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Automating tests in EPOS systems

We are developing a Big POS System with several Desktop ,Web and Distributed features.This system is Designed to run in all of these environment in different forms.As i am the team lead of my team i would like to introduce some best tool for Automated testing.I am still researching for good tools, but i coudnt find a solution.Basically i am developer with less knowledge in testing :( .May be people from this site can be able help me since all are specialized in Software Quality assurance & Testing.Sorry i couldn't able to explain in a tester manner but i can explain what are the key points we are thinking to achieve using the automated tool.

Desktop

  • Check Touch optimization in Server Hardware feature(We cant use real tills since we are geographically distributed team from our mother company)I would like to Reduce memory,Processor etc and check the Performance(Tried some Virtual machines.But It is not really reducing the processor speed.)

  • Functionality testing based on retail and Hospitality(Recode Test cases and result etc.)

  • Databases consistency,Database speed for huge amount of requests.I would like to emulate no of users and test system in functionality and Performance perspective.

  • Error providing mechanism(We are using custom Exception handling mechanism) but we would like to create more custom messages by creating more run time exceptions
  • Test our code with most type of POS peripherals(Scanners,Recipt printers,Cash drawers,Line Display,text inserter,Caller ID,Credit card Machines,Access control systems etc.)emulate these type of devices virtually and test.
  • OS compatibilities(we are targeting windows based Embedded OS's) i like to install several OS like virtual machines and test the compatibilities issues .As i said above virtual machine is good for these kind of stuffs but cant reduce hardware specs.

Web and Distributed System

  • Test functionality as i mentioned above in Desktop environment.

  • Test Cross browser compatibilities

  • Test User request load

  • Test site loading in different Stress(Low bandwidth,Many user request,good UI controls etc)

  • Test Databases Consistency

  • Test Security attacks

Sorry for big description since i am not familiar with Testing perspective terms.There Must be easy definitions for these kind of Testing.Definitely single automating tool cant achieve these goals.I would like to introduce set of tools to my team. I hope professional people here can give a good solution and guide to me.

  • So can any one please suggest some best Automated tools(Single tool or Set of tools.what ever.) to achieve above goals i have listed in bullet points?
  • If any one suggest a tool please explain ,what are the key points which i have listed above can be done by that tool?

Thanks in Advance.

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Welcome to SQA, Thabo. This is a question and answer site; someone poses a question and then others offer answers. Please update what you wrote so that it is clear what you are asking. (Hint: use a question mark.) –  user246 Jun 14 '13 at 16:14
    
Agreed with @user246; this is a Q&A site, so your questions should be a little more focused than this. –  Ken De Souza Jun 14 '13 at 16:26
    
@user246 Now i think it i clear to understand the question. –  Thabo Jun 14 '13 at 16:40
    
From prior experience with POS, testing is definitely not the area you want to be 'cheap' with. There is so many rules and regulations with this area that you will end up spending twice as much in development if you go cheap with test. –  PaulDonny Mar 6 at 13:46

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We used AscentialTest from Zeenyx Software to test an SAP windows based POS system. It is also used by other groups to test Fujitsu's Global POS and IBM's new Chrome based POS system.

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Have a look at TestComplete, I used it in the past to successfully automate testing of a POS system (running on Windows) as well as develop some web automation tests.

One of the things that is great about it if you are a developer is that you can approach your testing completely from a coded perspective which is I found top be very powerful.

Like Joe said, it is very hard to give any concrete information based on what you say, too much is unknown. I would urge you to try and get more resources in order to get an experienced automator.

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IMHO, a team lead who is a developer with less knowledge in testing, is the wrong kind of person to be selecting a test tool.

Do you have any QA Professionals on your team - perhaps someone with test tool experience? Or, lacking that do you have anyone on the team who will actually be tasked with using a test tool? I would suggest you turn to them.

If neither of those options are viable, have you considered hiring a knowledgeable consultant to help with your tool choice and get you started on a testing process?

Anyway, in case it will help, here are some things I look for in my test suite. It might spur some thoughts that will help you narrow your selections a bit: http://www.allthingsquality.com/2010/04/things-i-like-to-have-in-my-test.html

And here are some places you can get trial versions of test automation tools: http://www.allthingsquality.com/2010/04/trial-versions-of-commercial-test.html

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Thanks..As you said it is wrong if i select a tool without consulting any one.Unfortunately our team don't have Tester with a test tool experience.Hiring a new one is not possible cz it is not at my hand.I have to do some think within resources which we have now.Like you said i already handed over this some one who was assigned to test.But like you help me to narrow my search ,i need to help my college by narrowing his search.Any way i checked tools you have provided in you links.But i am searching some tools in POS domain.Are any of these can abe to emulate POS devices? –  Thabo Jun 14 '13 at 22:34
    
As far as I know none of these tools are able to emulate a POS device. I didn't see that anywhere in your requirements. Many POS systems either already have emulators, or can run on other (Windows, Linux, etc) systems. Again, a good consultant could help you much more efficiently than StackExchange, I suspect. Good luck. –  Joe Strazzere Jun 16 '13 at 23:14

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