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 the software development industry; software testing takes an inordinate amount of time.
Chikazawa and co-founder Sam Yamashita started Autify in 2016 in San Francisco to develop software test automation, enabling software developers to accelerate the delivery of quality software to their clients in a rapidly changing market.
Now, Autify’s software test automation addresses labor shortages and technical difficulties through its no-code platform.
Autify announced today that it has secured a $ 10 million Series A round to support new product development, including your launch of native mobile app testing and global expansion.
The latest funding brings the total Autify raised to $ 12.2 million, Chikazawa said. Autify, a completely remote company, has 30 employees around the world.
Global Innovation Laboratory (WiL) led Serie A, with new investors Uncorrelated companies and individual investor Jonathan Siegel also participating. Existing sponsors Archetype Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, and Tably also joined the round.
Most of Autify’s global peers offer low-code test automation solutions, aimed at allowing software developers with a variety of coding skills to get their work 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.
“Low code solutions can work for tech savvy companies, but the absence of code is capable of capturing an even larger mass market around the world,” 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 beneficial to developers and developers alike. not developers, “continued Chikazawa.
The three key features of Autify for web and mobile devices are testing across multiple browsers and devices in parallel; automatic repair with AI; and visual regression test. Autify’s AI detects any changes to the source code / UI and automatically fixes the test scenario on every run, while its visual regression automatically detects and allows users to run tests without maintenance, according to its statement.
As remote working is becoming a standard in many companies globally, software developers and QA teams find it increasingly difficult to prepare and manage mobile devices for manual testing. Autify’s no-code for mobile devices allows anyone to easily create, run and automate software test scenarios without programming knowledge or automation skills, simply by operating their mobile application in a web browser. You don’t need to prepare real mobile devices with different combinations of operating systems, screen sizes, network operators and user scenarios, Chikazawa said.
Its new beta version “Autify for mobile” improves the efficiency of native mobile application testing, with the aim of dramatically improving QA productivity by allowing users to manage testing for native mobile and web applications on the same platform. .
Autify for the web launched in October 2019 and has a lot of B2C and B2B SaaS customers including Unity, DeNA and ZOZO in Japan, the United States, Singapore and Europe, according to Chikizawa.
The company is currently targeting two markets, the United States and Japan, but plans to drive further global expansion, Chikizawa said.
“Autify had that global vision from the beginning and it is backed by a well thought out go-to-market strategy. Rather than customizing their solution only for Japanese users who tend to be difficult to scale globally, Autify decided to build their solution to global standards from day one, “Kubota told TechCrunch.
The software testing market is projected to grow by $ 60 billion by 2027, according to research conducted by Global Market Insights.
“With 75% of global companies still manually conducting software development testing, Autify expects to disrupt the $ 1.3 trillion global testing market by providing a no-code application for automated testing,” said Chikazawa. “Autify’s three-pronged approach to test automation (no code, AI-driven, and customer success) helps address the challenges that plagued the testing market for too long, such as labor shortages, high maintenance costs and technical difficulties. The best part of all this is that Autify manages to address these issues without having to sacrifice product quality at any stage of development. “
“Autify can win in the test market because the lack of developers is not unique to Japan. For instance, Even in the US, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that by 2026, the engineering shortage will exceed 1.2 millionKubota said.
Autify enables not only technology companies, but also companies 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 has reached $ 111 billion in 2020, with a 30% year-on-year increase in 2019, and the market continues to grow at a rapid pace, according to its statement citing Sensor tower.