Factors That Must Influence Your Choice of Automation Tools

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Imagine its WW3 and you are in the middle of the combat, which weapons would you prefer? Considering it’s 2015 I believe you would choose some latest developments of weaponry, armory and intelligence like Google Glass tech integrated inside your helmet an connected to your rifle so you can easily shoot from a corner without exposing yourself to danger in the line of fire. Your equipment will determine your survival.

The same goes for choice of tools you will automate QA processes with. They are either great or you and your business will be toast. Here are several factors you must pay close attention to in order to succeed:

  • Your automation tools must support multiple apps and platforms. You will not be working with just one project throughout business. Surely you may purchase various tools tailored to support any particular technology like .NET or Java. This is a perfect case scenario that is barely realizable. You will indeed get better attention to various detail, but the price for entire sets of tools may be overwhelming and too many guns at your disposal may even cause confusion and even panic at the really critical moments. So multi-compiler software would be a great choice.
  • Same will go for multiple OS support as you will never know what exact environment will be required next.
  • With current raise of mobile computing support for some mobile devices would be a really pleasant addition to overall tool functionality.
  • Also you need to ensure multiple testing types are being supported. Or it should at least support the ones you are willing to perform. Will it truly support tests than run on several workstations at the same time? What about Junit or MSTest or distributed testing? The more your tool supports the better.
  • It has to be able to create automated tests both scripted and without usage of programming languages. After all you have testers with different skillsets and automation must be available to everybody.
  • Your tool must record automated tests for further analysis and other reasons where this data will significantly matter to the app under test.
  • It MUST support:
    • Creation of automated tests which are resistant to change
    • Controls and Objects must be supported
    • It has to support different test data sources
    • Export results when required
    • Compare test results to test actions automatically
    • Run and synchronize automated tests

This seem like quite a list, does it not? But, if you wish to succeed you can’t neglect paying attention to any of the factors listed above, or you can outsource automation to companies who already possess all required equipment.