London-based automated software testing platform Virtuoso raised $13.3 million in a Series A funding round. Using machine learning and robotic process automation, Virtuoso helps software quality assurance teams eliminate bugs and errors up to 10 times faster than existing methods and systems, reducing the cost of the process by 80-90%. The new investment will be used to expand the sales team, strengthen the company’s presence in the United States, and advance the company’s ultimate goal: a fully autonomous software testing platform.
According to to Markets and Markets, Software Test Automation Market is on track 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 into the hands of consumers as quickly as possible, the reality is that the reputation of the same company depends on the quality of the product. If all the wrinkles aren’t ironed out before they hit the shelves, those are the things that sink the ships.
Frustrated by the challenges present in the software testing process, the founder of Virtuoso Adil Mohammad decided to reinvent the wheel himself. “The way software testing is currently done is not fit for purpose,” he commented. “When done inefficiently, the QA and testing process can be a major impediment to growth. We want to change that.”
Ultimately, Virtuoso wants to make itself redundant. To such an extent, the startup aims to eventually produce a completely self-contained mechanism where the software testing process will require little to no human interaction. Like a first step, currently, Virtuoso allows non-coders and coders to create automated tests using plain English. This then allows teams to write fully functional tests before a single line of code is created, effectively creating the blueprint for (theoretically) perfect software before the process even begins.