Software Testing 101
 

Test Automation

September 18, 2018

Enterprises on the path to digital transformation rely on technology to speed up their software release velocity, reduce time to market and testing efforts. QA and testing software can support IT’s ability to achieve agility with the continuous delivery approach.

Manual testing may not be the most efficient and cost-effective solution to deliver continuously at the speed of business. In the contemporary scenario, more often than not – test automation is the answer. More companies are bidding to create better products and applications, faster and leaning towards a more DevOps/continuous deployment approach – making automation essential.

Test automation is basically the practice of using programs to perform automated tests for your applications

Why Software Test Automation?

The need for faster time to market combined with higher quality is driving the demand for functional test automation tools. According to Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant report “By 2020, DevOps initiatives will cause 50% of enterprises to implement continuous testing with frameworks and open-source quality tools.”

Medium to large-scale organizations and software companies have relied on Test Automation for a while now, fast adopting automation to streamline their efforts and improve the bottom-line.

Benefits of Test Automation:

Digital Agility: Automation brings faster feedback and validation through the various sprints of software development, enhancing communication among stakeholders. Identifying problems earlier on in the development cycle and rectifying them is more efficient and productive. Rapid implementation ensures that organizations can follow an Agile workflow and feedback loop is faster.

Regression Testing: Regression testing is a painful but inevitable reality of testing – to confirm that recent programs or code changes have not introduced new defects or adversely affected existing features. Automation can greatly enhance the regression testing process by introducing speed, efficiency especially for the most repeated tests that need to be re-run after each release. Automation also enhances report generation for regression testing.

Test Coverage and scale: Automation can achieve greater scale, depth, and scope of tests and simply the most efficient choice in many scenarios where manual testing would not suffice. Lengthy tests that often take place on multiple computers, configurations, operating systems, or a number of complex tests that need to be run in a particular sequence. Test automation can perform thousands of diverse test case during each run to ensure coverage that manual tests cannot offer.

Continuous Testing and Delivery: Organizations adopting Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery rely on test automation to provide the discipline, rigor, and agility that is continuous testing. Automation can streamline the process and provide the small, incremental changes that benefit the CI/CD pipeline.

Not all projects or scenarios require Test Automation, but those that do benefit greatly from a well-executed test strategy. But there is a clear shift towards Agile practices and most companies are looking for speed, extensibility and comprehensive test coverage as the defining criteria for their test suite.

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