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Applitools sets sights on AI-powered end-to-end visual testing

Wed 3 Apr 2019
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Applitools, a provider of AI-powered end-to-end visual testing and monitoring, announced Applitools Ultrafast Visual Grid as a state of the art testing platform to drive enterprise-wide management of both functional and visual app quality. 

With the release of the Ultrafast Visual Grid, Applitools supposedly delivers the world’s first low-code, ultrafast and easy-to-use testing and monitoring platform to support developers, test automation engineers, manual QA, marketing and digital transformation teams for any size company.

Applitools AI-powered end-to-end visual testing and monitoring platform supposedly includes every component the enterprise needs to quickly succeed in its test automation and CI-CD efforts. 

Applitools Eyes’ core test management, auto maintenance and dashboard functionality allow anyone on the team to author, fix, analyse results and maintain tests easily. The Root Cause Analysis feature allows any user to spot bugs easily and identify the root cause issue in the underlying code. 

The grid supposedly leverages visual AI to instantly validate all app elements on all screens eliminating brittle test code and bloated functional test scripts. It perfectly executes most of the tedious and time-consuming tasks associated with outdated testing techniques. 

The grid supports Selenium Java, Selenium Javascript, Selenium C#, Selenium Python, Selenium Ruby, Selenium IDE, Webdriver IO, Cypress and Storybook. Additional SDKs will supposedly follow quickly with plans to support all 50+ SDKs by the end of 2019. 

Running existing tests on the new grid does not require any code changes. It simply boosts the performance of existing tests by executing them 30 to 70 times faster in a much more stable and less flaky environment.

As front end developers continue to make massive gains in productivity to build new features faster, quality management approaches are trapped in legacy test automation technology and infrastructure incapable of properly supporting today’s CI-CD and Digital Transformation needs in terms of speed, reliability, and AI assistance. 

As a result, quality assurance is a bottleneck to delivering high-quality app releases with the speed and quality necessary to compete in today’s business environment. 

Existing testing techniques, especially those that rely on large, brittle functional test frameworks are not able to provide the accuracy, speed and agility needed to maintain pace with the evolution of app development technologies, environments and practices. 

Additionally, the pressures of Digital Transformation, with the constant change of environments, devices, microservices and more, creates huge quality challenges for today’s brands. 

Using outdated testing techniques, the outcome is a combination of a low release velocity, costly bugs in production and ultimately customer churn that impacts revenue. These brands need testing technology built for today’s CI-CD reality.

Applitools’ AI-powered end-to-end platform allows teams to continuously test and monitor every aspect of the app before, during and after every code change, with a single open-ended assertion that invokes Visual AI and runs visual validations on an Ultrafast Visual Grid for multiple browsers, operating systems, and viewports. 

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