June 18, 2014
Another great year passed and we’ve entered in the year 2014. Cloud computing was the buzz word last year and by seeing the current trend, there are no signs that this trend will go down even in the year 2014. According to Gartner predictions, most of all the organizations will adopt for cloud computing in the next five years.
Based on the delivery, there are three main layers of cloud computing: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). Moreover, cloud computing also supports everything as a service (XaaS) delivery model, which brings services starting from security, database to storage and integration.
Among these three different types of cloud computing layers, SaaS is one of the most talked about types of layer. SaaS (Software as a Service) is nothing but a mechanism that allows software applications and product available on demand for the internet users to leverage from, irrespective of their location or time.
SaaS brings a product to the customer while fulfilling the requirements of the customer. Of course, there would be different customers that will be using different versions of the products through SaaS. In such scenario, to fulfill the customer requirements and to satisfy them, it is important to bring bug-free product in the front of the customers.
In such scenario, if there is even a minor error or a technical glitch in a product, the customer already has multiple options to go for. And that’s where significance of SaaS app testing comes into the picture.
SaaS application testing is different than any other kind of cloud testing. It brings a lot of benefits for the businesses or organizations. Testing SaaS application doesn’t require any kind of client-server testing. There are a few other things like no multiplatform support, no multiple version upgrades and no backward compatibility, which makes testing SaaS applications easier for the business users.
There are various types of functional and non-functional testing that should be carried out for an effective SaaS application. Here’s the list of the different testing types that you can perform to test SaaS applications:
Okay, but what are the best practices for testing SaaS applications? Here’s the list of best practices that you can follow to test SaaS application effectively:
Of course, following the above discussed best practices would help you gear up your SaaS application testing efforts. However, there are some critical challenges that make testing SaaS application difficult.
To overcome the above obstructions and enable end-to-end testing of a SaaS-based applications, companies can follow the below mentioned guidelines:
Besides these, to get up and running with the testing cycle of SaaS-based application and achieve accurate results, most of the organizations are now taking assistance of test automation tools. These automation tools come preloaded with required functions and architecture to test SaaS-based applications for privacy, security, accessibility and standard-compliance. There are plenty of tools available in the market which can address these areas of SaaS-based applications within the required time-frame and budget. Some of the common tools that a company can consider for automate testing of its SaaS-based applications are TestComplete, TestingWhiz and T-Plan. Companies can leverage these tools to make the most of their SaaS application testing efforts which brings value to their business and help validate the upgrades in the least possible time.
Are you providing SaaS-based applications and worried about your application’s performance at the end user’s side or want to expand the capability of your application? Utilize this guide to know what, when and how about SaaS application testing.
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