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Are you testing your Dynamics 365 applications manually, and unable to reach high test coverage? Your team may have dabbled in Selenium and found it a nightmare to get it to work. So what solutions exist for teams who are moving from manual to automated, and most importantly, what's the easiest and fastest option?
In this article, we’ll explore the areas for consideration when making the move from manual to automated testing and before choosing a Dynamics 365 test automation solution.
Many companies rely on manual testing for quality assurance. However, this approach has drawbacks. Manual testing can lead to human errors, inconsistencies, and incomplete coverage, as it’s time-consuming and may not keep up with scaling applications or frequent updates.
While manual testing has its place, a balanced strategy involves automating suitable tests. Repetitive, stable, time-consuming, and critical tests are good candidates for automation, and automating these tests will speed up the testing process and reduce errors.
There are many avenues when venturing down the automation route. But which option you choose will impact your ability to test efficiently, without compromising quality.
An automation framework can be costly because, generally speaking, it requires someone with programming knowledge to build. This makes it difficult to match the pace of development, and takes time away from testing. Additionally, it’s difficult to scale because frameworks are usually built for one application type, such as the Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations app.
Learn more: Test Automation Frameworks: Why They Fail
Using Selenium is a seemingly good starting point, because it’s free and start-up costs are low. But those who have chosen that route know that it brings its own challenges further down the road.
First of all, because it requires a lot of coding experience to create tests. Dynamics products are almost always customized, and can be difficult to automate with Selenium scripts. For example, getting Selenium WebDriver to find the right element in Dynamics 365 would require the tester to spend time scripting a locator strategy.
Secondly, it requires a lot of work and experience to maintain. As UIs change with Microsoft updates, the test script will need to be updated, and in a coded framework like Selenium, that can be a daunting task.
Codeless automation enables a level of agility that scripted frameworks don’t. You can alleviate testers or developers from writing and maintaining Selenium scripts, build out automation much quicker, and see greater efficiency gains.
To excel in an ever-competitive marketplace, the way you test your system must be maintainable, easy to use, and scalable.
Below, we’ve listed six characteristics to look for in an automation tool.
Codeless automation helps teams build and maintain test automation so that coverage can be increased. This increases the quality of software and helps businesses better prepare for Service Updates and Proactive Quality Updates to Dynamics 365.
Leapwork’s test automation solution for Dynamics 365 is completely code free and brings a number of benefits:
Learn more about building quality automation for every Dynamics update in our on-demand webinar, or access our guide to automating Dynamics 365 testing: