Applitools Visual AI Helps Thunderhead Speed Software Development


Applitools has announced how its Visual AI technology helps Thunderhead create a visually perfect experience in its ONE Engagement Hub.

Thunderhead offers its AI-driven ONE Platform, a transformational technology for customer engagement. The ONE Engagement Hub helps global brands build customer engagement in the era of digital transformation. “Applitools gives our entire team huge peace-of-mind,” said Walt Harris, head of quality at Thunderhead. “We know about the visual impact of our code. Using Applitools makes us more nimble and lets us develop more quickly.”

Before Applitools, the engineering team at Thunderhead wrote Selenium tests to validate both UI behavior and end-to-end functionality. They had no automation for the visual components of these tests. Small changes to UI code would require significant rewrites in order for tests to pass, and many of these changes to internal element locators had no visual impact.

By inspecting visual elements, Applitools Visual AI detects actual bugs, ignoring minor visual variances and making Applitools much more accurate across browser and operating system changes without time consuming false positives.

After implementing Applitools, Thunderhead discovered an ease of test development they had not previously experienced. The code used to validate the content on screen was replaced by a simple call to Applitools, which captured the entire screen and compared it with the last approved version. Via AI, the meaningful differences were highlighted so engineers could easily fix or approve.