a software test automation professional requires more than just developing automated test scripts. Banner You must be able to justify and even “sell” the use of test automation to management. In addition, you need to be able to assess the current or potential automation effort and make real-time decisions about what should be automated. Calculating the Return-On-Investment (ROI) – a ratio of “returns” (benefits) to costs – will aid in accomplishing both. The calculation and communication of quantifiable benefits may be required before, during or after automation implementation, but it’s almost guaranteed that it will be required at some point in time during the project, and the effectiveness of this calculation and communication will often determine the survival of the automation effort. For more information on ROI read the “Test Automation ROI” article in our Articles/Whitepapers section of the site. In addition, for a video tutorial on ROI, register with the site, and visit the Video Tutorials section under the Resources menu (the Video Tutorials menu is only available to registered members of the site).The Automated Testing Institute’s Return on Investment Calculator Tool is a good place to begin your ROI calculations. It will help you to quickly make the case for beginning and/or continuing a software test automation program. In addition, the tool may be used to determine what it will take to achieve a desired ROI or a specified period of time. (Note: calculations are not guaranteed, and ATI holds no responsibility for how they are used on your project)