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Parasoft aims to help firms build on open source advantages


Financial firms often pursue a buy versus build decision for test automation, but Parasoft asserts that its Selenic solution enables software leaders to capture greater return on bespoke Selenium based development.

On 1st October 2019, the test automation tooling provider Parasoft announced a major new offering to help firms manage the challenges associated with managing automation built upon the Selenium framework.

According to Chris Colosimo, Product Manager at Parasoft, “Selenium has become the de-facto UI testing framework, but UI test automation challenges [remain]. Selenic applies AI heuristics to identify why tests fail at runtime and attempts to self-heal, so that the pipeline may continue.”

Open source tooling, generally, is admired for its ease of use, enabling firms to innovate and build bespoke solutions. Parasoft, in launching Selenic, appears meet the challenge that many financials face: securing effective support to manage solutions based on these frameworks.

Based on industry data, Parasoft claims that up to 50% of firms face maintainability challenges with their Selenium code. In this view, automation is often one-and-done, requiring continuous development of test scripting to keep base with an evolving code base.

Parasoft, in addition to its runtime capabilities, suggests that Selenic offers “recommendations after testing is complete, to [enable] quicker feedback from [a mature] CI/CD pipeline.”

Though open source is not necessarily free, software leaders can now turn to a burgeoning ecosystem of service providers that offer open source support and risk management. These include firms such as IBM, Cloud Grey and Sirius.

Further information about managing open source risk is available to registered QA Vector® 500 subscribers.