The evolution of test automation right up to entirely new application fields
Test automation is complex. It covers a broad range from code-based unit tests to load tests to fully automated user acceptance and function tests, which has revolutionized the quality assurance of software products sustainably.
Test automation didn´t come about overnight – it has evolved, based on IT standards today, continuously and in a healthy way to what it is today: a powerful support for manual testing.
Nevertheless, the development of test automation is nowhere near completed yet. Many currently still not fully developed approaches such as KI-based testing will in future years find their way into quality assurance. However, don´t panic – continuous and not overhasty development of test automation has made it what it is today.
We must never make compromises and be the guinea pig when it comes to quality assurance of our most important IT systems – automated testing or rather automated tasks must be objective and above all 100% reliable.
RPA – Robotic Process Automation
Robots or automats which relieve us of the daily work have appeared rapidly on the market. They should especially relieve our staff of the following tasks in order to dispense them from “basis tasks” and keep them free for complex tasks:
- High-volume tasks
- Repetitive tasks
- Work-intensive tasks
- Rule-based tasks
- Processes with minor variances
And above all: they should perform these in our productive environments.
When you look at the quoted tasks for which the RPA tools are intended, you realize one thing very quickly: they are identical to those tasks which are included in test automation tools.
Now the question arises: if test automation and RPS have so much in common, then what are the differences?
- The major difference is entitled to the usability of the recordings, since the nimbus sticks on many automation tools claiming that they create complex scripted test cases and need the skill set of a developer in order to manage them.
- RPA tools´ field of activity is in production environments whereas test automation tools is predominantly in development and test environments.
- Test automation has evolved and established for a long time, and has an enormous, multiply tested and proven usage and functional scope. Whereas RPA tools have suddenly emerged in their functionality, both evolutionary and in their scope.
Automated processes as logical, high-quality robots in production environment
As we think further in the evolution, there is a logical step for the development of your test automation tool´s application, provided these modern demands are met regarding the usability as well as full-automation:
The enhancement of test automation´s application field towards process automation.
Why is this the optimum solution?
- Your automated processes are constantly used in the DEV- and Q-environments, are tested right down to the last detail in these, from the production point of view, less crucial environments, namely simply through their intended purpose which they constantly fulfil– the quality assurance.
Would you prefer automats which are thoroughly tested and regularly challenged in your not so critical environments, or robots which are tested separately (however by far not so often) and are then in use in your P-environment?
- You use the very same automats, or let´s say robots, to test your processes in the test environment and then at the same time to execute your tasks in the production environment. Is there a better solution in your point of view?
- Enjoy the full, through the years healthily grown functional scope.
Test automation tools such as our suxxesso Tool Suite may probably not be labeled “RPA Tool” yet but it´s only a stone´s throw away. We will further follow the approved and continuous evolution of software in order to represent a well-engineered solution at the end, which you can implement without worries in your production environment and accomplish several things at the same time: high frequency tested automats in your reliable quality assurance systems which reduce your testing effort of your processes up to 80%. And in addition, the very same automats decrease your tasks in the production systems. But not with an uneasy gut feeling, because these will disappear as well since you test regularly and they are in use in less crucial environments.