Why Amazon and Home Depot Always Spend More Time on QA Activities
Quality Assurance is a well-defined process to assure that product quality meets specified requirements and customer expectations.
Software is a part of all of our lives that we can’t ignore.
How do we feel when our software doesn’t work correctly?
In this speedy digital world, a user doesn’t have time to be patient with software. In this scenario, quality assurance (QA) comes into the picture.
Why QA in your business?
- It helps in building the trust of the user. When customers are satisfied with the company’s developed system, it can really help in creating good branding.
- It saves costs and fixes issues before problems become larger, and it helps to set and maintain quality standards by preventing problems.
- When quality assurance is done correctly, it shows the work efficiency of the company and builds their confidence to provide a smooth system to the customers.
- QA also covers security testing, which can help you to save cost from data breach and other issues.
Best QA practices for your company:
Quality assurance is one of our most powerful secret weapons to achieve the best results in the product.
Following are some of the best practices for any software in terms of
1) Performance Testing:
Have you ever wondered how many visitors will be visiting amazon daily? How many visitors during their sale, at the same time? How they will be handling their load, especially when there is a sale for a particular time slot?
It is really difficult to handle such big traffic on your product. Here Performance testing comes in the picture. We can improve the performance of the system in terms of speed, reliability and stability under different workloads.
Nowadays, Performance testing is the key part of the software system whether it is a growing startup or well-known brand.
2) Security Testing:
The rise of digital business has made security testing extremely important.
IBM says in a study that the cost of lost business after a breach for US organizations is $4.2 million.
Epic Games is being sued over security breaches that allowed hackers to access the personal information of Epic Games accounts.
Home Depot is the largest home improvement retailer in the United States, supplying tools, construction products, and services based in the USA, said that they have identified the malware to steal customer’s payment information. Around 56 million credit and debit cards used by customers are at risk.
Why security testing?
Security testing, in the current scenario, is a must to identify and address web application security vulnerabilities to avoid any of the following:
- Customers trust issues
- Disturbance to your online means of revenue generation/collection.
- Website downtime, time loss and expenditures in recovering from damage (re-installing services, restoring backups, etc.)
- The cost associated with securing web applications against future attacks.
- Related legal implications and fees for having a lack of security measures in place.
3) User Acceptance Testing or End-user testing:
User acceptance test(UAT) is the final stage of testing that is carried out before the software goes live. This testing plays an important role in validating if all the business requirements are fulfilled or not before releasing the software for market use.
Here Alpha testing and Beta testing comes in the Picture.
4) Alpha Testing:
Alpha testing is the last testing done by the test teams at the development site before releasing the software for the beta test. This is a form of in-house acceptance testing.
5) Beta Testing:
In Beta, the testing product is released for a few external user groups outside the company. Whatsapp Releases first beta version of their application. So, if you have registered your self as a beta tester in the play store you get early updates of Whatsapp as a beta application.
This is one of the most important phases of the project as here we can use real-time data and real-time users who are actually going to use the system would validate the system.
6) Regression Testing:
After launching any product successfully, maintenance of that product is as important as development which includes enhancements, error corrections, optimization and deletion of existing features. These changes can affect the working system.
When there is a change in requirement or any new requirement comes for existing product or software at this time Regression Testing is done to ensure that new changes are not effecting previously developed or existing functionality.
Here Automation Testing comes in the picture. Repetition of the same thing can cost you. So Automation Testing tool is developed to maintain quality, time and cost.
7) Automation Testing:
Automating the QA (Quality Analysis) process will make sure that the software has been tested enough and that too multiple times at any juncture of the development and modification.
Why Automation testing?
- Testing is carried out quickly and deliver faster results with lesser effort and time
- Faster feedback and validation of various phases of the software project
- Automated test cases can be re-used
- Helps in creating, manipulating and protecting your test database
Automation Testing can be performed on various products such as,
- Web Functional Testing
- Web Performance Testing
- Mobile Automation Testing
- Continuous Integration Testing
Various tools are used when it comes to automation testing such as Selenium, Appium, Apache Jmeter, Ranorex, Cucumber etc.
Want to do something about your QA process?
Quality Assurance not only focusing on finding bugs but it also includes continuous improvement, defining a clear test strategy, and going that extra mile to improve quality.
In Prompt Softech, our focus is not only Developing product, but we look for giving the best software quality assurance services. For which we have a team who assures Quality of product.