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Shrey Gupta
Consultant
Director Technology at Simplify 3x
Jul 30 2020

What is most valuable?

What I like the most about this product is that it gives us a lot of freedom to code anything, there is no restriction on the type of function you can do. Typically, we use Java with it, and Java has a lot of libraries available online, and whatever you need you can just write the Java code for that… more»

What needs improvement?

Selenium is good when the team is really technical because Selenium does less built-in methods. If it came with more built-in and pre-built methods it would be even easier for less technical people to work with it. That's where I think the improvement can be. I would also like to see a good method… more»

What other advice do I have?

My personal advice is that it is such an amazing tool to work on. The best thing about the tool is the community support. I don't think any other tool has that kind of a community support. You just post a question on any popular community, like Stack Overflow, and you get answers in like 20 minutes… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We tried MicroFocus UFT and we also evaluated Tosca. These are the two tools we evaluated along with HQ but we felt Selenium HQ was better for us. The overall need for this project was that we were supposed to integrate across multiple technologies. When we started this project two years back we had… more»
Sunil Pandey
Real User
Assistant QA Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 21 2020

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features of this solution is Web Scraping although overall I think every single feature of Selenium is valuable because it's purely API so we can integrate it with any other tool.

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvement, I think there could be additional readability and abstraction in the solution, similar to the way other frameworks function. The solution could possibly use a more generic framework with more machine learning. If the community or IT companies had the budget, they might be… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used Coded UI from Microsoft, which I believe will be deprecated some time this year. That was a very good solution. Before that, I also used HP QTP. Both of those are easier solutions than Selenium but also quite expensive.

What other advice do I have?

The solution requires good understanding of Python, Pearl or Java and it's important to use the documentation. It would take a few hours of watching video sessions or reading the documentation to get started. It also helps to have an understanding of how API works, the architecture and how Selenium… more»
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Charles Netshivhera
Real User
Integration Specialist at ABSA
Nov 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect of Selenium is that it gives you the flexibility to customize or write your own code, your own features, etc. It's not restricted by licensing.

What needs improvement?

The solution is an open-source tool. They should also build other features and tools to assist in further capabilities. A drawback of Selenium is that it only focuses on web applications. If it could be integrated into one application together with APM, it would be in peer competition with other… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Selenium is open-source so it is free to use the solution. You only pay for whoever is implementing and/or the server that you are deploying on.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. I'd recommend Selenium, but it depends on the client's use case. As it is a free solution, users are able to cut a lot of costs. They can bring in developers that are experienced with Selenium, and those developers can build it up, scale it up and then, later… more»
KreshenAmourdon
Real User
Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution is very flexible; there are different ways of using it. It's open-source and has a lot of support on offer. It's excellent for analysis automation testing. You can use the solution on… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Nowadays we are using the solution to allow old solutions to run through it. This way, we don't need to go check functionalities created previously. We just run the automation. In just one click you… more»

What needs improvement?

The solution need to offer up much more information in regard to performance testing using selenium.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is open-source; you don't have to pay a licensing fee.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also use ReadyAPI alongside Selenium. We're working to integrate the two to have an overall more powerful performance.

What other advice do I have?

We're using the on-premises deployment model. It is an open-source solution and you are able to build vertically. There is also lots of support pertaining to Selenium such as videos on YouTube. It's… more»
Real User
Automation Lead - Robotic Process Automation at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 30 2020

What is most valuable?

I like that it is a robust and free open source. There is a lot of community support available, and there are a lot of developers using them. There's good community support.

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvement, there should be standardized frameworks, which do not exist. Currently, you have to first sit down and look inward. This function is provided by some tools like Katalon. There should be standardized frameworks to build automation.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also use Sauce Labs.

What other advice do I have?

If you are using it for the automation test, automation is generally good. If you have an experienced developer, it will be really good to deploy the open-source frameworks for Selenium. I would rate it a seven out of ten. Not a ten because they don't come loaded with the frameworks or different… more»
Jim Jordan
Real User
Quality Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 21 2018

What is most valuable?

* Flexibility * Scalability

How has it helped my organization?

The primary benefit is its cost and the ability to use the cloud. We use it with Sauce Labs. So, we have a large base of real devices and emulators, as well as breadth of coverage.

What needs improvement?

It does require a programming skill set. I would like the product not to require a heavy programming skill set and be more user-friendly for someone without a programming background.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This product is open source and free. That was a huge deciding factor for us getting into it.

What other advice do I have?

I don’t see it as a company spending money on anything. I like to keep up with the market because I built my career around test automation. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Ease of implementation * Ease of adaptability *… more»
Real User
Senior Test Automation Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 14 2019

What is most valuable?

You can build your own framework. I think that's the most powerful feature. You can connect with a lot of other tools that use frameworks, or keywords, etc. That helps make it a stronger solution.

What needs improvement?

The solution should listen to the community and build new features for it based on their advice.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to only use Selenium in a unit test environment, and not an end test environment. It's very technical; you need a programmer and/or a developer to create your scripts. If you do not have development skills, then you will not be able to create scripts, at least in Selenium. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.
Consultant
Presales Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 14 2019

What do you think of Selenium HQ?

What is our primary use case?

The solution has two primary uses: using a robot to navigate to and search for issues, and helping with some algorithms with Python.

What is most valuable?

The data collection and sorting is the solution's most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

The API that Selenium gives you doesn't act well with browsers. This should be improved. Right now, it's not stable.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support isn't very good. Sometimes their recommendations were not very clear.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is…
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What is Selenium HQ?

Selenium HQ is a suite of tools to automate web browsers across many platforms. Selenium runs in many browsers and operating systems and can be controlled by many programming languages and testing frameworks. Selenium consist of two types:

  1. Selenium WebDriver - create robust, browser-based regression automation suites & tests and scale & distribute scripts across many environments.
  2. Selenium IDE - create quick bug reproduction scripts and create scripts to aid in automation-aided exploratory testing.
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