The Benefits of QA Automation

Aug 17, 2023 | Test Automation Insights

Automated QA Testing

Incorporating QA automation into your software testing process not only makes your product easier to use, but also helps your team be more productive, agile, and profitable. Ranorex’s QA automation tools make that possible with a streamlined, cost-effective solution.

Let’s explore some of the benefits of using QA automation testing in your software development process.

What Is QA Automation?

QA automation, or quality assurance automation, is the process of automating testing for software and mobile applications using various tools. This allows the developers working on the apps to spend their time and resources on other tasks, only having to step in when the automation software finds a bug it cannot fix on its own.

Who Can Benefit from Using QA Testing Tools?

First and foremost, developers can benefit greatly from using QA automation tools in the testing process. Not only does this save them the time and tedium spent testing every single feature for potential bugs, but it also allows them to finish faster as well.

Automating this process also benefits testers. While QA automation will handle most of the work of going through every line of code in the debugging process, it allows testers to work on taking the UX for your app from workable to great.

That doesn’t even begin to factor in the cost and budget savings the entire company could potentially see when the QA testing process is automated. With reduced time spent on the project while still prioritizing quality, the company saves money on labor and time spent during the QA testing process, leading to higher profit margins and more potential bonuses for the developers and QA testing team. The client also gets their app faster, meaning they’re more likely to keep working with your company or refer others in their field to your business.

In short, everyone in the company and beyond can benefit from automating QA testing.

The Benefits of Automated QA Testing

The top software development companies in the world utilize automated QA testing to make sure their apps are in working order, both before and after deployment. 

Faster Iteration and Deployment

Even the most experienced software developer can only move so fast without missing a potentially serious bug—that’s just human. However, QA automation allows testing to run even when the developer is off work, allowing the development team to deploy the app or program faster.

To further illustrate the time savings, one of our software development customers for a large manufacturing company used QA automation to reduce the time required for testing from two days of work to roughly 30 minutes.

Similarly, QA automation allows developers to continue uncovering potential issues and debugging without having to rely too heavily on crunch time, which has been known to harm both product quality and productivity among developers.

Increased Test Coverage

Making QA automation part of the development process also allows developers and testers to extend their testing capabilities beyond what’s normally feasible for them to do manually.

Automated testing QA software can get into every metaphorical nook and cranny of your app, making it easier to find and debug issues that would otherwise be missed because they’re part of a hyper-specific use case. This can ultimately prevent your testers from having to go back and run a critical fix later on because that particular test was missed during the initial QA process.

Better Quality

Accidentally missing small bugs and mistakes is part of working with humans. However, automated QA testing software can uncover potential bugs before they become a problem by testing every possible facet of your app in a matter of minutes.

In turn, a process that would take your testers days to do while still potentially missing minor issues in favor of resolving major problems now takes minutes and allows them to take the user experience from good to great.

More Alignment for DevOps and CI/CD

CI/CD relies on robust automated QA testing to provide the best possible software and products to customers. That’s why the DevOps team should make QA automation available early and often—it allows the CI/CD team to keep providing a better product to customers and clients, making the DevOps and CI/CD teams work in a more synchronized way.

How to Automate QA Testing

To determine which types of automated QA testing tools are best for your team, there are a few different factors to consider:

  • Scope: Determine what you’re hoping to achieve with your automated testing process, as well as how feasible the testing process would be, to determine the scope of your QA tests.
  • Strategy: Your QA team should create a test plan outlining the end goal of the test and the means of achieving it.
  • Tools: There are numerous automation tools out there with different price points, levels of flexibility, and intuitiveness, so be sure to choose the options that best suit your team’s needs.
  • Environment: Chances are, you’ll be using a sandbox environment for your QA testing before launch, and it should be as close to your live environment as possible once setup is complete.
  • Script: Your QA team should write a script for the tests based on your app and company’s requirements, as well as good scripting standards. The script they develop should be reusable, structured, and easy to explain across the team.
  • Execution: There are two options for execution—GUI (graphical user interface) testing and API testing. GUI testing simulates the user experience to determine functionality, while API testing focuses on the programming interface and how apps interact end-to-end.

The right automation tools can make the script development and test execution processes easier, more streamlined, and repeatable even after deployment and handoff to the CI/CD team.

Ranorex Automated QA Testing Software

Designed to help developers and QA testers go further, Ranorex offers multiple platforms for automated QA testing that are simple and data-driven. Whether you’re looking for functionality testing, API testing, or anything in between, we offer a solution that will make your app ready for full deployment with relatively little fuss.

Our QA Testing Tools

Ranorex offers multiple automated QA testing tools for both backend development and UI experience. Here are just a few of our tools that have been saving software developers time, money, and frustration:

Ranorex Studio

One of our most robust QA automation tools, Ranorex Studio is an all-in-one solution that makes automated testing possible on virtually every platform. Within Ranorex Studio are multiple programs under one roof, including Ranorex Driver, Ranorex Spy, and Ranorex API.

Together, these tools allow developers and testers to create and test Windows apps, run all QA tests from a web and mobile test command center, run tests remotely, test and debug APIs with other applications, and make the QA process accessible for everyone on the team from beginners to experts.

Ranorex Selocity

A free solution for those creating selector tools for e-commerce, Ranorex Selocity is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to create selector tools across multiple platforms.

Ranorex Selocity allows developers to create Selenium tests more quickly, saving developers time and money while still allowing them to create, edit, and improve their selectors for visitors and customers to use.

Ranorex DesignWise

DesignWise was created to help software development teams create efficient, hyper-targeted automated tests for their applications. This app includes Intelligent Augmentation algorithms and a “control dial” that makes it easy for test developers to create the right number of tests for their project, helping them improve the quality of the final product before iteration and deployment.

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Ready to save your team countless hours in the QA testing process? Start your free trial of Ranorex today and try our robust QA testing automation tools for yourself.

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