Today, businesses run on software and are severely impacted when software applications malfunction. In previous generations, software malfunctions could be hidden from end customers because only employees directly used software applications. However, in the current scenario, software applications – particularly those on the cloud – often serve millions of end-users. High availability and bug-free software applications are crucial to ensure customer satisfaction. Poorly performing software applications can severely erode the brand and business of an organization. Thus, software testing is vital to ensuring the quality of a software application before it is deployed in a data center or released to customers.
Further, software applications need to be updated regularly to keep pace with changing business and user needs. Organizations find it difficult to implement manual testing processes every time a new feature is added or an existing feature is modified. Manual testing slows down software development and increases the cost of development as well as the opportunity cost due to delayed deployment. Progressive organizations are adopting automated software testing tools to address these issues and speed up software quality assurance and testing processes.
Visual Studio has established itself as the world’s leading development environment for enterprise applications. It provides tools to design, develop, debug, and deploy applications. With Visual Studio 2012, you can also create several types of automated tests that enable you to test your applications efficiently. In addition, Visual Studio 2012 helps track work items and test cases as per business goals and measurable requirements during the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) process.