2014 Buyer's Guide: Select the Best Testing Tool for Your Project

by Sam Basu on September 03, 2014 | How to create a Twitter app from scratch using UI for WP8

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.

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.

Get your own copy of the free 2014 Buyer’s Guide for Test Automation Tools

Enjoy the read!

Sam Basu

Microsoft MVP

Samidip Basu (@samidip) is a technologist, Apress/Pluralsight author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, believer in software craftsmanship, gadget-lover and Developer Advocate for Telerik. With a long developer background, he now spends much of my time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik stacks. His spare times call for travel and culinary adventures with the wife. Find out more at http://samidipbasu.com.

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