Choosing the right test automation tool for your project can be a gruesome process. There’s a vast array of tools available in the market, from small single-purpose executable applications to complex systems that require their own significant infrastructure. When selecting a test automation solution, you’ll need to consider many factors. You’ll want to measure each solution against your current and future needs and you’ll need to carefully weigh these factors against open and hidden costs. Knowing where to start, and what your milestones should be, can help you save budget, time and frustration in the long run.

First off, before you dive into tool comparisons and lengthy feature checklists, take the time to understand the automation needs of your organization. Be sure to ask yourself:

  • What issues are we trying to solve?
  • Who will be the users and what’s their skillset?
  • How does it add business value?

Once you know the answers, the 2014 Buyer’s Guide for Test Automation Tools by industry expert Jim Holmes will help you outline the most important considerations you need to have in mind when at the beginning of a testing tool selection process.

2014 Buyer's Guide for Test Automation Tools
The 2014 QA Manager Buyer’s Guide to Selecting a Test Automation Tool by Jim Holmes

A Quick Preview of the Buyer’s Guide

The guide opens with a general categorization of the test automation tools spectrum, and tackles cases in which the solutions form each group can fit your needs:

  • Niche solutions
  • Service-based tools
  • Mid-range solutions
  • High-end tools

It continues with the evaluation criteria you should have in mind when assessing test automation tools:

  • Suitability
  • Information Accessibility
  • Flexibility and Extensibility
  • Maintainability
  • Ease of Adoption
  • Pricing

Finally, the Buyer’s Guide closes with a sample evaluation checklist which can be used during the selection process.

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About the Author

Antonia Bozhkova

 is a Product Marketing Manager for Test Studio and Fiddler. Enthusiastic about entrepreneurship and innovation, Antonia enjoys learning from like-minded software developers and testers which also helps her shy away from using marketing lingo in her writing. When she’s not behind the keyboard she likes to be out to sea. Antonia can be found on Twitter as @Bonbonia.

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