Seven Costs and Risks of Not Testing Your Business Software
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Introducing test automation into your homegrown or packaged software means building and executing tests specific to your operations which takes time and effort. Many test automation solutions on the market support web UX and API through public-cloud hosted platforms, but are challenged by mission critical enterprise processes that are executed behind strict network security.
Enterprise apps commonly utilize multiple interfaces across web, native desktop, API, and telnet/green screen – not to mention the various backend database storage interfaces needed to validate outcomes against business requirements. As a result, multi-tiered enterprise systems with dynamic business logic are very difficult to test with “no code” model-based test automation solutions.
We build test cases using a low-code, behavior-driven development (BDD)-based language that we call Cyclescript. The Cycle platform accelerates your test automation efforts through pre-built utilities and saves you thousands of hours as you implement new modules or your client requirements change.
Cycle is designed from the ground up to be scalable to every deployment, customizable for every business process, extensible to support every unique requirement, and maintainable for a constantly evolving enterprise environment. It is composed of hundreds of prewritten utilities as well as the reusable building blocks that can be assembled to fit your business process and vendor of choice. Whether you have a best-of-breed packaged system or a homegrown solution, Cycle can power your test automation efforts to help you expand with reduced risk.
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Cycle includes nearly a thousand prebuilt utilities that can be assembled into test cases that correspond to your unique business processes across a variety of interfaces including web/browser, API, database and telnet.
Incorporate Cycle into your CI/CD workflow alongside solutions like Jenkins, Bamboo, and more to focus on deploying value rather than focusing on test maintenance.
Cycle is highly configurable, and allows you to design your automation pipeline to meet your testing requirements.
Patented volume testing functionality, allows for scalable parallel testing while simulating accurate day-in-the-life style testing. Address and avoid disruptions before customers are impacted.
Cycle encourages team-powered testing because better communication is the key to valuable testing, and ultimately seamless deployments.
Cycle’s unique ability to embed continuous testing into the development, upgrade and deployment process ensures you can easily visualize and understand any business risks associated with your latest system changes. Cycle is key to ensuring you can always keep up with client and business requirements while minimizing implementation risk.
If you’re in need of specialized scripts for your warehouse systems or help with the implementation process, the Cycle professionals can act as subject matter experts, estimating how long customization will take and helping reduce time of service. Since some software will require script building, service hours can accelerate automation implementation.
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No, test automation is not a replacement for all manual testing. Like many other forms of automation, the goal is to reduce the burden of repetitive and highly-technical tasks on human team members. Mission-critical enterprise processes often play out over multiple interfaces (not just web or API like consumer applications) and require data validation in addition to the user experience to ensure business requirements are satisfied. In addition, regression testing and load testing of high-impact processes is difficult to perform over dozens or hundreds of code releases and is an ideal use case for test automation.
We recommend an initial review of process impact to ensure the proper mix of manual vs automated test coverage. Contact us to learn more about how we can help with a testing strategy assessment.
They certainly can! In fact software test automation providers like Cycle use the same browser web drivers that are available to your developers. While these open-source implementations are ideal for one-time projects (especially web), aggressive project timelines with complex business requirements often result in a large burden being placed on in-house development and QA resources. In these cases, a purpose-built test automation solution can provide significant direct and indirect ROI over the course of a multi-year deployment.
Cycle’s platform includes hundreds of pre-built utilities that empower your IT and QA teams to get started right away with building end-to-end tests across all required interfaces and our Cloud Appliance facilitates high-volume load testing at scale under simulated real-world conditions.
There are many companies that attempt to abstract the difficulties of test automation by saying they are “script-less.” The general understanding in the industry is that a “script” means programming and that means expensive personnel and high-maintenance. Most companies attempt to abstract the difficulties of test scripting by abstracting the script themselves and displaying a UI layer that feels more approachable than a traditional test script. The most modern version of this approach is called model-based testing. In model-based testing, the solution may scan a given application and produce a web-form style presentation layer that allows non-technical users to input test data without seeing any underlying scripting or coding. Sometimes, these solutions are smart enough to automatically adjust when the underlying system-under-test changes. The proposal here is that these changes being automatically updated reduces “script maintenance.”
Cycle focuses on enforcing better communication through a specific set of behavior-driven activities and practices where teams verbally communicate, discuss, and develop test documents as a group before system changes are made. These same documents are executable test documents, which provide significantly more value than a traditional model-based abstraction because they provide context, traceability, and understanding of the underlying process being tested. Cycle’s modern and approachable UI allows these documents to be used for regression testing by building playlists and group tests that can be run in serial or parallel execution via a task schedule or in integration with common CI/CD platforms like Jenkins or TeamCity. Cycle is the only behavior-focused testing platform on the market today that allows for authoring and execution of tests in the same approachable UI.
Read more about behavior-driven vs. model-based test automation here.
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