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Choosing the best software testing tools for your business

Software testing tools have many different facets. Here are the best automated functional testing, bug tracking and test case management tools to match your company's needs.

Introduction

When it comes to software testing tools, there are plethora of categories and types. Load testing, automated functional testing, quality assurance testing, defect management, unit testing, code coverage, integration testing, black box testing, white box testing, manual testing, usability testing -- are you lost yet? 

A guaranteed way to ensure your software or app will fail is to not test it before release. Testing is as vital a component of application and software creation as development and design are. As such, the selection of software testing tools holds equal weight with the selection of a mobile application development platform or an application lifecycle management suite. But with so many different types of testing -- and that doesn't include security-focused tests, and different platforms like mobile app testing and web app testing -- where do you begin?

This buyer's guide is your GPS to the world of app testing tools. While unable to cover every type of testing, we've managed to cover three major facets of software testing: automated functional testing, bug tracking and test case management.

First learn about what automated functional testing tools, bug tracking software and test case management tools are. When combined, these three different types of app testing tools can provide enterprises a solid base for their software testing toolkit.

While the need for software testing tools is intrinsic to any company developing applications, there are different scenarios for when to use an automated functional testing tool, bug tracking software or test management software. Reducing production time, reducing costs on man hours spent finding defects and meeting requirements in a requirements-based industry are some of the use cases discussed.

Then begin to go down the path that leads to purchasing the right app testing tools. By something as simple as making sure an app testing tool has a trial version, you can ensure that your employees are able to use the software. Looking at more complex aspects like integration and compatibility helps you make sure that the tool fits your business on a technical level.

Then get analysis and insight into vendors of the three main testing software categories. See the automated functional testing tools that fit different organizations in different types of scenarios. Know which bug tracking software works best for your organization. Finally, test case management tools are covered in detail, giving you a breakdown of what tools are out there, and which ones fit your business best.

In a land as vast and twisting as software testing, this buyer's guide tells you which turns to make, which exit to take and what route is the most efficient one in your journey toward making the right software testing tools purchase for your business.

1What is?-

A look at software testing in today's development environments

Automated functional testing, defect management and test case management are core areas of software testing. See what each of these major facets of testing do and how they can help your organization.

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Breaking down automated testing, bug tracking and test case management tools

See how these primary categories of software testing tools work to ensure products are released without issue. Continue Reading

2Do I need?-

Figure out what types of testing tools you need and when you need them

Once the need for app testing tools is established, figure out what type you'll require with these use cases.

3How to buy-

The key features you should pay attention to when purchasing software testing tools

As with any software, there are key features to be aware of when purchasing app testing tools. There is also a set of questions you must ask yourself to start to whittle down to the software testing tool that is right for you. Here are key features to home in on and the right questions to ask yourself when considering buying software testing tools.

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Before buying software testing tools, consider the testing problems you need to solve

Here's what you need to look for before purchasing automated functional testing software, bug tracking tools and test case management programs. Continue Reading

4Which should I buy?-

Which software testing tool is right for you?

In this section, we present three features that cover which automation, bug tracking and test case management software are right for your enterprise.

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See which automated testing tools are right for your business

Match up your needs with these vendors' automated functional testing tools and see which one best fits your company. Continue Reading

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The bug tracking tools that are best for your company

From open source bug tracking tools to commercial suites, see which bug tracking tool is best for your business. Continue Reading

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What's the best test case management software for your enterprise?

See which test management software vendor is right for your company. Continue Reading

5Top product overviews-

The best software testing tools in the market today

The automated functional testing tools presented here range from simple, stand-alone tools to parts of a larger testing suite. Bug tracking tools are extremely valuable software for any company, and there are a number of choices out there. Finally, coverage tools like test case management software help a business ensure quality across the board when it comes to software testing.

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Examining the eggPlant testing tool

The eggPlant automated functional testing tool uses a two-pronged system to help developers test and launch complex software. Continue Reading

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HPE Unified Functional Testing runs automated tests on native and cross-platform mobile apps

With a single-pane-of-glass dashboard, HPE UFT allows developers to create automated tests and monitor their software. Continue Reading

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An overview of Perfecto Mobile CQ Lab

Create, schedule and execute automated functionality with Perfecto Mobile CQ Lab. Continue Reading

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QA Wizard Pro provides automated functional testing for web, Java and Windows applications

Built with the Agile team in mind, QA Wizard Pro executes automated testing with features like test planning, recording, script running and test analysis. Continue Reading

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Execute automated software testing with the TestComplete Platform

Perform automated functional testing on native and cross-platform mobile apps with TestComplete Platform. Continue Reading

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See how Telerik Test Studio supports automated software testing

For those building complex mobile or web apps, Telerik Test Studio's range of test-creating features and load and performance testing tools can help. Continue Reading

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The JIRA bug tracking tool tracks and details software defects at any stage of app development

JIRA is Atlassian's defect tracking system that works in conjunction with other Atlassian software testing tools. Continue Reading

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Find defects and track fixes with the Bugzilla bug tracking system

The open source bug tracking software, Bugzilla, helps businesses discover bugs during software testing. Continue Reading

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Find, track, and report on defects with bug tracking system, FogBugz

Testers and developers can collaborate easily on bug tracking with FogBugz' interactive issue tracking spreadsheet. Continue Reading

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MantisBT: Open source bug tracking for DevOps teams

Mantis Bug Tracker lets developers and testers collaborate across the business to discover and track defects. Continue Reading

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An overview HPE's test management software, Quality Center

With HPE Quality Center, dev and testing teams can view and manage all software tests and results from one, centralized location. Continue Reading

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Breaking down IBM Rational Quality Manager

IBM RQM provides development teams test case management tools for test planning, scheduling and monitoring. Continue Reading

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Plan, execute and manage software testing with SpiraTeam

The full range of tools in Inflectra's SpiraTeam test case management software allows it to work for developers, testers or QA personnel. Continue Reading

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The qTest platform is test case management software tailored for the Agile method

Along with qTest eXplorer and Insights, QA symphony's qTest software is a full-fledged test management tool that lets businesses manage the entire testing process. Continue Reading

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Manage test case information from centralized location with TestCaddy

With a WYSIWYG editor and JIRA integration, TestCaddy lets developers create and execute tests and find and track defects. Continue Reading

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Zephyr test management software lets devs create and perform manual or automated tests

For enterprises looking for test management software, Zephyr offers a full-fledged test case management suite of tools along with built-in, app-testing software integrations. Continue Reading

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