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Dismiss AI's Detractors: How the Technology is Driving Testing Improvements Today

4/17/19 / by Candice Arnold posted in Customer Experience, Performance Test Tool, digital automation intelligence, Eggplant AI, AI-assisted testing, intelligent automation, robotic process automation, digital transformation, accessibility

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A recent SD Times article suggested that AI is not delivering tangible testing improvements, cautioning “…customers need to realize there’s probably more hype than reality in most of what test solution vendors are saying.” This sentiment reminds us of the unhelpfully polarized “manual-vs-automated test execution” debate that held back testing for 10 years and we’ve only recently moved on from with the realization that there’s a place for both in testing. It would be catastrophic for the testing industry if we went into another 10 year debate of “AI-vs-non-AI” only to realize that there are strong benefits to AI, but it probably doesn’t solve everything.

These sentiments are unhelpful and dangerous to the testing community. Sure, there are exaggerated claims about the use and impact of AI in some products, but there are also fantastic products that demonstrate that the technology can deliver real improvements today. Below are just a few examples of how AI can help testing now—not several years down the road:

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The AI Advantage

4/16/19 / by Candice Arnold posted in Customer Experience, Performance Test Tool, digital automation intelligence, Eggplant AI, AI-assisted testing, intelligent automation, robotic process automation, digital transformation, accessibility

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A recent Forbes Insights survey confirmed that there is strong C-Suite interest in artificial intelligence, with eighty percent of CEOs and eighty-five percent of IT leaders pointing to AI as a core component of their digital transformation efforts. While the technology is sometimes—and mistakenly—associated with job loss, AI’s true power actually lies in its ability to augment human decision-making.

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The Cost of Non-Compliance: Why You Can’t Ignore Accessibility Testing

4/9/19 / by Gareth Smith posted in Customer Experience, Performance Test Tool, digital automation intelligence, intelligent automation, digital transformation, accessibility

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In early 2017, US grocery chain Winn-Dixie invested $7 million to improve its website but overlooked a critical component: testing to ensure it was accessible to people with disabilities. This mistake garnered national attention when the retailer lost a federal case accusing it of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Winn-Dixie lawsuit is considered a landmark case but it’s hardly a unique situation—website compliance suits are on the rise. According to a legal blog tracking these cases, there were at least 2,258 such suits filed in the US alone in 2018—an increase of 177 percent from the prior year.

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Customer Experience Optimization for Better Business Outcomes

3/28/19 / by Alex Painter posted in Customer Experience, Test automation, digital automation intelligence, intelligent testing, real user monitoring, customer experience optimization, Real Customer Insights, digital transformation

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Businesses want software that delights end users. Customer experience is the priority. But even as the requirement for ever better experiences grows, actually delivering on that requirement is getting harder.

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What Happens When Performance Testing Meets Politics?

3/22/19 / by Alex Painter posted in Customer Experience, Performance Test Tool, Performance testing, digital transformation

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When people are angry, they have always taken to the streets to protest.

They still do.

But the internet offers an alternative forum in which to voice strong opinions. So what happens when that forum is cut off?

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Customer Experience Optimization: Improve the UX and Business Outcomes of Digital Software

8/8/18 / by John Bates posted in Customer Experience, UX, Software test automation, UX testing, intelligent monitoring, analytics, real user insights, customer experience optimization, continuous testing, continuous monitoring

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There are certain inalienable truths about businesses: they all want to succeed and they all want to beat their competitors. What's slightly different is how a business defines success. For a healthcare company, it might be lives saved. For an insurance company, it's the number of policies bought. For an e-commerce retailer, it's shopping basket conversions. 

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Avoid the App Scrap Heap

9/25/17 / by John Bates posted in App testing, Application testing, Customer Experience, Digital Experience, Real User Experience, Test automation, UI testing, Automated testing tools, UX testing, IOT, AI

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You can find 28 million apps on Google Play and 22 million in Apple’s App Store. Yet, nearly one in four people who download an app use it only once. Apps are incredibly slow under certain circumstances, don’t work in key parts of the workflow, and have less-than-optimal usability. The app scrap heap is growing because many organizations are still testing to ensure code quality, not a superior user experience (UX).

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[Video Interview] Testing Must Change to Support Mobile & IoT

5/2/17 / by Milli d'Hangest d'Yvoy posted in Customer Experience, DevOps, Digital Experience, eggPlant range, IoT Testing, Quality assurance, Software Quality Tools, Test automation, testing automation, TestPlant Events, User Experience, UX, Industry Specifics, Mobile testing, software testing, TestPlant

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TestPlant CTO, Antony Edwards, was interviewed by Mobile World Live at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year. Antony talks about the key trends in mobile and IoT, and how testing needs to change in order to be more focused on UX. 

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