Test automation – your key to more efficiency and better software quality

If too little testing is carried out in software projects for reasons of time, cost or resources, the quality of the software suffers, deadlines are postponed because errors are found too late and customer satisfaction falls. At the same time, modern software solutions are often too complex to ensure quality continuously through manual testing. The solution lies in automated tests – this is how you ensure a consistently high software quality.


Why automated testing pays off

Test automation helps to significantly improve the development and life cycle of a software solution. As release cycles become shorter and test efforts greater, automated tests are often more efficient than manual tests – they run faster and more reliably, and bugs and anomalies can be identified promptly. Moreover, automated tests can be repeated at any time.

How we approach test automation

Test automation can be used at various levels, including

  • Test of the GUI (to simulate user input),
  • Testing of API interfaces (e.g. HTTP, SOAP, REST, JMS),
  • Unit tests at code level (module tests, component tests),
  • Performance and load tests.

Of paramount importance is the selection of the appropriate tool for the respective application. The PTA uses a standardised procedure for this purpose:

The PTA prepares an individual feasibility study as well as a proof of concept (PoC) for you in which all relevant aspects are described, e.g.

  • the survey of the current test process (without a defined test process, test automation cannot be successfully introduced)
  • the description of the systems to be tested and their interfaces
  • the description of the risks and the general conditions
  • clearly formulated objectives to be achieved through test automation.

Based on the PoC, a tool selection is made (e.g. Ranorex, Selenium or TestComplete).

The selected tool is typically first used in a pilot project and integrated into the existing test process. Based on initial experience, the procedure is adapted and the tool is used for further task settings.

Of course, we are also happy to support you in the context of ongoing test automation tasks, e.g. in adapting or extending existing tests.

Application areas for automated tests


Test automation is particularly suitable for complex software projects or for the continuous development of software where many new versions are created. Here there is usually a greater need for timely regression tests (repeatable tests), which cannot be handled by manual tests. With test automation you save time and costs, because after the automated tests have been created, test scripts can be run through in a short time. Compared to manual testers, the error rate is significantly lower.

Automated software testing for agile projects

Especially in the context of agile software development with many regression tests, you are more flexible and efficient with test automation. Tests can also run overnight or, for example, automatically after each code check-in.

Advantages of test management

More quality

Your software becomes more stable and of higher quality - customer satisfaction increases.

Increased efficiency

Automated tests are more reliable and faster than manual tests - errors are detected earlier.

Reduced costs

A meaningful test automation can reduce operative expenses - resources are freed up, productivity increases.

Increasing employee satisfaction

Manual software tests are time-consuming and lead to dissatisfaction among the testers, especially if they are repeated (e.g. regression tests). Automated tests make the testers available for other tasks.

Our experience – how our customers benefit from test automation

As an IT consulting company with 50 years of experience, PTA has many years of expertise in test automation. We develop an individual strategy for our customers and use intelligent automation frameworks for the implementation. Our customers include medium-sized and large companies from a variety of industries, which sustainably increase their innovation rate and productivity with our customised test automation systems.

Eine kleine Auswahl von Projekten ist im Folgenden referenziert. In unserer öffentlich zugänglichen Projektdatenbank finden sich weitere Projekte für die Test automotion.

Further references on test management can be found in our project database.

Do not leave your success to chance

Rely on the experience and know-how of PTA for continuous quality assurance.