How is automation testing different from manual testing? Well, while manual testing involves a person in front of a computer, takes lot of time, executing each test step, automation testing involves using a program or tool to perform the tests with no human intervention, this runs automatically. Automation testing comes with many benefits, besides making life easy for testers and hassle free techniques. With more and more organizations prioritizing on quality, automation testing is fast becoming the solution to issues in software performance and unexpected delays in making the mobile application ready for the market. So, what makes automation testing very important and unique? Here we should look at reasons automation testing can redefine the approach to software testing.
1. The High Level Efficiency
The biggest benefit of automation testing is the fact that it brings about a substantial increase in testing efficiency. Testing of every app involves some assorted and repetitive steps that can be time consuming if done manually as manual testing takes a lot of time, thus reducing the overall capacity of the testing process. Once the initial setup is in place, automation testing, on the other hand, it take a lot less time, thus increasing the efficiency. Also, the fact that automation testing can be run 24/7 can drastically affect the overall time frame of the project, saving you time and money.
2. Accuracy and Reliability – The most important factor
App testing can get monotonous at times, what with the testers required to perform the same process over and over again. In such a scenario, there is a possibility of errors by even the most diligent testers. Automation testing performs test steps precisely each and every time with no chances for errors and hence, is more reliable than manual testing for certain test cases. What’s more, automation testing tools record execution of test cases for further review.
3. Improved Test Coverage Makes It More Profitable
Test coverage is one area where automation testing wins hands down, making it possible for execution of more number of tests for a particular software to improve the test coverage. With manual testing, this would require a huge team of resources working on it for big amount of time, which makes it quite impractical. However, the higher test coverage that can be achieved with automation testing leads to detailed testing with more depth and scope, which in turn adds to the quality of the mobile or web application.
Also, executing innumerable different complex test cases while test runs is possible only with automation testing, resulting in a level of test coverage that can seldom be achieved with manual testing.
4. Testing Software Can Be Used Multiple Times
The fact that automation testing software is reusable makes it a profitable investment, as the same testing tool can be used to test different versions of the software and app and can be upgraded as and when required to incorporate addition of new features and discovery of new bugs or error.
App testing can get repetitive and an automation testing tool can easily take care of the repetitive steps and at the same time eliminate the risk of human errors.
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5. Simulation of User Environment
With the amount of redundancy involved in executing the same procedures again and again for various mock user environments, GUI testing requires enormous efforts and can get immensely time-taking with manual testing. An aspect unique to automation testing is that it can make General User Interface (GUI) testing remarkably easy through simulation of a typical user environment using mouse clicks and key strokes.
6. High Accuracy Boosts The Team Morale
Using automation testing to take care of sublunary and repetitive tasks can boost the morale of your testing team as it gives them the time and chances to improve their skill sets and work on more challenging jobs. This positive mindset helps them contribute better to the organization and it helps organization in making more money.
7. Higher ROI: Saves Time and Costs
A high capital investment is what makes many think twice before going further with automation of their app testing process. However, the high initial investment is countered by a high ROI and this has been proven time and again. Automating your test process makes you save on money and time, which translates to a long-term ROI.
8. Volume and Simultaneity
Automation testing offers incomparable volume and simultaneity as the same test scripts with the same set of parameters can be run simultaneously on hundreds of devices at the same time – ans this is impossible with manual testing.
9. Early Detection of Bugs
Automation testing makes it possible to detect bugs during the early stages of the software life cycle. While this may seem inconsequential, it can go a very long way in saving the time and money incurred in fixing the bugs later. Whenever the source code changes, the tests can be run automatically to detect any error. Moreover, the simultaneous running of test cases makes it possible to generate detailed reports for easy comparison.
So, we see that automation testing contributes in many ways towards faster time to market and high quality of your software product.
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