While the era of the app brings big challenges, it also brings big opportunities for companies armed with the right tools. Here are five strategic steps to move your functional testing processes into the era of the mobile app, along with a look at the HP tools that enable your transformation.
1. Test mobile apps on real devices.
To gain a realistic view of the actual user experience, you have to test on real devices. Device emulators and simulators can be useful early on in the development and test process, but they don’t show you the actual user experience on devices with unique features.
HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT) Mobile software allows you to use a wide variety of real user devices in your testing environment. The software enables accurate, reliable, and repeatable testing on diverse mobile devices and operating platforms.
2. Use the cloud to host your testing reference devices.
This is an essential requirement for an enterprise solution. A cloud-based service allows you to avoid the complexity of procuring, managing, maintaining, and updating your own testing reference devices. And it enables your testers to securely test and monitor your apps on real devices connected to live networks.
HP UFT Mobile enables access to a fully managed private cloud of dedicated mobile devices, hosted and powered by Perfecto Mobile. This integration gives you access to real devices, including different types of phones and tablets, located around the world. You also can access hundreds of devices in the Perfecto Mobile public cloud.
3. Automate mobile app testing.
Manual testing on individual devices doesn’t scale. To keep pace with agile development processes and the demands of a fast-moving business, your test teams need automated tools that allow you to write a test once and run many tests on a wide range of devices in a short amount of time.
HP Unified Functional Testing software, which provides the foundation for HP UFT Mobile, provides automated functional testing for many platforms and technologies, including mobile. Leveraging the Perfecto ScriptOnce™ technology, you can extend scripts across many different platforms and devices. HP UFT Mobile extends this foundation to enable automated and manual testing of mobile apps on real devices based in the cloud.
4. Test mobile apps under different network conditions.
The behavior of an app can depend heavily on network variables. This means you need to understand and control network conditions when you test apps. You should use a service that tests devices operating in live cellular networks, not just Wi-Fi networks.
HP UFT Mobile allows you to test apps on real devices connected to real networks with live network conditions. To enable an even broader range of testing, you can use network simulation tools, such as those from Shunra, a leader in network virtualization for software testing.
5. Leverage your existing processes and tools.
Mobile apps should leverage your substantial investments in software quality processes, tools, teams, and policies. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Find the best way to extend your existing software development lifecycle processes and leverage your current assets to encompass your mobile apps.
HP UFT Mobile enables your enterprise to naturally extend your existing HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) software suite, including HP Quality Center software, to support the testing of mobile apps. With this combination, you gain the power and control you need to automate functional testing, along with an end-to-end view of the status of application quality.