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Test Automation: What is it? When is it necessary?

Tuesday 20 of March, 2018.
Reading Time: 3 minutes.
By Avantica


The Importance of Software Testing

If you don’t think software testing is a priority, then you are potentially missing out on a vital step in the life cycle of your software. 

Software testing is not a step to hurry through. It’s not a step to skimp on. It is something that, ideally, is practiced throughout the development of a project, as well as before and even after it is deployed. It is repetitive, exhaustive, and based on important schedules. 

While it might sound like an annoying expense, quality software testing serves a critical role. When you have experienced quality assurance engineers taking care of your software, your final products will be so much better. The benefits are clear:

● Saves you money

● Prevents catastrophic corporate emergencies

● Inspires client confidence

● Maintains great user experience

● Brings more profit

● Boosts customer satisfaction

● Promotes organization, productivity, and efficiency

However, that repetitive, continue aspect of testing means there is a lot of manual labor. Which is why test automation is rising more and more in necessity among QA professionals.

What is Test Automation?

Test automation is the use of specialized, often customized, software to aid in the execution of software testing. It also aids in the post-test comparison of actual results versus predicted results as to how well the software worked. Most software testing is conducted manually by QA engineers. But there are many cases where it is better to automate the testing.

Tedious, repetitive cases

When test cases require many repeated tests, automation proves itself to be a much much faster way to test your software. Not only is it faster, but it is more effective at finding errors and more efficient with its time. An automated script that you create once will be effective no matter how many times you run it.

By working faster than manual testing, and catching more bugs, automated testing can make your QA much less costly. Plus, you can get more bang for your buck by being more efficient and effective. It allows you to administer many more test cases than before, increasing your coverage.

Complex, time-consuming cases

Automation is also necessary when the test cases are much too complex for manual QA professionals to administer. For example, test automation can stimulate what it is like for hundreds or thousands of users to use at the same time. Manual testers just can’t do this.

Automated testing scripts can also see much deeper into an application. It can see memory contents, file contents, databases, and internal problems in a much more detailed and accurate way than physical humans can. It can carry out these complex tests with ease that you don’t find in manual testing.

We aren’t saying don’t test manually

Manual testing is still necessary in many cases. Often nothing can beat the human element when it comes to understanding how and why things work or don’t work.

We recommend consulting with QA professionals to find out what the combination of tests will be that will best suit your software and testing needs. There is no one-size-fits-all. You need experts with experience testing all kinds of software, or experience testing your specific kind of software, to give you the best advice on what you need.

About Avantica

Avantica promotes both manual and automated testing. We understand that software testing will be different for every piece of software and that your testing plan should be tailored to the specific needs of your software. We take pride in taking the time to strategize first, then commence with testing once we have the best professionals and automated scripts to end up with the best results. 

If you are looking for a software partner who will work towards your own business goals and success, then Avantica is your solution. We offer dedicated teams, team augmentation, and individual projects to our clients, and are constantly looking for the best methodologies in order to give you the best results.

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