An ongoing quality assurance strategy, along with other proven test approaches and techniques, helps ensure best in class software. A reliable automated test strategy has always been central to quality software development, but now most applications span so many different platforms, it makes cross-platform testing more important than ever.
Full spectrum automated cross-platform testing will quickly identify any back-end issues or bugs so they can be fixed, no matter what you’re testing: from a large-scale web app across various different desktop and mobile browsers, or native iOS and Android apps on many different devices.
Three key reasons you need automated cross-platform testing:
Automation allows companies to create a thorough regression test approach, since large test case repositories can be created and applied against multi platforms. Without cross platform automation testing, it is often prohibitive to maintain and establish this type of comprehensive testing approach.
Applying a single script against multiple platforms and devices ensures scripts do not have to be recreated – which ensures consistency and accuracy of the test script. This translates to a high level of product quality, since the chance for errors are reduced (fewer scripts).
Cross platform automation improves the speed of test and resulting speed to market for product delivery – since less time and work is required to create scripts and execute tests.
Efficiencies are gained through quicker testing, fewer testing errors due to less work and manual intervention, resulting in less cost for testing, and quicker speed to market of applications and products, realizing system/product benefits sooner.
When evaluating the ROI and efficiency of automated testing, consider both the tangible and intangible benefits you’ll get.
- Time savings – Gain savings that can be quantified easily explaining how much time would be saved by having automated tests, which would otherwise have to be run manually.
- Cost savings – Get measurable savings from reduced time to test, reduced number of manual testers needed to complete the job, reduced risk of untested areas and reduced risk of product release with undetected bugs.
- Risk reduction – By closely working with the marketing and business team, the test team can determine the risks that test automation helps reduce by quantifying the impact of bugs found by automation. These are bugs which could have been found only by automation; emphasizing the impact of such bugs going undetected.
- Employee satisfaction – Cross-platform test automation often provides bigger and better opportunities to the testers on the job and makes the work more interesting and challenging, rather than being bogged down by mundane manual tests such as those that are repetitive.
- Creative thinking among teams – Automation testing requires understanding both the business and technical sides of it to ensure its returns are justifiable. To do this, testers have to often think of creative workarounds and frameworks they may need to create. Such creative scenarios can be fun, a healthy morale booster and a more rewarding job for the software tester.