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Automated functional testing tools can speed up the testing process, detect bugs earlier on in the software development lifecycle (SDLC), generate reusable test scripts, and ultimately reduce the costs associated with testing. Once seen as an expensive and complex alternative to manual testing, only appropriate for larger more mature organizations, automated functional testing tools have since grown in popularity with all sizes of quality assurance (QA) teams. Investigate the current trends that are driving the purchase decision for QA's investment in automated functional testing tools.

Many Vendors, Many Products

The automated testing tool purchase decision should reflect the needs and requirements of the QA role. The automated functional testing market offers an abundance of vendors and products. QA personnel beginning the research process for vendor selection often find it a difficult and confusing task. At first glance, products seem to offer identical features, however, after a closer look, many contain the same basic functionality, but there is significant variation in features that may drive the decision to purchase one product over another.

Solution Set Steps

  1. Separate hope from vendor hype
  2. Decide whether automated testing is appropriate
    • Trends and Issues in Automated Functional Testing
  3. Know the true cost and return of automated functional testing tools

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    Tom Diersch | 05-25-2010

    How come you haven't included Worksoft Certify? It is the tool of choice recently for BC Hydro and Terassen?


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