SaaS testing and related opportunities are seeing a growth along with the rising SaaS adoption among enterprises. The delivery method of the service has many complex implications with testing. The relevant teams have to develop test strategies to understand that SaaS apps differ from installing software on-premises.

Based on business workflows and other parameters such as configurations, non-functional requirements, integrations, and data SaaS testing validates the applications. With successful SaaS testing starting early in the development lifecycle, it has a broader scope in the damaged areas and teams continue to test as upgrades and patches come by.

Challenges in SaaS testing

There are two primary potential challenges for SaaS testing – related to the software itself and related to the delivery model. 

Testing usually focuses on configurations and customizations, and the latter can be challenging. Coordination and integration in between the vendor and the development team are important.

With the delivery model, the challenges include the extensive undertaking of non-functional testing and validating multi-tenancy. Such tests should have security as a priority, especially with roles and access. Frequent regression testing is another challenge. In short, the teams must pay attention to all non-functional testing types and data flows.

Developing an Effective Testing Strategy

There are a few elements that can work as the basis of successful SaaS testing. The first is related to the application – testers must ensure business workflows, integrations, data security, and non-functional requirements, are considered and on track. The next point is to ensure accurate and secure data transfer between the SaaS and the client through a reliable network. The final point is regarding infrastructure – disaster recovery protocols and regulatory compliance must be ensured for the SaaS application.

With functional testing for the SaaS, the focus should be on business processes that are based on configurations and customizations.

The data testing requires data validation, including static data migration and data transformation. Furthermore, the integration tests involve validating the interfaces between the application and legacy applications, involving end-to-end system tests.

A non-functional testing strategy must test various elements such as load, stability, security, scalability, interoperability, network bandwidth, disaster recovery, availability, and data security.

Finally, it’s essential to include a regression test strategy to manage continuous upgrades. This strategy should consist of an automated regression suite focusing on changes, analyzing them selecting regression test cases, and executing both functional and non-functional tests.

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