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Exploring Top Cloud Automation Testing Tools

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We believe efficiency is a necessity. Not just handy or helpful, but a prerequisite for success. 

The best way to streamline DevOps systems? Cloud automation testing tools – hands down. They’ve changed how developers will operate forever and are taking the industry by storm. 

These days, we’re spoiled for cloud testing tools. When used correctly, these tools cut development time and weave together an efficient, more harmonious process. Who could say no to that?

But the problem is that there are just so many cloud testing tools out there. And if you need to pick the ‘right’ one for your needs, you’re probably lost. If that’s you, you’re in luck.

This article explores the unique potential of cloud automation testing tools, how they could totally transform your testing process and why Copado is cut from a different cloth.

So – without further ado, let’s get to it.

Cloud Automation Testing

First off: the basics. Cloud automation testing is an umbrella term for several testing functions, including performance and cross-border testing. The term essentially describes tools that reduce manual testing work associated with cloud environments.

Test automation in the cloud is all about eliminating the dull grind of manual testing processes. Humans are great at testing, but they’re particularly prone to errors, which slows down development and release velocity. Test automation in the cloud takes that manual work out of your team’s day-to-day operations and (as the name suggests) automates it.

They’re designed to make testing much more efficient, giving you and your team more time to spend on other things. Whether that’s improving another project or feeding the cat, cloud testing solutions are all about streamlining your processes while simultaneously enhancing results and reducing errors.

Comparing Popular Cloud Automation Testing Tools

As the saying goes, a good worker never blames their tools. We’re not so sure. Using sub-par cloud application testing tools will impact your results. A lot.

When you choose a cloud-based testing tool that fits like a glove, it can elevate your DevOps to the next level. With that in mind, we’ve compared some of the most popular cloud automation technologies available to development teams today.

Akamai CloudTest

While Akamai CloudTest has comprehensive test reporting and the ability to recreate user traffic, many developers complain about the limited customization choices for scripts and overreliance on the Akamai cloud infrastructure. 

Selenium

Selenium is another popular option, mainly thanks to its third-party integrations and parallel test executions. Even so, Selenium is let down by its inability to integrate continuous testing and a slow test development time attributed to its reliance on scripts. Not ideal.

Appium

Large regression tests are Appium’s specialty. It’s an open-source tool with solid community support. Unfortunately, Appium users often mention its slow execution times, complicated integration process and undependable element browser.

Jenkins

Jenkins’ automated build process is particularly efficient, say many users. As are the connectivity options to multiple clouds. The automation tool for Salesforce is let down by an old-fashioned UI, as well as regular log-outs and an unnecessarily complicated set-up process. 

BlazeMeter

A lack of advanced reporting, bloated costs and few integration options all hold BlazeMeter back. That being said, users do talk of the tools simulation services and easy-to-use user interface.

LambdaTest

Much like Copado, LambdaTest makes cross-border and cross-mobile testing accessible. The live interactive testing feature is also noted as a benefit. The downsides? Poor UI design, no native app testing and increasingly slow load times.

Testsigmac

Testsigmac is another example of a testing tool providing slow load times and limited test case management options. To its credit, scriptless automation and helpful client support are often attributed to Testsigmac too.

Wireshark

Wireshark is an affordable choice for many businesses. However, as expected, that lower cost comes with a price. The tool isn’t particularly user-friendly, with a cumbersome UI and demanding learning curve.

Cloud Sleuth

Cloud Sleuth is an automated tracing tool with efficient troubleshooting. We might sound like a broken record, but Cloud Sleuth is another tool with a complicated user interface with close to zero client support.

AppPerfect

With cross-platform support, AppPerfect is a free test automation suite available across all operating systems. Again, free tools like these have limited documentation and third-party integrations are essentially non-existent.

Copado (Copado Robotic Testing)

We’ve saved the best for last. While we might be slightly biased, our unique Robotic Testing tool has delivered demonstrable results to 1,200+ DevOps teams. What are the benefits, you ask? Here are just a few:

  • 100% Cloud-based
  • Unique targeting technology
  • Cross-functional collaboration
  • Generative AI and ML
  • Complete end-to-end testing
  • Take faster action on defects 
  • An easy-to-use UI

We’ve got the numbers to back it up, too. With Robotic Testing, releases are 20X faster and testing is 10X quicker, all with 30X more test coverage. In short, we offer testing pipeline services for every cloud under the sun.

Benefits of Using Cloud Testing Tools

When using cloud testing tools, benefits abound at every stage of the testing pipeline. Here are a few we’ve picked out:

  • Smoother collaboration between teams
  • Easier to run more tests, more quickly
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Unparalleled flexibility and scalability
  • Disaster recovery is much more straightforward
  • Extensive test coverage
  • An increased probability of timely releases

Integrating cloud automation tools into your systems is a no-brainer for the future. Your team will have more time to focus on innovative ways to deliver superior services and products to customers. In turn, this puts you firmly ahead of the pack.

Selecting the Right Cloud Automation Testing Tool for Your Needs

Every team is different, you don’t need us to tell you that. Picking the cloud-automating testing tool most suited to your needs requires a bit of self-analysis of where you’re at and where you want to go. If you already have a cloud automation tool in use, we recommend asking yourself the following questions:

  1. What are some of the limitations you’re encountering day-to-day?
  2. Do you need open-source or commercial automation tools?
  3. Would a custom framework be more beneficial?
  4. What integration options does the tool in question have?
  5. If you’re in a spot of trouble, will your team need adequate client support?
  6. Are you happy with the negatives associated with free open-source tools, or are you ready to level up?
  7. Does the tool have the features you’re after, such as CI/CD for Salesforce integration, supported platforms or various programming languages?
  8. How straightforward will integration be?
  9. Is the user interface easily masterable?
  10. Does the service help you reach end-to-end testing best practices?

These questions will help you determine which tools will help you achieve your goals, regardless of where you are on the business scale.

A Case Study: The Successful Implementation of Cloud Testing Tools

Valmet – a company with 220+ years of history and EUR 4.5 billion net sales – is a Finnish industrial organization specializing in automated systems for the paper and energy sectors. As you can tell, they’re no strangers to automation's numerous benefits. 

After implementing Salesforce in 2016, Valmet urgently needed test automation to sustain software quality. After exploring the marketplace for a suitable Salesforce DevOps platform, the company settled on Copado Robotic Testing to manage releases more efficiently and deliver end-to-end test automation across Salesforce. The results? A Copado passed the *test* with flying colors.

Almost instantly, the volume and velocity of Valmet’s Salesforce pipeline was given a much-needed boost. Just look at the numbers:

  • 200+ weekly automated regression tests
  • 16% increase in user story deployments
  • 360 pipeline visibility and traceability

Now, Valmet uses Robotic Testing and Copado's other tools as its single source of truth. They’re the perfect example of how successfully integrating cloud automation tools can help businesses experience exponential expansion without the growing pains. And they’re not alone.

Conclusion

As you can tell, cloud-based testing solutions are a big deal for the DevOps industry. Drastically enhanced productivity, smoother collaboration and far-reaching test coverage are just some of the many benefits. And that’s without mentioning unbeatable cost-effectiveness. If you’re looking to streamline your processes, cloud automation testing tools should be at the very top of the list.

Widely accessible, easily implementable and refreshingly efficient, Copado Robotic Testing isn't any old cloud testing solution. It’s the next generation of automation. Don’t take our word for it: see for yourself by booking a demo with a Copado expert today.

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