Automated Software Testing: What is Automated Testing and How You Benefit from it?
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automated software testing

What is automated testing?
Why automate tests?

Automated tests are special scripts used to simulate software functions under predefined scenarios.

QA teams design automated tests to save time and money on repetitive testing tasks maintaining a consistently high-quality product even while the team of engineers continue to develop the product.

Once live, a software codebase never remains static for many reasons including new features, browser and OS updates, security patches, and a constant influx of new devices entering the market.

Regular, flawless updates are crucial for business growth but only when they are well-integrated into the existing codebase. The bigger and/or more changeable a codebase becomes, the greater the effort required by the development team to keep it up to date. And, with every change comes testing. This multiplies expense, but the expense is far greater if the crucial testing phase is skipped and the product goes live with bugs.

Automated testing makes it possible to keep an app codebase updated and still deliver on time and within budget. Using automated testing secures both code and cost through increased scalability that is not possible with manual testing only.

what is automated testing

What project problems does automated
testing overcome?

Problem 1: Maximizes workflow

Increases efficiency – tests are made for all hardware configurations on all devices providing quick access
to relevant stats on system’s current state of health.

Speeds up testing process because of increased efficiency while maintaining the same high-quality level.

Optimizes infrastructure load – tests are performed during off-peak hours eliminating extra server load.

Runs automation tests simultaneously ensuring timely delivery.

Benefits of automated testing

Speed up software delivery: automated testing is the basis of continuous integration / continuous
deployment / continuous delivery making it accessible to most use DevOps practices.

Faster testing

  • Early bug detection.
  • Faster reports on assembly.
  • Test preparation.
  • Parallel testing.
  • 24/7 testing.
  • Faster data and environment preparation.

More testing

  • As many tests and environments as required.
  • Parameterized tests.
  • Increased frequency of tests.
  • Free up resources for new test scripts.

It pays off

  • Manual testing is limited by human attention span. Automated testing is not.
  • In some cases, only automated testing is possible.
  • Automated testing is faster and more efficient than manual testing.
  • Automated testing frees up QA time and resources.
  • In the long run, costs for manual testing increase while decreasing for automated testing.

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Things to consider before starting
test automation

Automated testing does not completely replace manual testing.

Automated tests are individually designed based on the list of requirements. It is unlikely to solve specific problems users might face. The number of user scenarios for automated test scripts is quite limited.

In order to maximize a QA team’s potential, combining the strengths of both manual and automated testing remains the best solution. Automated testing works for common routine jobs where human attention quickly loses focus: app login, account creation, sending email notifications, etc.

Manual testing works for higher, more sophisticated levels: user experience, interface usability. These cannot be checked through automated testing.

Automated tests work best for the long haul when QA engineers must continuously check the same, previously stable code regarding any compatibility issues with each new update.

Automated tests also need time and attention for development and maintenance: they, too, need updating to keep pace with development. Once the QA team stops updating automated tests, the tests will start crashing, increasing in frequency and losing their relevance to the source code they test. To make them useful, the team might have to rewrite them.

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Automated Testing ROI Calculator

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What does automated testing
workflow look like?

software testing
Test preparation
  • Definition / reconsideration of test cases
  • Test analysis
  • Test data generation
Test administration
  • Test execution
  • Test initialization / launch
  • Data log-on tests
Result comparison
  • Examination on results correctness
  • Reports on tests

How does Automated Testing Improve
Your Bottom Line?

Automated testing—when done professionally—makes it possible to check for possible software issues in a standardized, routine, efficient manner. This ensures software products are 99% bug free before entering the market, giving the needed assurance to customers of high quality and to businesses, a solid product.

In short, automated testing reduces time and labor, maximizes workflow, streamlines tasks, improves quality, has a broader test coverage range, and costs less than manual testing.

automation solutions

Here is what we offer to make
this happen

Evaluation

Calculate cost effectiveness and benefits, select instruments

Development

Design and support automated tests

Implementation

Prepare ready-to-operate automation solutions; assist and consult throughout the whole cycle

Audit

Inspect existing workflow and instruments; plan for reaching maximum results

Functional and non-functional testing
Deployment of testing environment
Regression testing

Technologies

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