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How automated is your test automation?

Test automation represents the state of the art today, no, more than that, it should be an indispensable part of the test procedure for any serious quality assurance.
Christian Gaiser, Suxxesso
August 29, 2018
How automated is your test automation?
This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

Especially in systems involving business-critical processes and sensitive data, systematic quality assurance is essential for any system adaptation (e.g. fixes, changes, releases).

But how automated are these solutions really? How much effort is left for the tester with traditional automation approaches?

Of course, the leap from manual testing to automated test scripts is a big one in terms of employee effort. But has this already reached the tip of the iceberg?

From my point of view, classic test automation solutions, as operated by many companies, are far from efficient and exploit the potential of automation itself only to a small extent.

Is it enough for a company to have hundreds of test cases automated as scripts? Shouldn't companies think further? Who maintains my test scripts? Who extends my test scripts? And most importantly, who ensures the correctness and timeliness of test data for each execution of an automated test case?

Christian Gaiser

The latest approaches to test automation have a much broader understanding of test automation. Simply providing an automation tool and the optional service of recording automation scripts for the customer is not the last word.

A holistic approach to the topic of test automation includes fully integrated solutions for the topics "test data" and "maintenance of automation scripts and additional developments".

Studies have shown that up to 60 percent of the testers' effort goes into providing technically correct and unused test data. So why not take advantage of this huge optimization potential?

Modern automation approaches, such as those of the Suxxesso Test Suite, provide not only the tools but also complete test case sets with high test coverage for SAP modules, reusable building blocks and, above all, fully automated test data generators that search for the appropriate test data from the (test) customer system for each test case before each execution.

Without the intervention of the company's technical experts. They help to exploit this great potential for saving resources and, in contrast to solutions that have hardly evolved for decades, to really think test automation through to the end.


In addition to the holistic approach, automation projects that take months to years to set up test automation are also a thing of the past.

Agility is also making its way into test automation - automation including a test data solution, ready for use within a few working days, meets requirements that companies face in modern IT environments.

Christian Gaiser, Suxxesso

Christian Gaiser is Co-Founder and Product Manager of Suxxesso and has many years of experience in test automation.

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