Technology is constantly changing, and testers are under enormous pressure to keep up with those changes. The rise of cloud computing, social software and mobile applications, for example, have changed the business landscape completely.
One of the biggest changes is that more and more businesses are migrating from desktop applications to the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. The cloud is making business applications faster, leaner and instantly accessible. Analyst firm Gartner predicts that in 2011, the SaaS market will have grown by at least 16%.
Rich internet applications and the advent of mobile devices are changing the way people are working too. There’s growing demand for applications that can be accessed across multiple platforms and browsers, which poses a challenge for quality assurance teams relying on traditional test tools for testing.
Technology may change, but the goal of testing departments remains the same as ever – make sure applications work as intended, are fit for purpose, and get them to market quickly and within budgets. Many testing departments struggle to do this, as the rise of mobile and cloud computing has presented new challenges for quality assurance teams. For example:
- Migrating desktop applications to SaaS involves re-writing code and extensive testing, which can delay time to market.
- As browsers become the new platforms for SaaS applications, cross browser testing and GUI testing become critical
- Increasingly complex business and social analytic applications demand thorough data driven testing
- SaaS websites need to be thoroughly tested and monitored to ensure pages load quickly
- Applications moving to the cloud need to be load tested without delaying time to market.
- Testing departments increasingly need to adopt Agile test environments
eggPlant is an automated visual test automation tool that allows quality assurance departments to test multiple applications simultaneously with no extra effort. Multiple tests can be run using the same script, meaning organizations can comprehensively test an application and get it to market much faster than before. This is easy to use tool, wil help make manual testing more productive, saving considerable cost.eggPlant uses patented image recognition technology to test at the graphical user interface (GUI) level.As a result, it’s completely technology-agnostic.That means it can be used to test applications across any platform, browser or operating system. It’s ideally suited for mobile testing, browser testing or when migrating a legacy application to a new cloud environment. It also means applications can be fully tested within an organization’s firewall, ensuring intellectual property is protected.It’s also perfect for Agile test environments.The solution’s remote testing skills enables geographically distributed quality assurance teams to run functional and performance testing across multiple time zones.
Customer success story – Lawson
“The products we used to use simply didn’t support the new future operating systems Lawson was developing for. We figured that if these vendors weren’t able to keep ahead of the curve, we’d find a software company that was – that’s why we work with TestPlant. It’s easy to use and flexible enough to change with development, which is perfect before code cut-off, yet stable enough for automated testing.” Mark Frazer, Senior Quality Analyst, Research and Development.
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