“Our product is built without a single bug in beta-version”- said no app developer ever.
Every day, hundreds of new apps and software are launched in the market. All of them undergo extensive testing before they are deployed. The testers spend hours in front of the computer screens to catch any defect that might irk the consumer. Unfortunately, no matter how professional and experienced the developers, the nasty bugs still find a way to creep into software.
In a recent survey, 50% of mobile users said that they will immediately uninstall an app if they spot a single bug in it. Another study reports that the failure rate of software projects is between 50 – 80 per cent. The National Institute of Standard and Technology also reports that software failures cost the U.S. economy an estimate of $59.5 billion each year.
This is why, testing prior to launching the tool and quality assurance should be an integral part of the overall software development process.
However, many people still associate software testing with a bunch of people sitting in front of the computer, clicking on the app, and inputting commands here and there to analyze the overall quality. But according to the 2013 survey by Worksoft, this is not the case and many companies are now agreeing with the benefits of automation testing. In fact, automation testing is going to hit the market big time as more and more companies are adopting this methodology to improve the efficiency and quality of their products.
If you have not already jumped on the bandwagon and implemented automated testing before the launch of your tool, then here are the top 5 reasons you should do so…and fast.
- Earlier bug detection
Automated testing methods such as the agile testing allow software developers to catch the bug early in the development stage. This is in fact the biggest pro of applying automation testing to your product. The tests can be deployed at any stage of the development cycle and can even be allowed to run simultaneously on multiple computers with different configurations.
This way, the bugs that are usually found in the later stages of development and hence are hard to fix can be fixed easily and with little or no extra cost.
Many companies find automated testing tools an added expense to their limited budget. Especially companies that are just taking their first steps in the software development industry find it hard to spend extra bucks on tools when the same task can be performed easily by the employees. However, automation software is long-lasting and can be used as many times on as many different projects as the dev team wants.
Furthermore, automated tests cut down the time to run repetitive tests from days to just a few hours. The test can even be executed in non-office hours which is a win-win situation for all employees.
- Accurate results
Even the most skilled and professional tester can make mistakes. And when failure occurs, everyone has to pay. The team has to work extra hours to fix the error, the user is unsatisfied if the product is launched with bugs, and the brand receives a poor image.
Additionally, time is wasted and revenue is lost. While the NIST survey reports a huge loss suffered by U.S. economy owing to flawed testing, it also reports that most of the cost is shouldered by the end-users. In fact, the survey also claims that more than a third of these costs can be eliminated by improving the testing infrastructure of the company.
Automated tests are deployed at every stage of the development cycle. It ensures that every aspect of the tool is efficient and works as expected.
- User stimulation
The consumer is always right and every product that is launched in the market is developed with a single aim – to satisfy the customer.
The automatic testing procedure is unique in such a way that the typical user environment is stimulated. The GUI testing, one of the most time-consuming procedures for the testers, is conducted in a mock user environment and checks all issues in the responsiveness state. This ensures that when the product reaches the consumer – it satisfies all their requirements and doesn’t leave a room for disappointment.
- A happy team
Apart from happy consumers, it is essential to keep your staff content at all times. Let’s face it – no one likes to conduct the same tests again and again. And of course, no one likes being accountable for any defect that is left in the app after launch.
The automated testing practices put employees off the hook. They are – of course accountable for providing the best software practices and integrating all the right codes but when it comes to testing – they are not to be blamed for any error that is neglected during the testing process.
Moreover, automated testing tools also allow employees to concentrate on the more challenging and interesting work. So, instead of running the same tests over and over again, they can now focus more on their core skills.
So, why take a chance?
Today, testing plays an important role in software development. A company that does not use the latest software testing methods might lose itself in the hordes of competition. In this competitive industry, why take a chance? Implement the automation testing tools and see your organization soar.
Author Bio: Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer find on Twitter: @meetalycia
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