DevOps: Reinventing QA in the face of Automation
Blog: Think Data Analytics Blog
Today, we witness huge competition in the IT market landscape, and with that, there is a serious need for enterprises to cater to the diverse needs of the consumers and ensure that the changes happen in real-time. We also can’t overlook that the demands of consumers are getting more diverse and are changing than ever before.
The way DevOps has bought innovation is the reason behind a radical shift of IT to the new mode of Software development and delivery. DevOps offers or compliments speed, innovation, and quality above all.
Catering to the changing consumer requirements, DevOps comes into play to help businesses respond to the rapidly changing market changes and eventually gain a competitive advantage and growth over others. So, there is no denial in saying that DevOps reinvent the QA in the face of Automation.
Laurie Wurster, research director at Gartner, states that “In response to the rapid change in business today, DevOps can help organizations that are pushing to implement a bimodal strategy to support their digitalization efforts.”
This brings into perspective the practices that DevOps entails, especially for enterprises in the digital mode, namely, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Improvement, and Continuous Integration.
In this blog, we will cite what DevOps is, how automation testing fits in DevOps, and lastly, how DevOps can help reinvent QA through the face of Automation.
DevOps is a way that converges the Software Development (Dev) & Operations (Ops) teams to reduce the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), improve software quality, and overall ensure continuous delivery with less complexity and resolve problems faster. In other words, DevOps brings Development and Operations together with the sheer objective of ensuring quality and enabling faster time to market.
Broadly, DevOps continues to be referred to as an approach that encourages collaboration between Development teams and IT (Information Technology) professionals. The ultimate goal is to ensure quality with speed while automating software delivery and changes.
Benefits of leveraging DevOps
- Focus on delivering a high customer experience
- As the name suggests, it simplifies the process of development
- Connects and introduces Automation to the development process
- Customer feedback always acts as a catalyst in redefining CX.
- Stabilize the working environment
How does Automation Testing fit in DevOps?
Under DevOps methodology, the manual testing taking place in parallel with the code development suffices the Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), and Continuous Testing (CT) process. But the organizations still face a lot of challenges such as time constraints in development & test cycles, testing in diverse devices, applications & browsers, parallel testing, and many more.
This is why the most efficient way to deal with testing software in DevOps methodology is to adopt a well-integrated and robust test automation solution that can ultimately help in resolving these issues. Moreover, automation testing solutions enable easy communication, speedy deployments, continuous integration & delivery, better monitoring through dashboards & real-time reports, faster resolution, reduced human errors, better quality, and cost reduction.
Also, in DevOps, QA acts as a bridge between developments and operations, thereby implementing the mechanisms.
How do DevOps play an important role in redefining QA automation?
DevOps, along with Agile methodologies, help in streamlining the build, validation, deployment, and development of software.
- Detection of defects at a later stage: We are aware of the fact that it is easier and cheaper to fix the defects at an early stage in the software cycle. This means it becomes equally difficult and expensive at the same time if the defects are fixed at a later stage.
Here, DevOps, along with Automation, can meet the requirement for faster delivery while reducing complexity. QA Automation, on the other hand, helps to record any oddities & errors, or defects due to mismatched data types that can hinder production. It can help in finding the production bugs before the application reaches the client or goes live in the market.
- The complexity of API Testing: By leveraging API testing, companies can identify underlying layers of problems. But with that, it is important to know that API testing requires advanced knowledge of coding. This is the reason it can become difficult to test it manually. With the help of DevOps and some of the codeless automation testing tools, we can ensure efficient API testing without the need for any coding.
- Inefficiency due to changing requirements: Sometimes, the critical test cases can be missed out because of changing requirements, unanticipated changes in the code, and continuous integration. DevOps and QA Automation Testing tools can eradicate such missouts by ensuring all the changed codes are tested. A good codeless Automation Testing tool can adapt to the changing requirements easily and efficiently.
- Frequent Builds leading to frequent compilation: As the code is changed and compiled daily, the impact of the same on existing features also becomes more frequent. Hence, each time the code is changed, the compilation and testing need to be implemented. Due to resource limitations, it becomes difficult to perform this regularly without Automation Testing.
- In rectification of Performance related Issues: With the addition of more features, the complexity of code also increases. This is the reason why performance issues are faced affecting the end-user experience. QA automation testing tools can be utilized to identify the areas of problem and further help in keeping track of Performance with time.
To remain competitive in today’s environment, companies need to move faster and with more precision than their competitors. DevOps enables that by helping teams focus on the customer experience, uniting teams for faster product shipments, simplifying the goals of each release, introducing Automation (which reduces errors and frees developer time for other projects), and creating a feedback loop that benefits the entire company.
There won’t be any wrong in saying that DevOps will be evolving more and more in the coming times. It’s important for any software product to make certain improvements. A software testing company can get their hands on various QA automation and continuous integration tools so as to embrace, understand and inculcate DevOps. Moreover, QA automation, particularly around DevOps, can facilitate the software testing team in software development. It can also help the testers to overcome complex challenges. Opting or leveraging automation testing to DevOps using specific tools can help your company face the challenges. DevOps have truly reinvented QA in the face of Automation. The future is of DevOps!!!
Kanika Vatsyayan is Vice-President Delivery and Operations at BugRaptors who oversees all the quality control and assurance strategies for client engagements. She loves to share her knowledge with others through blogging. Being a voracious blogger, she published countless informative blogs to educate audience about automation and manual testing.