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Gartner Research | Robotic Process Automation (RPA) vs Software Test Automation

While software testing all-too-often remains the overlooked “second-class citizen” of the Application Development world, RPA has truly captured the attention (and dollars) of IT leaders—to the point where it has become the fastest-growing market in enterprise software. At its core, RPA is ultimately the same as software test automation (STA): both automatically exercise applications through the UI or API to make repetitive work faster, less burdensome, and more accurate. 

In many respects, RPA is actually simpler than software test automation —so it’s not surprising to see many software test automation vendors testing the waters with “RPA-light” offerings.  From the opposite direction, RPA vendors are starting to suggest that RPA tools are also fit for software test automation. Is a convergence inevitable? And how would it impact the future of RPA and software test automation?     

Download Robotic Process Automation (RPA) vs Software Test Automation. We believe that you will learn: 

  • In what ways RPA and software test automation are converging 
  • The core differences between the RPA and software test automation 
  • The top risks, opportunities, and challenges emerging from this convergence of RPA and software test automation 

Gartner, Assess Whether Test Automation Tools Could Help You With Robotic Process Automation, Thomas Murphy, Jim Scheibmeir, Cathy Tornbohm

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