Open source-based testing acceleration is a new use case in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Software Test Automation, which is Gartner’s recognition that QA teams are increasingly using open source tools and frameworks. It has become evident that no industry is immune to market disruption, including the software development and testing space. In the past two decades, the software testing industry has been flooded with open source frameworks, including a few at the top such as Selenium and Appium that has popularized its adoption. In addition, organizations incorporating agile development and continuous delivery to enhance their DevOps practices are driving the acceleration of open source tools within large organizations.
There are clear differences between open source and commercial tools. Not every company, industry, and QA team is the same and how each defines, executes, and maintains tests vary. Aside from a tool’s functionality meeting your software needs, the question comes down to a few key business differentiators:
Free Sells: Demands for frequent release cycles, managing infinite combinations of devices, and creating standardization has put pressure on delivery times.
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