Open source or commercial? This is one of the first questions engineers ask as they look to consider a cloud testing tools. Open source is often the ‘go-to’ decision in 2018 but commercial can often be the smarter decision in some situations. Below we’ll take a look at why you may choose to opt for a commercial tool instead.
Multiple Technologies Being Tested
When you’re choosing a testing tool, it’s smarter to take a second to identify your testing needs. While an open source tool might do the job, commercial may be the way to go. Engineers often rely on a wide range of technologies including, .Net, Java, SAP, and mobile apps. That being said, vendor supplied tools can allow you to test each of those technologies at once.
Not Prone to Bugs
Don’t want buggy tools? Might want to consider choosing a vendor testing tool. Vendors can’t afford to release tools that are expected to have kinks. Open-source tools don’t have that same urgency to ensure the product works. Vendor based tech support can help you with all of your testing needs.
The Price Tag Usually Ensures Quality
While open source is free, it doesn’t always mean that it’s going to save you money in the long run. Because open source tools are supported and built by volunteers, they don’t have the same accountability to ensure that the tools work as promised. The tools can be buggy, confusing, or poorly designed. With more systems coming into play with increasing complexity, these open source test environments will begin to consume more time and resources.
Easy to Use
Open source tools are often just APIs that require engineers to develop their own framework to meet business needs. With commercial tools, you’re already given a full bodied tools with features that you may not be able to find in an open source offering. The test-creation process is also simplified in commercial offerings.
Oftentimes, companies often require engineers to get approval for the testing tools they’re looking to use. In these situations, vendor based tools should be the way to go. Since these vendors have already been through the process of ensuring that their products meet compliance standards.
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