Do you know the Uses & Benefits of Automated Tools
Once an organization reaches a certain size, level of maturity, or workload the requirement to purchase/ build Automated software or tools to becomes apparent. There are several tools available today that make the working process more efficient and effective. Choosing the appropriate tool to meet the organization’s long-term and short-term goals can be a challenging and frustrating process.
The automation is the key for reducing cycle time and gaining long term cost efficiencies with automated tools. Automation should work towards all possible functional, non-functional and regression scenarios with the intention of getting maximum ROI from every possible phase of the project. Automated tools should be brought into an organization to improve the efficiency of working process – the value of the actual process has already been established within the organization or within the industry.
Some Benefits of Automation tools to be used for best Performance :
– Reduce risks; improve cost-effectiveness and time-to-market for performance-critical systems
– Improve availability by resolving performance and scalability issues
– Optimize provisioning and utilization of infrastructure
– Improve return on investments (ROI) by ensuring acceptable application performance
Some Guidelines for choosing Automation tools :
Needs Analysis: Management / Organization
Management or the organization needs to clearly state what the objective is for purchasing, Automated Tools services. The mission or goal that will be met by acquiring the test software and the expected ROI (return of investment) in terms of person-hours once the tool has been fully implemented. This can be accomplished by creating a simple mission statement and a minimum acceptable ROI. It should be noted that any ROI of less than 3 (hours) to 1 (current hour) should be considered insufficient because of the impact of introducing a new business process into the testing organization. This should be a concise statement on the overall goal not a dissertation or catalog of the products capabilities. Management has defined the immediate organizational goal but the long-term necessities must be defined by the organization. When first approaching the acquisition of Automated tools organizations have usually not invested much effort in defining an overall tools. Lack of an overall Automated tool can lead to product choices that may be effective in the short-term but lead to additional long-term costs or even replacement of a previously selected tool set.
The Automated Softwares and tool vendor shall:
– Have a record of integrating successfully with all Tier 1 software vendors.
– Have a history of operational success in the appropriate environments.
– Have an established end-user community that is accessible to any end-user.
– Support enterprise wide collaboration.
– Support customization.
– Support several simultaneous engagements / projects.
– Provide a well-designed, friendly, and intuitive user interface.
– Provide a smooth migration / upgrade path from one iteration of the product to the next.
– Provide a rich online-help facility and effective automated tools.
The general requirements for any Automated tool will include more objectives than the nine listed above but it is important to note that any objective should be applied across the entire tool set.
Few automated tools that widely used are:
- ERP system for inventory movement, accounting, stock, supply & order management
- CRM system for Customer & Lead Management
- HRMS for Employee Management
- Gate-Pass System for Manufacturing and Warehousing
- Sales Tracking for Field Staff
- Integrated Accounting System
- Mobile Apps for Managing any/all of the above in a convenient way
- Marketing Recommendation Engine based on Artificial Intelligence (AI)