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:
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.
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:
It continues with the evaluation criteria you should have in mind when assessing test automation tools:
Finally, the Buyer’s Guide closes with a sample evaluation checklist which can be used during the selection process.
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