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2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation: How Testing Tools Compare

The 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation* was just released. According to Gartner:

“Cloud and digital business demand a shift toward continuous quality. Application leaders must support their teams in integrating and effectively utilizing test automation tools in their DevOps toolchain, to enable continuous delivery. This report will help in vendor selection.”


We believe that this annual report on software testing industry trends is a “must-read” for all software testing professionals. In addition to exploring how Agile and DevOps are altering the expectations for software testing, it assesses how 11 vendors compare versus these changing expectations.

How Does Tricentis Compare?

Tricentis has been named a Leader in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation research report for the fourth consecutive year (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

Tricentis was positioned furthest to the right on the completeness of vision axis for the second consecutive year. In its explanation of completeness of vision, the report notes, “Leaders having a Completeness of Vision are strong in their ability to reach the market via a compelling message and in delivering a solid solution globally. As enterprises engage in multiyear transformations involving agile, DevOps and bimodal practices, the ability of a vendor to create a vision of test automation that consistently creates value along the way and drives positive change will be crucial. The key messages now are around productivity and the ability to aid in technology and process transformation.”

New: Agile Dev Testing with Tricentis qTest

We believe that Gartner’s research is extremely thorough and detailed—comprising industry surveys, customer inquiries, product evaluations, and more. Not surprisingly, the evaluation process is a long one (it started in Q2 this year). Since our initial response to the survey questions, we have significantly expanded our platform.

The most notable change is that Tricentis qTest was recently added to the Tricentis Continuous Testing Platform. For Agile teams, Tricentis qTest adds a suite of software testing tools designed to improve speed, efficiency and collaboration throughout the software testing lifecycle. It provides:

  • Agile Test Management through manual and automated test traceability to Jira issues, bugs, and releases in real-time.
  • Shift Left Quality Approaches with open source test automation management (making open source testing tools more productive), test script scheduling, and support for BDD.
  • Predictive Test Analytics to gauge release readiness through executive level dashboards and portfolio level reporting.

These new Agile Dev Testing capabilities complement our flagship Tricentis Tosca automated continuous testing functionality, which provides resilient end-to-end regression testing across any architecture or application stack (150+ technologies). Additionally, Tricentis Flood integrates with both Tricentis Tosca and Tricentis qTest, giving developers and testers instant access to cloud-based performance labs for on-demand load testing.

The complete platform enables:

  • Continuous Testing across all enterprise systems (web, SAP, mainframes, APIs, mobile…)
  • Test orchestration across teams, projects, and applications
  • Centralized visibility and traceability across all teams

Learn More About the Tricentis Continuous Testing Platform

To learn more about the current state of the Tricentis Continuous Testing platform, see Sandeep Johri’s keynote from Accelerate 2018, Europe’s largest software testing conference.

For details on the new Tricentis qTest functionality (scalable, in-sprint test management for open source test automation, exploratory testing and BDD), see this quick explanation by Ryan Yackel:

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation Joachim Herschmann, Thomas E. Murphy, Jim Scheibmeir 27 November 2018.

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