Automated testing is a process in which software tools execute pre-scripted tests on a software application. The purpose is to define repetitive tasks and create or modify a test automation framework allowing constant test execution, reporting and comparisons. This may greatly reduce your associated testing time and cost.
It’s important to note that while automated testing offers numerous benefits, it is not a substitute for manual testing in all cases. Certain aspects of testing, such as usability, user experience, and exploratory testing, often require human judgment and intervention. A well-balanced approach combining both automated and manual testing ensures comprehensive software QA.
BENEFITS OF AUTOMATED TESTING
What if any developer, at any time, could check in a new build and kick off a complete regression test suite at will? Test more, earlier, and find errors before multiple build iterations, with increasing technology debt, stack up. Want to use agile techniques efficiently, particularly DevOps?
Some types of testing are just prohibitively expensive to do manually. Imagine an application that varies, in part, on the postal code: manual testing can only afford to test a handful of variations. Data-driven automation, though, could be fed a spreadsheet of interesting postal codes, and left to run overnight.
In a hurry? Want shorter test cycles? Don’t have access to infinite test staff? Divide and conquer with automation; distribute your testing across banks of machines, and let your manual testers work on the items that can‘t be automated.
As a business, the best way to cut spending is to invest in areas that will cut future costs. For manual testing, a company will spend 1x, meaning every time you run the manual test, it costs a unit of 1. When automating, there is a cost of 10, meaning it takes 10 times as long to automate a feature vs. manually testing it. Initially manual testing seems as it is the cheapest solution. However, since manual testing is 1x and automated testing is 10x, after ten iterations of a manual test, automated tests begin to save the company money.