Tricentis: Testing at Agile Speed

Enterprise software teams can deliver higher quality software faster when their agile development and continuous integration efforts are supported by continuous testing capabilities. Using Tricentis’ Tosca Testsuite, QA teams can automate their tests, tie tests to business value and realize a 10X improvement in software testing.
“Our solutions improve software testing efficiency and effectiveness by an order of magnitude compared to script-based testing tools,” said Sandeep Johri, CEO of Tricentis.

Tricentis, headquartered in Vienna, Austria and San Mateo, Calif., provides automated enterprise testing solutions to Global 2000 companies that want to accelerate innovation.  Its award-winning automated testing capabilities allow enterprises to achieve continuous testing and systematically align software testing with business needs. Tricentis serves more than 400 customers including global brands such as Allianz, BMW, Deutsche Bank, HBO, Orange, Siemens, Swiss Re, UBS, Virgin Airlines, and Vodafone.

Tricentis was recognized as a Visionary in Gartner’s 2013 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites.

Improve Test Automation by 10X
The two largest barriers to agile and continuous release schedules are manual testing and automated tests written with complex scripts. Tosca Testsuite’s model-driven design allows QA teams to generate, run, and manage more tests faster. And, it eliminates the maintenance challenges that are common with script-based solutions.

“Seventy to 80 percent of functional testing is done manually. That’s why test cases take so long,” said Johri. “If you have a weekly sprint or a daily build and your test cycle is still six weeks you can’t deliver. Automated testing becomes imperative because that’s the only way you can get to continuous delivery.”

With Tosca Testsuite, test suites can be designed in sprint planning. In fact, some of Tricentis’ customers are doing all of their agile test automation inside a sprint.

Tosca Testsuite is an open platform that integrates with existing tool suites so enterprises can continue to drive value from their technology investments. It also integrates with continuous integration and continuous delivery tools to deliver extremely fast results. With Tosca Testsuite, most organizations are able to fully automate 90 percent of their tests.

“Time to market pressure is exacerbated by a lack of automation,” said Johri. “QA teams are trying to do things manually that they don’t have time to do. The reason they’re doing things manually is it’s so painful to maintain automation scripts.”

A large financial services firm tried to automate a mission-critical application using script-based tools. They were unable to automate most of the tests because the tests that had been automated took a lot of time to maintain. In a short pilot engagement, Tricentis automated the technology, which no other solution was capable of doing. In addition, test maintenance time was reduced by 80 percent.

Achieve 90% Risk Coverage
Global competitiveness hinges on the ability to innovate faster and deliver exceptional customer experiences; however, most existing test solutions are expensive, complex, and are not designed to support business needs directly. Tricentis’ model-based approach enables companies to target and prioritize the most critical areas of an application and manage risks effectively.

“For the first time, you can align your business requirements with real business risk which is something organizations have been trying to do for years,” said Johri. “They want to be able to capture the business risk or value that a specific requirement or test case represents.”

One customer reduced a regression suite of 3,000 tests to 900 tests. It runs 300 automated tests every night.
“We dramatically reduce test redundancy and we optimize the test list based on its business impact,” said Johri.
One company identified 100,000 test cases associated with a complex application, only two percent of which were automated. The rest of the tests were executed manually using considerable offshore resources. Since it was still impossible to execute the entire regression suite, the QA team ran a random set of tests in the short testing window it had. With Tosca Testsuite, the company will be able to achieve a clearly-defined level of risk coverage with about 2,000 test cases in total.

“A 98 percent reduction of test cases is an extreme example,” Johri said. “We typically tell customers they can reduce the number of test cases by 50 percent. In this particular case, we anticipate they will be able to finish all 2,000 tests in less than four to six hours.”

When Tosco Testsuite is integrated into a continuous integration environment, it can run 10 or 100 test cases concurrently to speed the time that a full regression suite requires. One team is running a full regression suite about five times a day as the code is checked into the continuous integration server.

“We enable extreme automation of software testing that delivers a 10X improvement so you can succeed with continuous delivery and address time-to-market challenges,” said Johri. “We show you what to test and then automate as much as possible.”

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