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Applitools Launches Test Automation University

15 November 2018
The latest initiative by visual UI testing start-up Applitools, aims to increase test automation success rates by sharing educational resources and best practice examples in an online course format.

Applitools has announced a new community and training resource database, aimed at improving test automation skill sets. With initial offerings by test automation experts Angie Jones, Dave Haeffner, Jonathan Lipps, Joe Colantonio, Amber Race, Elisabeth Hocke, Manoj Kumar, Jason Arbon, Raja Rao, and Gil Tayar, ‘Test Automation U’ is aimed at a broad community of technical professionals.

"The main driver behind Test Automation University (TAU) is about ensuring we succeed more often in our test automation efforts as an industry," said Applitools CMO James Lamberti. "A lot of data and feedback we receive from companies of any size is that they are really struggling in their test automation efforts. In order to help solve this problem, we came up with TAU as a way to provide the industry with better education and training that is currently difficult to find. TAU is also about community. We believe there is a strong test automation community and we want to bring everyone together as a way to help the industry grow and succeed."

The platform includes courses for developers with varying levels of experience, organised across three key categories – Foundational Test Automation Courses, Automated Visual Testing and Test Automation for Real World Problems.

Additional experts and courses will be added throughout 2019. Full details of the initiative including descriptions of initial courses, curriculum, and community engagement opportunities will be unveiled in an upcoming webinar hosted by Angie Jones, who joined Applitools in August as Senior Development Advocate.

“The talent gap is huge when it comes to test automation initiatives, and many programs get delayed or even fail because of this,” explained Jones. “What is great about Test Automation U is that we’re opening the doors to all schools of thought, capturing the knowledge, and distributing it openly in relevant locations. No matter what role you're playing in the software development process, it’s extremely important for everyone to collaborate and work together.”

"As far as the future of TAU, we want to have at least 10-12 courses in the first half of 2019 and want to at least double that in the second half of the year," Lamberti elaborated. "We plan to continue to expand the courses, tracks and thought leadership involvement to make it a compelling resource for the industry."

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