Challenges of functional testing
Managing functional testing can be extraordinarily complex, especially in an environment with multiple technologies. The challenges of conducting functional tests include:
- Gathering clearly defined and complete requirements for each piece of software
- Planning tests by identifying potential functional gaps
- Developing a test strategy to complete tests within given deadlines, using appropriate resources, and ensuring optimum test coverage
- Executing tests and ensuring that test plans accurately match the functionality to be measured
- Managing defects uncovered by tests
- Ensuring that reporting on defects is complete, clear, and consistent, and that severity and priority is accurately attributed
- Reporting results of functional tests within a certain timeframe and in ways that make sense to each stakeholder
- Gathering metrics to gauge the effectiveness and quality of the testing process
Solutions for automating functional testing
Tricentis Tosca simplifies functional testing by overcoming the barriers of legacy and conventional functional test automation methods. With innovative risk-based and model-based test automation approaches, Tricentis Tosca simplifies end-to-end regression testing for more than 160 technologies.
Tricentis Tosca provides Agile software testing teams and DevOps with:
- Support for multiple testing methods. Use exploratory testing, manual testing, automated testing, and BI/data warehouse testing to test functional requirements
- Control over the test suite. Plan tests, design test cases, manage and maintain test data, and gain insight into business risk
- Sustainable test automation. Minimize test maintenance and maximize reuse so that rapid change won’t disrupt test automation
- An easy-to-use interface. Create test cases by scanning, recognizing controls, or recording – all while still being business readable
- Best-of-breed technology. Plug into continuous integration frameworks, use distributed execution, simulate missing systems, leverage APIs, connect with other tools, and provide advanced reporting and analytics
- Integration with enterprise environments. Test cross browser, mobile, SAP and SAP Fiori, Java, .net, XML, JSON, REST, ServiceNow, and more
- Tests aligned with business risks. Understand what tests and data are required to cover business risk. Change the focus of testing from “pass/fail” status to “Is the level of business risk in this software acceptable?”
What is functional testing?
Functional testing is performed to ensure that software works the way it is supposed to and conforms with the requirements for the software as determined by the customer.
What are the benefits of functional testing?
Functional testing aims to ensure that software is free of defects and will satisfy the needs of the customer and end user. It checks that software functions as it is supposed to and works as expected. Functional testing is designed to improve the quality of the software and reduce the risk associated with the product.
What is non-functional testing?
Non-functional testing focuses on quality concerns that aren’t directly related to the functional requirements of software. Non-functional testing may verify the usability, compliance, performance, security, and scalability of an application. If functional testing is designed to ensure that software meets business requirements, non-functional testing is designed to ensure that software meets user expectations.