Test Automation
in theory and practice

Definition of test automation or
what is test automation?

Test automation is the process of automated test procedures. Test activities run completely automatically, while the goal of cost reduction and time saving are in the foreground and the number of manually performed tests is reduced to a minimum.

This is particularly useful in the IT sector if, for example, recurring tests (so-called smoketests) can be automated.

At the same time, valuable time can be used for release/version-specific test cases, for example. Furthermore, automated tests relieve the teams while quality does not suffer from annoying volatile errors.Predominantly, testing is done with the test automation tools available on the market - however, more and more test software developers can be found who can specifically address and control the software to be tested.

Why Test Automation is
so important?

A significant advantage of test automation is the standardized and always consistent process of the test. Thus, on the one hand, more quality, security and flexibility are created in the team, since more capacities are now available to all participants.

On the other hand, the factors already mentioned have a significant impact on the cost of manual tests to be performed. Since test automation does not require human support, tests can be performed at any time of the day or night


In times of digitalization, development teams are focusing on ever shorter test cycles and trying to integrate test automation directly into other processes.

When is test automation
used in practice and when not?

Automated tests are certainly not a "must" in terms of quality assurance. Basically, before deciding to implement test automation, entrepreneurs should carefully consider how high their investment may be. After all, professional test automation does not happen overnight and costs everyone involved a lot of time and energy.

Test automation make sense
if the following criteria apply to them:

Test automations are only of limited use
in case the following statements apply to them:

Pros and cons of test automation

Automated testing plays an essential role in modern and agile software development. Developers and programmers in particular rely on support for CI/CD processes in the area of test automation. However, the cost-benefit factor is project-specific and must therefore always be assessed individually. As a project manager, it is therefore important to consider many factors before deciding on the implementation of test automation.

The advantages and disadvantages of automated testing are compared below:



What is the difference between test automation and automated tests?

Basically, the term test automation can be interpreted more broadly. Automated testing refers exclusively to repeatable testing without manual assistance. Test automation, on the other hand, usually describes the overall process as well as the test strategy that is likely to be applied - this term also describes, for example, the development of corresponding scripting tools.

Process of test automation with our customers

For sustainable and successful implementation of the test automation process, you will receive an individual and customizable strategy as well as a time estimate from our testing team and the corresponding test architecture. Subsequently, you will receive important further steps from our experts in the rollout.


Your goals, and especially your automation goals, awaken your intrinsic motivation. Define your milestones to be targeted as precisely as possible. Validate all possible potentials and prioritize your test cases. Involve the software development from the beginning on the topic of test automation in order to implement possible features promptly.


This is where the actual test architecture comes into play and programming can begin. Here, you should know the programming guidelines and train your employees on the topic of test automation. Afterwards, the automation process can be integrated into your software development.


Not every test automation is performed under the same conditions. On the contrary - as individual as your product is, test automations also differ from each other. Factors that influence the planability are the tool for evaluation, the automation of your test cases as well as the test environment. From these factors, we provide you with a goal-oriented roadmap.


And finally, you will receive comprehensive reporting from us. Individual test processes have to be evaluated and adjusted if necessary. You want to establish test automation. We support you in your project with professional coaching and continuous development.


In order to develop the test automation for your project in the best possible way, we work with most comprehensive tools that have various features and can be applied to any system architecture with the necessary sensitivity

UFT Unified Functional Testing (Micro Focus)

Selenium and Selenoid (Open Source)



API Testing


Why should you choose Rocketlab for test automation?

The focus at Rocketlab is on innovative software testing. Following the principle: "We listen before we act", we would like to evaluate together with you what optimization potential is in your product. We know modern methods and act with the necessary agility and integrity. We hit the bull's eye when it comes to your development and testing needs. Because we look at your product from a holistic point of view and stand by your side with an open ear in the areas of test management and development.

That's why you should hire Rocketlab
to take care of your test automation:

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