It’s been a while since software testing companies have been offering the promise of automation testing services to enterprises. However, most organizations have never been able to accomplish the desired business results. But in the end, we all know that automation testing is the next step, then what is the reason for it not working?
Why Software Testing Services Need a Transformation?
Testing platforms for Legacy Software were designed for a different age.
Most of the software testing tools today are predicated on old technology, but enterprise architectures have evolved over the years and retrofitting new functionality into centrally old platforms isn’t as useful as engineering a solution that addresses these needs from the start.
Script-based legacy tests are difficult to maintain
The faster the application evolves, the more troublesome it becomes to keep scripts in sync. Teams often encounter situations where it’s quicker to create new tests than update the existing ones. This leads to an even more cumbersome test suite that will later produce numerous false positives as the application changes.
Change in the software development process
There’s a distinct trend towards fast iterations with smaller release scopes. Organizations have moved from quarterly releases to bi-weekly or daily ones. This extreme compression of release cycles has wreaked havoc to testing — especially when it involves testers to wait for days and sometimes even weeks to access suitable test environment and test data.
Changed responsibility for Quality Assurance
To achieve faster release cycles, the “shift left” approach to testing has been adopted. The developers are now assuming more responsibility for quality. In large companies, while working on complex applications, testing led by developers focuses primarily on a narrow subset of code and components. Developers lack both the time and the access needed to test realistic end-to-end business transactions.
Although the function of quality has shifted left, the legacy platforms, which are immersed in waterfall processes, have a bias towards the right. This makes it challenging to blend both approaches.
Changes caused by Open-source testing tools
Open-source software testing tools such as Selenium have had both positive and negative effects on the industry. Typically, open-source testing tools are focused sharply on solving a particular problem for a single user. For example, Selenium has become a common script-based testing tool for testing web interfaces. Even though Selenium has agility and speed to offer, it does not support end-to-end tests across packaged apps, databases, APIs, mainframes, mobile interface, etc.
As a functional testing automation company, we at Zensoft understand that yesterday’s tools can’t solve today’s software testing challenges. With Agile, DevOps, and Continuous Delivery growing across all industry segments, software testing has become an integral part of data-driven software release decisions. This wave of SDLC maturity demands organizations to revamp old testing processes and tools. As a software testing services company, we at Zensoft don’t just provide automation testing services but direct test automation to increase productivity while reducing the cost of quality.