Over the past decade, it has become virtually impossible for companies to develop software without dozens―if not hundreds or even thousands―of web services being integral to application functionality. As many organizations have discovered, with so many web services the only feasible solution is web services testing automation. Yet, even at this level, the sheer magnitude and complexity of web services―each of which is responsible for a separate business process or function―can overwhelm organizations trying to implement automation effectively.
Companies often begin their foray into web services testing with open-source automation tools such as WebInject. They quickly discover that web services are evolving so rapidly that open source solutions either cannot keep up with testing demands, or they require substantial customization to ensure consistency and reliability―not to mention a user-friendly, adaptable framework.
The next leg of the journey takes these enterprises to powerful, proprietary test automation platforms such as HP Service Test. Orasi has found that this platform, in particular, helps to ease the complexity of testing automation with such features as a unified interface for both GUI and web service testing, manual test import and conversion, reusable test components, and other features that accelerate testing automation. Service Test has been shown to execute and return results up to 100 times faster than traditional automation while supporting testing for a wider variety of complex scenarios.
Yet, despite the benefits of test automation platforms like HP Service Test, many companies still find the volume and complexity of web services testing―and the efficient automation of the testing process―to be daunting.
That’s where test accelerators can be invaluable, helping companies accomplish more comprehensive testing in a shorter time. Test accelerators facilitate more rapid development and mastery of complex data and test scenarios and expedite testing of web services―from functional to regression; load to performance. Test accelerators also help ensure that web services testing, which can and should precede GUI testing, does not become bogged down in script development and hamper other testing cycles.
Orasi has recently released API2GO, a web services test accelerator designed to work with HP Service Test. API2GO provides a stable, standardized, integrated testing framework designed from the ground up for the most efficient test automation possible. In real-world tests, API2GO is proven to reduce HP Service Test script development times by an average of 50% and test execution time by 70% (over UI automation).
Orasi invites readers of Eye on Quality Assurance to join us for a complimentary webinar on August 13, 2014, at 2:00 pm Eastern time. During the event, you’ll learn more about web services testing automation and its benefits and explore the features of API2GO. We hope to see you there!
By Don McElwee, Area Vice President of PSO, at Orasi Software