Software Automation QTP tutorial – 5 top reasons for using automation

Hi. If you work at a company that's not using automation yet, you are well behind the industry. Automation is still a relatively new concept in the industry, but is becoming an important part of every testing environment moving forward. Today, I am going to cover the top 5 reasons for including automation in your companies testing environment.

1. Repetitive Tasks: If you've ever been a manual tester, you know exactly how tedious and repetitive testing tasks can get. Most manual testers end up testing the same application functionality multiple times. This is not only time consuming, but takes away from other testing tasks. This is where automation comes in. With automation, a simple and quick script can take care of these repetitive tasks. At the click of a button, we can test the repetitive task behind the scenes, while manual testers can move forward with testing other functionality.

2. Accuracy: Manual efforts are not always consistently accurate. It's not a surprise that human beings make mistakes. The great thing about automation, is once you have the script and data in place, automation accurately repeats the same testing procedures whether you run the test once or a hundred times.

3. Automation helps developers: How many times has a developer claimed that they've completed a portion of the application, only to find out that it doesn't work after deployment? Although developers create unit tests, these tests do not perform actual GUI testing tasks that are needed for the authentic user experience. After a developer deploys their code, running automation tests can verify whether their code has broken the build or not. This creates an immediate feedback loop without creating extra need for manual testing efforts.

4. Multiple tests and users at once. A huge drawback to manual testing is the fact that if there is one tester, they are limited to testing one piece of functionality at a time. With automation, once a test is written, it can be ran on multiple machines at once. This process saves time and covers a lot more scenarios in the same or less amount of time.

5. Feedback beyond the 8 hour work day. The amazing thing about automation, is it can run tests at scheduled times beyond the 8 hour work day. At my current company, the deployment occurs at 2 am in the morning while the testers are tired asleep in their warm beds. We can schedule automated tests right after the deployment to see if the deployment negatively affected the functionality. These tests can send the results to the team directly in an email without the presence of a manual tester.

We love automation here at and we hope you understand the need for automation as well. Please post your comments and questions below. We appreciate all of your feedback!

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