Recently the new Forrester Wave report was published in our well-known area of functional test automation suites. We always watch those reports from Gartner and Forrester, to know what is going on in the market and to consult our customers as best as possible. This report ist special, as with Eggplant we have someone new on the throne. Time to have a closer look at this new ruler in „Westeros“ and its contenders.
In the report, you’ll find the 15 most significant continuous functional test automation (CFTA) providers which were evaluated via 26 criteria. I’d like to focus on the 4 leaders only and some surprising winners in one of the criteria.
But first, let’s have a look where Test Automation will move soon and if the COVID pandemic had any influence on that.
We continue to work in agile teams and due to the pandemic more remote. We have to become more adaptive and deliver software more quickly and continuously.
For a long time in the area of test automation, a very robust regression set was key. We had to deliver test cases that are error-prone and at the same time easy to maintain.
Those days are gone, at least in the area of web applications. In packages application testing, those robust regression sets are still a must and will stay that way for a longer time.
…we need an automation suite which enables fast and easy automation
Nowadays we have to automate fast. That means at the end of a user story a new automated test is ready to run or an existing one was updated. Therefore we need an automation suite which enables fast and easy automation. That means we need also fancy stuff like low-code, AI, and ML-enabled automation for GUI and API-Testing. And of course, we don’t want to rewrite those tests for our RPA suite.
So if you are looking for a new CFTA, look for a tool-provider which delivers:
The time for former leaders like Microfocus (Mercury Interactive > HP Software) and IBM (Rational) is long gone. Tricentis was very dominant in the last years but now we have someone new on the throne – Eggplant.
So let’s have a closer look at those leaders in the top right corner of the newest Forrester Wave.
Forrester Wave: Continuous Functional Test Automation Suites Q2’2020
The Forrester Wave looks at 16 main attributes inside 3 categories. We go through each category and look at which of the leaders is especially good or bad on a specific attribute.
The max points you can get is always 5.0 per criteria. In average those are the winners in Current Offering:
In average those are the winners in Strategy:
This category is special because it has no impact on where you land on the wave. It only determines how big your circle (=market presence) is.
In average those are the winners in Market Presence:
I think Eggplant did hit Tricentis from behind. Tricentis was focusing on its RPA and SAP-partnering and was not ready anymore to get a clear vision and strategy. Eggplant, on the other hand, has a really innovative and easy AI-Screen-recording technology and did shape a great vision which was not only noticed by Forrester.
The AI-driven test automation Tricentis now tries to close with its launch of NEO.
What is even more surprising is that also new starters like ACCELQ are suddenly in the throne room of the leaders. As they have a fresh product with a clear vision behind it, time will tell if customers want to start a journey with them.
So Tricentis is overall still the best solution but the gap is a lot smaller now…
But one thing is clear. Everyone wants to sit on the iron throne and I’m sure in a year from now, we will have a quite different picture than today.
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