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Kevin’s 2017 Year in Review

A quick look back on the year’s 5 big stories

As you head out the door to catch this weekend’s bowl games and New Year celebrations, take a moment to consider the momentous changes in test automation during 2017. Appvance.ai CEO Kevin Surace wraps up the five biggest below.

Next week, he will share his predictions for 2018.


2017 saw 5 big stories affect test automation.

2017 was certainly the year that AI came to QA, and this was by far the biggest story of the year. Appvance leads the industry in AI driven test generation technology and patents, launching in 2017, and is still the only system with such advanced capabilities. Why write scripts when the system can generate better more user-reflective tests for you? Teams that embraced Appvance AI saw a 100X improvement in what a dev or QA team member can accomplish in a given amount of time. Think of it as empowering each QA person to be superhuman, going from one brainpower (what each of us naturally have) to 100 brainpower, due to AI. It’s the most exciting technology to come to software QA – probably – ever. If you have not tried this or seen a demo…you need to.


People are finally talking about this! Appvance added CI/CD integration in 2012. So for us, this is just table stakes – a bare minimum requirement for any test automation system. But a few automation vendors made this their calling card, and that’s great because people are finally talking about it the way we have been for years. Continuous Testing is standard-fare for agile and DevOps teams, whether its Dev or QA doing the testing. Fully automating all tests (unit, functional, compatibility, performance, security) and kicking off at each build is what every organization needs to do.


In early 2017, Appvance delivered the industry’s first Unified Test Platform to customers. The idea was simple yet dramatically impactful to teams that embraced it: tear down the barriers between test teams and re-use scripts across all test types, from functional to compatibility to performance to security. No need to rewrite anything. Let the system do the work for you. Teams that embraced this in 2017 saw a 3 to 6X improvement in productivity.


It was also the year that Rational was handed off to HCL (from IBM), and Mercury was sold to MicroFocus. These were old legacy systems that their owners felt were no longer worth upgrading. That said, each sells over $1B/year, but that has been falling and the new owners will likely focus on maintenance fees and fewer upgrades. Old code bases are hard to maintain for sure, so it was no surprise that these relics of the 1990s would be sent away to die a slow death.


Appvance’s famous Test Designer has been the easiest and fastest way to create automated tests for years. In 2017 it got a major upgrade. With this latest rethink of rapid scripting, testers can create UX driven tests in a few minutes, 10 to 20X faster than writing Selenium scripts. Appvance Test Designer easily handles HTML5, with AngularJS and ReactJS as well. Teams that embraced Designer in 2017 never went back to Selenium.

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Happy New Year!