NotableTalks 
​Microsoft ISV Series

Conversations with Mr. Mayank Bhola, Co-founder & Head of Product at LambdaTest, about: Cloud Testing, Mobile App Testing, Online Automation Testing, Enterprise Testing Platform, App development ecosystem and a variety of more hot topics.

Co-presented by: Value Prospect Consulting

Index:

LambdaTest is the fastest growing testing cloud platform. Build for the people passionate about software quality, LambdaTest allows developers and tester to perform both automated and manual cross browser testing on 3000+ different browser configurations.

What cloud testing is, and how it is different from the conventional testing methods?

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Cloud Testing

​As we know, LambdaTest offers a cloud testing platform for websites and apps around the globe. First of all, could you kindly explain to our audience about what cloud testing is, and how it is different from the conventional testing methods? And how does LambdaTest provide a seamless multi-platform experience for users to go beyond the limits of their digital infrastructure?

That is an intriguing question because we have seen our customers struggle with the idea that they are already performing cloud testing but are unsure what cloud testing entails. Thus, whenever we attempt to use cloud-based infrastructure to conduct testing and test execution, we are actually engaging in cloud-based testing. Essentially, this means that rather than utilizing on-premise infrastructure for test execution, we are harnessing a cloud that acts as a remote system located somewhere else to perform the testing. There are numerous advantages to cloud-based testing. For instance, the infrastructure can be infinitely scaled up. Even if an enterprise does not currently own any type of specialized infrastructure, they can use it for cloud-based testing because the company that provides cloud-based testing provides those types of resources to end customers.

Consider some instances where customers who are developing websites, which must be tested across multiple versions of Windows, Mac, and other operating systems. Thus, technically and economically, it may not be feasible for the end customer to own and maintain that type of infrastructure on a daily basis. However, with cloud-based testing, they can use and test the website using cloud-based resources managed by the cloud testing provider. Identical to LambdaTest.
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Whats an effective mobile app testing strategy and what is LambdaTest cross-browser testing cloud platform?

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Mobile App Testing

​Today, more people are spending time on their mobile apps than on any other device. It has been reported that 70% of all US digital media time comes from mobile apps. And thus, having to manage the performance and usability of mobiles apps are important for any company in maintaining a positive user experience. How can a company adopt an effective mobile app testing strategy and how does LambdaTest’s cross-browser testing cloud platform help to seamlessly implement such a strategy?
Again, that is an incredibly insightful question, as starting and conducting testing from the beginning is most emphatically not a good strategy. When developing a product and planning the testing that will take place, strategy is critical, and that strategy includes what are we going to test? Because the variety of devices available on the market is so vast. Apple provides a list of the top ten devices, which includes very affordable smartphones and some feature phones. Thus, the testing itself can be performed in the cloud across all devices, but the issue is one of time constraint. Thus, the strategy must clearly state what we intend to accomplish. Because if we attempt to target everything simultaneously, our testing strategy will be less effective. For instance, iterations will take an inordinate amount of time, and feedback will be delayed significantly. It's critical for the product strategy team to sit down and map out which devices they want to test and how they want to test them. Additionally, testing on devices can be performed on the inventory in simulators, which are virtualized miniatures of the actual devices, or on the actual devices. There are now various testing stages contained within. For instance, some aspects of the testing can be performed easily via emulators and simulators, which also provide rapid feedback.

Therefore, if something is being developed rapidly and does not require exhaustive testing from this perspective, it is always recommended that we use simulators because they are affordable, inexpensive, and provide immediate feedback. However, at the conclusion of the entire production cycle, if we truly want to test how my end-user will experience it, we must configure a small subset of the end-user devices that the majority of my customers use and then test them in the cloud. While LambdaTest remains critical, we can help accelerate this type of testing now that we have a diverse array of devices available. Thus, from the entirety of what I just discussed. However, we also have some other tools that are inextricably linked to this entire testing cycle. For instance, we offer integrations that allow you to create bugs in your testing systems, such as Jira or any other available tool. Thus, for the end tester who is actually testing the website or application, it is extremely convenient for them to sit in a single platform and perform all other tasks from there. They can see the data and the analytics; they have the data at their disposal, and then they have a plethora of development options. They offer both immunity tests and actual devices. Thus, everything necessary to accomplish. The LambdaTest performs this testing. We look after the infra. And you're in charge of the examination. That is the moto.

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What is Online Automation Testing Platform, and how can companies benefit from LambdaTest?

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Online Automation Testing

​Many enterprises today are required to deliver products within a short time scale, such as a week or a day. This makes it crucial for them to have a quick turnaround time, where automation becomes the key in performing a time-efficient and accurate software development task. Here, the Online Automation Testing Platform of LambdaTest will definitely play an integral role in improving the enterprise’s efficiency and product output. First, what functions are provided in the Online Automation Testing Platform, and how would companies benefit from utilising the product?

As a matter of fact, LambdaTest provides a variety of different integrations and tools to assist developers and testers at each stage of the testing process. For instance, we provide them with testing infrastructure, which is a core competency. We are located at the southernmost point of the former testing market. We do not provide tools for writing test cases rather, we provide the infrastructure automation and orchestration necessary to execute test cases at scale. These test cases could be as straightforward as manually testing websites or applications on end-user devices, or as complex as writing playwright selenium test scripts. And we recently launched Hyper Execute, our orchestration platform that elevates testing to a new level by requiring testers to focus exclusively on authoring their test cases and not on how to execute those test cases optimally. And our system learns from previous executions and some other parameters to generate extremely elaborate and sophisticated test execution plans that were previously impossible without human intervention. Therefore, in terms of the tools we provide and the features they include, we have extremely detailed dashboards and reports to ensure that we deliver highly polished data to our users. Our philosophy is that we do not want to return raw data to users, as this would be a waste of time. And one of our core metrics is that when a user visits our platform, they should spend as little time as possible figuring out the correct data, which is precisely what our platform does. We polish the data, extract critical chunks, and then return it to the users in the most consumable form possible. It could be their history and the ROI they derive from their testing trends, which informs them of the most frequently occurring failures.

Because failures are the most important thing that anyone wants to know when they come to the platform, they don't care about what is running. It is critical to identify what is not running, which is what our platform does. And we have a variety of different integrations in place to trigger the test cases. As a result, our philosophy should be very easily integrated into the surrounding ecosystem, as we operate at a specific stage of the software development lifecycle. There are some services and tools that come before and after us, and we want to play nice with them so that LambdaTest fits in seamlessly for the end developer. Additionally, observing the entire lifecycle. And along that line, we provide integrations with the most well-known continuous integration and continuous delivery providers, test management tools, and all of the infrastructure issues and tools that support them. They can work seamlessly, whether they are using our dashboard or their own native tools. And we excel at what we do. That is, providing them with the infrastructure and orchestration necessary to run the test cases as quickly as possible. Concentrating on the Performance Aspect we believe that the best feature a platform can offer its users is performance. All of the other vanity features on the screen, as well as the lovely graphs, are irrelevant if the Performance falls short of the mark. And that is why our portfolio has always been designed to maximize performance without requiring teams to spend additional time on it. And we want to keep the cost of that performance low. That is our primary objective.
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What are online Cypress and Selenium testing, and how to choose the correct testing framework?

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Cypress and Selenium Testing

​LambdaTest also offers online Cypress and Selenium testing. First, could you explain to our audiences what they are and what are their differences? Also, could you elaborate which frameworks are recommended for different types of users depending on their use case?
Selenium began as a browser automation tool and has evolved into a framework for automation. Thus, Selenium provides directives for automatically operating the web browser. Now, if you want to simplify things for end users, for instance, if a user comes to the website manually, they must move their mouse pointer, click on the address bar, type in a URL, and then click Enter. Now, this entire sequence of actions can be automated, as the primary objective of automation testing is to replicate end-user interaction with the web browser or end device. And this is precisely what Selenium accomplishes. Selenium is a framework for web automation.

On the other hand, Cypress provides the same capabilities for automating the end-interaction user's with the web browser, but in a distinct manner. While both of these frameworks have the same end goal of enabling users to write automated scripts to test web browsers, the way they accomplish this is slightly different. Now, why would someone use Selenium or Cypress? For starters, Cypress is a relative newcomer to the scene. Cypress does not support Safari web browsers and communicates with other web browsers in a limited way. Obviously, this will be resolved in due course, as people are rapidly adopting Cypress and the market is maturing at a breakneck pace. Selenium does have some benefits, as it has been on the horizon for well over 15 years. As a result, numerous enterprises and a sizable community effort have been devoted to providing enhancements on top of it. Selenium is also rapidly releasing new iterations and modernizing their workforce, making this a very interesting time to be in the space.

As a result, there is no clear reason to choose one over the other. Additionally, it can occur as an opinionated decision. Due to the fact that Cypress is only supported on the JavaScript site. If your team is already familiar with JavaScript, this will be a natural transition. Consider moving to Cypress, but suppose you're already using another language, such as Dot net or Python. They will have a difficult time getting from Port to Cypress. Having said that, Cypress also provides customers with some newer types of features that assist them in dividing and orchestrating tests. And the best part about Cypress is that it attempts to eliminate the latency associated with the Selenium architecture, which was the primary reason I pursued respond, which is that the standard Selenium testing architecture requires too many hops in between, resulting in slower test cases when compared to Cypress. That was the primary reason for launching Hyper Execute, as we know that while people love testing Selenium, they were forced to migrate to other frameworks due to issues with the way standard Selenium clouds were designed. And Hyper Execute attempts to close that chasm. It provides the same functionality, or at least some of the functionality, that Cypress has to sell community. However, Hyper Execute provides superior orchestration. Hyper Execute enables faster test execution and the most in-depth reporting. And that is what we want to restore to the world, so that they can concentrate on writing test cases while the platform takes care of the heavy lifting.
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How is Lambda Test helping global tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, Deloitte, and other fortune companies?

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Enterprise Testing Platform

​LambdaTest technology is helping global leading companies, such as Apple, Microsoft, Deloitte, and a lot more. From the perspective of a co-founder at LambdaTest, what do you think are the key USPs that make LambdaTest to be a preferred partner for global tech organisations?

We believe that performance is a critical characteristic of any platform. Thus, before we provide anything else, we prioritize providing the fastest test execution performance possible, as this directly translates to dollars. The more time your team spends waiting for the test case's conclusion, the more productivity they lose. As a result, our platform is extremely performant. Indeed, the segment's best performance. Additionally, we believe in providing highly polished information. Rather than returning data to the user, we define it, make sense of it, and then provide only the critical information requested by the user.

Additionally, we are attempting to incorporate intelligence into what we can do to improve their testing experience, which is what LambdaTest will provide in future iterations. However, our performance, documentation, and customer support are the primary reasons why anyone would LambdaTest with us or any other competitor.
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Growth roadmap for SaaS startups &, how's LambdaTest supporting them to deliver better applications?

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App Development Ecosystem

​What roadmap would you like to suggest for a growth phase SaaS startup organization, and how is LambdaTest supporting the global startup ecosystem to deliver better applications to the world?

I'll begin by responding to the second question first. As we all know, testing is critical for any SaaS provider, and the startup ecosystem is primarily about providing technology and features in a digital format. And for those startups and businesses, Lambdatest strives to provide an affordable performance platform with the best features and quality. As a result, we have numerous tie-ups in place throughout the world. Additionally, we have a very generous open-source initiative in which we provide a free testing platform for the life of the open source community. Additionally, we collaborate with enterprises and businesses to provide technologies that are tailored to their specific needs, as using a standard testing platform is not always the best option. And that is why, with their new hyper executive scale offerings, they enable companies to move the entire product inside their data centers for more precise control. That is a goal for which we want to cater to the platform requirements for testing infrastructure across all types of businesses and enterprises. When it comes to the growth phase of startups in the SaaS world, there is no playbook because each company operates uniquely and faces unique challenges that other companies have not encountered. However, there are some ground rules, one of which is that customer feedback is critical, as it is ultimately the product that customers will use.

Therefore, even though businesses may have a variety of sources for information that will aid in the advancement of their experiments and hypotheses, it is critical to quickly return those experiments to the users, as it is ultimately the end paying customers who can provide feedback on what they want and don't want. And it is critical for businesses to interpret these nudges as signals, as they are not always overt. We must constantly monitor our customers' reactions to everything. It is not possible that for every ten things we launch in the market, to the market, or that users love, four of those ten things will gain significant traction. Therefore, it is the responsibility of staff companies and teams to focus more on that part, which is gaining more traction, and on repairing and possibly replacing those other components. And once this thing gains constant momentum, things begin to fall into place and naturally shape up. However, situations vary significantly but all require careful consideration of what the background has to say.
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