Test automation

Your key to greater efficiency and better software quality

If software projects are tested too little 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 decreases. At the same time, modern software solutions are often too complex to continuously ensure quality through manual testing. The solution lies in automated tests – ensuring consistently high software quality.

Why automated tests are worthwhile

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

How we proceed with test automation

Test automation can be used at different levels, including

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

The selection of the right tool for the respective application is of paramount importance. The PTA uses a standardized procedure for this:

PTA prepares an individual feasibility study for you as well as a proof of concept (PoC) in which all relevant aspects are described, e.g. the survey of the current test process (test automation cannot be successfully introduced without a defined test process), the description of the systems to be tested and their interfaces, the description of the risks and the framework conditions as well as clearly formulated goals that are to be achieved by the 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 will be adapted and the tool will be used for further task settings.

Of course, we are also happy to support you with ongoing test automation tasks, e.g. when adapting or expanding existing tests.

Areas of application for automated tests

Regression tests

Test automation is particularly suitable for complex software projects or for the continuous further development of software in which many new versions are created. Here, there is usually a greater need for timely regression tests (repeatable tests), which can no longer be managed by manual tests. Test automation saves you time and money, because once the automated tests have been created, test scripts can be run in a short time. Compared to manual testers, the error rate is significantly lower.

Automated software tests 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 automatically after each code check-in, for example.

Advantages of test management

More quality

More quality

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

Higher efficiency

Greater efficiency

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

Lower costs

Lower costs

Effective test automation can reduce operational costs, freeing up resources and increasing productivity.

Increasing employee satisfaction

Increasing employee satisfaction

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

Selection of our QA and test tools

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 to implement it. Our customers include medium-sized and large companies from a wide range of industries that use our customized test automation systems to sustainably increase their innovation rate and productivity.

Creation of a test automation concept

The regression tests for the balancing and billing system used by the customer are to be automated in order to relieve the specialist departments in the long term during the test phases.

Test automation for a transportation management system

Development of an automation solution for the mapping of end-to-end scenarios in a transportation management system (TMS). The implementation is carried out with a specially created test framework based on Java.

Profitability analysis and proof of concept for test automation

By introducing a test automation solution, the customer wants to increase the efficiency of its test activities and user satisfaction with regard to the applications used (web and mobile).

Research in our IT projects in the field of test automation

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