How To Get The Most Out Of Your CI/CD Workflow Using Automated Testing

Posted Apr 1st, 2015

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This paper suggests tools that enable teams to successfully adopt automated testing as part of a healthy continuous integration and delivery process. Read on to learn how automated testing plays the most crucial role in your CI/CD process.

In today’s hyper-competitive cloud economy, it’s important to be first to market to gain a competitive edge. This makes organizations prefer agile development techniques like continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI and CD) to the traditional waterfall approach to building software.

Automated testing is an integral part of the continuous delivery pipeline. However, despite the acknowledged benefits of automated testing, ground reality is that most organizations still use outdated manual testing processes. The initial effort required to setup an automated testing process makes teams want to avoid the pain, and make do with manual testing. However, to benefit from automated testing, it’s important to use the right tool, the right framework, and the right technical approach.

The right approach involves knowing which tests to automate, and which to continue manually. Having a testing framework enables the process to be scaled to larger projects, and better cope with changes along the way. When selecting the right automated testing tool, organizations are faced with three options - build one in-house, leverage an open source tool, or buy a commercial tool. Among open source frameworks, Selenium and Appium have emerged as the ideal way to automate testing for web apps and mobile apps respectively. However, they can be resource intensive to setup and maintain in-house. Thus, the ideal automated testing tool should be based on Selenium and Appium, but avoid the pain of manual maintenance

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