Getting Digital Transformation Right First Time, Every Time.

Author:Cullum, Gordon
Position:DATABASE AND NETWORK INTELLIGENCE: OPINION
 
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In the digital world where practices such as Agile and DevOps are increasingly taking centre stage, robust, high quality software testing is integral to success. However, as software projects increase in complexity and size, customers and users tend to get demanding when there is a need to contain costs and release on time. This in turn makes it quite a challenge to effectively test software.

Test automation is the clarion call of the digital age and it is imperative for businesses today. It can revive flagging digital transformation projects and give new ones a head start. Simply put--test automation sets the winners apart from the losers and developing a best practice testing process for any business is fundamental. As digital technologies gain momentum, businesses must look towards mature test automation practices to help reduce manual efforts whilst providing faster feedback and minimising the time to market for products and services.

Testing is a time-consuming task. Relying only on manual tests can increase defect leakage, compromise quality, escalate costs and increase time-to-market. This in turn can lead to customer churn, loss of revenue and reduced market share. By automating the end-to-end business process with test automation, businesses can eradicate defects and human errors due to the monotony of repetitive manual tasks, and as a result, have greater confidence in rapid shipping of product changes.

Identifying risks to the performance of an application is a good way to start. It's important to look at risk factors that include the user population, application type, application technology and changes to the application features and function. Adequate planning is essential when creating a testing automation framework that incurs low maintenance costs whilst delivering a higher return on investment.

In fact, taking an improvisational, make it up as you go along approach to testing invites risk--the very thing testing is intended to reduce. However, if businesses deploy a comprehensive approach to testing, it can identify problems earlier, which in turn reduces time to fix, time to market, and overall cost. While the strategy can change and develop during the project, taking the time to plan pays additional dividends, reducing rework, testing gaps, and communication friction.

In today's digital age, the pressure is on for businesses to innovate, to be more efficient, get to market first and give customers a better, more...

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