Parasoft SOAtest Review
the product really shines in end-to-end testing, not only because of all the built-in tools supporting this, but also because of the great extensibility of the tool.


Valuable Features

The facilities for testing API’s (services, REST API’s, messaging clients, etc..). Especially the features for parametrizing requests and checking responses are very powerful. But the product really shines in end-to-end testing, not only because of all the built-in tools supporting this, but also because of the great extensibility of the tool.

If you want something that’s not provided out of the box, then you can write it yourself and integrate it with SOAtest.

As an expert user, you can accomplish a lot with this tool.

Improvements to My Organization

Using this tool, we were able to set up a nightly, still growing, company-wide regression test -- dramatically decreasing time being spent on (manual) regression testing.

Room for Improvement

  • Web-testing facilities. This was not very good when we were using version 9.2, so we built our own Selenium framework and integrated this with SOAtest (this being possible at all is a very positive point in my opinion ;-).
  • The user-interface is not very lightweight or friendly, sometimes buggy and cumbersome. The product has a steep learning curve, but very well worth the effort.
  • There is virtually no (online) user community, except for an outdated forum. When having issues you have to find everything out yourself (or call in help from Parasoft).
  • Reporting facilities can be better.
  • Last but not least: using the tool in current continuous integration/delivery practices is not very easy or straightforward.

Use of Solution

Five years.

Stability Issues

Yes, the product can be buggy or crash sometimes. But not to the extent that it hinders working with it.

Scalability Issues

We had some issues with stability and performance -- with a growing testbase and/or ‘big’ tests. But these also were minor issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

8 out of 10.

Technical staff living nearby are always prepared to come by and help with issues. Communicating with developers abroad is also satisfactory.

Previous Solutions

Not really, QTP was used a little before but was not the right tool for our purposes.

Initial Setup

It was complex, but that had more to do with our own complex infrastructure than with the product itself. But it took some time to get the setup of the product right.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

It is an expensive product, so think carefully about whether it fits your purposes and is the right tool for you. Support pack is helpful. Due to high license costs, the tool is not easy to use by many people in your organization (like with open-source tools) and so to make test automation something for the whole team.

Other Solutions Considered

Yes, but before I was involved, so I don’t know more than that.

Other Advice

Take your time to get to know SOAtest very well, don’t get put off by the steep learning curve, it’s very well worth the effort.

Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.

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