I have always wondered what would it be to separate test automation and automation engineers. Considering that Test Automation has always been treated as the holy grail of testing! Enterprises that have managed to achieve high levels of automation in the testing process have enhanced productivity exponentially while improving coverage and thus reducing risk. This has translated into automation engineers holding design approaches close to their heart and controlling scripting tightly. Given this dynamic, the adoptions of test automation have remained low over the years.
Test Automation today has transitioned from a “Record and Playback” mode to a virtually “Scriptless” mode thus enabling rapid on the go Test Automation
It has resulted in enterprises automating testing to be oblivious to tool specific coding thus making automation suites maintainable and resource independent. However, scriptless automation frameworks still have many missing links. For example, most scriptless automation frameworks demand extensive Business User involvement particularly to test the technology enablement. There is a possibility it takes longer than acceptable time to market. Among many causes for greater time to market, one cause is extensive manual testing of the solution. It hamstrings the time taken to market since there is heavy dependence on business analysts (from business or IT) in QA (test design and execution). There is a strong dependence on skilled & expensive technical resources for automation. There is a need to manage spikes in demand for QA resources which results in increase of QA costs.
Considering these dynamics, the next stage in the evolution of test automation is driving in the direction of Business Process Model based test automation that aims at synchronizing Operations, Product Management and Quality functions.
At Zen Test Labs we are innovating with multiple products in this space. Our flagship test automation framework, ZenFRAME is one such example. ZenFRAME improves BA and business testers productivity while reducing dependence on technology teams by up to 40%. The GUI enables most non-technical users to create automated test cases faster thus resulting in close to 33% lesser creation time, read our whitepaper to know how you can implement a business Process model for you QA environment. Would love to hear thoughts from everyone…
Ravikiran Indore |Sr Consultant |Zen Test Labs