Software testing keeps your customers happy and prevents bad press, costly errors, and urgent corrections. With the rise of Agile and Cloud, application development is moving away from large code updates delivered in a waterfall way, towards constant deployment of updates in ‘always on’ Cloud microservices environments.
In an Agile environment, manual testing is just too slow and expensive to keep up with the expectations of customers and stakeholders. Test automation speeds up the testing phase by using scripting, libraries of standard interfaces, master data sets, web services, and scheduling tools to replicate all the conceivable interactions between users and systems, and report on the outcomes – all in a fraction of the time necessary for manual testing.
Test automation has far more benefits than just faster testing, including:
Software features and updates are released faster, to stay ahead of the competition and keep customers happy
More comprehensive testing, with test automation typically covering 10-100x the tests of manual testers, including security, performance, features, functions, platforms, data sets, and variables
Executive visibility of test coverage and results allows for genuine confidence in releases
Improved internal and external customer satisfaction thanks to bug-free software
No bad press due to failed releases
No expensive and stressful scrambles to fix issues in live environments
Cost of testing is reduced as manual testers are freed up
Ensuring changes in one instance don’t affect another, through parallel execution of tests across critical instances in cloud-shared environments
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