The leaders of pioneering continuous testing companies are 3.9 more likely to be in an organization that achieves rapid revenue growth.

A holistic and balanced approach to modern practices and tools is reforming the way software is developed and supporting business transformation in all sectors.

According to CA Technologies’ Continuous Testing as a Business Business Enabler report , 20% of organizations surveyed identified as leaders in continuous testing have seen a significant boost in the speed, quality and efficiency of software delivery, which has resulting in a higher return on investment in continuous delivery technology.

63% of respondents pointed to the combination of agile development and continuous delivery to optimize the effective integration of activities throughout the software development lifecycle.

According to the study, 75% of organizations emphasize continuous software testing as an important or critical aspect of their business, but only a minority of respondents have made great strides in driving their digital transformation .

While 93% of respondents have pointed to automation of tests as important, only 1 in 5 has highlighted that it is able to achieve a good level in the coverage of such automation of tests (80% or higher), while 4 out of 5 continue to rely on manual processes.

Organizations have also stressed the importance of automating test data  to ensure they are available when they are needed and that personally identifiable information is avoided. However, most respondents have considered that they are not efficient in this area.

“As organizations build their modern software factories, it’s important not to sacrifice quality in the search for ever-increasing speed and efficiency in business growth and success,” said Jeff Scheaffer, director, Continuous Delivery, CA Technologies.

According to the CA report, lead organizations in continuous testing are 2.3 times more likely to succeed in activities in which testing is done earlier, at an earlier stage of the development cycle; 2.6 more chances of reducing defects by more than 50%; 2.4 times greater confidence about the quality of their results ; and 1.9 times more confidence about speed of delivery.

Leaders are also 3.9 more likely to be in an organization that achieves a rapid increase in revenue.