Continuous Integration Testing Service
The application of continuous integration in the development of software allows you to automate the stages of creating, assembling and installing software code. you can constantly monitor its quality, already in the early stages of creating an IT system to identify errors and quickly eliminate them. Subsequent functional testing will ensure a thorough check of the finished solution and make the software as relevant to the customer’s requirements as possible. Ultimately, this guarantees the high quality and reliability of the information system.
The business of many modern companies is quite dependent on the work of information systems, which are used to serve customers, support the work of the back office and maintain management accounting and a number of other tasks. Annoying errors in IT applications or incorrect execution of functions can lead to financial or reputation losses. What steps need to be taken to reduce the risks of such problems arising when using information systems?
One of the possible options is to apply a combined approach: use the continuous integration (CI) methodology to develop an IT solution in conjunction with traditional functional testing tools.
As a rule, when developing an information system, program code is written by various groups of specialists. Then these parts are assembled into larger modules, which in turn are combined into a system and then tested. However, the assembly process begins only when the modules are almost completely ready. Accordingly, if at this stage in the code there are errors or problems with the interaction of individual components, there is a lot to rewrite.
On the contrary, the practice of continuous integration assumes that the code is assembled as early as possible and repeated as often as possible (at least when every new piece of code appears). Why this option is more effective? Here it becomes possible to find errors or contradictions in various components at the early stages of the creation of an information system. And the sooner an error is detected, the easier and faster it can be corrected. As a result, the risks of delaying the development of the solution are reduced and the high quality of the code is ensured.
After completion of the development, the finished system undergoes functional testing (automatic and manual). It allows you to determine whether the system meets the customer’s requirements, and makes it possible to test its operation in situations as close to real business scenarios.
Thus, the combination of the CI practice (when creating an information system) and functional testing gives confidence in the quality of the information system, allows you to unambiguously confirm that all customer requirements have been implemented, the system fully meets them and has no errors in the program code.