Updated: Jun 2, 2022
Automation testing is not only a reliable and cost-saving strategy but has also proved to improve the team's skillset and efficiency. Organizations are implementing automation with the goal to achieve 100% automation and implementing automation testing as soon as in the development lifecycle.
To accomplish this, companies are following 2 different strategies,
1. Implement open source tools/libraries or
2. Implement a paid and proprietary tool.
Both these have their benefits and shortcomings and hence choosing a correct strategy is vital for automation meeting its expectations.
Shall we go for open source? - Implementing open-source tools comes for free but required the team to be skilled and then a huge amount of effort to develop and maintain the automation framework. Developing a quality and bug-free automation framework will take at least 2-3 months and has this implicit cost.
Shall we go for a proprietary tool? - Implementing a proprietary tool comes with the direct cost upfront but has a shorter learning curve, better quality automation testing with expectation handling and error logging, it has proven capability and overall gives a more organized approach towards automation.
Looking at these factors, selecting an automation tool that suffices our budget, team's skill level, and most importantly our automation goal could be a daunting task. This guide will help you to select an automation tool for your need and will provide a systematic approach to select an automation testing tool.
Automation tool selection lays the foundation of the automation journey.
Incorrect tool impacts the overall success of the automation.
Hence decision to select the automation tool needs to be thoroughly evaluated.
New codeless tool available in the market eliminates the need for coding and created more options to choose from.
Selecting an automation tool
To make a choice in selecting an automation tool, first we have to understand the kind of options we have in the market. This will help to broadly understand the pros and cons of each classification and hence save time rather than go at the tool level itself. If we try to classify the automation tools, we can put them into the 3 buckets has mentioned below.
Classification of tools available in the market
Open Source & Free,
Proprietary & Free,
Proprietary & Paid
Now let's understand the opportunities these tools provide and their merits and demerits.
Factors to consider while selecting the testing tool
Now that we are clear with the type of options available in the market, let's understand the factors we should consider while selecting an automation tool. To keep it simple, the most important factors to select an automation tool are -