To ensure efficient and timely Quality Assurance (QA) in software development we combine a mix of unit, integration and functional tests on a test server environment with continuous delivery. Thus, we achieve direct cost savings during development and fast development cycles.

To guarantee the quality of our software and products Abto Software goes through continuous quality process during development applying Continuous Integration (CI) rules to provide developers with the means for checking their code quality and being warned about any problem.

Continuous integration aims to improve the quality of software, and to reduce the time taken to deliver it, by replacing the traditional practice of applying quality control after completing all development. It helps merge all parts of the system as often as possible during the lifecycle of the project.

Continuous Integration Process Overview

CI Diagram

The following diagram shows how Abto Software applies the features of testing and deployment on .NET Web Applications stack which fit into continuous integration.

Abto Software's Continuous Integration Process Diagram

1.  Part 1: Developer’s part of work

Team Process at Abto Software

2.  Part 2: Team’s part of work

Team Integration Server

3.  Part 3: QAs’ part of work

System Integration Server

4.  Part 4: Operational part of work

Additionally:

Load Server

Continuous Integration Benefits

We find Continuous Integration extremely beneficial and best fitting into Abto Software’s quality assurance lifecycle. Our both development and QA teams see a number of advantages in using a CI system, such as:

Reducing risks: The CI system helps us detect system development problems at the very early stage and identify builds that contain errors for our test team not to waste time working with and installing bad builds. So our QA team can focus on higher areas of risk while the CI system runs automated regression tests.

Reducing costs: an automated smoke test (as well as regression, performance, load, and stress testing) by means of CI system takes twice less time than manual one, leading to sufficient cost savings.

Project visibility: Using CI system’s powerful reporting abilities, we can observe some trends which help us make effective decisions with reduced time but increased accuracy of planning and execution.

Code quality: A CI system allows our team to produce a deployable piece of software at any time as long as it has no defects or errors, ensuring measurable and visible code quality. As our team continuously integrates their software changes, better software is produced and tested more often.

Reducing repetitive manual processes: Without the CI system we would have to manually investigate each build including smoke testing and regression testing. Though now practically any test is automated and executed by the CI system.

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