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Cloud testing and its impact on efficiency and management 

We’ve discussed before the benefits of cloud testing when it comes to fixing problems faced by businesses on a daily basis. In a previous blog on the subject, we took a look at how cloud testing can help with resources and environments. This time, we’re going to look at the other two deliverables mentioned: increased efficiency and cost reduction; and the management of deliveries across numerous locations.

Cloud testing and increased efficiency/cost reduction
  • Here are some of the key things that cloud testing does to help with the above: 
  • It can save on office space, as testers no longer need to have an assigned desk in an assigned location; it’s a very freeing concept. 
  • It saves businesses money because of this, but also because initial set-up costs are far lower than on-site solutions. 
  • The working day can actually be extended – with no set office location or opening hours, testing teams can work as and when they need. 
  • This, again, saves money – not only on travel and subsistence, but also on hardware and multiple environments. 
  • Diversity is a lot easier to achieve, drawing on the expertise of numerous end-users with different degrees of competence. 
  • And finally, cloud testing takes less time and provides more flexibility to ramp up test teams and crowd tester resources. 
These are some of the perhaps more obvious and easier to understand benefits of cloud testing in terms of efficiency and cost reduction; but we’ve taken the time to detail some of the more niche benefits as well:
  • It allows for an end-to-end testing solution that can be offered as TaaS (Testing-as-a-Service). 
  • SLAs (service level agreements) can be agreed on outcome based deliveries. 
  • Cloud testing makes a wider range of device and operating system combinations available to those involved in the testing process. 
  • Bugs are generally recognised earlier on in the testing lifecycle – meaning the length of the project is shortened. 
It is clear there are plenty of benefits to cloud testing. Which leads us onto our next point of focus:

Cloud testing and management of delivery across borders 

The majority of large organisations will have business relationships that stretch both nationally and internationally – whether this be with customers, suppliers or operations specialists. Some are encouraged to merge with other companies and expand their global footprint further in a bid to increase market share; and when this happens, ROI becomes of the utmost importance.

Fast ROI can be realised with the help of IT, cloud testing and adopting standardisation of systems and process across entire digital infrastructures. The notions of ‘global efficiency’ and ‘national responsiveness’ should really be jumping out to the managers of such organisations, along with the concept of developing and exploiting specialist knowledge on a global scale.

A central testing system as afforded by the cloud can help with testing delivery across borders and regions. It helps:
  • Host and build environments, as well as control access to them. 
  • Manage test basis and test repository (the storage tool for planning, requirements, test cases and scripts). 
  • Manage the end-to-end test lifecycle. 
  • Assign specific test scripts to testers. 
Test managers are integral to the effective implementation of these points – they will be able to provide access to environments for crowd and cloud testers, as well as make sure test basis and test repository tools are available when required.

But, ensuring testers have access to the correct projects can be extremely hard when working across different time zones. Portals make this a lot easier and work in harmony with the cloud. Additionally, they can be controlled to ensure access to the projects under test is limited to those who require it. But this requires a well-structured communications strategy, which can be hard to produce with such variables.

So, whilst the cloud can deliver a myriad of benefits, it also presents some challenges related to communication - also around the areas of data protection and security. We’ll detail these in another blog; but don’t fret – the cloud hasn’t turned grey and rainy yet.

Read our related blog: Why now is the right time to build a Cloud army
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