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Test Automation Is the Single Most Important Factor in Accelerating Innovation, Say 90% of IT Leaders
Thursday, December 12, 2019

- 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
        --  77% of organizations find it increasingly difficult to
            simultaneously increase quality, velocity and efficiency to meet
            business innovation goals when developing and testing mainframe
            application code.
        --  92% of respondents said their organization's mainframe teams are
            spending more time testing code than was required in the past, due
            to growing complexity in their application environments.

        --  On average, development teams spend more than half (51%) of their
            time on testing during the release of a new mainframe application,
            feature or functionality.
    --  The pressure to cut corners creates business risk
        --  85% of application development managers say that it is becoming
            harder to deliver innovation faster, without compromising on quality
            and increasing the risk of bugs in production.

        --  The biggest concerns that respondents have over the pressure to cut
            corners when testing mainframe code to deliver innovation faster
            are: introducing potential security flaws (50%); impacting customer
            experience (38%); disrupting operations (36%); draining operations
            team resources to find bugs (31%); wasting development teams' time
            in war-rooms to fix problems (30%); and revenue impact (28%).
    --  Test automation is critical to success
        --  82% of respondents said that unless they can automate more test
            cases, they won't be able to meet the need for speed from the
            business, so innovation and customer experiences will suffer.
        --  90% say that automating more test cases could be the single most
            important factor in their success as the pressure increases on IT to
            accelerate innovation.
        --  80% of respondents say it is inevitable bad code will make its way
            into production unless they can automate more test cases.

        --  87% also stated that they believe automating mainframe test cases
            will be crucial to overcoming the growing skills shortage in that
            area of their business.
    --  Challenges of test automation are holding businesses back
        --  Despite the recognized benefits, 86% of respondents said they find
            it difficult to automate the testing of mainframe code.
        --  At present, only 7% of respondents said they automate the execution
            of test cases on mainframe code to support their ability to
            accelerate innovation.
        --  75% of organizations do not have automated processes that test code
            at every stage of development.
        --  Less than a quarter (24%) of organizations perform both unit and
            functional testing on mainframe code, to ensure its quality before
            it is released into production.

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.

Compuware Corporation
Compuware empowers the world's largest companies to excel in the digital economy by taking full advantage of their mainframe investments. We do this by delivering innovative software that enables IT professionals with mainstream skills to develop, deliver and support mainframe applications with ease and agility. Our modernized solutions uniquely automate mainframe work, integrate into a cross-platform DevOps toolchain and measure software delivery quality, velocity and efficiency. Learn more at

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