June 28, 2012
We see a lot many IT services being provided in a conventional manner, software testing being one of them. This is happening due to lack of exposure to the latest technologies, new methods and benefits attached with them.
In software testing space, there is a buzz about software test automation everywhere. However, several companies being new to this are interrogating its capabilities to cater to complete requirements for delivering right software testing services to clients. Some expectations of companies in terms of software testing
Provide a parallel testing environment to keep pace with the rapid application development framework
Short software release lifecycles and timely sign-offs
Test & Regress as much as possible
Ability to test on multiple environments such as QA, staging and production
Up-to-date availability of documents for every process, defect or activity
Test Automation has an ability to cater to all these aspects over and above overcoming the drawbacks of manual testing such as time consuming workflows, tedious testing cycle, heavy investments in human resources, etc. Since automation testing is all about executing test cases using automation tool without human intervention, it is faster and error-free. It also ensures consistency, provides re-usability of test cases and gives reliable results. Companies still deliberating for adopting automation testing can count on the following grounds
Time saver – Automation testing is surely a time saver since it can run a number of test cases simultaneously
Easy Learning Curve – One can learn to perform automated testing in no time. Testers who are reluctant to invest time in learning before they get labeled as a productive test engineer can certainly opt for automation testing
Zero Coding – Automation testing requires no programming skills or code development experience
Scalable – Test automation provides highly re-usable script architecture with simple editing capability
Efficiency – Provides increased efficiency by reducing human errors
Economical – Concluding factor as the initial cost of ownership and further infrastructure requirements always counted
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