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Choosing the Right Functional Testing Tool

Ray Parker

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Since technology keeps evolving from time to time, organizations need to keep up with the pace of technological changes. Previously, companies released software apps on a monthly or quarterly basis. To keep up with the current market competition, organizations that have faster delivery cycles tend to be more successful than others. Now companies are expected to deliver software products.

This rapid change in trends has both positive and negative impacts. Organizations need to be more efficient and maintain quality while ensuring quick releases. This cannot be done without research and using the right software testing tools. With a huge variety of tools available in the market, making decisions is quite complex. However, asking relevant questions can help organizations choose the best tools for various phases of a project. 

‌ Major issues organizations face when selecting tools for their testing activities is to figure out if the tools actually cover their testing requirements or not. Companies often change testing tools based on their budget constraints or if a new manager has used them previously. These factors should not affect the decision as to which testing approach is the best. So, when organizations look around for a good functional testing company, the following considerations should be made:

  • Does the Tool Deal with Relevant Defects?

One of the top most asked questions testers ask when looking for a functional testing tool is, if it can deal with the relevant defects. Testers review the recent defects, detected in test and production. And then check if the tool can catch those types of defects. If the answer is negative, they might have to look for other options. This step can either be performed before tool selection or later. 

  • Team Selection 

QA managers decide which team members will be doing the automating. If automation is to be done by developers or both developers and software testers, then they should have a complete tool package. If the tool has a record/playback feature, it will be more appropriate for the non-technical testers. Additionally, the testers assigned with specific tasks and tools should have experience using the tool otherwise it will slow down the software delivery process. 

  • Features and Test-Data Management 

Testers looking for the right tools have to check for features like account creation, clear orders, export accounts, and associated orders and re-import it. It allows easy tests setup. In addition, its ability to create test servers on-demand according to requirements. Teams that work on Continuous Integration approach need end-to-end checking features to create this environment. Thus, testers check all the features and see if the tool follows a test-data management approach. 

  • Reporting

A testing tool can never be useful if it does not achieve its purpose. A good functional tool provides essential features like dashboard and charts. Tracking the test is another essential feature of a testing tool that helps achieve different expected results. Thus, this is a feature tester cannot ignore. 

The afore-mentioned factors should be considered to get the best functional testing tools for your project. 

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