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Why Automate? Automated Software Testing ROI Explained

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“Why Automated Software Testing?” begs the question “Why not?” Inherently many software testing activities lend themselves to automation, because they are often too tedious to implement using manual methods. The authors of Implementing Automated Software Testing explain the ROI of doing so.
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Automated software testing return on investment (ROI) explained

Because of unsuccessful Automated Software Testing (AST) attempts, myths related to AST implementations, and a lack of sufficient AST knowledge, you may be asking yourself, “Why should I automate?” This excerpt from the book “Implementing Automated Software Testing” answers this question by describing some of the key practices in software testing and the many areas that lend themselves to AST. The purpose of this discussion here is to help you understand key practices in software testing in the context of “why AST.”

AST is a key technique that addresses some of the challenges software testers face today. Our experience has shown that if implemented correctly, AST

  1. Can reduce the time and cost of software testing
  2. Can improve software quality
  3. Can enhance manual testing efforts via increased testing coverage and replaces the manually mundane and labor intensive tasks
  4. Can achieve what manual testing can hardly accomplish, such as memory leak detection under specific conditions; concurrency testing and performance testing, and more.

Cost, schedule, and quality are parameters that are critical to the success of any software development and product. We will discuss how AST can contribute to each.


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