Organizations are getting digitally powered and are liable for ensuring digital empowerment for its customers. The Gartner's CIO Agenda (2016) Survey data recommends that digitalization is mounting. Private sector CIOs are expecting that in the next coming five to six years digital incomes will grow from 16% to 37%, while the public sector is expecting a rise from 42% to 77% in digital procedures. In this persistent scenario, it is vital to make your web applications robust and guarantee desired GUI (Graphical User Interface) as well as the functionality. This will guarantee the application’s performance in all possible scenarios in the future.
Test Automation has been allowing organizations to speed up the testing process and achieve maximum test coverage. Organizations are progressively automating their test efforts for:
1. Maintenance cost is significantly low.
2. Intervention of Manual testing is also quite less.
3. Ability to reuse the code again and again.
4. Maximum Test Coverage.
5. Reporting is also very easy.
Why should we choose selenium in comparison to other Automation Tools?
As we all know Selenium is getting popular as an automation testing tool (especially for their UI and functionality) for testing different types of websites. We are going to talk about some of the important reasons to use Selenium for Test Automation which are given below:
1. It is very productive for automation testing as it is an Open Source testing tool.
2. It gets easier to create test cases using Selenium IDE (Integrated Development Environment).
3. It supports multiple browsers like Chrome, IE 6, 7, 8, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari.
4. It also supports multiple programming languages like Java, PHP, Scala, C#, Groovy,Perl, Python and Ruby.
5. Ability to implement parallel tests by using numerous browsers across various devices which helps cut down the time for test execution for big projects.
6. Provides sustainability and scalability in the long term.
7. It is capable enough to operate on almost every operating system.
Challenges we face while migrating to Selenium
If we want to migrate to an open source tool like Selenium for test automation, we must be aware that we need to develop the scripts in Selenium from the beginning. Test automation scripts created with licensed tools can’t be directly converted to Selenium. We shall need the help of the expert testing partner to help update the migration and thereby automate the process of changing commercial licensed scripts to Selenium scripts with reduced time and cost.
Automating Selenium Migration with effective migration tool can help improve conversion rate to 70%. By implementing automation, all reusable scripts, functional libraries can be converted quickly. This helps organizations to avoid rising service costs and licensing costs.
Numerous options available in the market
Nowadays, the market is completely filled with licensed/commercial Test Automation Frameworks; Open Source Frameworks are getting popular. Thanks to the customization and cost effectiveness that it offers.
There is a collection of Open Source Frameworks in the market. Some of them are (Formally Thucydides, Serenity, RedwoodHQ, Robot Framework, Sahi, Gauge and Galen Framework.
While there are lot of options in the market, Selenium is by far the most chosen one and popular both for Web Applications and Mobile Application Testing. As it is an open source tool with no licensed costs, it is a cost effective tool. Its features can be compared with HP Quick Test Professional (QTP), a commercial tool in the same category.
Selenium is growing as a vigorous web application testing framework. With its open source licensing and the backing that it offers to multiple languages, platforms and browsers, it has become a vital component for various browser automation tools. Selenium WebDriver and Selenium are by far the most advanced test automation tools in the market right now.
Talk about marketplace, vendors are increasingly stepping up and impeccably assimilating with Selenium for improved functionalities that enable us to accelerate our testing efforts.