Continuous testing is core to the software development lifecycle, with test automation fundamental to its delivery. Yet the 2017 World Quality Report (WQR) shows that only a mere 16% of test activities are automated by organizations. Over a third of global respondents to the WQR stated the biggest technical challenge faced in application development is 'reliance on manual testing'. So what exactly is Test Automation, why is it valuable and how does it compare to Manual Testing?
Test automation is the process of using specialist software to automate suitable test cases. It increases the effectiveness, efficiency and coverage of your software testing and is particularly beneficial when used repeatedly in regression testing.
Test automation adds value to your organisation by increasing the effectiveness of your testing, improving efficiency and increasing the coverage of your software testing. Test automation can be scheduled to run remotely or overnight therefore reduced costs are an added benefit.
Manual testing is time-consuming, taking up human resources as they execute and record test steps and results.
Issues with Manual Testing
However there is still a need for manual testing and for some test cases it is imperative. These Include;
Test automation is the process of using a computer program to execute system or user transactions against an IT system. Automation software can execute specfiic tests in the system under test, compare actual and expected results and generate detailed test reports.
Benefits of Test Automation
There is still a need for manual testing however the purpose of automated testing is to reduce the number of test cases to be run manually.
As with manual testing, there are some test cases that should specifically be automated. These include;
Process for Automation Testing
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