Test automation for Salesforce
and its benefits
In today’s fast moving technology world, it is always a challenge for any company to continuously maintain and improve the quality and efficiency of software systems development. In many software projects, testing is neglected because of time or cost constraints. This leads to a lack of product quality, followed by customer dissatisfaction and ultimately to increased overall quality costs. The main reasons for these added costs are primarily poor test strategy, underestimated effort of test case generation, delay in testing, and subsequent test maintenance.
Salesforce is integrated with the other applications in one of the following ways.
- Web Service API
- Data Loader
- Real-time and batch outbound messaging
- Apex Callouts
- Apex Custom Web Services
- Social Media
Test automation can improve the development process of a software product in many cases. Automation of the test cases will initially cost more to implement as compared to the manual testing alone. However, with the right test automation strategy and implementation, the ROI (return of investment) can easily payoff even after the first release.
It is imperative that developers and testers adopt a new testing strategy so that they can successfully manage change and deliver lasting quality. This may require that the test team have a more technical skill-set than usual. However, the axioms of testing should not be dismissed entirely in favor of a purely technical focus. The general principles of testing, to identify and fix defects as early as possible, are increasingly important as projects become more complex and the scope of change expands.
Following are some of the benefits that the companies can achieve by doing the integration testing for the Salesforce related applications.
- Leverage the expertise of key business users
- Optimize the software release processes
- Reduce business risk
- Enable faster execution
- Facilitate greater test coverage
- Deliver higher test accuracy and find more defects earlier
- Standardization among the organization by formalizing processes
- Reuse of the test cases for subsequent releases
- End to end regression
- Clear and concise reporting
- Optimization of the testing processes
- Advance testing team motivation and efficiency
- Decreasing the number of production defects and increasing customer confidence
- Speed to market
- Increase testing for more software releases and patches within the same compressed timeframes
- Isolate the problem components in the earlier phases of the software development life cycle
- Expanding the testing window to 24×7 without adding new resources. The test automation application can run on nights and weekends
- Enable continuous integration process to mature the testing departments
- Saving the enormous training cost by consolidating the processes and practices
- Overall progress reports within the automation framework allows the companies to keep the project milestones in constant check and observations