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The Eight Essentials When Moving to Automated Software Testing

Published: 16 November 2017

ID: G00343603

Analyst(s): Joachim Herschmann , Thomas Murphy


When implemented correctly, automated testing can deliver strong benefits to support organizations in delivering software with higher quality at a faster pace. This research provides application leaders with eight essentials to realize improvements in delivering high-quality software.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Start Your Test Automation Initiatives With a Clear Set of Goals
  • Automation Requires Significant Investment That May Not Pay Off Immediately
  • Focus Automation on the Areas With the Greatest Benefit
  • Don't Try to Automate Everything, Manual Testing Still Has a Place
  • Test Automation Is More Than Just Functional Testing at the GUI Level
  • Test Automation Requires a Good Test Design and Regular Maintenance
  • Choose Tools That Match Your Team's Skills, Practices and Application Targets
  • Ensure Stability of Your Codebase Before Automation

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