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More organizations are beginning to invest in automation testing. An industry research report entitled The Evolution of Test Automation by QA Symphony and Techwell predicts that the use of automation testing is growing and demand for software test automation services is on the rise. In fact, about 44% of the companies surveyed expect to automate half or more of testing in the next year. One of the main drivers for this is the high quality results that automation testing can deliver. However, that does not mean that the process of automation testing comes without challenges, and there are several difficulties that can arise.

The main issue is that many companies simply lack the expertise or tools needed to conduct accurate, reliable automation testing. Common problems like poor stability, false-positives, environmental issues, or limited or no testing of the infrastructure are all factors that can lead to inaccurate testing results.
However, when your organization uses an automation testing strategy through Tiempo Development, you can help eliminate these risks and reduce the testing time and costs involved.

However, when your organization uses an automation testing strategy through Tiempo Development, you can help eliminate these risks and reduce the testing time and costs involved.

What Is Automation Testing?

To enable automation testing, the testing team creates code or pre-scripted testing so they can conduct a test execution while limiting the need for manual intervention.

The main aim of the automation testing process is to establish whether a specific app works the way it should. Testers determine this by creating comparisons between the test results and the anticipated results.

There are multiple benefits to be gained from automation testing, such as:

  • Higher efficiency of the development team — The development team receives faster feedback as automated testing validates accuracy during the various phases of a software project. This improves communication among coders, designers, and product owners, which allows potential bugs to be immediately rectified. This results in a significant reduction in errors during the testing process. There is greater consistency than in manual, human testing.
  • Higher overall test coverage — Automation testing enables more tests to be executed. This leads to a higher coverage than a manual testing approach. An increased test coverage means more features can be tested, which results in a higher quality application.
  • Reusability of automated tests — Test automation test cases are repetitive and their set up is easy to configure. Automated test cases are also reusable.
  • Testing efficiency improvement — Testing takes up a significant portion of the overall application development lifecycle. This means that even the slightest improvement in the overall efficiency can make an enormous difference to the overall timeframe of the project. Although the initial set-up time takes longer, automated testing takes less time as they can be run virtually unattended.
  • Lower labor costs — Automated testing is more efficient than manual testing.

Although automation testing will not always be the correct approach, there are several occasions when it is the most appropriate method. This includes larger scale projects that require repeated testing, when manual testing will take too long, or when manual testing is likely to be too complex. However, automated testing does not completely remove the need for manual testing, and it is important to bear this in mind.

While the investment in automation testing may be more expensive to begin with, in the long term it offers organizations an enhanced return on investment, as well as other cost savings in terms of staff labor and repeated testing. In addition, automation testing is more reliable than manual testing.

Your organization could invest in automation testing tools itself, but as previously discussed, there are many factors that could go wrong. Therefore, automation testing is a task best outsourced to the experts.

When your organization outsources its automation testing to Tiempo Development, you gain all the benefits of working with a high-performance team, which includes world-class engineers. At Tiempo Development, we refuse to compromise on quality, and we work with each client to ensure that we deliver them the ultimate, positive outcome. Our commitment to excellence is evident from the vast range of automation testing services we offer.

Automation Testing Services

Tiempo Development provides an extensive range of automating testing services. These include:

  • Layering
  • Input / output
  • Unit tests
  • Regression tests
  • Production logging and monitoring tests
  • Code analysis
  • Integration
  • Security and quality control
  • Acceptance testing
  • Smoke testing
  • GUI testing
  • API testing

Further, when you choose Tiempo Development for your automation testing, our team will use a range of automation tools to conduct a number of different tests.

These tools enable a variety of tasks such as validating software, completing a range of testing like API, GPU, and smoke testing, and many more services besides.
Below is a brief description of some of the tools that we may use during the testing phase:

  • Sikuli – This is an open source tool for GUI testing. This tool uses image recognition and it is compatible with major platforms like Windows and Mac.
  • Appium – Developers often use this tool for mobile testing and native app testing. Appium is also used in other forms of testing, like hybrid. Appium is an open source tool, and developers often use it for testing devices such as phones.
  • QTP — This is commonly used in the testing of non-web applications. QTP is suitable for a variety of testing formats, including regression and functional testing.
  • Soap UI – Allows API testing. SOAP UI is an open source tool that enables a range of different tests, like regression and compliance.
  • Junit – Developers use this for unit testing and UI testing.
  • Selenium – This is another open source tool. It allows the testing of web browsers.
  • Jmeter – Used in performance testing

Test Automation Best Practices

At Tiempo Development, we believe in delivering excellence to every one of our clients. This is why we have an extensive range of test automation best practices in place to ensure accurate testing and high-quality results. Some of these best practices our team uses include:

Knowing Which Tools to Use and When

The team at Tiempo Development draws on their vast experience to deliver the best results for our clients.
As highlighted earlier in the article, there are times when automated testing is better suited than manual testing, such as in the case of repetitive testing or tests that require a lot of manual labor. However, the tests required will vary from project to project and we adapt our test automation strategy in accordance with individual client needs.
To avoid unnecessary testing and to reduce costs, we use our expertise to assess each project and determine when to use automated testing and when manual testing would be more appropriate. This is all part of the transparent service we pledge to offer all of our clients.

Using the Right Tools

As there are so many open source and commercial automation testing tools available, it is vital that the tools we use will achieve the results you want.
Tiempo Development uses tools that are feature-rich and flexible to enable us to deliver results that are of the highest quality and are best suited to your individual organization’s testing needs.

Creating High-Quality Data

At Tiempo Development, we know that our automation testing is only as good as the test data we use. Therefore, we put a considerable amount of time and effort into ensuring the data we use is clean and high-quality.

Working With Tiempo Development

Automation testing is just one way that our award-winning team can help your organization. In addition to our automation testing, the team at Tiempo Development offers DevOps services, financial services, software testing, micro services, quality assurance, and data science services. In addition, all our clients can benefit from our nearshore software development model.

For further information about Tiempo Development services, visit our website today.

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