Table of Contents page Executive Summary 2 What Is Functional Testing? 2 Why Automate Functional Testing? 2 How Do You Successfully Automate the Functional Testing Process? 3 What Are the Best Practices of Functional Test Automation? 4 What Should You Look For in an Automated Functional Testing Solution? 5 Silk Test—the Automated Functional Testing Solution 5 Micro Focus Quality Suite 6 Summary 6 How To Successfully Automate the Functional Testing Process Automated functional testing optimizes software quality and drives business value. White Paper Silk Test
2 White Paper How To Successfully Automate the Functional Testing Process How have some software organizations responded to the challenge of complex software development? “Automation is the answer!” has be- come their popular rallying cry—and for good reason . Time and again, forward-thinking companies of all sizes and industries have successfully demonstrated the power of automated functional testing to thoroughly test, rapidly develop and reduce the cost of delivering high-quality ap- plications . Yet 85 percent of organizations that attempt automation fail .¹ This high failure rate is symptomatic of an organizational mindset that views automation as a quick, turnkey solution . These organizations mis- takenly believe that simply buying a test automation product will solve their lack-of-time and lack-of-resource problems . There is no question that test automation can allow organizations to produce higher-quality software while leveraging existing resources . However, successful organizations realize that an automated functional testing solution is only part of the answer . To optimize software quality, speed time-to-market and heighten ROI, these companies think beyond an automated tool . They view automated testing as a much larger strate- gic endeavor—one that calls for an initial investment in planning a quality- driven software development process, training quality-related personnel and developing the right test framework before they can achieve the benefits of automation . This white paper provides practical insight into the lessons learned by those who have successfully automated the functional testing process . It answers questions such as: What is the strategic role of functional testing in today’s enterprise? What are the value-added benefits associated with automating the functional testing process? What is the best approach to ensure the success of your automation effort? What should you look for in an automated functional testing solution?