Sundar Sritharan, Director of Development and TestingAccording to the World Quality Report of 2015-16, software testing is turning to be highly extortionate and almost 35 percent of IT budget is spent on Quality Assurance (QA) and testing activities. “Software testing is becoming expensive, however, it is still inefficient with software development teams spending more than 27 percent of their time in unplanned work and rework resulting in huge productivity loss,” notes Sundar Sritharan, Director of Development and Testing at Softcrylic. “Softcrylic believes that test automation is the key to reducing cost and improving efficiency.”
Softcrylic’s Automate-On—a test automation platform, is built for teams involved in faster software delivery. It is designed to help IT organizations automate functional regression testing of their applications cost effectively. The platform has two parts, a framework for developing functional test automation scripts using common programming languages and a web interface to execute the automated test scripts and get reports. “Our platform allows organizations to rapidly develop automation test scripts and execute them on a wide variety of OS/ browsers/mobile devices combinations in the cloud or on premises and start realizing the value of test automation in few weeks,” explains Sritharan. Automate-On also integrates seamlessly with other Application Lifecycle Managements tools such as JIRA used by software development teams.
Built on top of two popular open source test automation APIs, Selenium Webdriver and Appium, Automate-On delivers fast and actionable test results pinpointing application errors deep at test step level without the need for any additional manual reporting. Softcrylic creates reusable functionalities on these open source tools enabling anyone even with a minimal programming language to develop and execute automation tests. “Our testing solution provides quick feedback on an application’s quality to our client’s software developers and provides greater test coverage for their applications at a minimal cost,” points out Sritharan.
Softcrylic recommends companies to adapt a QA best practice called ‘Continuous Testing, which is also known as Shift Left Testing’.
Our platform allows organizations to rapidly develop automation test scripts and execute them on a wide variety of OS/browsers/mobile devices combinations
Adopting QA best practices, using highly skilled resources and latest software testing tools based on open source and cloud services, the firm’s managed testing services provide a cost efficient solution for their clients to release applications quickly to market with higher quality.
By illustrating such expertise, Softcrylic assisted a client who had numerous test cases that needed to be manually tested for every software release. It took 300 hours of manual QA testing per feature build. Their biggest challenge was to release application features and bug fixes to end-users faster without compromising quality. Using Automate-On test automation framework and their test engineering services, Softcrylic helped the client to automate their whole regression testing suite reducing the testing time from 300 hours to 10 hours with 290 hours of time-savings per test cycle. “Automated functional regression testing also increased our client’s test coverage from 1 browser to 10 browsers including mobile devices that helped the client to reduce cross browser/platform compatibility issues,” says Sritharan.
Paraphrasing Sritharan, passion towards agile software development and testing through CI/CD and DevOps principals has helped a number of clients to transform their QA from cost center to competitive advantage. Forging ahead, the firm aspires to be a rising tide among the software testing companies— providing fast and reliable software testing services at reasonable cost. “We are already in the process of improving our current product “Automate-On” towards our mission to reduce the cost of software testing for companies and improve testing efficiency through innovative solutions and industry standard best practices,” reaffirms Sritharan.