If your business works with software you surely know that a vulnerability
not detected in time, a new system functionality that misconfigures the
critical processes of a company are risks that can cost a lot of money,
reputation and loss of customers.
Increasingly, it is necessary to rely on tools that allow more efficiency, agility and the certainty of doing things right. For this reason, dedicating resources, technology and time to software testing is a strategic aspect in the life of companies.
When evaluating the convenience of software testing, we recommend this quick review of the main features that make an automated testing service sometimes optimal for your company.
1- Quantify the risk
Estimate the cost of going to production with a failure and compare it to the investment of a test equipment or tool.
A first element is to understand what are the main vulnerabilities and challenges that your products and services have. This serves to understand how much professionalism you need in software testing. What percentage of your operations are performed online? Is the access configuration critical to your business? Do you work with applications and software that require periodic updates?
2- How much time you require
Estimate the economic value of the time your team will invest in performing and monitoring tests and reporting issues or errors in a timely manner.
One of the main advantages of test automation is that it frees up human resources engaged in repetitive and uninspiring tasks, such as certain manual tests, so that they can perform other, more productive tasks in your organization. However, automation does not necessarily mean disengagement. Someone will always have to set it up and review it. The tool that performs the automated testing of your project should be intuitive, easy to use and, if possible, low code. This will allow your organization to maximize the value of your team. You can, for example, assign the testing task to functional profiles that are closer to the critical business needs and not take time away from developers who spend their time programming software.
In addition, simple-to-use automation tools streamline quality control in early stages of development, report bugs found in a timely and structured manner for rapid correction.
That's why we designed STELA as a zero-code tool with a user-friendly interface where automated tests can be built, reducing to minutes what would take a person hours to do manually.
3 - Analyze the cost/benefit of free automation solutions, from the paid ones.
It is often said that cheap is expensive. And if that is true, what may be free in principle may require associated costs that were not foreseen. Comparing the benefits of free automation tools with those of paid licenses is essential.
Although some companies offer a basic level of software testing as a free service, it is highly likely that they are looking to capture customers to build customer loyalty and lead them to more expensive solutions or provide the tool but neglect the service and support afterwards. Many open source tools require expert personnel, or technical knowledge that is not only scarce, but also more expensive.