With increased consumerization and explosion of devices, there is a need for a testing framework like AutoRABIT TAF, which helps enterprises scale up on offering superior quality products and responsive customer service. The key takeaway from TAF is lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with agreed output at each milestone or partnerships, which can go granular to each test case and further to each test page/screen.
SOFTWARE TESTING & GYM: THE SIMILARITY
At AutoRABIT, we have seen time and again that testing and going to the gym are very similar (Salesforce Test Automation Can be Achieved NOW). It always gets postponed to the next day and rarely gets featured as something to be done for today. Testing function lags behind in enterprises today, as quality is not comprehended as a top business priority, with lack of insights on how to gain the critical competitive advantage. Though everyone understands that software testing helps enterprises enhance their product quality, the common misconception is that it demands huge investments in people and technology.
When most of the discussions start, the management teams evaluate their present/legacy testing business models and first try to maximize their current investments. This plug in the hole can be a more convenient and an easy way out, but the question is whether you are trying to save a sinking boat or trying to accelerate the boat with unconventional and progressive ideas.
TESTING APPROACHES: TESTING-AS-A-SERVICE (TaaS)
There are several flexible and economical testing approaches that can stop the escalation of costs, deliver quality products and keep your profits (and your boat) not just afloat, but ensure that it gets more power to tide over the quality storms.
Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS) has gained momentum in the recent years, as it helps enterprises focus on core business areas, reap the benefits of pay-per-use, reduce infrastructure costs, and optimize the resources workflow.
Testing teams can look at several ways in which they can achieve accelerated efficiencies, i.e., non-linear returns on investments with good planning. Planning and creating a roadmap for the team can go a long way in accomplishing your strategic goals.
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TYPICAL TaaS ADOPTION USE CASE:
Organizations can opt for TaaS when there are tasks to be automated. Through outsourcing, enterprises can save not only on resource hires, but also on the costs of testing infrastructure.
Several services are offered through TaaS that include functional and non-functional testing, mobility testing, and testing of various CRM, ERP and cloud applications.
TWO KEY BENEFITS OF TaaS:
1. Saves Capex/Opex:
TaaS makes provisions for people and technology, as a part of its offering, enabling enterprises save costs/investments on infrastructure and software licensing.
2. Flexible Pricing:
Pay-per-use models help enterprises plan their test budgets based on the project requirements/demands.
TaaS COST ENGAGEMENT MODELS:
- Time & Material: Costs are calculated based on the time spent by the resources on a project.
- Fixed Bid or Fixed Price: The project is engaged at a fixed price against agreed deliverables.
- Test Cases: Projects are also engaged based on the complexity of test cases in number.
Things to take care of:
- Have your goals listed: Have a clear-cut idea of your goals – whether you want to have software testing for enhancing your product quality, maximizing your current investments, or gaining a critical competitive business advantage.
- Evaluate your current process: The first step towards change is evaluating your current process with regard to cost, efficiency and optimization, and identifying what needs to be changed.
- Prepare for change management: Once you have made the decision in line with your goals, go ahead and boldly embrace the change. After all, change is growth, growth is change.
- Crawl first, then walk and run: Testing, like change, is a gradual process. Once you have decided to go for software testing, make the move gradually from non-functional to functional testing, and later to mobility testing and cloud
- First get the most appropriate process and then the right tools: It is important to first understand the relevant testing process and then get hold of the right tools to execute the same.
TAF BLENDS SUPERIOR QUALITY WITH RESPONSIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE
The best of Salesforce development teams would inevitably vouch for the fact that test automation is indispensable to ensuring stability to enterprise applications in an organization. However, there is a significant gap between appreciation and adoption.
While most teams understand and appreciate test automation as the way ahead, the practice of adoption of test automation into the release management process is far from reality.
In a short survey conducted by AutoRABIT with some of its current clients, the following three distinct reasons emerged for non-adoption of test automation:
1. Test automation requires specialized test resources, which is inhibited due to budgetary constraints.
2. The test scripts, like codes, have to be frequently upgraded and maintained, without the ability to save any extra cents.
3. The data is pushed into the test script, and if you want to run the test case on a different release environment or on your staging data, you have to keep varying some property files, scripts, etc.
If you agree with the above top-three constraints in adopting test automation, then the AutoRABIT Test Automation Factory (TAF) for Salesforce is probably the solution that you should be looking out for.
AutoRABIT TAF for Salesforce has the following components that can leverage the test automation to the next level in an enterprise:
- Curing engine for seamless test script recording and playback. Business users themselves can automate tests by themselves now.
- Data Extraction – Alienate data from your test script
- Test Generation
Testing has evolved from being a full-time equivalent (FTE) driven method of working, to ‘as-a-service’ method of thinking. TaaS, which was traditionally considered as an activity, has evolved today as a framework and a unique way of approaching testing & quality assessment, independent of vendors and tools. The maturity and perceptibility of the
team and the goals articulated by the management will determine the success of these models. TaaS can benefit organizations in ensuring predictable outcomes across the lifespan of the development cycle.