Will No-Code Test Automation Solutions Replace Developers? 

Anna Thorsen

Automation Expert

A new era of automation is emerging. By testing systems and platforms with no-code automation, enterprises are able to deliver software at 10x the speed. What was once only available to expert developer resources, has been made accessible to business experts too.

How has this happened? Automation is being adopted by companies to bring greater efficiency gains to their testing, and to release their development projects faster without compromising on quality.

While companies want to meet their quality objectives with automation, not all businesses have the time or expert technical resources to keep up with the demand for more frequent release schedules. 

To solve this challenge, leading companies are investing in no-code automation solutions.

  • This frees up time for seasoned developers to focus on more challenging tasks
  • It enables business-oriented persons to take part in the automation of testing suites

However, one barrier remains. Developers perceive no-code automation as a threat

In this article, we detail why no-code is on the rise, and why codeless automation solutions are not going to replace developers.

Why is no-code on the rise

"A lot of workers are in roles that don't maximize their talents or abilities, and they are hungry to make use of technology's capabilities to augment themselves and improve their work." - Director of Innovation at Goldsmiths University, Chris Brauer

No-code has emerged because of the pressures faced by software development teams:

  • There is a lack of available experienced developers
  • Launching features takes months, and leaders are struggling to scale sandbox innovation
  • Businesses are facing increasing pressure to develop more in a short timeframe
  • The need to build stronger collaboration between the needs of the business, and the needs of IT

To address these internal and external pressures, no-code has emerged as a solution that alleviates developers from having to code automation. 

Instead, business users who are experts in testing have a toolset that doesn't require years on development experience to master. 

No-code is freeing time for value-creating tasks

"Organizational speed is an essential ingredient for outperformance in times of unprecedented change" - McKinsey.

By adopting no-code automation solutions, specifically in testing, businesses are able to better equip their testing teams with an easy and intuitive toolkit. 

For example, software enterprise, Telrock, reduced their application-based defects by 90% since introducing codeless automation. And within the space of five days they were able to build their first test suite. 

This frees up time for seasoned developers to focus on new feature and application development and enables business-oriented testers to ensure quality without compromising on delivery speed.

Why no code isn’t replacing developers

The demand for new software is on the rise, and developers are still an in-demand resource. 

But often, their time gets bogged down by working on repetitive and boring tasks like building and maintaining test automation frameworks. If a developer is scripting automation, not all testers will be able to contribute in the long term. 

This isn’t a productive use of developers’ time. It prevents collaboration and stops software development teams from running agile. 

Instead, developers’ time can be freed up to focus on the complex problems, like improving the functionality of software or developing new and innovative features for a better user experience 

By enabling business experts to easily build and maintain test automation in minutes, without having to rely on developers to move the process further, software development doesn't get held up in testing. 

Conclusion

No-code automation isn’t here to replace coding. It’s here to make automation more accessible. 

With no-code automation, you don’t need to be a master programmer to build automation cases that can scale. And developers can spend time on more value-creating tasks - like developing new features, rather than building and maintaining an automation framework. 

By making automation more accessible, you’re opening the door for those with business expertise to make work more efficient and rewarding. 

Read more: The benefits of no-code test automation

That doesn’t just benefit the tester, it benefits the developer and the business at large as resources are used where they generate the greatest value.

Try no-code automation for yourself today, and see how easy it is to get started.

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