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5 Key Factors in Selecting a Software Testing Tool

The right software testing tool to add value to your software quality assurance team

Fundamentally, test automation is still a considerable challenge; coded tests are executed within the usual workflows, developers and SDETs receive the feedback within the build process; these tests only cover a limited amount of test scenarios. On average, 20-30% of functional test scenarios are not part of this process. On top of these difficulties, traditional testing, like any individual process, is prone to error, which can cause more significant issues down the road.

Low-code or codeless automation clarifies the testing process dramatically by empowering anyone to create a test, regardless of coding experience. It requires nearly zero maintenance, thanks to self-healing AI algorithms. Empowering functional testers, both non-technical and functional testers, to create automation will also enable tests to be run more often, identifying bugs earlier. Faster detection will streamline maintenance when necessary, and as a result, teams can dramatically decrease the cost of test creation and execution.

Embracing low-code or codeless automation doesn’t need to be as tricky as some might think. First, we need to select the proper software Testing tool according to our current business needs. Choosing the right software Testing tool could be as hard as choosing the right Test Automation strategy; we identified five key aspects of selecting the proper automated software Testing tools.

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Easy to integrate with CI/CD tools

An essential aspect of any software Testing tool must be the integration; currently, we see in DevOps the implementation and management of CI/CD (continuous integration and continuous delivery) frameworks. Automation is crucial to creating these frameworks because it provides faster feedback and continuous integrations and delivery loops

Continuous integration relies on an automated and reliable suite of tests. If you need to compile the code, the first test should measure if the code compiles itself. Then, you can include multiple tests as you go on. Keep in mind that CI’s purpose is to provide feedback as soon as possible.

Continuous Delivery is the capacity to get changes of all types, including new features, configuration changes, bug fixes, and experiments into production, or into the hands of users, safely, quickly and in a sustainable way. We accomplish all this by ensuring our code is always in a deployable state, even in the face of teams of thousands of developers making changes daily.

Low-code / codeless software Testing tools must integrate into the most popular CI/CD tools to keep your test automation fully accelerated.

Tool ecosystem for a software quality assurance engineer. QA testing outside the box

Great Customer Support

With so many software Testing tools out there, we need to consider customer support as part of our critical factors to make a decision. For example, when you cannot configure your current CI tool with your new software Testing tool, you need to consider the community or open forums to get an answer if you are using an open-source tool. Still, for licensed tools, customer support can make a significant difference if a new feature must be created for your current configuration.

“Customer service means making it easy and fast for your customers to get the help they need ― when and how they need it.”- Steve Benson, CEO of Development Group Capital.

The primary purpose of any software Testing tool is to create a robust and collaborative ecosystem that the entire test automation community can use without any difficulties.

Front-end and Back-end Testing (Web and Mobile)

It is common to see some Testing projects running back-end and front-end tests; if you follow the test pyramid approach by Mike Cohn, your test scripts are split (API and UI). Another important aspect of selecting a software Testing tool is running mobile tests (Android and iOS) or web tests (Cross browsers) on any platform (Windows, Linux, or macOS). 

Consider this vital factor, if the selected software Testing tool takes a straightforward installation or set up and has easy to use mechanisms that help you get started with making back-end and front-end tests with a minimal learning curve, then we can make sure you can have a real advantage over other Testing tools.

Parallel Execution

Consider multiple test scripts running one after the other sequentially. These scripts take a lot of time to execute. We use parallel execution testing to concurrently test multiple components of an application to reduce execution time, accelerate execution and increase test coverage.

“Tomorrow is a parallel day.”

― Khalid Masood, Scientific Review Officer for CSR’s

Reporting platform

The best test doesn’t do much unless you can measure its results. The whole point of a test automation tool is to understand the state of quality in your application quickly. That is why test reports are so important.

Reports must provide you access to several different charts and plots to help you see trends and other interesting data at a moment’s notice. Also, you must be able to configure the information for individual test runs for debugging and investigation purposes. Consider a good reporting platform while you are selecting the right software testing tool.

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Final thoughts

Testing automation is undeniable; the organizations that don’t adapt will be left behind. If you want to use any software Testing tool, please take the above five key factors into consideration; these will help companies understand where they are in the process and how low-code / codeless adoption can increase productivity and collaboration across teams.

Low-code / codeless tools are more intelligent and autonomous than before. Integrating the software into existing CI/CD pipelines will attract more practitioners, not only Testers, but also to significantly adopt the technology to decrease test automation maintenance and reliability costs.

Low-code / codeless software testing tools are handy and enable faster software testing results on development solutions. The return on investment is more rapid than traditional software testing tools, making the initial cost negligible.
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