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A manual test team conducts most of its testing directly from a written test plan or tests in an ad-hoc manner. Few if any automation solutions or scripting skills are used by the team. Organizations with manual test teams include: service providers, network equipment manufacturers, network equipment resellers, and enterprise IT departments.

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Not all test and lab automation solutions are similar. Test environments come in all shapes and sizes. Organizations have a broad range of testing needs. From extensive experience in delivering automation solutions, Spirent’s test automation specialists have been able to define organizational categories for test automation. By understanding these organizational categories before integrating test automation, Spirent is able to define the right solution for our customers.

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A test lab is usually complex and comprised of a wide variety of equipment. Equipment may be shared by multiple users across a number of different test beds. Managing and maintaining a test lab can become extremely difficult.

Traditionally a test or lab automation solution is an answer to a productivity challenge. But a test lab automation solution needs to take into account the physical setup of the lab and its test beds, the users of the lab and the tests that need to be performed in the lab. Failure to consider all aspects of the testing environment will typically lead to rework and delays.

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The need for a comprehensive system testing to assure reliable solution quality multiplies exponentially over time. Poor planning for expanding product testing requirements will increase the risk of brand damage and leads to productivity and revenue loss. Automated testing is essential in keeping pace with the ever expanding product and system testing requirements.

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Infrastructure Test Optimization (iTO) first appeared a few years ago, and has attracted critical acclaim and a lot of strong advocates, but the full potential of the strategy has yet to be embraced by the global testing community.

Given the competitive landscapes in which companies operate these days it’s more critical than ever to reduce time-to-market and improve product quality. Equally important is generating better returns on investment (RoI).

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This is the fourth post in a six-part series on lab management challenges. For more information, check out the original post, “Top 5 Challenges of Lab Management.

Technologies like virtualization and cloud computing have revolutionized the way organizations develop software, hardware and IT products. The services and sites we rely on today run across integrated hardware and software platforms that include many different networks, servers, routers, applications and virtual machines.

With this complexity comes an increased opportunity for error. A single bug in a product’s infrastructure can damage its ability to function, erode consumer faith in an established product or brand, and even destroy the market share of a new one.

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This is the third post in a six-part series on lab management challenges. For more information, check out the original post, “Top 5 Challenges of Lab Management.

Despite its complexities and drain on testing resources, manual lab configuration is still a go-to practice for many industry experts. However, service providers and network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) are aware of the potential pitfalls associated with only utilizing manual testing, and have integrated automated testing to their QA processes.

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This is the second post in a six-part series on lab management challenges. For more information, check out the first post, Top 5 Challenges of Lab Management.”

The efficiency of the testing process is dependent on the integration of a savvy testing team and a highly versatile testing solution. Each team member plays a pivotal role throughout production, and therefore must have the ability to clearly communicate results and happenings to the rest of the team.

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This is the first post in a six-part series on lab management challenges. Check back for future posts that dive further into each of the following obstacles faced by test teams.

Product testing is critical to any pending product release or feature. If a flaw is overlooked during development, and the product is released to the public without correction, it can impact sales, and be detrimental to the company’s image and reputation in its market. A leading brand can be forever damaged by the release of a single dysfunctional product feature.

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Original article posted on the Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF) Blog. Hello, this is Todd Law again, vice-president of NTAF and senior product manager at Spirent Communications. Last time I wrote about the various reasons people choose to automate, but this time I wanted to ask an even more fundamental question, namely, what is network test automation? This question may seem strange to ask since clearly most of us have some feeling and understanding for what automation is. But if you think a...

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Original article posted on the Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF) Blog. My name is Todd Law, and I am the Vice-President of NTAF, as well as a senior product manager at Spirent Communications.  I’m happy to have this chance to communicate through the NTAF blog. Most of the blogs posted to date in this space have been primarily focused on NTAF’s formation and organizational progress in getting new members or standards written.  In this entry, I wanted to take a step back...

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