Today, businesses have a mobile-friendly website, a native or hybrid app that can be downloaded from an app store or a web app that render HTML web pages, APIs that are used to build different user interfaces or all of them. It is important to ensure that the software application works as intended on whichever platform it runs, a mobile platform, desktop or the web.
The choice of choosing what type of application to build depends on the end goals of the business. You may need a mobile, web application or both.
Ensuring the best user experience on every device that the user owns is critical to the business. Developing the software and verifying that the application type works on all devices and browsers is not easy.
It takes a huge amount of time to manually verify the same functionality works as intended across multiple user interfaces. Manually testing the working on each of these doesn’t fit your Agile and DevOps strategy.
Continuous Testing is the best approach in such cases and can be best achieved through test automation. Hence, Automated Continuous Testing platforms play a major role in meeting today’s DevOps/Continuous Delivery standards.
Instead of multiple automated testing tools that can automate just one application type, there should be a unified Continuous Testing platform that can automate every application type on all platforms, best in parallel with development.
Let us see some of the important elements needed in a Unified Automated Testing Software for Continuous Testing
A Unified Test Development Approach
The automated continuous testing tool should not demand different skills to automate different applications. Otherwise, you may need multiple resources with collective skills to check each functionality. This adds up to the delay in the testing process and an increase in the automation budget and thereby causes a delay in the Return On Investment.
Inbuilt Test Management
Most of the times you need to interact with different applications of different types to complete an end-to-end business use case,for instance, applying for a loan in a mobile application, verifying the loan application details in the backend from a web portal etc.
Thus it becomes important for all the tests and requirements of different applications and test types to be documented in a single unified automated continuous platform so that all the stakeholders can easily refer to them anytime.
A Unified automated testing software with an inbuilt test management system that can allow to update the tests continuously and help the stakeholders stay up to date on the requirements.
Unified Test Execution Platform
There is a new OS and version release made every day.
Taking into account the number of possible device combinations, it becomes increasingly difficult for teams to test multiple test environments manually. Additionally, setting up and maintaining of all required resources demand huge time and expense.
It is necessary to check the functioning of every application in each of these device and browser combinations. This is rather complex considering the speed at which application builds are released today.
Testing the same application features on a different device would require many tools to automate. There is no one tool that can automate the application across the various device/OS/browser combinations that the application is intended to run.
A unified, extendable and secure Continuous Testing Platform is essential to help testers connect thousands of web, mobile devices with different device configurations, in one go.
Testsigma is a unified automated testing software for web, mobile apps and APIs which allows to create and execute reliable test cases on multiple OS/Device/Browser execution configurations.
Testsigma’s Unified Test Development Approach
Testsigma uses a unified simple natural language approach to automate testing for all application types.
Since there is no technical barrier, this approach increases participation in Test Automation from everyone who can contribute including SMEs and QA Analysts.
Inputs from a combined collaboration of cross-functional teams with diverse skills help in improving the quality of software. Using simple natural language grammar statements to automate even the most complex scenarios, the participation is now not limited to automation testers.
Testsigma’s Unified inbuilt Test Management
Inbuilt Test Management to track all the requirements and manage multiple application types within your automation testing tool.
Every change needs to be identified and checked to see if maintenance is required. As changes in the application increases, maintenance efforts further increases.
With in-built test management all the you can notify the changes in requirements automatically to the entire team and do the necessary changes to the tests if required.
Testsigma’s Unified Test Execution Platform
Testsigma comes with 1000+ OS/Browser/Version combos and 2000+ real mobile devices of both Android and iOS operating systems.
Testsigma provides an extended support for a wide range of mobile, web applications and API services and can run manual/automated tests on iOS, Android and Windows platforms across various browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers to ensure that a software works as planned.
Parallel testing has emerged as a way for testers run the same scripts in multiple environments concurrently, allowing them to increase test coverage while cutting down execution time.
Through parallel testing, the test scripts can run the same test over and again on different machines any number of times.
Testsigma also provides access to thousands of execution configurations on cloud for parallel testing. This allows for faster feedback and rapid development and delivery cycles.
Continuous Testing determines if the software is ready to enter the delivery pipeline. Each build committed by the developers is continuous tested, integrated and tested again to find possible business risks at a very early stage. This supports and optimizes the widely-used methodologies of continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) that provides fast feedback.
Read more on Continuous Testing at the speed of Agile and DevOps.
Automation Testing should be integrated with Continuous Integration tools to run automatically once the build is ready. It is necessary to identify the right tests to run automatically on every build and if a test may fail, the results have to be integrated back into the pipeline triggering a failed build. Testsigma offers multiple integrations with CI tools to streamline your continuous testing process.
Flexibility and Extensibility
There might be a need to scale up or down the resources with quick adjustments to suit changing business needs. Testsigma provides access to thousands of resources available on the cloud with provisions to restrain or accommodate more.
Manual and Automation Testing
Though there is a need to shift from Manual to Automation Testing, there are certain areas that need to be manually tested and you may want to choose a tool that provides specific support for manual tests as well,
Testsigma unites manual, automated testing in one.
Testsigma is a single platform that brings all resources together for better management and increased test coverage for faster results with near zero initial time and efforts.
Testsigma has an inbuilt ecosystem of all the essential requisites of Test Automation allowing the testing of Web, Mobile and Web services anytime, anywhere!
The success of DevOps is dependent on not just test automation, a tight feedback loop, and the right set of tools is important. A unified automated testing software for continuous testing that supports multiple application types and allows for cross browser/OS/device executions for both manual and automation testing is necessary.