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The Challenge...

We recognise that not all tools are created equal. You may be using a testing tool which is failing to deliver; in which case, it may be time to consider an alternative, or you may be on your first search for the best tool to suit your needs.Regardless of whether you’re choosing a performance test tool, functional test tool or test management suite, making the right decision can be difficult. So difficult in fact, that many people repeatedly postpone the decision making process; then make hasty decisions which they later regret.So, where do you start? 

The Solution...

Trust IV not only has a wealth of experience with open-source and market-leading test tools, but is also a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Gold Partner, so we’re ideally placed to help you make the right decision when selecting a test tool.Over recent years there has been a proliferation of low-cost and open-source testing tools and many clients ask us whether they would be suitable for their needs.The answer to this is often yes, but there may be caveats and it's important to weigh up the pros and cons of any testing tool.

  • For example; purchasing a performance test tool because it is ideally suited to a browser application used by one team of developers may not suit a different team working on a web services application or thick-client application such as one based on Citrix.
  • Similarly, choosing a standalone functional test tool may enable you to test your application thoroughly, but may not integrate well with your test management solution and so you may find that time saved during automated tests may be lost when you have to report the results manually.

When choosing a tool it can be useful to produce a “radar chart” allowing multiple tools to be compared visually.In the example to the right, we are comparing 3 different products based on 8 simple criteria. Each application has been graded based on “ease of use”, support for two different AUTs (application under test), the availability of tester skills, cost/budget, availability of support and integration with third part tools.In our example, Product A is slightly more expensive but integrates more fully with other tools and has better support for the two applications which we need to test. Product B only supports one application so may be a poor choice for use across the business. Product C supports both applications but is less user-friendly than product A. For help in choosing the best test tool for your needs, contact Trust IV.