Test automation is a generic term, usually used to describe “hands-off” test execution and the comparison of actual outcomes with predicted outcomes. Automation allows repetitive tasks to be carried out easily, freeing a tester’s time for additional testing cycles or exploratory testing.
Whilst test automation, according to the definition above, undoubtedly has benefits and can lead to increased test team productivity; at Trust IV we believe in even greater levels of automation.
Automated deployment of application code, automated environment provisioning as well as network and service virtualisation all contribute to faster release cycles and better quality outcomes.
While automation can be in most cases a 'no brainer', due to the sheer number of processes that can potentially be automated within the application development lifecycle, it can be difficult to know where to start.
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We’d recommend starting with the automation of functional and performance tests as part of a continuous implementation and development process before working on the automation of environment builds potentially including network and service virtualisation and automated code deployments.
Regardless of where you are on the path to automation, get in touch with Trust IV, we’d be happy to share our experience to improve yours.