While working as a software engineer in Japan, Singapore and San Francisco for the past 10 years, Ryo Chikazawa, CEO and co-founder of Autify, realized that there is a common problem in l software development industry; software testing takes excessive time.
Chikazawa and his co-founder Sam Yamashita launched Autify in 2016 in San Francisco to develop software testing automation, enabling software developers to accelerate the delivery of quality software to their customers in a rapidly changing market.
Now, Autify’s software test automation solves labor shortage issues as well as technical challenges with its no-code platform.
Autify today announced that it has secured a $ 10 million Series A funding round to support new product development, including its launch of native app testing for mobile and global expansion.
The latest funding brings Autify’s total raised to $ 12.2 million, Chikazawa said. Autify, a completely remote company, has 30 employees around the world.
World Innovation Lab (WiL) led Series A, with participation from new investors Uncorrelated Ventures and individual investor Jonathan Siegel. Existing funders Archetype Ventures, Salesforce Ventures and Tably have also joined the round.
The majority of Autify’s global peers offer low-code test automation solutions, which aim to empower software developers with a range of coding skills to get their jobs done faster. But several countries, including Japan, still face a serious developer shortage problem that the low-code approach cannot solve, WiL partner Masaya Kubota said in an interview with TechCrunch.
âLow-code solutions can work for tech-savvy businesses, but no code is able to capture an even larger mass market across the world,â Kubota told TechCrunch.
“Previously, software testing automation could only be done by people who could write code, but Autify as a no-code solution is here to allow anyone to automate testing, which is good for them. developers and non-developers, “Chikazawa continued.
The three key features of Autify for web and mobile are cross-browser and cross-device parallel testing; automatic repair with AI; and visual regression test. Autify’s AI detects any changes in source code / user interface and automatically corrects the test case with every run while its visual regression automatically detects and allows users to run maintenance-free tests, based on his statement.
With remote working becoming a norm in many businesses around the world, software developers and QA teams are finding it increasingly difficult to prepare and manage mobile devices for manual testing. Autify’s no-code for mobile makes it easy for anyone to create, run and automate software test cases without programming knowledge or automation skills, just by using their mobile app on a web browser. It doesn’t need to prepare real mobile devices with different combinations of operating systems, screen sizes, network operators and user scenarios, Chikazawa said.
Its new version âAutify for mobileâ improves the efficiency of mobile native app testing, with the goal of dramatically improving QA productivity by enabling users to manage testing for web and mobile native apps on the web. the same platform.
Autify for the web launched in October 2019 and has a large number of B2C and B2B SaaS customers, including Unity, DeNA and ZOZO in Japan, the United States, Singapore as well as Europe, according to Chikazawa.
The company is currently focused on two markets, the United States and Japan, but plans to continue its global expansion, Chikazawa said.
âAutify had this big picture from the start, and it’s backed by a well-thought-out go-to-market strategy. Instead of customizing their solution just for Japanese users who tend to be difficult to scale globally, Autify set out to build their solution to global standards from day one, âKubota told TechCrunch.
The software testing market is expected to grow by $ 60 billion by 2027, according to a study by Global Market Insights.
“. “Autify’s three-pronged approach to test automation – code-less, AI-powered, and customer success – helps address challenges that have plagued the testing market for far too long, such as the shortage labor, high maintenance costs and technical difficulties. The best part of it all is that Autify manages to fix these issues without having to sacrifice product quality at any stage of development.
âAutify can win in the testing market because the lack of developers is not just a problem in Japan. For example, even in the United States, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that by 2026, the engineer shortage will exceed 1.2 million, âKubota said.
Autify not only empowers technology companies, but also businesses in all regions and industries that may not have enough technical staff to improve their software development, Kubota said.
Global consumer spending on mobile apps reached $ 111 billion in 2020, with a 30% year-over-year increase in 2019, and the market continues to grow at a rapid pace, according to its statement citing Sensor Tower.