Successful test automation with Cucumber in the Cloud

How can you make Test Automation succeed?

The biggest challenge to making a success out of test automation (TA) is maintainability. Maintainability of both your TA test suite as well as the TA infrastructure you are using is critical. I will explain both and describe how to get a successful TA setup on the API and UI level, using open source frameworks and the test automation platform that can run your Cucumber TA suite in the cloud.

Interested in learning more about Test Automation? Read our guide, Test Automation: nearly everything you need to know.

Maintainable TA suite

Things happen… A tester or developer goes on vacation or leaves your development team; changes in the tested application are made and break the test scenarios. When the TA suite is complex and hard to understand, in time and with a changing environment, it will soon require too much effort by the team to keep the suite up and running; it is doomed to fail. Using a scripting language such as Ruby, as opposed to a programming language, will keep the test suite easy to understand for non-developers. Using Cucumber (Gherkin language) as the top layer of your TA suite will make the test scenarios understandable for the business. On you can read about creating a stable TA suite from scratch using open source software. You can also find an Ecommere TA Suite template on github.

Maintainable TA infrastructure

Things still happen… Regular updates on web browsers and (test automation) frameworks get in the way and break your TA setup. The complete test automation infrastructure requires the ongoing attention of system engineers; but your system engineers are already busy maintaining the production environment… These factors affect whether you succeed or fail with your TA setup. Online TA platforms maintain the infrastructure for you, allowing you to put your effort elsewhere. spriteCloud is such an online TA platform. It enables you to have a very cost effective test automation setup running all your Cucumber/Ruby TA suites.

Want to see for yourself how successful test automation in the Cloud works? offers a demo functionality where you can see online test automation in action. Enjoy and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about test automation!

Written by: Mark Barzilay

Graduated with honors from TU Delft in 2007 studying Electrical Engineering and Media & Knowledge Engineering. Founded spriteCloud in 2009 and worked on test automation ever since, helping out small and large companies with their test automation strategy and infrastructure. Mark is also leading the development on, an online platform for all your automated test results.

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