How to justify the expense of automation tools?



  • Question:

    How do companies afford Tosca? How do testers and QA teams justify the expense to their managers/company?

    Background:

    The only testing software I've used is Selenium; for online app testing. Selenium is free

    Our team is starting to build a Desktop application. For Desktop testing, it appears that the safest most reliable testing frameworks (testing languages, libraries) are not free. I understand and am okay with this fact.

    However, I am dumbfounded by the price of some of the software. This is much different than the world of online app testing.

    Questions:

    How is it that I don't hear more conversation about expense and justification of expense? I was quoted around $11,000 to $15,000 for Tosca per year. Please, how are you convincing your company (and yourself and manager) that this is a worthwhile investment? So many companies use it; but how with it being so expensive? I have been searching a long time for answers to this question. Not sure where else to go to ask. If there is a better place for this discussion, put the link below.

    Are you using it for something other than end-to-end UI testing and basic functional UI testing?



  • Because it is a low cost option

    Selenium is free software. But you have to pay people to develop using it.

    Automation Engineers can cost $50,000 - $150,000 each per year in the US. Deciding to employ and pay them is the hard choice.

    10% of the cost of one engineer for tools that greatly increase all engineers efficiency seems fairly reasonable from a business perspective. Especially if there are multiple engineers. If the increase in productivity is significant the tool is probably saving money.

    When programmers and accountant work closely together, both learn about the true costs and wise approaches




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