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Test Automation

In today’s delivery methods like Agile and Continuous Delivery, every software dependent business is focused to release quality software products often and faster than ever before.

There are many factors that influence the delivery of software faster at reduced cost. According to the WQR, slower time to market, increased QA costs and an over dependence on manual testing are a major bottleneck in ensuring the release of better products, faster.

Its time every company shifted from Manual testing to Test Automation to address these challenges.

The objective of software test automation is to simplify the software testing process as easy as possible with minimum effort. Test Automation has a positive impact on the cost, quality and time to market the software.

Aren’t manual tests really enough?

Not considering today’s software delivery needs.

Enhancements or changes made to an application must be tested and retested to check that it does not break the existing code. Test Automation is most effective in performing such regression tests on multiple device/OS/browser combinations with the help of Automated testing tools.

This would be a tedious task, if done manually. Functional Testers need to go through every feature of the application, look for possible input combinations, compare and document each outcome with the expected one.

In such short cycles it is difficult to test every feature of the application, manually. Manual Testing would require a lot of resources, time and cost for this.

Without Test Automation one has to compromise on the test coverage, which is not recommended.

However, Manual Testing cannot be overlooked as it involves creative and logical analysis of the application under test.

There is a need of an integrated manual testing and test automation environment to improve the collaboration between the teams and increase productivity.

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Let’s look at a few benefits of Test Automation:

Test Automation speeds up the testing process

Once created, automated tests can be run over and again at no additional cost and can increase the pace of executing tests in different versions of device, browser and OS combinations. This reduces the testing time in each cycle.

Test Automation increases Test Coverage

As the tests are automated you can choose to execute some or all of the tests to cover the affected areas. You don't need to compromise on the coverage due to a lack of time towards the end of the cycle.

Execute multiple complex tests across different OS/Device/Browser combinations and with different Test Data sets that help increase the test coverage.

Test Automation improves Accuracy

Test Automation tools execute a set of scripted steps systematically and record the results every time they are executed. The accuracy of results are more in less time compared to Manual testing.

Test Automation allows for faster delivery of products

Once the test script is developed, the tests can be re-executed any number of times, anytime. This allows the Functional testers to do exploratory testing and to check for the usability of the product. Test Automation allows for a speedy delivery of better quality products into the market.

Test Automation Challenges

  • Initial Increased cost of quality involving additional infrastructure and test automation resources at the start
  • Initial Time and effort required to create an ecosystem of team, test automation tools, test environments, proper management of test data, integrations
  • Unavailability of a ‘One for All’ Framework. It is not practical to reuse one framework for all applications types
  • Need for additional Infrastructure and Resources. Test Automation demands exact or nearly the same Test Environments, Test Data Management tools, and programming experts
  • Requires proficiency in multiple programming languages and technologies and requires a dedicated team for the whole test automation process
  • Licensing and Management of different automation tools for different application types
  • Scalability issues depending on the size of the application. As the size of the application increases, test automation frameworks must be able to handle all types of requirements
  • Takes up a lot of time in scripting automated tests and requires huge cost, effort and time investments.
  • Longer ROI wait due to initial setup, ramp up time and slow script development

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Getting started with Test Automation

Test Automation is not just about programming the test actions. It is an ecosystem of various components and resources like the test automation team, test automation tools, test environments, proper management of test data, integrations that help deliver quality software faster.

Test Automation demands

  • Identifying the tools that meets all test automation needs
  • Huge initial investment, setup and ramp up time
  • Identifying and building the right test automation framework
  • Expertise in multiple tools and technologies for different application types
  • Need for training on the tools being used
  • Availability of realistic Test Environments to try and execute tests
  • Integrations with multiple tools like Test Management tool, Test Data Management tool, CI/CD tools, Defect tracking and reporting tools, Collaboration tools etc.

It takes significant time and effort to set the Test Automation ecosystem. Each application type would require different sets of tools and one tool that suffices every application type hardly exist. Though Test Automation is the right choice in identifying and fixing bugs at an early stage, there are several tailbacks associated with it.

This initial demand of cost, resources, time and effort, makes it difficult for smaller teams to get started with Test Automation.

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Why Existing Test Automation tools are not enough

Huge Initial Time and Cost

Existing Test Automation tools demand a huge ramp-up time to set the test automation eco-system and to write scripts that perform the tests.

In addition, the number of people required, their skills, tools employed and infrastructure, all of this involve huge investments. It is an expensive affair having to manage these.

Need for multiple tools

There are no tools to support automation testing of different application types, like Web, Mobile and Web Services etc.

The existing test automation tools do not support or have in-built integrations with Test Management, Test Data Management, Test Environment, CI/CD tools and other required integrations, which are mandatory for current Agile and Continuous Delivery practices.

Slow Test Development

Due to huge programming efforts involved to develop test scripts, the Test Development process is much slower. Therefore increase the ROI time.

Writing heavy test scripts is a prolonged process which requires continuous effort and time from the Automation Testing team.

High Execution Time and Costs

Due to lack of distributed execution models and remote execution options, test execution takes a lot of time. Even with this, it is hard to setup all of these and involves huge cost.

There is hardly any tool with scalable, on-demand execution environments which is affordable and that matches dynamic testing requirements.

High Maintenance Efforts

In Test Automation, Maintenance is a significant and continuous effort. Also, Programming based automated scripts requires heavy maintenance as they undergo updates whenever an enhancement or change is required.

It is rather difficult having to identify the tests that are directly or indirectly associated with a change in the application under test. Every change needs to be identified and checked to see if maintenance is required for the affected test before regression testing can be performed.

Longer Payback Time

Due to factors like High Initial time, Resources and Cost associated with one or more tools, Ramp up time, Slow Test Development due to huge programming of automated test scripts, continuous Maintenance efforts, Initial Test Infrastructure cost, the ROI time is much longer than one would expect.

It takes at least a couple of years to see the payback from Test Automation, which makes Test Automation far from reality for smaller teams.

This is the main reason why smaller teams cannot afford Test Automation.

There is a need for a Next Generation Unified Test Automation tool, which requires no initial setup or ramp up time, allows the writing of automated tests faster with less Maintenance and better flexibility and on-demand test environment support, therefore, to achieve ROI from day ONE instead of years.

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How to choose the right test automation tool?

Considering all the above discussed Test Automation challenges, selecting a right test automation tool is critical for Test Automation success.

Some of the important points you may wish to consider in tool selection include

Support for multiple Application types

There may be Desktop, Web and Mobile or Web services based applications to test. The tool should support all these application types.

Support for multiple test environments and platforms

It becomes necessary to ensure the working of applications on various platforms and browsers, on old as well as just-released versions.

With the wide range of devices, OS and browser versions of web and mobile phones (Android and iOS) with different screen sizes and orientations available, it is a complex task to test the working of an application in all of these.

Developers need to optimize the applications for every version of each of these devices.

Better scalability and access to resources

The ability to scale a project depending on the size of the application has always been a tailback. The test automation tool should be extendable enough to meet the increasing or decreasing demands.

Also, the ability to scale the test infrastructure based on the dynamic testing requirements at affordable cost is a must.

Easy authoring of tests

An automated testing tool must let you create tests quickly and effectively. A substantial amount of time is taken up due to huge scripting needs.

Easy authoring of tests should be made possible allowing Manual Testers and just anyone test an application with no need of programming skills.

Support for Various Test Data types and Sources

Many different data inputs from different data sources might be necessary to analyze the tests, positive or negative. Check what types of test data sets and data sources are supported by the tool.

When choosing an automated testing tool, check which data formats it can use, such as text files, XML files, database tables, and integrations with other Test Data tools etc.

Actionable feedback

The test automation tool should provide mechanisms for comparing the automated test results. If the test executions come up with actionable results, a little more than Passed/Failed type of reports as to what and why failed, it would provide a more understandable and clear feedback to the developers to do a quick fix.

Support for integrations

The test automation tool you choose must also allow for integrations with other tools like CI tools that allow automated tests to run and notify immediately once the code changes.

Also, integrations with bug tracking and test management management tools will ensure a well executed test automation process.

Proper logging of results

An automated software testing tool should keep a log of all the test activity and provide a detailed report for each.

An automated testing tool should provide users the facility to export test results to share it among team members.

Scope for adding custom features and functionalities

It will be an added advantage if the test automation tool provides provisions to personalize the tool by adding more features to it. You should have the freedom to work around the tool and make necessary additions to it as you prefer.

Strong support

A major aspect of selecting a test automation tool is the timely support provided by the technical team. Prompt assistance by a strong support team will help resolve queries and saves you time.

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Cloud Based Test Automation Tools

Today Every application is moving to cloud for more benefits.With such dynamic requirements, Test Automation on cloud offers many benefits:

With development becoming Agile and Continuous, Testing needs to keep up and this is best possible with the help of a Smart Cloud based Test Automation tool.

What are the benefits of Cloud based Test Automation tools?

Near-zero Initial Time and Cost

Cloud based test automation tools will have all of the resources to get started with Test Automation in-built. Thus, cloud based test automation tools need near zero initial time and cost investment to get going.

With cloud that provides unlimited storage, you only need to pay for what you use and in some cases, depending on how long you use and are easily accessible without any installation or setup hassle.

24/7 access to resources

The resources are available 24/7 and can be accessed from anywhere. Thus it becomes easy to to build and run tests anytime, anywhere. This allows for quick resolvement of issues.

Better Team Collaboration

Different teams spread across the globe can share common repositories and reusable data to share suggestions, communicate the progress and uncertainties easier and faster.

Support for multiple test environments and platforms

Testing of applications using different browser/OS/device combinations has become easier with the advent of cloud. Cloud makes it easier to carry out tests across different platforms in parallel at the same time.

Reduces error due to improper setup of Test Environments

You may run into many issues during test environment setup as it requires the installation of various device/OS drivers and plugins. Cloud-based test automation tools provide virtual infrastructure required for testing and such issues don’t stand a chance.

Test Environment Scalability

Cloud-based test automation tools can easily add or remove the test environments based on testing requirements at any point of time.

You need only pay for what you use.

Enables comprehensive and thorough testing

Cloud-based test automation enable developers to carry out cross-browser/device testing and test monitoring. Most of these cross-device/OS/browser tests cannot be carried out on a single testing platform unlike with the cloud.

Helps the application reach market faster

Cloud-based test automation tools reduce the time-to-market to a great extent. The various perks it offers such as the in-built test automation ecosystem, easy test development, increased collaboration, real-time reports, etc speeds up the test automation process.

Cloud-based Testing is continually evolving and has made a strong impression in the field of Software Test Automation.

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