As there are two sides of the coin, similarly there are pros and cons of using the Test Automation Tool. Automated functional testing solutions are good for their products where there is a clear road map of the product and automation testing tool can help in speedy execution and also increases the accuracy of the testing process and thus cutting the risk factors and hence increasing the return on investment.
Products which do not have a clear roadmap and where the specifications are changing on a daily basis, in such cases using Test Automation Tools would not be fruitful and thus would not in turn give a higher return on investment.
We need from the Customer perspective and Business Perspective – All they need just things are working as expected, So doing this we all needs a fixation that can update us that things are all set, here comes a need of Automated stuff.
As a software quality testing expert, we understand that implementing automated functional testing increase both- accuracy of your process as well as speed. Let us take a looks on that-You all know ROI factor depends upon the following calculation:
ROI = (Gains – Investment Costs)/ Investment Costs
Here comes the key-points to figure it out.
1) Cost of Acquisition –Depends upon software needs which are going to be used while initially set up for functional Automation.
2) Cost of Hardware- This thing is garbage as far as I know because nothing is hard core hardware that specially required in Functional automation testing.
3) Labour and training costs- This cost includes all the cost starting from initially people from recruiting, hiring, paying, and retaining, trained experts till the having a higher professional to handle the Framework.
Exhaustive functional testing is a critical task for a successful application development. The Challenge which management ,developers and QA/software quality testing teams face is how to speed up and increase accuracy of testing process keeping in mind the deadline and budgets .By automating the functional testing, an organization can meet deadlines, test more thoroughly and with more reliability which leads to generate higher revenue and customer satisfaction.
But automation of functional testing raises new concerns like:
•Cost of the automation of testing processes and what is the ROI?
•Which applications/processes can be the candidates for automated testing and which may not?
•Requirement for new training and how that will impact current development project schedules?
The benefits of automated functional Testing:
Reduce risk. It can reduce the risk of production failures and increases Return-On-Investment by providing more comprehensive testing coverage.
With quick execution of more application in a stipulated timeframe is the biggest advantage. No human errors eliminating assumptions as well.
Facilitate greater test coverage. Automated functional testing supports the execution of test scripts on all browsers, operating systems, etc. With automated tools regression testing of ever-changing applications and environments is easier than with manual processes.