Regression testing can be defined as software testing that is conducted to identify that recent changes in the program or code are not impacting the software’s existing features negatively. It becomes even more critical in Agile to ensure that there is no negative impact on the software due to recent changes.
With new software updates released frequently, regression testing has become a norm because new updates are of no use if they impact other features of the program. However, it becomes challenging to keep up with all the frequent changes, production feedback and strict timing of the new software iterations. It becomes cumbersome to stay up to date and adapt appropriately.
This where automation for regression testing kicks in to make the job more efficient. Cloud-based regression testing can help QA engineers achieve optimal performance and robust user experience irrespective of different variables.
Cloud-based testing enables test engineers to have easy access to a massive pool of real devices tied with live networks all over the globe. It provides end-to-end control for both automated and manual testing practices.
Here are some crucial benefits of cloud based testing:
Teams have become global in nature. Cloud based test management has eased the collaboration among teams located in different geographies. Test engineers can now log in from any location on any device at any time to gain access to the ongoing project.
QA teams are now able to access the test environment from different geographies instantly. Leveraging the central repository of all the testing efforts getting updated in real-time has made it extremely easy to avoid communication gaps, share mission-critical data and track all the testing efforts.
Easy Collaboration and Continuous Testing
With a cloud-based solution, you can easily run tests round the clock. A central server easily connects to multiple machines located in any required geography. That means that a test engineer can easily connect to the cloud and select the machine required to test the application. Organizations can easily start the day with European test engineers followed by North Americans and finally finishing with QA professionals based in India. This ensures round the clock testing of the application that will go on until the app goes in production.
This gives businesses a competitive edge as they can easily collaborate with multiple teams in different locations through cloud-based solutions to efficiently run tests. It helps in expediting the decision making and helps in enabling speed-to-market.
Benefits of Virtualization
Virtualization of testing on cloud empowers organizations to achieve the best results out of available resources with greater flexibility and efficiency. With applications becoming more complex, virtualization enables teams to share the available resources to reduce capital costs.
Cloud based automation tools are more reasonably priced than regular automation tools in the market. Aside, cloud-based tools provide the flexibility for ‘pay as you use’; to further save costs. Hence, organizations are leveraging more cloud-based tools to reduce QA budget and enhance efficiency.
Also, you are not required to buy multiple devices for multiple testing teams working from different locations. Requirement of lesser hardware and absence of per seat licensing cost makes cloud based testing a cost effective and optimal solution. It requires minimal capital expenditure while being time efficient and has lesser depreciation costs.
Ease of Access
With cloud-based solutions, there is no complex and time taking integration. These automation tools are plug and play and test engineers can start leveraging the moment they buy them without any setup requirements or installation woes. It also reduces the dependency on the IT management and enables IT people to focus on core requirements of the organization.
Favors Continuous Integration
Cloud based testing is ideal for continuous integration. It enables test engineers to execute tests under larger scenarios instantly. With cloud testing you can easily transform new builds into latest versions real fast. It helps in expediting the time-to-market as well.
Aside, parallel and nonstop cloud testing of apps enables test engineers to expand the amount of scenarios that can be covered in the same period of time. The cloud-based environment also offers a preconfigured and highly synchronized architecture to minimize the defects that are caused due to unstable test configurations. You can easily test applications across multiple environments to enhance the quality and maximize the test coverage in minimal time.
Cloud-based testing enables test engineers to run scalable simulation of virtual users at significantly lower costs. The cloud based approach enables the team to run tests with the existing infrastructure. It allows the team to make servers simulate thousands of virtual users within minutes, while paying only for the resources being used.
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You just need to schedule time for the required test and the resources are commissioned automatically. Aside, with flexible licensing for performance testing tools combined with open source tools make the entire process highly cost-efficient.
Cloud-based testing also helps in real-time generation of reports while the test is being conducted. This allows QA professionals of the team to have real-time collaboration on a test often with developers as well to rectify the issue at a faster pace.
Effortless and Reliable IT Management
Cloud based solutions are running round the clock with a dedicated support team working behind the platform. It provides round the clock support and offers compensation for any downtime. Aside, with a dedicated maintenance team looking after the system, cloud-based systems are more reliable than in-house solutions.
It also reduces a lot of IT management tasks that are related to traditional tools including licensing, installation, user management and upgradation of the system across geographies among others. Lesser IT management would help QA teams to focus better on core activities.
An increasing number of teams are migrating from in-house systems to cloud based solutions to reduce costs, enhance efficiency and lower down maintenance/ operational overheads. But not all teams can work freely on cloud based solutions due to privacy risks, security and project compliance among others. Hence, tests engineers are expected to carefully evaluate the project requirement before going for a cloud-based solution.