As digital transformation evolves, so traditional enterprise processes are becoming disrupted by techniques that enable business to be done in smarter and swifter ways.

The climactic change is felt sharply among companies that intend to develop their e-commerce and online services.

With performance optimisation and prompt service at stake, automated software testing is less a preferred, more an essential route to take for firms as they strive to safeguard their competitive edge.

Below, we examine some of the measurable benefits of this tech development, and reveal its power to drive business growth.

Fast answers

There’s simply no better way to optimise the efficiency of your IT development staff than through automated testing. With stage validation removed from software projects, owners of products, coders and designers alike can communicate more clearly. Bugs in the system are easier to identify and rectify as a result.

More time is saved thanks to the speed at which automated testing can be executed, a benefit that applies equally to simpler systems and larger, more complex infrastructures alike. Testing can thus become an ongoing process; less pressure falls on resources while results are reached in a faster and smarter way.

Expanded test intelligence

The application development team will be all too aware of how crucial and time-consuming testing is within the application’s development lifecycle; any improvement in testing process efficiency is welcome, as it can significantly reduce a project’s lifespan.

While the integration of automated testing requires sustained work, in the long-run tests can be operated with far fewer staff and in far shorter time, greatly improving resource usage. The team’s focus can now fall more on scrutinising test results and making necessary improvements.

Automation also enables greater numbers of tests to be actioned against an application. Offering greater coverage than traditional, manual approaches, this attribute enables your software team to examine more features to produce more robust applications.

Real cost savings

Initial outlays may come at a cost, but it’s negligible compared to financial future-proofing that automated software testing provides. Ultimately, it’s a time thing – so many work hours can be saved when tests are run automatically. The development team can invest more time in truly focusing on improving quality.

As the overall integrity of projects increases, fewer fixes are needed in the long-term which significantly contributes to lowering end expenditure.

Automation also makes software documentation a much more straightforward process; improved functionality means any software problems are found sooner and solved in a more cost-effective way.

Data security

Testing can only be dependable if the integrity of test data can be guaranteed. Unfortunately, this can’t always be said of manual processes, which take more time and necessitate testing being executed on duplicate copies of live databases.

Through automation, the test database is easier to create, handle and protect, so information can be re-used time and again. Once more, it’s a case of saving huge swathes of time but in a way that will not compromise data security.

“Automation helps us simplify the entire software development process and make it more cost-effective,” says Nick Thompson, Managing Director at DCSL Software. “The more we can automate, the faster we can get the software to market – and that’s in everyone’s interest. But automation also means we can ensure consistent quality throughout the testing process, so we’re not cutting corners when it comes to the end result.”

Although the purpose of software test automation is to simplify the process, getting started with automation isn’t necessarily easy. "It’s not always straight-forward to understand which parts of the test cycle that it makes sense to automate and which ones should remain manual,” Nick explains. “We’ve been in the bespoke software development business for almost 25 years now, and we’ve seen our fair share of testing. Sometimes it’s a case of deciding whether to increase the testing team or start using automation tools. For us, it typically boils down to how we can pass on any cost-savings to our clients. The automation route often helps us lay the foundation for a faster, more scalable delivery.”

The future, smarter

We’re at a stage now where business owners need to be thinking about how digital technologies can polish traditional processes to allow the organisation to truly shine.

When it comes to optimising both the schedule and the workload of software development teams, test automation is the genie in the lamp that can grant unbeatable efficiency and end products of an assuredly robust quality.

By Stephen White, Amplified Business Content