Imagine using shared resources that are allocated dynamically, create flexible testing environments, and that simulate user scenarios and real-world traffic - that’s just some of the benefits of cloud testing.
It’s standard practice for companies to monitor APIs during production to ensure that the live API endpoints are up, functioning quickly and returning expected information to the user. That way, testing teams know whenever something breaks down and can fix any issue before users notice any discrepancy.
But what if consumers find issues related to the API issue before you do? And what if the problem is more serious than slowness?
Fresh news stories about high-profile hackings or customer data breaches happen every week. And while no organization wants to be the subject of the next reputation-ruining headline, many business leaders still skip over cyber security best practices when interviewing, hiring and onboarding a new outsourced QA partner. How much will it cost? How fast can you make it happen? These QA questions take center stage over many concerns about security.
The continued growth of your company depends on a quality product. In fact, ensuring product quality is the primary role of your engineering organization. It should then come as no surprise that your CEO and executive team are interested in keeping their finger on the pulse when it comes to quality and growth.
A healthy QA culture results in strong, confident teams. And with a powerful team in place, you can produce exceptional products and achieve greater success when going to the market. While the task of building great culture belongs to the QA Team Manager, it’s up to each member of your software QA team to participate and contribute towards a healthy workplace culture.
Ideally, your collaboration product delivers efficiency, productivity, and flexibility to its users. Applying a relevant third-party app integration - single sign-on capability, social media sharing features, customer relationship management, document editors - adds considerable value to your product and greatly improves the product’s user experience. And thorough 3rd party QA services ensure that each 3rd party integration works as expected and does not affect the existing functionalities of your collaboration product.
Nothing is more frustrating than funding a test automation project that results in endless time and resources to maintain , or worse, funding one that requires re-building after six months. Often a test automation strategy fails because the objectives were not identified early on or the scripting strategy excluded considerations for long-term maintenance.
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have been the stuff of fantasy for a long time. Remember the bulky headsets and long, snaking connector cords of the 1980s? But it’s becoming increasingly popular and approachable in today’s market - just consider the rampant success of Pokémon GO, the mobile AR game. Companies are starting to explore how VR/AR can help create a more attractive, immersive product for their customers.
The primary goal of API testing is going beyond QA manual testing material by executing code-level testing of both the application and the API. A full, organized suite of testing can verify the individual parts of each method, class and package within the API. Strong API testing practices can ensure the security of the application’s code and confirm the expected interaction between the API layer and the application.
There’s a lot that needs to happen during API testing, so where should your team begin?
Before the benefits of automation tools were as commonly recognized as they are today, CTOs, product managers and engineering leads were slowed down by repetitive manual tasks, bottlenecks and miscommunication across teams. True efficiency and innovation was a distant goal, something they could only discuss in abstract terms without understanding the value of certain services in software testing.
Today, product companies strive to lead in four key areas: innovation, efficiency, accuracy and speed. Automation advantages in software testing are designed to place more power in the hands of developers, QA engineers and IT leadership.