Gartner Compares the
Top 9 Software Testing Tools

According to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation report, the software testing tools market involves tools that automate static code analysis, functional testing, and load/performance testing. “A functional software test automation tool enables an organization to design, develop, maintain, manage, execute and analyze automated functional tests for applications running on different platforms (including desktop, web and mobile). These tools can run automated functional tests by driving the user interface (UI) of an application (UI test automation), or interact with the application through an application programming interface (API test automation).”

To help teams select a software testing tool that suits their process and needs, Gartner evaluated 9 tools that met their criteria for enterprise-grade test automation tools. The evaluation involved inquiries with Gartner clients, surveys of tool users, vendor responses to Gartner questions, and product evaluations. Gartner required tools to support native Windows desktop application testing and Android or iOS testing support as well as support 3 of the following: responsive web applications, mobile applications, packaged applications, API/web services.

Gartner provides the following recommendations regarding software testing tools:

  • If you don’t already have a software testing tool deployed, start learning about the software testing tools market and evaluating tools that will meet your needs.
  • If you already use a software testing tool and are considering switching, consider adding complementary software testing tools to extend your testing capabilities without the hassle of switching.
  • If you’ve outgrown your legacy software testing tool, start considering alternative software testing tools based on your current and anticipated future (12 to 18 months out) needs.
  • If your existing software testing tool is meeting your needs, reassess the tool’s effectiveness at least yearly.

Download the complete “Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation” report to review the results of Gartner’s tool comparison, their insights on Selenium and other source of open source software testing tools, and their detailed recommendations for test automation.

Software testing tools covered in this report: HPE, IBM, Micro Focus, Microsoft, Ranorex, SmartBear, TestPlant, Tricentis, Worksoft, Selenium, Appium, SoapUI