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Shaping the future of Test Automation with RPA Technology

Mar 25, 2022 | 2 min read

ROBOYO VOICES: With over 10 years’ experience in IT and Strategy consulting, Roboyo’s Global Head of Automation and UiPath MVP Andreas Obermair knows a thing or two about how to take an intelligent automation solution to the next level. Here, Andreas discusses how to extend your RPA platform and make the best use of Test Automation.

As business processes evolve and the technology for those processes becomes more intelligent, it’s no surprise that the need for testing is becoming ever more important.

Test Automation is a field that has grown significantly over recent years. However, a closer look at a typical Test Automation project usually reveals that testing is inefficient and cumbersome. Many automated tests are only used on a very temporary basis; business units and application teams use a wide variety of solutions; and the reuse rate across the entire company is considerably low.

From my own experience, I’ve found that many customers build huge portfolios of automated regression tests, most of which are redundant or no longer executable. No one in the company has any idea of the actual test coverage and every release becomes a blind flight.

For some customers, there is also the challenge of a wide variety of tools being introduced over the years creating unnecessary complexity in their digital ecosystem. Now, they’re having to focus on strategic consolidation to simplify the landscape – all of which costs valuable time and money.

In these cases, choosing a uniform platform can help utilize an employee’s time as ‘leanly’ as possible, freeing them up to focus on the more value-added tasks.

REUSE. RECYCLE. RPA.

Experience to date has shown that a uniform automation solution has a high potential for increasing efficiency. The very capabilities that made RPA so successful in process automation are also the starting point for using RPA tools in test automation.

As with many test tools, RPA tools can map real process chains across a wide range of programs. The big difference is that the modules used to automate testing can often be reused afterwards to automate real business processes – it’s a recycling dream. This makes both testing and automation much more cost-effective in the long-term.

It doesn’t stop there!

Consolidating testing and automation on a single platform also offers streamlining in adjacent areas. Instead of maintaining multiple tools, training staff on different skills, and developing similar test modules multiple times, all efforts are consolidated onto one platform where they are set up efficiently.

It’s clear that this seamless sharing of assets together with the desire for better data quality, a more efficient testing environment and a more attractive ROI shows that RPA is the logical future of Test Automation.

If you would like to know more about how Roboyo can take your Test Automation to the Next Level, contact us to book an introductory call.

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