How to Make Sure Salesforce Test Automation Actually Works?

By Aliya Khan July 20, 2018 Blog

Blog_How to Make Sure Salesforce Test Automation Actually Works_QualitiaAcross the globe, Salesforce is appreciated for it’s the ability to deliver change fast. Any organization on Salesforce benefits from its fast delivery cycle support and continuous improvement. Its three new releases each year and a large set of tools make it easy to develop new features or deploy Salesforce’s new ones. However, there’s one part of the delivery cycle that’s unyielding and is resilient to speed: testing. Although agile may have increased the speed of your team’s delivery cycle, however, you can’t speed up your manual testers.

In fact, at some point, everyone has faced these issues with manual Salesforce testing: 

  • A poor release that has dented revenue, profits and even reputation;
  • Low-quality practices that aren't a current issue, but could become a huge challenge if the status quo isn't changed;
  • Apps built by a diverse team of developers are causing conflicts in production;

The Issues with Manual (only) Salesforce testing.

  • Time: Extensive tests take days if not weeks, and time is a significant constraint.
  • Coverage: Even the most careful manual testers can't test every inch of the test case in the given time.
  • Accuracy: Every customized system has many moving parts, even the most advanced manual testing program cannot adequately check for every possible regression that may creep up as the code base grows.

Why is Salesforce Test Automation Considered Complex?

Salesforce Test Automation is considered more complicated because Salesforce is integrated with other applications in the following ways:

  • Data Loader
  • Security
  • Web Service API
  • Real-time and batch outbound messaging
  • Apex Custom Web Services
  • Social Media
  • Builder
  • Apex Callouts

We all know that Test automation can improve the development process of a software product and also reduce costs, but with Salesforce Test Automation, automating the test cases will initially cost more to implement as compared to the manual testing. However, with the right Salesforce Testing Tools, automation strategy and implementation, the ROI can easily pay off.

Why is Salesforce Automated Testing a Better Idea?
Today, most enterprise Salesforce customers are moving towards test automation. Mainly because it reduces time, cost, efforts and makes testing more reliable. Salesforce test automation reduces manual testing effort by taking care of those tests that need to be run regularly. Once the automation is set up, the repetitive tests start to run themselves. This gives manual testers the time to conduct more creative, and exploratory testing that brings in more value.

Why wasn’t Salesforce Test Automation Conducted Earlier?
Now coming to the crucial question, if Salesforce Test Automation is beneficial, then why is this trend only just emerging?

Well, in the past, the options for Salesforce test automation were meager and not-so-good. Traditional test automation demanded a developer to write tests in code, using a framework like Selenium. The developer would begin this process by ‘teaching’ that framework the related Salesforce concepts, like page layouts and validation rules. Then start to write, design and execute their tests through code. Owing to this, even a small change to the system under test would need a corresponding code update; else the tests could break. So, the more updates you made to Salesforce, the more updates you’d need to make in the code.

Therefore, today’s new and improved Salesforce Testing Tools have made automation much simpler. Salesforce test automation hasn’t been embraced until now due to the lack of useful tools. Until recently, there weren’t sound tools that could provide script-less test automation for Salesforce. Besides, all of them were dependent on manual testers, and admin-friendly tools didn’t exist. This has now changed with the addition of breakthrough Salesforce Testing Tools.

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