The Ratio of Productivity Over Cost
Allowing software to test software -- just another weapon in our arsenal. Automated testing is a valuable asset that provides us with additional ways of getting to the heart of the problem.
Imagine if you could write a program that simulates thousands of executed commands in the same exact order. Each time that your software did not perform to your specifications, the program would record the exact command that caused the anomaly. Then, once you thought you fixed the problem, you could then run the very same set of commands to see if, in fact, you were successful.
This is Automated Testing
Automated testing can supplement the manual testing process and provide valuable insight in a speedy, objective way. Our engineers are certified in the use of sophisticated automated testing tools designed to create a repetitive and controlled testing environment. Use of these powerful testing tools means that our engineers can create automated test scripts that mimic the very same user interface over and over, thereby limiting the amount of 'live' testing necessary.
Quite often, for testing efforts that are either very extensive, or consist of several testing cycles, it is worthwhile to consider automating a portion of the testing. Though the testing of some aspects of a program cannot be automated, and some should not be automated, automation can significantly reduce the manpower and cost required to perform some of the testing. If automation might be beneficial to your project, a Beta Breakers automated testing engineer will discuss the cost and benefit to you, and will include automation in the Master Test Plan and Proposal. Beta Breakers automated testing engineers are experienced in applying automation techniques to various areas of a testing effort including installation testing, performance testing, functionality testing, compatibility testing, and can evaluate whether automation should be considered.
Automated testing is an extremely useful discipline that aids in the overall testing effort. At the same time, we believe that there is still no substitute (yet, anyway) for good, old-fashioned human interaction. After all, your software was not meant to be used by computers, right?