The Road to Smart Testing Calls for Automation
In the digital economy, where speed is king, organisations seek to deliver solutions with shorter release cycles, but that still ensure high-quality standards. In this context, strong Quality Assurance practices and robust testing methodologies are pivotal to guaranteeing end-to-end system quality and integrity while optimising resources.
Testing, as part of a Quality Assurance process, is a crucial stage in the software development lifecycle as it ensures the delivery of reliable software. However, routine and repetitive manual testing activities are prime automation candidates because it can free resources and increase the Quality Assurance process efficiency and speed.
Automated testing automates the validation of applications against requirements, saving time and effort in defect detection and reporting while assuring that highly frequent changes don’t bring additional risks of software regression.
Committed to a higher level of consistency, automated testing expands test depth and scope, accelerates results and optimises the allocation of resources, freeing up teams to execute more added-value tasks and to be more proactive in enhancing the overall quality of the development outcome.
Automation is gradually gaining acceptance and trust among business and IT teams, either following Waterfall or Agile and DevOps delivery methodologies. However, the latter, in particular, has been emphasising its importance in supporting shorter development cycles, in which quality must be delivered quickly and consistently.
Automated testing is particularly critical for regression testing: when delivering constant streams of change, several scenarios must be tested across multiple systems and environments.
Implementing automated regression testing allows for the early and quick detection of defects, which, in turn, increases testing efficiency and effectiveness. Test automation tools are essential elements of a smooth DevOps-led pipeline and enable continuous testing, integration and delivery, providing higher degrees of confidence and speed.
About Vodafone Portugal
Vodafone Portugal is a historic national telecommunications provider, presenting a well-recognised convergent offer. A leader in innovation, brand awareness and customer satisfaction, Vodafone Portugal has nationwide coverage that reaches 3,4 million homes and companies with its cutting-edge fibre network. The company holds a customer base of over 4,7 million mobile subscribers, representing a 30% market share.
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