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Automate Software Quality in times of Coronavirus

by | 28 September 2020 | Automation

The tourism sector is a sector that has traditionally needed, and continues to need, to modify its online content in a dizzying way.

The setback to the sector caused by COVID-19 has not affected the need to continue with this rhythm, but it has affected the composition of the work teams, which have been modified by ERTES, relocations, sick leave, etc. .

The accelerated pace of changes in functional processes to attract online sales, on the one hand, and the lack of resources to address these needs on the other, produce the perfect storm: cost overruns, delays, instabilities and deterioration of the brand image.

QA teams in this sector have found ourselves faced with different alternatives: either the quality level decreased, wishing to be able to reach the expected level in the next iterations, or functional changes that could be critical to adapt to the new situation were delayed. ..

 

... Or we are looking for an Automation solution ...

 

 

With a small initial investment in regressive automation, it is possible to quickly validate that the changes made to our products have not affected critical sales flows.

Let's see it with numbers:

For the execution of a regression in the Tourism sector of about 350 functional tests through a frontal, you need a team of 2 people dedicated to previously trained manual tests, capable of executing without rest, or error, for 3 days, 8 hours / day, to give an execution rate of 8 minutes per test and validate the product.

For example, with our process automation software, Zahorí, it is possible to run a test in 4 minutes. If we have a very basic execution structure, we could parallelize in 4 nodes, so that every 4 minutes you would have 4 functional tests executed through a front end. With this calculation we would have all tests executed in less than 6 hours. If we also consider that they can be executed unattended, we could launch the regression at the end of the day and analyze the results at the beginning of the next, with practically non-existent execution wear. And go for a much higher rate if backward automation strikes at the service level.

It is fair to note that in order to have a decisive automation, both the initial investment, previously commented, and maintenance in the automation software are necessary while the functionality evolves. Since Zahorí It is a tool based on business flows, and not on test cases, a modification in the software under test results in a modification of the automation software, and not in a modification in each test case affected by said functional change. Maintenance in automation is lightweight and keeps pace with application change.

 

Consequently, we can conclude that with automation solutions such as Zahorí, a 97,5% saving would be obtained in the total execution time of regressive tests (99,9% if we consider the neglected option).

 

With these savings, the Tourism sector can keep its need for innovation up to date, with a high level of quality, which undoubtedly opens doors to the needs of transformation in these times.

If you want more information about Zahorí, we invite you to visit our page or you can contact us at https://panel.es/contacto-zahori/

 

Belen Gomez

Belen Gomez

Belén is Team Lead Manager in the Quality Assurance and Software Testing Area of Panel Sistemas. You can contact her via e-mail, riding a Twitter , or visit your profile at Linkedin.

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