Worried About Test Automation Busting Your Budget? Try our ROI Calculator!

With budget planning in full swing, now’s the time to invest in large testing/QA initiatives like test automation.  Unfortunately, that means that many companies are going to face uphill battles while trying to get them approved.  Fortunately, cutting-edge tools like our ROI calculator are here to help.

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Quantifying an expected ROI for test automation can be tricky—something that often dissuades teams from investigating it any further.

Fortunately, we’re here to help.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Charles Dickens might have said it first, but it’s been uttered a thousand times over to describe the paradoxical state where good and bad can coexist—manifesting themselves into a single entity. 

For a lot of folks in the corporate world, planning your next budget can feel a lot like that—limitless opportunity constrained by a limited budget.  With a myriad of projects to finance and not enough cash to fund them all, you’ve got to make an airtight case to your superiors if you want to see those purse strings open up. 

Nothing here is exactly revelatory or anything, but this fact alone can make it very, very hard for large-scale software testing/QA initiatives to get approved—especially test automation.  Since it generates savings for IT and the business alike, quantifying its true ROI can be a murky process.  Oftentimes, this dissuades teams from investigating automation any further—after all, you can’t pitch a costly improvement plan if you can’t prove it’ll actually save you money.

Fortunately, we’re here to help. 

Leveraging the whole of our collective expertise, we’ve coupled industry best practices with our own real-world automation results to create a definitive test automation ROI calculator.  If you’re looking for the no-nonsense truth of what automation can do for you, you need look no further.  After plugging in just four quick inputs, you won’t just see how long it’ll take you to break even; you’ll also see the five-year Net Present Value (NPV) of your investment, as well as your five-year Internal Rate of Return (IRR)!

Those are the kinds of figures your boss (and their bosses, too!) are going to be looking for—but you’re going to need more than just a few figures from a website to get buy-in.  We can help there, too.

If you’re interested in automation and like what you’re seeing from the calculator (heck, even if you don’t), drop us a line and we can help show a far more in-depth ROI—customized to every facet of your organization.  After a couple chats with our automation experts, you’ll have all the ammunition you could possibly need for a bulletproof pitch!

 Just make sure you don’t wait too long, okay?   After all, the budget waits for no one. 


Mike Hodge
Lighthouse Technologies, Inc
Software Testing | Quality Assurance Consulting | Oracle EBS Consulting

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