improve quality, velocity and efficiency on the mainframe in spite of the growing shortage of experienced developers; giving themselves a major advantage as they look to drive a competitive advantage through supercharged digital innovation.
"As customer demand for a constant cycle of new and improved digital services and experiences continues to grow unabated, speed and innovation have become the rallying call for IT departments across every industry," said Chris O'Malley, CEO of Compuware. "Automation and the shift to Agile and DevOps are crucial to improving the pace of innovation without compromising quality and efficiency, in response to the always beautifully, wonderfully dissatisfied customers that organizations are striving to serve as a means to growth."
The complete research whitepaper, entitled "Test Automation: The Key to Increasing Velocity, Quality and Efficiency," can be found here. The research is based on a global survey of 400 senior IT leaders responsible for application development in organizations with a mainframe and 1,000+ employees, conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Compuware.
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