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Five Benefits of Test Automation In Software Development

Published March 25 2020
MIchèle Quintal, QA Practice Lead
MIchèle Quintal
QA Practice Lead
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When developing software or an application, it is essential to plan for a testing stage during the development cycle. To put it simply, testing means checking the software’s quality, reliability and durability.

Teams in charge of testing try their best to detect errors before production starts. But they still miss some, which shows that manual testing has limitations. Chances are that you already know that publishing software containing bugs will impact your brand image.

Many companies still test their software manually, often because they don’t know how to efficiently integrate automated tests to their software development process and because it requires an initial investment. It becomes immediately obvious that automating testing significantly increases software efficiency and quality and generates attractive returns on investments. Here’s why.
  1. Testing period is shortened
    Automated tests can be performed as often as needed, at any given time, 24/7. Automated tests can be conducted much faster than manual tests. That’s because automated tests rely on programmed scenarios to check one or several software or application features.

  2. Testing accuracy is increased
    Automated tests have expansive databases! All test results are recorded and compared with earlier ones. The development team receivesvery accurate automatic reports that are quickly issued, whereas testers must produce reports themselves when performing manual testing

  3. Bugs are corrected before the production stage
    Development teams cannot detect all errors. Even with the best manual testing processes, it’s not unusual for bugs to appear throughout the development cycle and turn up during production. Automating tests makes it possible to detect errors in the initial stages of the software development process. In fact, by testing more frequently, errors can be caught earlier and corrected more quickly.

  4. Development teams are more efficient
    Either in an Agile or conventional development process, teams are pulled from performing repetitive manual testing and assigned to tasks with greater value-added (planning, results analysis, etc.). Development teams can then focus on improving the system instead of performing tedious, time-consuming tests. In short, test automation offers an opportunity for productivity and quality optimization.

  5. Cost efficiency is improved
    Detecting and fixing bugs and errors still account for a significant proportion of software development costs. Now more than ever, it is critical for companies to implement advanced testing strategies to quickly identify and fix errors.

We’ve in fact noticed that bad software quality can be costly to companies. We have shown in the article 1.7 TRILLION: FINANCIAL LOSSES CAUSED BY SOFTWARE FAILURES IN 2017, that bad software quality can considerably affect a company’s income.Bad software quality results in significant additional development costs to correct bugs.

Test automation is a way to improve software quality and reduce costs incurred to correct errors. Bolstering repeat testing is a simple measure to cut down on software errors.

Accordingly, test automation may require a greater initial investment of time and resources but the return on the investment is quicker.

With their speed and accuracy, automated tests have become essential to software and application development. Automating testing will admittedly require adjustments and efforts on the part of your teams, but this process will yield better software quality and high returns on investment. Properly implemented, automated testing will increase the overall efficiency of your software.

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