What's better than test automation? Codeless test automation.
Codeless test automation helps develop automated tests, warding off the need to write even a line of code. It accelerates testing velocity and allows testers and business users to test features and functionalities using simple actions without any coding.
Due to issues in scripts, many failed automation efforts ultimately impede continuous testing (CT) efforts. Contrarily, codeless test automation offers a quick turnaround time, expedites test creation, and maximizes testing reliability.
Given the increase in DevOps adoption, it has become an attractive capability. That's because it ensures that test automation runs reliably, efficiently, and stably throughout the DevOps pipeline.
To that effect, the benefits of codeless test automation have led to the burgeoning of many such platforms that offer the promise of gold. However, it is crucial to ensure that these platforms provide the following capabilities, in the absence of which, they could inherently fail to deliver the benefits of codeless.
Let’s profoundly explore these capabilities.
Is the test automation platform asking you to employ a bundle of tools to achieve end-to-end automation? If yes, then this platform is not really codeless, and neither is it comprehensive.
A codeless test automation platform does not take a tool-based approach to enable automation. Tool-oriented practices can challenge automation efforts and make end-to-end automation hard to achieve. As a result, balancing out the multiple dependencies of the tools becomes an arduous task and might even need some coding in between. Unsurprisingly, this impacts the testing speed.
Instead, codeless automation employs a platform approach to test automation. As such, users do not need different tools to test mobile, web, desktop, or backend applications. A comprehensive codeless platform should be able to enable test automation that can handle real-world complexities and work seamlessly across the entire application portfolio. Such a tool does not depend on integrations with other frameworks, APIs, libraries, and tools for support.
Essentially, a codeless test automation platform is centered on automation and capably supports a wide range of integration options with external LCAPs and modules. It allows organizations to integrate and orchestrate data flows and functionalities across enterprise-wide systems.
Scalability and Reusability
Codeless test automation should provide comprehensive test coverage, asset reusability, and change management. The platform must be scalable, ensure automated change management, and ensure every project adheres to multiple SaaS vendor releases.
Along with this, it is critical that the platform does not rest on one or two custom-built scenarios and extends many generic yet specific use cases. It has to extend to the entire suite of enterprise applications, including the custom-built application.
If the test automation platform is purpose-built for one or two specific SaaS platforms, then it shall fail to meet the constant and continuous needs of the enterprise.
Suppose the core capabilities of the tool cannot extend easily to meet emerging use cases, or new upgrades need new sets of functionalities altogether. In that case, the tool is less than optimal and does not deliver on the codeless promise.
To that end, modular, behavior-driven, reusable test assets are a hallmark of comprehensive and reliable codeless test automation tools. They do not employ test cases that do not fit into the environment and need manual testers to tweak the resources.
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Vendor Support and Change Management
Codeless test automation platforms must accelerate the testing speed and improve testing velocity. If change management depends on vendor release, this process becomes slow. Managing test assets against multiple SaaS releases also becomes time-consuming and effort-intensive.
A codeless test automation platform must employ automation to remain updated and ready for use. Change management and reconciliation, as such, must be automated. Besides, it must offer continuous enhancements to test assets without disrupting existing and ongoing executions and while ensuring each project aligns with different SaaS vendor releases.
Agility and Adaptability
Codeless test automation platforms help enterprises shift testing left and ensure that testing can keep up with the development speed. This becomes especially important as DevOps gradually moves up the preferred methodology list for software development.
Agile test automation at accelerated velocity becomes crucial to driving development efforts and organizations to meet user expectations and needs with continuous updates and upgrades. Ensuring that the codeless test automation tool is adaptable to change to complement the agile and DevOps strategies becomes important.
The Final Word
Altogether, the codeless automation platform should employ a robust framework that allows teams to quickly drive change management even when battling disparate release cycles.
Only when a codeless automation tool delivers on all these parameters does it truly becomes codeless. Otherwise, it remains just another test automation tool that neither delivers the ROI nor improves business outcomes.
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