What is Test Automation in Salesforce? Why Does it Matter?

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What is the finest feature of Salesforce? Many of us would say it’s the ability to implement change quickly. Salesforce’s ability to support short delivery cycles and continuous improvement provides significant benefits to any organization. Fast, valuable delivery is what it’s all about with three new releases every year and a set of tools that make it simple to develop your own features or install Salesforce’s new ones.

However, there is one aspect of the delivery process that is impervious to speed: testing. Or, to put it another way, manual testing. Your team’s delivery cycle may have sped up thanks to Agile, but you can’t speed up your human testers to keep up.

What is Test Automation in Salesforce?

Salesforce Test automation is becoming more popular, particularly at the business level. But why is that? To comprehend this transformation, we must first comprehend the issues that manual testing causes and how test automation may solve them.

Manual testing is time-consuming. This is a big one for agile, especially in situations where time is of importance. If you rely solely on manual testing, your delivery cycle will be significantly slowed.

Testing by hand is costly. If two testers are assigned to regression testing for a week, that equates to 40 hours of human labor. This can be fully eliminated with automation. Manual testing is not a pleasurable experience.

Why does Salesforce Test Automation matter?

Humans, not robots, conduct the tests. Robots are the only ones that excel at doing the same thing over and over again. We become less consistent and more likely to make mistakes or cut corners when we are bored. Automated testing is more reliable in terms of performance, thus it’s a better choice for repetitive tests.

Coding your automation has every disadvantage you can think of. It’s also completely incompatible with Salesforce’s ideology. Why invest in a massive codebase that requires a lot of maintenance to support the testing of a platform that has so many declarative options and allows a rapid delivery cycle?

As a result, test automation hasn’t been extensively used until recently, owing to a scarcity of good tools. There were no robust technologies that could give test automation to the point-and-click Salesforce audience until recently. Admin-friendly tools were just not available. Fortunately, this is beginning to change as the market adjusts to the increased demand.

As a result, we’ve seen how beneficial test automation can be. But why is this fad only now catching on? Why isn’t everyone using automated testing if it’s so simple to do?

In the past, though, Salesforce test automation choices were limited. Test automation in the past required a developer to create tests in code using a framework such as Selenium. The developer would begin by ‘teaching’ all of the required Salesforce concepts, like page layouts and validation criteria, to the framework.

They would then use code to write, design, and execute their tests. Any minor modification to the system under test, such as a field shifting on a page layout, necessitates a code update; otherwise, tests may fail.

Conclusion: So, to summarise, test automation can help you save time, money, boredom, and inconsistency in your testing. These are the four primary reasons why enterprise Salesforce clients are embracing test automation.

It’s fairly simple: test automation reduces manual testing labor by automating the tests that must be run on a regular basis. Those repetitious tests will run themselves once you’ve set up your automation. You only need to pay them when you want to – or set them up to run nightly and check the results in your mailbox the next morning. Bingo! This frees up your non-robot testers to do the kind of creative, exploratory testing that leads to new ideas.