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Benefits of Testing in the Cloud

Article Written by Sanjay Zalavadia, VP of Client Services, Zephyr

App development projects and user needs are constantly evolving and each require a certain set of tests to thoroughly evaluate it. However, test cases, environments and methods cannot remain static under agile testing methodologies. Quality assurance teams must have the tools and the skills to meet a project's specific demands. Testing within the cloud can help groups achieve these goals, and has a number of benefits that will bolster team capabilities.

1. Lower costs

Between licensing, personnel and hardware, testing efforts can become expensive very quickly, especially if these resources aren't always being used to their fullest. The cloud allows organizations to instead pay for tools as they use them. This means that if a team doesn't need the tool as much during one month, the bill will reflect this shift. Cloud testing enables QA to easily scale their tool use to keep their performance affordable, DevOps Digest contributor Tom Fisher noted. This also means that teams can add or subtract services without having to go through a lot of red tape or extensive wait times.

Businesses also don't have to invest in additional hardware to take advantage of cloud testing, significantly reducing maintenance and support costs. Teams no longer have to acquire duplicate devices to conduct performance testing or hire professionals to operate a cloud environment. This will help keep costs reasonable while still empowering testers to explore testing methods.

2. Comprehensive performance testing

Under traditional testing setups, teams would only be able to accurately gauge an app's performance once it was released and being used. Groups could always try to simulate this in lab situations, but it would take a lot of devices, which would have to be bought by the business or owned by real users acting as beta testers. As can be expected, many apps would struggle under any amount of unforeseen traffic, or crash altogether. In today's environment, this type of downtime is no longer acceptable and could mean the failure of the entire project.

Teams now have more capable tools that can be leveraged through the cloud to efficiently and effectively evaluate overall performance and ensure that the program won't buckle under strenuous situations. Organizations can generate peak demands and test how the app behaves. The test can be scaled up or down to determine the point at which the program breaks. This type of information will be integral to improving capabilities and building up flexibility to withstand pressure while providing reliable uptime and a positive user experience.

3. Better collaboration

Agile values collaboration and bringing people together to spread knowledge and create a better quality product. However, with larger or distributed teams, keeping everyone on the same page can be challenging and can impact the progress of a project. The cloud enables teams to access their tools from virtually anywhere, and provides a much faster, easier integration process. Upgrades take place seamlessly, ensuring that everyone has the same version and capabilities to leverage.

Testing in the cloud enables collaboration for teams of any type. Gallop noted that testers can access reports and complete their tasks from virtually anywhere in the world. This means that remote workers don't have to worry about receiving secondhand or outdated information. With test management tools and similar resources available through the cloud, changes are relayed in real time, ensuring that all users have access to the most recent progress updates. Any shift in priorities is significantly easier to handle, and teams understand that the information is reliable.

4. Facilitator for continuous processes

Teams are expected to constantly have code that's ready to be released in order to keep up with user demands and support needs. However, this just isn't possible without the right tools. Automation integration, in particular, is an essential asset to ensure that items are run on a regular schedule without requiring manual intervention. Pairing this technology with the cloud enables round-the-clock processes that can be added to, deleted or altered by any testing member.

It's particularly important to continuously test to guarantee that integration will go smoothly. Any error could bring down an entire app and cause a project failure. David Ben Horin noted in a LinkedIn post that cloud testing is a perfect match for continuous processes, as the platform can order tests to be performed across a variety of circumstances without the need for manual execution. This gives teams back time to complete other tasks or deal with any issues. If all tests pass, the code can immediately be sent to production within the cloud, reinforcing a faster time to market.

The cloud has made a name for itself in a number of business use cases. Testing can benefit from the cloud due to its scalability, range of options and features. The future of testing is here, and teams can leverage it to create better quality software.

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Testing in the cloud has a number of benefits.


About the Author


As VP of Client Services at Zephyr, Sanjay Zalavadia is responsible for driving custom success. This includes training, consulting, customer support and client management. Most recently, as the Associate Vice President for Patni Computers Telecoms IT Managed Services Practice, he established IT Operations teams supporting mobile content providers.

Sanjay brings more than 15 years of leadership experience in IT and Technical Support Services teams across multiple geographies for both large and small companies. Sanjay has a graduate degree from the Manipal Institute of Technology in India. When he’s not watching Arsenal FC, he’s coaching his son’s soccer team.

Published Monday, February 13, 2017 8:01 AM by David Marshall
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