Automated Testing involves using a software testing tool to run repeatable tests against the application to be tested. Generally, the automation tool controls test case execution, compares actual outcomes to expected ones, and reports findings with no or minimal human intervention.
In today’s competitive markets, with shortened product development cycles and pressures on budget, software development processes are becoming increasingly agile. In an era of responsive software processes with constant changes being made to your applications, test automation is more often a necessity. This is especially true for web-based applications with number of supported browsers always increasing.
Automated software testing is not a replacement for manual testing. One of these will have an edge over the other depending on the specific context. Some of the best testing strategies employed by successful companies use a judicious mix of both automated and manual testing strategies. Whether to automate or not, when to automate, and what to automate are important considerations. The following are the top benefits of automated software testing:
Time & Money Savings: Automated testing shortens the regression cycle resulting in your product being market ready faster. Every time source code is modified (such as during development, enhancements, or patches), tests need to be repeated to uncover any new bugs, or regressions, introduced in the changed part or any other parts of the software because of the change. Across all the supported operating systems, web browsers, hardware configurations, etc. Manual repetition of regression tests is not only expensive but also time consuming.
Once created, automated tests incur no or minimal operational costs and get the job done much faster.
Increased Test Coverage: Test automation can increase the depth and scope of tests in a way that is hard to achieve through manual testing. Automated software tests can, with minimal effort, execute thousands of complex test cases during every test run, which would otherwise be prohibitively time consuming and hence tends to be avoided during manual test runs. In a similar vein, automated testing can simulate thousands of virtual users simultaneously interacting with your application, doing which would be beyond the ability of even the largest manual testing department.
Organizational Efficiency: Since automated software testing requires no human intervention, it frees up your valuable resources to focus on more challenging test situations. A good use of test automation is to automate mundane, humanly boring, repetitive testing tasks which could and should be done by machines to free up test analysts to focus on tasks where they are most effective.
Improved Customer Satisfaction: Test automation, if done well, can help identify many more defects in your product than what manual testing individually can. Its increased test coverage and more predictable QA cycles can lead to improved quality and hence enhanced customer satisfaction.
Options abound – code-driven or GUI, commercial or open source, etc. – when it comes to selecting the right test automation tool for your needs. For example, Selenium, the most widely-used open source solution in the world today, is being used by many organizations around the world to create robust browser-based test automation.
Software testing service providers like Mindfire Solutions provide expert Selenium automated testing Services backed by years of experience of providing Selenium automation testing for a variety of industries and customer needs. Clients use Mindfire’s Selenium automation testing expertise to get more tested at less cost & hit the market faster.
If you want to use Selenium test automation for your software projects or you want to automate web application testing and need some Selenium help, get in touch with Mindfire today – call 1-248-686-1424 or email sales[@]mindfiresolutions[.]com – to leverage the strong track record and solid experience of Mindfire’s Certified Selenium Testers.
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