Test Automation

"We are executing about 650 different test scripts as part of our Regression packs using TestDrive and to have that in place is of enormous value to the business. The alternative would be to get people out of their day jobs and run tests manually and we are just not in a position where we can do that."

Phil Court, Head of Technology Delivery at Marston's Plc

The compelling need for Test Automation has never been stronger.   Off-the-Shelf as well as custom built applications are being put into production faster than ever.  Major upgrades and minor patches need to be applied as soon as possible.  Without effective and timely Test Automation, you will fall further and further behind – or you will take tremendous risks without sufficient testing.

Now everyone knows this, yet relatively few have achieved high levels of automation without tremendous effort and institutional commitment.  Why is that?

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Old Test Automation is Flawed

The way Test Automation has been done for years is fundamentally flawed.  It takes almost as much effort to create and maintain Test Automation as it does to develop and enhance the systems being tested.  It’s just too hard and costly.

A Better Way

There is a better way. Increasing the scope, scale & coverage of your testing equates to Reduced Risk.  The direct effect of this is that you can protect your reputation (you need look no further than the TSB debacle).

Another compelling benefit of Test Automation is reduced time to market or Go Live. You will without doubt, save time & money as well as satisfying compliance and audit requirements.

Furthermore, you will reduce reliance on the human element (read error) as well as lower employee stress by using people where their skills add most value and at the right time.

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A Test Automation solution from Original Software.

Designed for use by business people doing testing – not coders trying to be business people.  

It enables automation to be created quickly either from scratch or from prior manual tests, while being robust, easy to build, easy to maintain and code-free.  The simple tests can be extended and enhanced to more extensive regression tests or maintained to take account of changes in the UI or processes.   TestDrive accelerates the creation, maintenance and execution of automated scripts. See our “How To” guides on building a regression test pack and  running a regression test.

TestDrive automation can be used by Testers, Developers and Business Analysts as easily as typical business users, meaning more of the right type of people can be involved.  Many companies, disillusioned with off-shoring now can on-shore their testing operations and regain control, visibility and all-important ownership of assets.

End-to-End Scenarios

What makes it even more challenging is that the interconnected systems you rely on to run the business are built using different technologies and architectures.  

Test Automation must be designed to embrace these varying technologies while insulating the tester from their complexities.  It’s common to have End-to-End tests that starts a business process journey in one technology (say Web) passes information to another technology (say SAP GUI), which feeds transactions to another system (say Warehouse Green-screens) and then back to the user on a Web screen. 

 Now there is one Test Automation solution that does this very thing.  Code free.  TestDrive.

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Test automation success at Edrington

Hear Alistair Norrie, Business Technology Programme Manager share in three minutes how Edrington successfully automated their testing processes, enabling a modernisation that effected more change in twelve months than had taken place in the previous ten to twenty years.

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