AUTOMATION: WHEN TO MOVE FORWARD (PART TWO)

Today’s technology affords enterprises the possibility of automating just about anything—and this may be just as much a curse as a blessing. Many companies, in their desire to compete, desperately want to view automation as that cure-all silver bullet that instantly levels the playing field. However, hastily adopting the “let’s automate everything in sight as fast as possible” approach can set companies back—negatively impacting cost and time to market.

Part One of this series examined when it makes sense for your enterprise to consider automation—but just because you can automate, should you? Part Two discusses when your business should pull the trigger on automation and tips to deliver the best results.

WHEN TO SAY WHEN

Mark Evans, in charge of Quality Assurance and Automation divisions at Ascendum Technology Services, emphasizes the importance of the time, quality and money triangle in the decision to automate. The balancing act of managing cost, maintaining quality, and maximizing speed weigh heavily in determining when to move forward with automation.

Mark identifies a key tipping point up front. “When business costs in the testing space become almost equal to development spend, it’s appropriate to prepare for a change because we are spending too much money and time testing something that should already work.”

Also, Subject Matter Experts (SME) in testing play a crucial role in identifying when to proceed with automation. Mark continues to explain the importance of this role. “An organization’s SMEs must determine when to execute proper automation scripts to deliver that perfect balance of time, quality, and money. Automation applied in conjunction with the correct expertise delivers the magic triumvirate—assured quality, faster or equal time to production, and a tremendous reduction in cost.”

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