Starting test automation is simple, but picking the right tool can be tough. Some teams hire manual testers instead of investing in automation, and there are reasons for this. One big reason is not knowing how to choose the right tool.
Sometimes, teams spend a lot of time looking at tools and get confused by all the information, so they give up on automation. Other times, they pick a basic tool, start automation, but don’t get very far.
In this article, we have mentioned some tips that need to be considered while finding the right test automation tool.
Key Considerations While Choosing a Test Automation Tool
Pick a tool that can do the kind of automated testing you need. This can include things like checking if your software works, testing parts of it, automating web and mobile apps, working with APIs, and testing how much load your system can handle. Make sure the tool can cover a lot of different testing types because your needs might change. Sometimes, you can get extra features with add-ons, but they might cost more.
Integration and Compatibility
Before you pick a test automation tool, think about a few things. First, make sure it can work with the app you’re testing. It should be able to test the app on different systems, like Windows or Mac, and on different web browsers. Also, see if it can work with other tools you use for development, like project management software, bug trackers, and tools for continuous integration and deployment. Compatibility and integration are key things to consider.
Skill Set of Team
You don’t need a huge team for test automation, but you do need the right skills. There are four important areas to think about when automating testing, and your team and vendor should be good at these to succeed. These areas are:
Environment readiness: Your team should be ready with the right setup for testing.
Documentation readiness: You need good documentation to know what to test and how.
Data readiness: Make sure you have the data you need for testing.
People readiness: Your team should be prepared and trained for test automation.
Picking a vendor that fits well with your team and adds value is crucial. The main reason software solutions fail is when people and expectations don’t match. So, consider your team’s skills and the people you work with when choosing a test automation tool and vendor.
If you’re doing automation for a client, they’ll want to check the quality of the automated tests. It’s also helpful if non-technical team members can work on or review these tests. So, look for tools that make it easy to collaborate with both your client and your team.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Testing
AI and ML are trendy technologies, and some automation tools now have them. They can be used for various tasks like checking visuals, automating tests without code, handling test data, monitoring performance, analyzing results, and creating test suites. When picking a tool, you can think about whether it supports AI/ML features, but keep in mind that tools with AI/ML tend to be more expensive.
Integration with Other Tools
If you already use or plan to use other tools for improving processes or for continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD), make sure the automation tool can work well with them.
There’s a new way of doing DevOps called QA Operations (QAOps). It’s all about continuous integration, testing, and development. If your automation tool can work with QAOps, it can speed up testing and make it shorter. So, when choosing a tool, make sure it supports QAOps.
Training and 24×7 Support
Imagine this: You start automating with a tool, and everything goes smoothly for the first 10 test cases. But then, you hit a roadblock on the 11th test case, and you’re stuck. You’ve searched all over for a solution but can’t find one. In situations like this, having a tool that offers 24×7 support can save you a lot of time and frustration.
Is the tool worth the money? Think about the initial cost and any future expenses like add-ons, upgrades, and support fees. The tool should do what you need without draining your testing budget.
In the end, it’s about the numbers. After you start using the tool, you can measure some key testing metrics to see if it’s helping or hurting your testing process. If your metrics aren’t showing good results, it might be time to rethink your automation tools and process.
In some cases, teams decide to create their own test automation frameworks because they can’t find the right test automation tool that matches their testing needs. Currently, there are various types of test automation frameworks and tools available in the market that support automation for a wide range of applications, and they continue to improve. So, take the time to consider the points mentioned above and explore the available test automation tools before deciding to build your own framework.