Software Testing Challenges
Today, software engineers and developers are called upon to produce highly complex, broadly functional software with maximum efficiency. Cost and time are important factors to every customer. Additionally, the quality of the final product is essential. Delivering on all three fronts is no small feat.
These expectations have a direct bearing on the software test team. The larger and more complex the software, the more expansive the testing required to verify it. Thorough testing is the only way to ensure quality.
Traditional testing methods are cumbersome and time-consuming—often resulting in lengthened delivery time and higher costs. Software tests need to be executed and reused many times before a product is even delivered. Testing can consume up to 50% of a software development budget. The temptation to take shortcuts in the testing phase lurks around every corner.
The following factors impact the cost, schedule, and manpower needed for testing programs:
- Increased levels of regression testing
- Increased complexity of software testing
- Redundant testing between various teams and contractors
- Interoperability, cross-platform and certification testing requirements
- Testing for information security and corporate compliance
Due to the added layer of complexity created by these and other issues, most software systems are delivered late, over budget and insufficiently tested. The traditional approach to testing just cannot keep up.
Fortunately, an alternative to manual testing exists in the form of Automated Software Testing. This technology enables the automation of testing tasks and provides broad testing coverage and functionality across the entire software testing lifecycle. Implemented correctly, Automated Software Testing offers the following advantages over manual testing:
- Increased testing coverage
- Improved software quality
- Reduced testing time
- Increased productivity
- Overall cost savings
When compared to traditional approaches to testing, Automated Software Testing offers developers and engineers an innovative and revolutionary alternative. At IDT, our products enable customers to increase overall testing productivity by an average of 75%. (See previous Case Study blogs for examples.) Automated Software Testing is the way of the future for the testing of complex software systems and is the key to meeting customer demands for cost, timing and quality.
Some information taken from: Dustin, Elfriede, Thom Garrett, and Bernie Gauf. Implementing Automated Software Testing: How to save Time and Lower Costs While Raising Quality. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison-Wesley, 2009. This book was authored by three current IDT employees and is a comprehensive resource on AST. Blog content may also reflect interviews with the authors.