eCommerce systems can only deliver on their promise if their testing capability keeps up with the volume, frequency and speed of change that the market demands. Digital transformation has accelerated during the pandemic and is intensifying as the world recovers from it. With digital technologies and business models, businesses expect to reap significant returns and meet their customers’ needs in a more agile and proactive manner. The vision of quick ‘Time-to-Market’ that’s delivered by digital is what businesses are leveraging and as a result, time-to-market is now front and center for teams delivering digital transformation.
Delivering a fast time-to-market requires that changes to systems be made quickly. More importantly, it also means that these changes are be made without compromising the reliability of the system or the quality of the user experience it delivers. Adequate testing to identify issues before they adversely impact quality is important, as is being able to complete this testing in a short period of time. So, it is not surprising that testing professionals tell us that their top priority for 2022 is “Reducing test cycle times.” Manual testing cannot be scaled cost effectively and manual testing is not an option for delivering reduced test cycle times for digital applications. The obvious solution is to automate testing. While test automation has been around for a while, getting fast, reliable and actionable results from automated tests takes more than just plain automation.
Reducing test cycle times for digital applications requires these three
- The ability to test end-to-end business processes for all user journeys and workflow
variations in a comprehensive manner that identifies all errors that disrupt the business
process and user experience.
- A highly scalable and secure test infrastructure with the ability to run these tests
on-demand and in the shortest time possible.
- The ability to identify and eliminate false positives, to troubleshoot real failure to accurately
identify the root cause, and to notify all relevant teams so that appropriate corrective action
can be taken in a timely manner.
Therefore, reducing test cycle times takes more than just running tests fast. It’s about being able to increase test coverage, speed up test execution and above all, identify the root cause of test failure in the shortest time possible.
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