Benefits of Cloud-Based Automated Testing Tools
Benefits of Cloud-Based Automated Testing Tools
Learn how cloud-based automated testing tools save time and cost and lead to better collaboration and flow in your test environment.
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The software testing domain has been defined by manual testing practices for the last few decades. As the modus operandi of the software industry changed with the intervention of modern SDLC methodologies like Agile, there was a need for shifting from manual test practices to their automated counterpart to meet the fast-paced industry needs. Time has proven that for automated testing, the pros far outweigh the cons. Now, cloud-based automated testing is without a doubt the way to advance in the present software testing industry. We will outline the reasons for this argument in the following article.
A few of those tools have been outlined in the post Top 5 Alternatives to Selenium. This is an extension of that idea, and we mention a few salient features of such tools in this article.
Initial Time and Cost
Cloud-based automated testing tools require zero initial setup time since everything is pre-configured and there is no need to install or update each one of the automated testing tools. The whole suite of testing tools is integrated into one single tool.
It has all the project management tools, such as requirement management, version management, and test case management along with execution environment management, test reporting, team management, and many more.
Also, taking into consideration the monetary aspect, you won’t have to be concerned about the purchase and management of license for a suite of tools. You just pay for the Integrated tool once and additionally get entitled to free unlimited guidance and support from the dedicated support team.
24/7 Access to Resources
The tools are available to you in and out of your workspace. You just need to log into the tool to get started. Software tests can be executed anytime, anywhere which speeds up the software development and deployment.
This also facilitates the new trend of a remote workforce where a team consists of talented workers scattered all over the globe. All of them can access the tool at their convenient time provided they have the required authorization.
Better Team Collaboration
Collaboration and communication tools are built into the tool which increases your productivity. Users can add comments to all the levels of the project hierarchy such as applications, versions, and test cases. Test reports are available inside the tool and authorized members of the team can generate reports and share them online.
Support for Multiple Test Environments and Platforms
Heterogeneity in device types, device platforms, operating systems, and browser types mandates the need for a ubiquitous tool that can be used on any combination of these device environments. Testing of application features on different browser/OS/device combinations has become easier with the advent of cloud.
Cloud-based testing tools allow you to “lend” the devices of your choice for testing without actually owning them. This is more economical as you only pay for what you need and there is a wide variety of devices available at your disposal.
Another advantage is that all of these devices can be utilized to run tests in parallel which again saves us valuable time which can be spent on fixing the bugs.
Reduces Errors Due to Improper Setup of Test Environments
- Setting up of the test environment on multiple devices, i.e. installation of software drivers, plugins, and extensions can be a tedious and time-consuming task.
- You need to perform these tasks redundantly on all the devices that you need to perform tests on.
- Even a slight mistake made during configuration would mean reiterating the same on all the devices.
- Debugging errors during the setup of environments is again time-consuming.
All of these can be avoided with cloud-based automated testing tools as they come preconfigured and the machine setup can be done in batch mode easily.
In Testsigma, after creating your test cases for a certain platform (web, mobile, or APIs), simply select the operating system, OS version, browser types, and browser version and click on Create and Run. It’s that easy.
Test Environment Scalability
Sometimes you need more hardware resources than available at your disposal for a particular project and sometimes you need only half of that. Cloud-based automated testing tools provide the flexibility to get the resources exactly as per need and you need to pay only for the resources that you make use of. Also, since the infrastructure is virtual, they can be scaled up easily with a few changes in the configuration.
Enables Comprehensive and Thorough Testing
To ensure that the testing process is comprehensive, we need to run the tests on all possible device configurations with a permutation of different browsers, operating systems, device platforms, and screen sizes.
Owning that many devices are an extravagance in a project budget, but all these device configurations are readily available in the cloud.
Helps the Application Reach Market Faster
In today’s fast-paced world, time is of the essence, especially with highly complex application needs. The time taken for an idea to be developed into an application and put out in the market needs to be as short as possible. Cloud-based testing tools reduce the time-to-market to a great extent. The various perks it offers such as the easy building of testing infrastructure, increased collaboration, real-time reports and efficient Testing all help improve the speed of the development and testing process.
Outlined above are a few among the many benefits of cloud-based Automated Testing tools.
Also, please check here to know how Testsigma aids the shift towards #SmartTestAutomation.
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