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Are older generation testing tools still valid?

It is a fact of life that things change over time. While it can be hard to pinpoint exactly where this change is going to come from, it's the mark of a progressive and forward-thinking business to anticipate and position themselves so there aren't any negative repercussions. Over the years, software technology has moved through this trend. Both the way it's produced and project managed are fundamentally different and businesses who aren't up to date will be left behind.

One major example of this is older test management tools and manual scripting approaches. TTC has seen first-hand the problems that can develop by using legacy infrastructure and wish to draw attention to this. As we see it, here are five problems with using older test management tools in today's software environment:

1) Increased cost

There is no doubt that software testing at the best of times isn't a cheap exercise. However, the budget can be blown even wider when businesses attempt to use older test management tools.Processes often take longer to finish and the testing itself can fail to pick up basic problems. This then extends the testing timeframe and essentially adds further stress to the entire project.

2) Missed defects

As per item 1), although first and second generation test management tools were good in their day, they simply aren't up to the standard of technology today. Manually written procedures have given way to other testing processes, such as models of data, functional objects and business process models. As such, organisations will struggle to pick up all the small problems before implementation as the systems are now vastly different to previous versions.

3) Limited design

Software design has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and the scale and scope of projects is simply amazing. However, it is important to note that businesses using legacy test management tools won't be able to gain the fruits of their labour as much as their industry counterparts. Their overall software design will be limited, reducing the potential benefits of any output. As so many man hours and revenue often go into software projects, this could be deemed a waste of time and money.

4) Integration problems

If businesses are using older test management tools, there is then a need to fold these applications and systems into new architectures. This is a move to be congratulated and is a positive step towards the future. However, it will need to be done in a way that caters for both the old and the new technology. TTC's expert team is equipped to handle the pressures of this job and can create a system using both legacy and current test management tools to fit the expectations and requirements of the project at hand.

5) Lacking skills

As well as the software itself changing in recent years, the skills required by testers have also moved through a period of transition. If a business is bringing in new test management tools, testers will need to undertake industry-standard training to ensure that they can use them properly. TTC has a wide range of training opportunities available to bring your skills up to scratch. Regardless of whether you are a software testing rookie or someone with years of experience, we have a training course to suit.

For more information about our available services, contact the expert team at The Testing Consultancy today.