AppsTek’s QA Services

AppsTek brings in a unique blend of testing processes, tools & technology expertise, and domain knowledge to ensure that the product is delivered without defects in accelerated time frame.

AppsTek provides end-to-end manual testing services for your functional testing needs with a foundation of matured test processes, in-house accelerators, and experience of all industry-leading functional testing tools.

AppsTek undertakes the complete responsibility for the testing activities right from creating an optimized test plan to post production support. We adopt a user-centric testing approach along with delivering continuous value improvement in our engagements. We ensure complete traceability of the business requirements to the test cases designed and executed for extensive test coverage. As a professional company for manual testing, we provide extensive reporting with customized dashboards at regular intervals to keep you on top of the testing progress and defects.

AppsTek differentiators:

  • Expertise on a wide range of applications including the web, desktop, mobile, etc.
  • Support various development methodologies like Agile, waterfall, DevOps and Hybrid models and work collaboratively with the development teams
  • Involve early in the project lifecycle to lower the cost of quality
  • Testing professionals with the comprehensive experience across domains
  • Test requirement techniques to ensure Bi-Directional traceability
  • Organized approach to testing and the organization of test cases to promote repeatability
  • Risk-based Testing Methodology addressing Business, Project and Technology risks
  • Formalized defect documentation processes to ensure reproducibility of defects
  • Expertise on all leading tools for application lifecycle management, test management, defect management, test data management, etc.
  • Structured project communications including daily, weekly and monthly status reports with detailed test execution status, and analysis, delivered through a customized dashboard

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Specialized Testing Services (STS)

AppsTek’s Specialized Testing Services are designed to give you an important edge in the areas of service virtualization, performance testing, automation testing, security testing, SOA testing, test data management, mobile testing, and testing for migrations to the cloud. Our dedicated Centres of Excellence in each of these domains incorporate the best tools, methods and brainpower to put specialized software testing techniques to work for you.

Core Specialized Testing Services capabilities include:

  • Performance Testing– AppsTek provides proactive performance engineering, testing, benchmarking, tuning and profiling services. Our services help to reduce development rework due to performance objective failures, lower operational overhead costs and minimize avoidable errors and delays.
  • Test Automation– Our Test Automation services help to increase efficiency and productivity, lower costs, and reduce complexity. AppsTek provides a range of services including evaluation and recommendations, custom framework design, and execution and maintenance.
  • Mobile Testing– AppsTek Mobile Testing services enable businesses to adapt to technology as it changes, resulting in a faster return on investment and reduced costs when dealing with mobile devices. We offer a wide range of services from platform testing and performance engineering to test strategy development.
  • Service Virtualization– Our consultative approach to service virtualization helps to validate feasibility and proofs of concepts, while identifying cost benefits. We help enterprises create seamless testing between interfaces and become less dependent on unavailable system interfaces leading to higher quality results.
  • Security Testing- AppsTek’s effective security testing services help to ensure the use of applications that are secure and compliant with rigid security standards. We offer comprehensive services including vulnerability assessments, penetrating testing, code reviews and audits.
  • Test Data Management – AppsTek offers effectivedata management services to provide efficient test data extraction load and transformation capabilities. We help organizations with end-to-end data automation to produce high-quality data for functional testing services and non-functional testing services.

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Outright commitment to quality and customer satisfaction determines our success.
AppsTek has a seasoned testing practice group with a competitive knowledge on verification and validation of some of the most complex products in their respective industries.
With well-established QA processes with leadership, deep expertise on latest testing tools and techniques, AppsTek is the right source to fulfil your testing needs.

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Functional Testing

AppsTek’s Functional Testing Services ensure the verification and validation of applications for independent software vendors and enterprises. The functional testing services focus on testing the applications against defined specifications and meeting the end user expectations for functionality. AppsTek engages with clients in the different stages of the lifecycle to align the testing objectives against the overall business goals.

AppsTek introduces early testing in the life cycle to prevent defects and detect defects early to reduce the overall testing costs, rework costs and improve quality. AppsTek’s functional testing approach is well structured and leverages proven industry standard testing techniques, tools, pre-built test accelerators, and methodologies. Our regression testing approach ensures that the new features or enhancements do not cause any unintended impact to the existing quality of applications.

Some specific services that AppsTek offers for functional testing are:

  • Requirements Ambiguity Testing
  • Business Process Testing
  • Manual & Automated Testing
  • Regression Testing
  • Smoke & System Integration Testing
  • Business Acceptance Testing
  • Data Verification Testing

Regression Testing

AppsTek uses a systematic and well-defined regression test approach to perform effective regression testing. Our approach includes:

  • Detailed traceability matrix: Outlines of the requirements vs. test cases
  • Dependency analysis: Performed between test cases and requirements
  • Change reports: Issues between the current release and previous release
  • Release specific regression test pack
  • Risk based analysis: Pareto analysis, FMEA, Output from code coverage report etc. 
  • Continuous pruning: Regression tests packs are continuously pruned by removing the test cases that are no longer needed & add additional ones.

System & Integration Testing

While a software product may work fine in terms of its individual components, it may behave strangely when integrated with multiple components. This problem is compounded as software becomes more complex. This is due to afferent and efferent coupling of each component and the complex interdependencies that enable software to function. Unexpected problems arising in the wake of an integration can leave organizations reeling. These problems can be identified and solved proactively with AppsTek’s system testing services. We perform System and Integration Testing with an entire range of testing techniques, forcing all possible hidden issues to the surface.

Our system testing services include:

  • Dependency mapping
  • System complexity matrix
  • Change impact matrix
  • Equivalence class partitioning
  • Boundary value analysis (single field and multiple field interactions)
  • Orthogonal array testing (such as Pairwise Test Coverage)
  • State based transitions
  • Decision tables and
  • Test artifacts ambiguity testing

Product Vs Customization:

Cost of bugs in the modern business is often so high that you don’t have right to make mistake.
It is especially important for systems that are vital for the company – whether it is a specially developed software or enterprise-ready information system.
So, if you develop the software and need to include testing as integral part of the product development life cycle, we can perform professionally software product testing for you.
Our specialized and dedicated QA team will develop the most appropriate strategy and perform a omprehensive software product testing.
We offer a full range of services related to software product testing: writing technical specifications for tests (test specifications), driver development for automated testing (test scripts), execution of different types of validation and verification in accordance with the requirements.
Software products for testing may be of various sizes (from small to large scale ones) and software products testing can be done within the scope of product development (product development testing) and as an independent software testing project.

Non-Functional Testing

AppsTek’s Performance Engineering & Testing teams have extensive experience in providing cutting edge services to global clients. AppsTek’s Performance Testing expertise spans a wide range of applications including client-server, web, distributed, mobile, cloud databases, high volume transaction systems, and highly complex applications. AppsTek’s Performance Centre of Excellence (PCoE) provides end-to-end performance testing solutions to help our clients launch future proof applications with high responsiveness, availability, and scalability.

AppsTek’s performance testing covers performance engineering, including capacity planning, baseline test, load, stress, endurance and benchmarking against competitors, production monitoring and consulting. Our key performance testing differentiators include:

  • Comprehensive analysis and recommendations for performance improvements
  • Optimized cost model including pay as you go options
  • Certified SME’s with strong expertise on COTS/Open source tools and application technologies
  • Partnerships and alliances that enable recommendations of right tools, solutions, and R&D initiatives

Security testing has become an absolutely critical part of an organization’s development strategy. This is due to the increase in the number of privacy breaches that organizations are facing today. In order to be able to effectively address our client’s security testing needs, AppsTek adopts the latest industry standards and testing methodologies.

AppsTek possesses rich expertise in Security Testing of enterprise applications, catering to diversified business needs. AppsTek has immense experience in serving clients across different industry verticals and organization sizes. Our Web application penetration testing uncovers vulnerabilities in applications and ensures the application risks are minimized. In addition, our code analysers ensure your software code is benchmarked for increased quality assurance. AppsTek’s key differentiators include:

  • Certified Ethical Hackers
  • Provide hacker’s eye view
  • Finding zero-day vulnerabilities
  • Domain specific/Business logic tests
  • Expertise in intrusive tests (DoS, DDoS, etc…)
  • Manual verification to eliminate false positives
  • Recognized by Fortune 500 companies for helping secure their products

Test Automation

Test automation helps in reducing regression testing time and cutting down the time to market with significant cost savings on long term basis. However, a clear automation strategy and roadmap is key to ensuring the right return on investment on your automation initiatives. With disparate application architecture, multiple environments, third party integrations and multiple user devices, a standardized and consistent automation approach is needed to ensure high reusability, ease of maintenance and lower upfront cost.

With the experience of advising clients on test automation and architecting their automation journey, AppsTek is one of the leading automation testing companies that generate the value you always wanted through test automation. Our test automation solutions support your business objectives by designing an automation strategy aligned with enterprise goals. We carry out a detailed tools evaluation exercise to recommend an optimized tool inventory to suit your needs and budget.

AppsTek proprietary Test Automation framework, inculcates industry best practices and features and can drastically reduce the effort to kick-start automation or improve your existing framework. Being one of the best test automation companies, we have dedicated teams with core expertise on all industry-leading tools like Selenium, Appium, Selendroid, JMeters, etc. and can support test automation with a scripting language your team is comfortable with.

Our balanced Test Automation approach uses:

  • Assessment of your automation needs and application landscape
  • Assessment of your existing automation solution (if any)
  • Tool selection, Proof of Concept and implementation
  • Automated test script creation and execution
  • Creation of regression test suites with flexible execution options
  • Training and handover of automation test pack to client for future maintenance

Below are the benefits that Test Automation can bring:

1. REDUCED REGRESSION COST

Reduces the effort required to run tests and analyzing the outputs by up to 90%, making the testing process extremely efficient.

2. FASTER TIME TO MARKET

Cut down the regression testing cycle time by up to 80% helping you achieve quicker releases with higher frequency.

3. BETTER TESTING QUALITY

Enhance consistency and quality of the testing by removing possibility of any manual errors, and increase the test coverage at the same time.

4. BETTER RESOURCE UTILIZATION

Alleviate QA team frustration due to repeatable nature of testing and utilize them to focus more on release specific functional testing.

5. MULTI-PLATFORM TESTING

Test across different Operating Systems, devices, and browsers to ensure smooth operation for all end users

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AppsTek differentiators:

  • Setting things right from beginning with detailed automation assessment to come up with clear automation strategy and roadmap
  • Ready to develop, best in industry automation framework implemented with customizations as per your needs
  • Focus on enhancing reusability and ease of maintenance for lower ongoing costs
  • Support integration with test management, defects management and continuous integration tools providing complete traceability and lifecycle automation
  • Proven end to end automation process
  • Expertise on all leading open source and commercial automation tools for the web, desktop, and mobile applications
  • Flexibility in executing tests at various levels, i.e. application level, suite level, test case level, etc. across different testing environments
  • Custom test execution reports with rich interface delivered to all stakeholders

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Regression Testing in Agile Scenario

Regression testing essentially checks if the previous functionality of the application is working coherently and that the new changes executed have not introduced new bugs into the application. These tests can be implemented on a new build for a single bug fix or even when there is a significant change executed in the original functionality. Since there can be many dependencies in the newly added and existing functionalities, it becomes essential to check that the new code conforms with the older code and that the unmodified code is not affected in any way. In agile development, since there are many build cycles, regression testing becomes more relevant as there are continuous changes that are added to the application.

For effective regression testing in agile development, it is important that a testing team builds a regression suite right from the initial stages of software development and then keeps building on it as sprints add up. A few things to determine before a regression test plan is built are:

  • Identifying which test cases should be executed.
  • Identifying what improvements must be implemented in the test-cases.
  • Identify the time to execute regression testing.
  • Outline what needs to be automated in the regression test plan and how.
  • Analyse the outcome of the regression testing

Along with this, the regression test plan should also take into account Performance Testing to ensure that the system performance is not negatively affected due to changes implemented in the code components.

In the agile environment, Regression Testing is performed under two broad categories;

Sprint level Regression testing: This regression test is focused on testing the new functionalities that are implemented since the last release.

End to End Regression testing: This test incorporates end-to-end testing of ‘all’ the core functionalities of the product.

Considering that the build frequency in agile development is accelerated, it is critical for the testing team to execute the regression testing suite within a short time span. Automating the regression test suite makes sense here to ensure that the testing is completed within a given time period and that the tests are error free. Adding the regression testing suite to the continuous integration flow also helps as this prevents the developers to check-in new code before automatically evaluating the correct working of the existing functionality.

Regression testing can adopt the following approaches:

1. The Traditional Testing Approach:In this method, sprint level regression test follows each sprint cycle. Post a few successful sprint cycles, the application goes through one round of end-to-end regression testing.
This method allows the team to focus on the functional validity of the application and gives testers the flexibility to decide on the degree of automation they want to implement.

2. Delayed Week Approach: In this approach, the sprint level regression test is not confined to a timeline and can spill over into the next week. For example, if the sprint level regression test that is supposed to be completed in Week 2 is not completed, then it can spill over to Week 3. This approach works well in the beginning of the testing cycles as the testing team at that time is still in the process of gaining an implicit understanding of the functionalities and the possible defects. Instead of parking the bugs/defects and addressing them at a later date, continuous testing lifts the burden of backlogs that build up during end-to-end regression tests.

3. Delayed Sprint Approach:In this approach, the regression cycle is common and regression test cases that were employed for the second sprint contain the functionality stories that were a part of the first sprint. Since the regression cycle is only delayed by a sprint, this approach discounts the need for having two separate regression test cycle types. This approach also avoids a longer end-to-end regression test cycle. However, this approach has two challenges –                            

Maintaining the sanctity of the regression tests is difficult.
Maintenance of automation efforts increases considerably.
Organizations need to decide on their approach to regression testing keeping the continuity of business functions in mind. Regression tests target the end-to-end set of business functions that a system contains and are conducted repeatedly only to ensure that the expected behaviour of the system remains stable.

Making the Transition from Manual Testing to Test Automation

When your team is ready to make the move to automation, the following steps are a good way to get started:

Choose which tests to automate: Make sure you prioritize tests that will need to be run many times throughout the project. Some good options are regression tests and functionality tests.

Create a standard test structure for creating automation scripts: To do this, determine a naming convention that makes sense and include basic information such as a description of the test scenario, pre-conditions, test steps and expected results.

Include error handling in test scripts: The last thing you want is to automate a test and then find yourself dealing with cascading failures, which occur one a failure of one test leads to failure of subsequent tests. Making sure you have error handling covered is the best way to avoid this.

Choose the right test automation tools: Make sure the tool you choose can easily store and manage your test scripts, including frequent backups and easy accessibility.

Set the QA test environment: Create an environment that contains the data, features and security settings you need to get the results you expect from your tests. Having the right environment goes a long way to ensuring testing success.

Create a test schedule: Run your tests on a regular basis to ensure that you can keep errors in check and address any issues that arise as you add new features.

HIPAA

When a HIPAA compliant solution is requested, the resulting discussion centres around privacy and security protections under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) and the Health Information Technology for Economic Clinical Health (“HITECT”) Act.

For covered entities and business associates subject to HIPAA, AppsTek offers solutions for processing, transmitting, and storing protected health information (“PHI”). Upon request, AppsTek will sign a business associate agreement (“BAA”) according to the services AppsTek provides our customers.

DevOps QA Testing Services

AppsTek leverages the increasing synergy between development teams and operations teams through an integrated DevOps model. The adoption of a DevOps culture and the tools and practices that comprise DevOps is being driven by the need for continuous collaboration and delivery.

Some of the key drivers include:

  • The increasing need to develop or deploy cloud-based applications
  • A greater need for simultaneous deployment across different platforms
  • Business pressures to release apps more quickly into production
  • The need for greater collaboration between development and operations teams
  • An increasingly complex IT infrastructure that is part physical, part virtualized, and part cloud

AppsTek has helped clients achieve Quality benefits by providing services including:

  • Automated and continuous Quality monitoring
  • Automated provisioning of virtualized test environments
  • Standardized processes, templates, guidelines & checklists for DevOps
  • Integration build, deployment, end-to-end test automation, & reporting
  • Integration of AppsTek’s DevOps solutions and engineers with clients’ DevOps teams

QA81. Continuous business planning: Starts with identifying the skills, outcomes, and resources needed.

2. Collaborative development: Starts with development sketch plan and programming.

3. Continuous testing: Unit and integration testing to help increase the efficiency and speed of the development.

4. Continuous release and deployment: Non-stop CD pipeline to help implement code reviews and developer check-ins easily.

5. Continuous monitoring: To monitor the changes and address the errors/mistakes spontaneously whenever they happen.

6. Customer feedback and optimization: This allows immediate response of customers on the product and its features and helps you modify accordingly.