Alpha testing is a type of user acceptance testing and also known as internal acceptance testing. This testing technique usually done on local server and performed in Virtual Environment. Alpha testing comes after system testing and involves both white and black box testing techniques. This testing technique is performed at developer’s site to identify issues/bugs before releasing the product to users. Alpha testing is the final in-house testing before the software is released to production.
Alpha testing is carried out by the test team who are usually internal employees of the developing organization and ensure the quality of the product before moving to Beta testing. The first phase of Alpha testing is typically performed by internal developers. Further the software is tested by in-house Quality Assurance staff. Alpha testing phase ends with a freeze feature which shows that no more features will be added to the software. Alpha phase includes Unit, integration testing and system testing. After the alpha testing version of software is released, then it’s called the Alpha Release.
Alpha testing provides better understanding about the Product’s reliability and robustness at its early stages. Product has the real potential to work at the alpha stage. You would even be able to find many of the serious errors quite easily during the alpha test, because other minor designs are yet to be integrated. For this main reason, alpha testing has the capability to provide initial disclosure, regarding design issues and errors, to block actual problems in the future.