Getting Familiar with Test Automation

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A few months ago, I decided to embrace a new challenge in my career with an up and coming technology company. I still remember when I was first familiarizing myself with the basics of test automation. In the beginning, I must admit I had the feeling that it was a very technical and vertical business that addressed requirements and demands for specific industries only. Test automation seemed to be something that only engineers, CTOs or CIOs needed to be concerned about.

But as I dug into it more, I understood that test automation relates to a numbers of challenges across industries and throughout an organization. Suddenly, I realized that in my previous roles and positions, I could have used such a solution. It surely would have made my life as a marketer and digital expert much easier.

When we are talking about test automation, the telco industry is the traditional use case, running multiple test suites to ensure network quality for their subscribers. But these days, almost every company interacts with their customers via digital services and applications. As a result, a number of other industries are jumping into the picture, such as healthcare, finance, banking, automotive and e-commerce. 

There are so many different needs and challenges at play today that are increasing the relevance of the test automation market. 
 It’s not only increasing customer expectations, or the advent of 5G, or new methodologies like agile development that are changing the way companies innovate. It’s not only about the number of new devices that are continuously being released, the incredible pace of today’s technology, or the speed of digital transformation. It’s not only the changes that 2020 and COVID-19 brought on. 
It’s the culmination of all of these factors coming together in today’s world that call for a new approach to testing digital services.

Test automation enables organizations to face all of these challenges. With test automation, hundreds of test cases can be executed in a single day, in the exact same way, over and over again, on any device, anywhere. Instead of performing repetitive, time consuming, manual tests, test engineers can focus on reviewing test results, troubleshooting and fixing the problems.

In December 2019, a global survey conducted by a US software firm, Compuware, revealed that most enterprises think manual testing is one of the major hindrances to a business’s success. More than 90% of respondents believed that test automation is the single most crucial factor in accelerating innovation. However, the survey also found that only 7% of enterprises automate tests on the mainframe, indicating the considerable market opportunity for automation testing.

This is why the market size of test automation is globally impacted by a CAGR growth of 14%+ increase year over year, bringing the market value to $35b in the next few years. Moreover, the power of automation with the support of AI introduces even more opportunities for growth. It has become clear that manual testing is no longer a realistic option due to the number of variables that come into play to ensure quality and the time required to perform comprehensive test suites.

Any industry offering digital services can experience the benefits of automated testing.  The ability to perform hundreds of tests in a day is a huge benefit to productivity. You can rely on accurate test results and identify the root cause of failures more quickly.  Shortened time-to-market reduces your costs and improves your competitive position because you can deliver products and services to your customers faster than ever, increasing your revenue.  

As it turns out, automated testing in no longer a luxury for big players.

This new line of blog articles will explain more in details moving forward what are the use cases, the benefits and the application of test automation in different industries and companies, regardless of their size. And how SEGRON can execute all of this for you.

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TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGER

You will be a part of the SEGRON Project Team. This will be an amazing opportunity for someone to be part of a team working in next generation cutting edge technologies such as 5G, IOT, DevOps, CI/CD and test automation.

As technical project manager, you will be responsible for understanding the different customer requirements and latest technologies around 5G, VoLTE use cases and you have to setup and align related project activities together with our customers.
You should have a strong knowledge and background in the telco environment paired with project management skills to align projects, track the related KPI’s further having a strong view also on the financial performance.

Soft Skills:
Problem Solving skills:
• Analytical & technical mindset
• Good in abstraction i.e. seeing the “big picture”
• Self-Motivated & Responsible
Team player:
• collaborates with others
• teach new skills to others and write tutorials
Others:
• Good Communication Skills
• Flexible/Entrepreneurial

Hard Skills:
• Several years of experience in Telecom Domain.
• Good expertise on 5G/4G/3G technologies and should be familiar with the network call flows
• IMS/SDM/EPC domain knowledge
• Wireshark packet analysis
• Experience in Protocol testing including HTTP2, SIP, MAP, Diameter.
• Sound understanding of Telco Cloud technologies such as VNFI, Open Stack.
• Sound knowledge in Linux/CentOS, TCP/IP stack
• DevOps knowledge.

Nice to have skills:
• Understanding of 5G network elements and interfaces is plus.
• Robot Framework / Python

Specific additional information:
• You have a Telecommunications/Electronics/SW/Computer master’s degree or equivalent through experience
• PM Certification or equivalent through experience
• Very high English proficient

Others:
• Full time job
• Variety of financial and non-financial benefits
• Offered salary: from 2500 EUR (depends on experience)

DEVELOPER TEST AUTOMATION

You will be a part of the SEGRON Test Automation Development Team. This will be an amazing opportunity for someone to be part of a team working in next generation cutting edge technologies such as 5G, IOT, DevOps, CI/CD and test automation using Python, Robot.

As test automation developer, you will be responsible for understanding the different customer requirements and latest technologies around 5G, VoLTE use cases, building automation tools, framework, creating reusable python libraries for test automation.
You should have a strong knowledge and hands-on experience in test automation framework (Robot) and Python scripting language. Further you must continuously renew the automation & review guidelines set within the team. Ensure developed reusable keywords & test scripts meet the automation guideline.

Soft Skills:
Problem Solving skills:
• Analytical & technical mindset
• Good in abstraction i.e. seeing the “big picture”
• Self-Motivated & Responsible 


Team player:
• collaborates with others
• teach new skills to others and write tutorials


Others:
• Good Communication Skills
• Flexible/Entrepreneurial

Hard Skills:
• Experience in developing reusable test automation scripts using Python and Robot Framework
• Several years of experience in Telecom Domain
• Good expertise on 5G/4G/3G technologies and should be familiar with the network call flows
• Test Case development
• Mobile development
• Design Patterns
• Web development/testing
• IMS/SDM/EPC domain knowledge
• Hand-on experience in Docker containers and Kubernetes.
• Sound understanding of Telco Cloud technologies such as VNFI, Open Stack
• Sound knowledge in Linux/CentOS, TCP/IP stack
• DevOps knowledge

Nice to have skills:
• Understanding of 5G network elements and interfaces is plus
• Wireshark packet analysis
• Experience in Protocol testing including HTTP2, SIP, MAP, Diameter

Specific additional information:
• You have a Telecommunications/Electronics/SW/Computer master’s degree or equivalent through experience
• Very high English proficient

Others:
• Full time job
• Variety of financial and non-financial benefits
• Offered salary: from 2000 EUR (depends on experience)