Friday March 8, 2019
Performing functional testing on your software products must be a routine habit for you, but do you give equal importance to non-functional testing too? Many times we overlook the non-functional testing, keeping on stake the long-term performance and success of your product. Keeping in mind the long-term goals and success, ensure to carry out a round of non-functional testing. One of the most important non-functional testing that needs your attention is compliance testing.
What is Compliance Testing?
Compliance testing evaluates and assesses whether your software fulfills all the regulations, standards, requirements of specifications, etc. that it has to stand true on. Compliance testing can be considered more as an auditing task to ensure that it fulfills required standards. It is many times also referred to as conformance testing.
Attributes compliance testing tests for
The deviation in the specified standards can affect various attributes of your software. You can assess the following attributes of your software through compliance testing.
Importance of Compliance Testing
Before moving ahead we should first know why is compliance testing important and why do we need it? Here are a few points that will help you understand its utility.
Who executes Compliance testing?
Most of the companies do not perform compliance testing. They do not consider it mandatory. However, executing compliance testing largely depends on the management. If they consider a need to execute compliance testing, they hire or ask the in-house team to conduct compliance testing.
Many organizations also deploy a panel of experts or a regulatory body to assess and validate various regulations, specifications, policies, and guidelines.
What to test in Compliance testing?
Compliance testing is initiated by the management taking care of the complete understanding of the team about various regulations, specifications, guidelines, etc.
To assure the best results and quality assurance, all the regulations and standards should be clearly mentioned to the team to avoid any ambiguities.
When to perform Compliance Testing?
When you need to assess the reliability, comprehensiveness, and accuracy of your software with respect to requirement specifications, you can carry out compliance testing.
How to perform compliance testing?
Compliance testing is more like an audit and follows no specific testing methodology.
You can simply carry it out like other general testing methods. Here is an overview of generic compliance testing methodology that may help you in performing it.
Many tools are also available to carry out compliance testing. These tools can simplify your task saving on to a lot of time and efforts.
Based upon the required standards and your system type there are many compliance testing tools that are available in the market.
Here are the names of few commonly used compliance testing tools.
Advantages of Compliance Testing
Compliance testing is though not a mandatory part of STLC, but it is advisable to carry around to assure better performance and compliance of your software.
Listed below are a few points that might help you to better understand the advantages of carrying out compliance testing.
Disadvantages of Compliance Testing
Compliance testing is no easy task and might become very challenging for the testers. Here are some challenges that you might incur while doing compliance testing
Delivering glitch free software enhances your customers trust upon you. Compliance testing is another step that assures that your system is free from any flaws and glitches.