Current Approaches to Test Automation are Falling Short
As organizations adopt test automation, many are finding that it may not provide the expected improvements or returns:
- The return on investment may be minimal
- Automation is not keeping pace with development, falling further and further behind
- High percentage of test cases are failing due to invalid data and changing environments
- Higher number of functional defects found in production
- Smaller scope coverage
These are usually occurring because the test automation itself is only addressing regression testing. Other methods of testing within the quality assurance program are typically manual processes that are unable to keep pace with agile development lifecycles.
Beyond Regression: Expanding the Role of Test Automation
Prolifics recognizes that Test Automation must cover a broader range of the development lifecycle. This starts with a Shift Left approach, with a review of the architectural and business requirements for the systems under test. By analyzing the systems earlier in the development cycle, test case generation can occur earlier, potentially identifying defects before they are even coded by uncovering the architectural flaws that would cause them.
Next in the development lifecycle is the introduction of Service Virtualization. Without access to the participating systems under test, Test Automation can still be used to test simulated versions of the system’s interfaces, in order to identify potential defects in the defined APIs, processing of the data, and other types of defects that might only have been identified later on in production using traditional testing methodologies.
Automated Testing Maintenance
Prolifics’ Test Automation can generate the appropriate data and testing scripts, as well as automate the execution of the tests. As development continues, the Test Automation recognizes and adapts to the development changes, generating new data and test cases to suit. This can result in a dramatic decrease in testing time, and moves the testing forward in the overall development lifecycle, resulting in earlier delivery. Testing includes:
- Automatic data creation
- Execution of test Automation
- Validation of results, including back-end processing as well as front-end GUI
Prepare for DevOps and Continuous Integration
As development processes and methodologies evolve and mature into DevOps and Continuous Integration, Prolifics’ Test Automation approach has been proven to keep pace with the rapid delivery these methodologies can provide.
Prolifics’ Test Automation is a cornerstone for more advanced quality assurance programs including Test Lifecycle Automation, as well as Business Assurance. For testers, the Prolifics BA360 tool provides a comprehensive view into the entire quality assurance lifecycle. For business users, it also provides insight into the alignment of the testing with business requirements. This ensures that the tests are not only successful, but that the right tests are being executed in the first place, resulting in production systems that have fewer defects, and higher degree and confidence in the systems by the business.
Prolifics utilizes a number of tools and frameworks to assist in the automation process, including:
- Jenkins. Continuous Integration and Build Acceptance testing
- Python and Selenium. Web application test automation
- Appium and Keynote. Mobile application test automation framework and device platform testing
- QTP and Worksoft. Test automation for ERP and Client Server Applications
- IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server. Application service virtualization
Make the move towards a higher degree of confidence in your testing with Prolifics’ Test Automation service. Contact Prolifics at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Project Assessment to explore how we can improve the testing accuracy and speed of your high visibility projects. Learn more about our Business Assurance services and supporting BA360 Automated Test Design and Business Assurance tool.