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Test automation turbo-charges the testing process, removes human subjectivity and achieves consistent results over time. The success of test automation, to a great extent, depends on the quality of tools chosen for automation. As such, the criteria for evaluating and zeroing in on a specific, robust and high-performing set of automation tools must be drawn and implemented by every organization in a timely manner.

Automated Software Testing

Compatibility with your testing requirement

First and foremost, do not assume that automation is the perfect solution for you. Only when there are large volumes of repetitive tests and when the AUT has a stable UI and when are frequent regression cases, automated tests can be effective and worth an investment in tools. Ensure that the tool extends a free trial version so that its capabilities and limitations can be evaluated in your own testing environments.

Scripting and reporting capabilities of the tool

The script creation time and execution speed must optimum, to enjoy the true benefits of automation. The object recognition capabilities of the tool must be state-of-art. For example, Selenium uses Selenium IDE, Firepath and FireBug for object recognition. It must be able to continuously integrate with the existing infrastructure and develop high-quality reports on the automation process.

Availability of end-to-end traceability

When the testing process is automated, it is important that organizations are able to track the coverage of not only a requirement but also test cases. Assessing the quality and efficiency of a project is possible only when there is bi-directional traceability between test artefacts and the associated requirements. Software testers must be able to trace back their work to a centralized test management system.

Multi-platform and Multi-Browser applicability (Web, Desktop and Mobile application)

Instead of investing in multiple tools to support various platforms like web, desktop and mobile, invest in tools that lend support to all environments. Tools like Apium, Katalin and Browershots are popular cross-platform testing tools. Similarly, Selenium is an excellent tool for usage in Windows, Linux and Mac.

Fitment with AUT (Application Under Test)

Your tool may be accurate, simple and result-oriented, but may not be the perfect technical fit for the AUT. Take efforts to know about the technologies on which applications are built and what are the different functional and performance requirements for testing. The chosen tool must be capable of fulfilling all the automation needs for the application that is going to be tested.

When you possess a high-tech and performance-based testing toolkit, test cases are realistic, tests are error-free and enhance your product delivery mechanism. It leads to increased readability of code and fetches better ROI for every business from its software products. A thorough analysis of the pros and cons of every testing tool will help in a prudent and effective choice.

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