This keynote belongs to the Digital Transformation Module of C1b3rWall Academy 2021 and is delivered by Rafael Pérez Daniëls, Computer Engineer from UCM. He is currently the leader of the Quality Engineering Practice Automation team at ViewNext and has more than 20 years of experience in IT projects.

Rafael will speak about “The importance of continuous testing in digital transformation: Test Automation”.  Testing is necessary to ensure software quality and thus achieve customer satisfaction and possible customer loyalty.

What is test automation?

It consists in simulating that there is a tester who is running the application to verify that it works correctly. A number of myths about test automation are shown in the following image:

Why automate tests?

Test automation consolidates and improves test effectiveness as long as you manage expectations, understand the tools and select a tool that is compatible with the applications to be automated. Automation:

  • Minimizes manual testing errors.
  • Makes it possible to run more tests.
  • Allows to validate multiple platforms.
  • It is useful for massive data generation.
  • Reduces execution times.
  • It has an investment vs. cost-oriented model.
  • Provides support for DevOps models.

Automation frameworks

These are usually software tools that form a set of guidelines such as coding standards, test data handling, object repository handling, etc. that generate benefits, such as increased code reuse, portability and reduced maintenance cost when applied to script automation.


Automation basically uses three types of tools:

  1. Test management: they have a catalog of test cases and do the scheduling of executions.
  2. Test automation tools are the ones that actually execute the tests.
  3. Defect management tools are used to identify the defects received by the development team, so that they can make the corresponding corrections.

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Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.