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Art, science or both? Selecting the right mobile testing tools for your enterprise


With disruptive innovation, the handheld devices earlier used merely for communication, are now must-haves for conducting everyday business. This has led to the launch of a plethora of mobile phones and tablets that run on different operating systems (OS) and platforms. Rolling out apps that are defect free and compatible with the mobile infrastructure which user segments depend on, has, thus become a challenge for mobile software vendors.

To ensure seamless and swift app deployment, organizations must adopt mobile testing strategies that enable effective app testing and mitigate the risks inherent in the complex technology landscape. Automation tools are therefore essential for condensing and optimizing testing cycles. Since a wide variety of such tools are available, selecting the right set of tools has become a critical yet daunting task.

Daunting because selecting the right set of mobile test automation and mobile testing tools is an art. And a science.

The science of it lies in studying the landscape – multiple platforms and browsers, a wide range of app runtimes, the gamut of network related challenges (network type, connectivity, operational geography, feature, etc.), hardware issues (device speed, memory, and protocols, among others), and so on.

And the art aspect is the skill required to utilize the acquired knowledge in a particular business context for correct tool evaluation and subsequent project execution.

Selecting such a tool is a three phase activity:

Phase 1: Requirements analysis- In this initial phase, list your technical and business requirements before commencing with tool evaluation.

Phase 2: Score carding the tool’s features- Once you’ve evaluated a tool that best satisfies the requirements analysis criteria, do a feature by feature comparison with competing tools.

Phase 3: Developing the Proof of Concept- Carry out a POC to confirm if the tool you’ve selected actually supports the requirements you’ve identified.

Tool selection and test strategy formulation is an art, complemented by the science of the framework. There may arise many eventualities which the consultant will need to address in order to provide the best solution. Try the hands on approach, using the examples and checklists given, temper them with your skill and experience, and select the right mobility testing tools for your enterprise.