10.1. Automation Fundamentals and the Big Picture

Automating a system load—the load emanating from your carefully constructed test mix, as discussed in Chapter 9—is all about doing more with less, and doing so in a repeatable, consistent manner. Automated testing approaches should allow you to:

  • Leverage virtual test suites to make it possible for a couple of “human resources” to drive a stress test of perhaps thousands of users

  • Leverage automated test tools to create, manage, and execute complex business processes subject to zero errors in execution

  • Leverage various utilities or approaches to find a few core data combinations that can subsequently yield hundreds of additional valid data combinations

  • Leverage a small number of multiprocessor servers ...

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