Deliver better and faster software
Test automation is not just a way to reduce costs. Test automation helps driving development more effectively, react to customer requirements better, and release changes for customers much faster.
Research has shown that using DevOps practices, like test automation, lead to higher IT performance and improved business outcomes. Investing in automated testing means a lower change failure rate for your software and improved delivery lead times. Early feedback on software quality means you can make sure known problems don’t reappear.
Cost-effective product development
Test automation is an inseparable part of modern software engineering. Test automation reduces the cost of quality control by more than 25 % during the project and 75 % in the long run. Usually, test automation pays for itself back on average in six months.
This guide will tell you how to:
Utilize test automation in your own business
Use Robot Framework for acceptance testing
Help driving development more effectively
React to customer requirements better
Release changes for customers much faster
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Dynamically scalable test environment on top of Kubernetes
Watch the talk of Joonas Lehtimäki at ROBOCON 2019
“The benefits that dynamic & scalable test automation environments can bring are huge! Open Source technologies like Zalenium help organizations to unify their test environments, cut off their costs and bring extra features to the table,” said Joonas Lehtimäki, Eficode.
In just a few years, test automation has become an essential part of functional, customer-oriented product development. In order to utilize organizations’ core competencies as effectively as possible, repetitive routine tasks must be handed over to computers.
Test automation enables an agile organization and real-time quality control
Test automation brings quality assurance to configuration and implementation. When the requirements set for a product are linked to automatically executed test cases, software implementation and the fulfilling of requirements can be monitored in real-time. If automatic tests are also written in natural language, the entire development organization may engage in an open discussion with the help of the requirements and the related automatic tests. This reduces misunderstandings and helps to react to changes much faster.
The development of Robot Framework started at Nokia Networks in 2005 and in ten years it became the standard tool for organizations during the development and testing phase.
The strength of Robot Framework lies in the fact that automatically executed test cases are written in a reusable and intelligible form.
The tests are connected to the tested system using test libraries, ensuring that test cases can always be written in the same way regardless of the environment. Thus, the entire development organization can use the same tool for test automation and writing uniform test cases.
A common solution for acceptance texting
Robot Framework is a generic application framework designed to be easily expandable and created from the very beginning specifically for acceptance testing and its automation. Robot expresses business requirements as test cases written in natural language, and actual testing measures are carried out using libraries that integrate different testing programs and technologies together to make the computer do what has traditionally been done manually by a tester.
It is easy to accept Robot Framework as the starting point and foundation on which to build full test automation, whether the tested software is a simple mobile app or a customer relationship management system consisting of multiple different programs.
Embedded device test automation
DevOps sauna podcast with Alice from Eficode
"Very often developers that haven't done test automation, don't even consider it until you start talking with them and they realize 'Yeah, it's a catch-22'. You haven't seen it before, you haven't tried it, but you have to design for it. So the earlier you do it, the better," said Alice.