4 Steps for a Rapid Test Automation Assessment

4 Steps for a Rapid Test Automation Assessment

In today’s competitive business environment, enterprises and organizations need to assess the best way to implement test automation for their different projects. This has created an awareness regarding the value that automated software testing can bring.

A properly established test automation methodology brings in predictability, repeatability, and agility, and thereby drives software development to a higher degree of quality. Test Automation Assessment helps analyze whether or not an application needs to be automated. Based on certain criteria, recommendations are made that help decide whether an application really needs to be automated, and the benefits that may thus be achieved. Test automation assessment is usually performed either for clients with an existing test automation framework, or for clients with a need for a new test automation framework.

However, to consistently develop best quality applications, organizations need to continuously test the automation process. Rapid Test Automation Assessment (RTAA) is a commonly used approach that helps organizations test the process.

What is a Rapid Test Automation Assessment?

If the test automation assessment is to be completed within shorter timelines than the normal time frames, RTAA becomes a necessity.

RTAA refers to a fast analyses and implementation of a TAF that fits in a small environment, specifically created based on the criticality of the test cases.

4 Steps for a Rapid Test Automation Assessment

  1. Understand the Existing System: This involves assessing the current state of quality assurance and testing practices being followed. An initial understanding of the system, their technology, processes and testing information will be taken up as part of the assessment. An overall understanding of the system is known through understanding of the objectives, a know how of their technology stack is taken up, user flows will be identified, and analysis of the manual test cases if any will be taken up.
  2. Assessment: Usage of the tools and the extent of their automation readiness approach will be determined in this step. A requirement traceability matrix analysis is prepared that details the extent of test cases, business requirements, and details of the functional requirements and areas of quality improvement. Tool feasibility and confirmation along with automation ROI analysis is also taken up as part of the assessment approach. But most importantly, the top few of the most business-critical test cases are identified.
  3. Conduct a Proof of Concept (POC) to Validate Feasibility: This phase consists of implementing a TAF for the environment and executing only the selected critical test cases for conducting a POC. The POC will help identify financial and operational benefits and provide recommendations regarding the actual need for complete automation.
  4. Recommendation & Implementation: Specific test automation tools, automation feasibility, and automation approach will be clearly defined in this phase.

The key assessment focus areas are automation framework, automation integration and its fitment in the SDLC. In automation framework focus area, reusable function libraries, test object maps, exception, error handling etc. will be detailed. In the automation integration focus area, test management,  source code repository, defect management, continuous build management etc. will be defined. In the fitment in SDLC focus area, details like existing /target automation coverage, metrics, test prioritization etc. will be detailed.

Outcome of the Rapid Test Automation Assessment                                                          

The outcome of this rapid test automation recommends appropriate automation strategies and executes them to enhance testing quality, reduce testing effort, schedule and ensure return on investments. An extensive report of the process, tools and people will be given. Predictions for effective project management, simple details on the response and need for continuous involvement with business teams and the need to absorb changes suggested by business will be defined. Implementation of tools to effectively track defects and a well defined test strategy document covering all aspects of testing needs will be provided.

Gallop Solutions is an independent software testing service provider in the U.S, with more than a decade of experience. Gallop’s team of automation testing experts designed test automation frameworks which consist of a huge library of keywords that helps you build your tests quickly and efficiently. Our tool agnostic test automation framework seamlessly integrates with leading commercial and open source tools. Contact Gallop’s team of test automation experts today to know more about rapid test automation assessment as we have performed it for many of our clients.

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6 Benefits of Test Automation with Respect to ERP Upgrades


6 Benefits of Test Automation with Respect to ERP Upgrades

Enterprises that use ERP systems, whether is SAP, ORACLE or any other, heavily rely on the suites as they are business critical. An enterprise ERP suite is an integrated application that can be availed for performing various activities such as receiving orders, shipping products, controlling finances, managing human resources, etc. According to a Gartner Report, with a 6.4% annual growth, ERP continues to be an active growth market for vendors. ERP vendors such as SAP, ORACLE, and Microsoft Dynamics invest heavily in constant improvements to their solutions. In turn the enterprises want to keep up with the technology improvements and thus need to upgrade. It is true that their business operations will get the complete benefit of these ERP upgrades and in order to plan for an ERP upgrade, proper planning and implementation of the same is needed.

Need for ERP Upgrades

ERP systems are robust and enable updating changes as and when business processes are upgraded. Finding defects and validating that applications work correctly is essential for any ERP upgrade. A successful ERP implementation demands continuous testing of system processes to identify and fix flaws, and further ensure quality reporting and decision making. Moreover, in these complex and highly configured ERP systems & upgrades, testing becomes critical and researches reveal that 50% of the total ERP budget is occupied with testing. Relying completely on manual testing cannot ensure the full potential benefit of ERP implementation. Automated testing helps to upgrade application quality, and saves time and cost. Test automation has the potential to radically improve the productivity of these ERP upgrades.

Global enterprises understand the potential of test automation in relation to extending software lifespans, improving performance as well as reducing total cost of ownership and improving new and existing IT investments. The testing of any SAP or Oracle system requires business process expertise in order to check that the application meets business expectations. This means relying on business users to test the upgraded system. Some of the most common challenges with ERP upgrades include insufficient skill assessment, poor planning, and at times, ignoring the concept of change management by underestimating the time and resources required. But test automation through proper planning is needed for ERP upgrades.

Testing is an important process of an ERP upgrade process and in order to ensure success during the testing phases, it should be performed by trained personnel with complete know how of logging, reporting, and tracking errors. It further involves focused test cases on upgrading objects as well as on new objects to offer a more complete picture of how the data will be used post-upgrade. It is also true that project leaders might consider to make use of in-house capabilities with external, third party skills and knowledge to take up the testing of ERP upgrades. But, the expertise of an external consulting or service organization may make sense when the investment in developing in-house capability will not pay off in the long term especially with respect to ERP upgrades. In order to facilitate the adoption of the upgrade by end users, the project managers even get the key users involved with validating a test upgrade and conduct a user acceptance training to a wider audience.

Benefits of Test Automation with respect to ERP Upgrades

  1. Test automation ensures that the main focus of ERP upgrades and implementation is to reach predefined business requirements
  2. Test Automation in ERP helps address major business challenges of sluggish routine processes due to delay caused by manual testing and ensuring accuracy. Speeding up routine processes reduces time and cost, thereby improving revenue and creating a better ROI.
  3. It will be easier to handle with test automation when new modules are added with ERP upgrades
  4. Handling of functional upgrades is comparatively easy as it requires greater changes to workflows and user interfaces
  5. New features and functions delivered that make the application more efficient and provide better functionality
  6. Ensures robust test management

Gallop’s ERP Accelerator is compatible with most ERP systems in the market. Whether your business has adopted Oracle, SAP, or any other hybrid ERP system, Gallop’s ERP accelerator can help in automating your ERP testing in a regressive end-to-end fashion. Gallop ERP test accelerator includes automated testing framework that supports most commercial tools, ready to use business processes, and over 1300 automated and manual test cases.

In order to know more about test automation, Contact Gallop’s team of test automation experts today.

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