SOA test strategies

SOA is more than simple web services that provide interfaces to existing applications.

An SOA implementation is likely to involve multiple services and vendors and is considered a complex computing problem.

Many companies try implementing automated testing for GUI solutions. Due to the changing nature of GUIs, they find it difficult to achieve ROI. That is not to say that GUI testing cannot be achieved, but it must be done during the project lifecycle by applying automated interface testing.

Focusing on programmatic interfaces and services in automated testing offers significant ROI, as the design contracts for these interfaces change less often – changing business processes in a distributed environment is costly. When it comes to SOA, a different approach, skill-set, and mind-set are required for testing.

The main factors of a successful test methodology are as follows: