London-based automated software testing platform Virtuoso has raised $13.3 million in a Series A funding round. Employing machine learning and robotic process automation, Virtuoso helps software quality assurance teams squash bugs and errors up to 10 times faster than existing methods and systems, thereby decreasing the cost of the process by 80 to 90%. The new investment will be used to expand the sales team, up the company’s presence in the US, and progress the firm’s ultimate goal: a completely autonomous software testing platform.
According to Markets and Markets, the software testing automation market is on course to grow from $12.6 billion (2019) to $28.8 billion in 2024. This figure is driven by the fact that while software companies are constantly trying to get their product(s) out the door and in the hands of consumers as fast as possible, the reality is that the same company’s reputation hangs in the balance based on the quality of the product. If all the wrinkles aren’t ironed out before hitting the shelves, these are the things that sink ships.
Frustrated by the challenges present in the software testing process, Virtuoso founder Adil Mohammed decided to reinvent the wheel himself. “The way software testing is currently being done is not fit for purpose,” he commented. “When done inefficiently, the QA and testing process can be a big barrier to growth. We want to change that.”
Ultimately, Virtuoso wants to make itself redundant. In so much, the startup aims to eventually produce a completely autonomous mechanism where the software testing process will require little to no human interaction. As a first step, at present Virtuoso allows non-coders and coders the ability to author automated tests using plain English. This then allows teams to write fully functional tests before a single line of code is created, thereby effectively creating the blueprint for (theoretically) perfect software before the process even begins.