5 Benefits of Using Cloud Test Automation for your Business
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Cloud has literally transformed the way businesses function. According to Forrester, more than 50% of global enterprises will rely on at least one public cloud platform to drive digital transformation and delight customers. Not only that, Forrester also predicts that the total global public cloud market will be $178B in 2018, up from $146B in 2017, and will generate $44 billion in 2018.
With the proliferation of cloud technology and organizations heading towards increased adoption of Agile workflows, cloud test automation has gained a high traction among the QA professionals and led to a significant revolution in the software development cycle. According to TechNavio’s analysts, the global cloud infrastructure testing market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 16.5% by 2019.
This is mostly because of cloud’s ability to provide better solutions to various test automation challenges and the continual pressure to deliver high quality software products with short delivery time.
Benefits of Cloud Test Automation
Multi Environment/Device/Platform Support
As the number of devices, browsers and platforms are on the rise, the main challenge is to support testing on multiple platforms or environments at the same time instead of one after the other. Parallel testing is a key feature of cloud test automation which helps users cover multiple versions, devices and platforms at the same time, saving a huge amount of testing time.
Moreover, it enables faster testing along with a quicker turnaround in deployments and is a huge stimulant for Agile and continuous integration. Some of the top cloud automation providers like SauceLabs and CrossBrowser testing have taken a step ahead with exclusive lab setups for real mobile, tablets and also instant access to virtualized test resources.
Effective and Real-Time Collaboration
Cloud-based test automation tools like Selenium provide immense flexibility and efficient collaboration especially for organizations that have teams spread across the globe. Cloud test automation makes it easier for testers to easily collaborate in real-time with each other as they have greater accessibility to the test suites, tools and reports. This fosters a healthy DevOps culture by seamlessly automating the delivery pipeline that results in increased productivity and high reusability of test components.
Improved Application Deployment
As built-in cloud test automation eases collaboration and transparency with diverse teams, fixing anomalies is another break-through. With cloud test automation, developers can fix anomalies within the cloud itself in the early stages without having to go back and forth and mitigate risks efficiently. This helps in reducing the cycle time and thereby improving application development.
Lower cost remains one of the most compelling factors for cloud adoption as it eliminates the need for a dedicated infrastructure. This is because studies show that about 30% of defects are attributed to inaccurate configuration of test environments and cloud-based testing can considerably reduce the operational and capital costs. The important task is to choose a top notch cloud service provider where they will be responsible for build, execution and updates and you pay per use across their broad range of services and subscription models.
Increased Efficiency Through Automation
When cloud itself has plenty of advantages and offerings, automation and cloud orchestration proves to vastly improve the accuracy, test coverage, efficiency and efficacy of the quality of software applications. With the increase of Agile workflows, cloud test automation facilitates extensive customization to boost user experience. Automatic updates of all cloud components across domains enable users to seamlessly access data and automate actions in the cloud to drastically improve the test cycle.
To speed up releases and facilitate faster go-to-market strategies, cloud offers integration with expert solution partners and third party tools like BitBucket pipeline, Jenkins, Travis and Bamboo to foster continuous integration and run automated tests immediately despite any code changes. The need for novel ideas, creative innovations, and quality software with faster time to market pushes cloud test automation to take an upper hand in the testing lifecycle and become the most sought-after testing approach where organizations will continue to adopt cloud and reap its benefits in the future.
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