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Benefits and Challenges of Cognitive Test Automation

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Imagine, if we can have a mechanism that can provide us with desired output but also foresee the future of the product, Analyze it & fix the issue by itself. Yes, this is Cognitive Test Automation. Today, computers are smarter. Thanks to machine learning, Artificial intelligence, Big data, Data Science. Cognitive testing is a class of testing which leverages machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other cognitive computing techniques.

Rapidly, Cognitive testing is getting applied across various industry sectors. Telecom, banking, financial services and Healthcare are few to mention. Everyone is keen to adopt cognitive solutions because this method allows them to stay ahead in the business and provide quality products. 

Some of the available platforms are as below :

  • OpenAI – It is a non-profit organization, and they research AI.
  • IBM Watson – Great question-answer machine to process natural languages.
  • Google DeepMind – neural networks and deep learning to train artificial intelligence.

RPA vs Cognitive Automation

One of the challenges or say confusion for business is to choose between RPA and Cognitive Automation, Let’s try to understand the difference to make a decision and invest wisely. Both the technologies support automation, but cognitive test automation helps us to mimic human actions rather than only software or robot automation and then take a decision w.r.t. Different data set, logical algorithms, logs, etc.; Cognitive Test automation brings intelligence to the overall automation framework.

Scope and expectations are essential to make a healthy decision, let’s say one does not bother to have a logical action instead replicate regressive task mostly due to non-Agile nature of the product, so execution in the defined time and or environment is excellent as a business case, RPA will serve the purpose.

If the project demands natural language processing, data mining or says any logical data processing task, Cognitive Automation is the solution in such cases.

Cognitive Testing Benefits

  • Early detection of bugs with future prediction.
  • Adaptive – Best for Agile projects.
  • Better & faster decision making concerning any phase of the project.
  • Reducing overall product delivery time, efforts & surely the cost.
  • Better resource management – Using tools do the job which does not require human intervention.
  • Helping in prioritization of your testing.
  • Continuous feedback to help the product is best in class with all standards in cutting edge competition.

Methodologies Involved in Cognitive Testing

  • Test prioritization

    • 1. Prioritize automated regression pack.
    • 2. Select relevant test cases as per the feature drop expected in future.
    • 3. Risk-based testing.
  • Cognitive defect analysis
  • Test coverage optimization.
  • Risk-based testing and delta testing.
  • Selective entry-exit criteria for testing.
  • Self-Healing test automation.
  • Retire the obsolete test cases after releases and delta.

Challenges in Cognitive Testing

  • High Cost.
  • Domain Training.
  • Not clear vision may lead to wrong or undesired results.
  • Complexity and adaptability.

How to Prepare for Cognitive Test Automation?

  • Get the basics clear, build the knowledge – Invest early.
  • Know your goal – It should be aligned with a business goal and project delivery
  • Think out of the box – Bring data, design, and analysis in the equations.
  • Agile, Flexibility and Adaptability are crucial to success.
  • Understand the limitations, and so we need systems to work for us.

Summary

Well, after seeing massive benefits, it’s evident that the implementation of cognitive technologies is a key to win & stand in the market, have better ROI, low cost, faster time-to-market and enhanced customer experience. Our software testing services team already gets benefit from having fewer defects, improved productivity, use of domain skills in analysis rather than spending time in non-essential work or tasks. Contact us to learn more about it here.

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