Over the last 10 years we are seeing a consistent and deliberate move to the cloud. It’s not just a fad—the shift from traditional software models to the cloud is steadily gaining momentum. Salesforce, Workday and Successfactors are making it viable and lucrative for organizations to move to the cloud.
With the development of cloud computing many challenges faced during ERP implementations have been eliminated. The turn around time for projects are shorter and implementations are cost effective. This makes the organization’s transformational goals more realistic and value realization much faster.
Automated testing has now become an achievable dream this has led to the reduction in costs and labor, as a result it is becoming a real value proposition for the organizations using cloud based computing software’s like Salesforce, Workday or SuccessFactors. The main core reason behind this proposition is that the cloud software is built on the best practices and is configurable and not customizable. Hence, it makes more sense to automate the entire testing process.
Automated software testing is a process in which software tools execute pre-scripted tests on a software application before it is released into production. The objective of automated testing is to simplify as much of the testing effort as possible with a minimum set of scripts.
We at Renew HR, want to take advantage of automated testing for SuccessFactors to a totally different level. We are combining our knowledge base of test cases and scenarios for all of SuccessFactors with the Tosca Testsuite of Tricentis.
We selected Tricentis Tosca over other test automation tools available in the market as we felt Tosca with it no script and Model based Test Automation is the latest innovation in the testing landscape. We have followed test expert Mike Cohn’s test automation pyramid as a suitable guideline for determining which tests to automate first.
We have built our “Packaged based test automation” tool in such a way that for small and medium businesses, the client hardly has to spend any time or effort in building test cases and scenarios and should be able to test 80-95% of their SuccessFactors implementations out of the box.
For Large Enterprise clients this would be the starting point for additional unique test cases and scenarios to be built on top of the out of the box package. All in all we are planning to reduce 2/3 of the testing time and effort with our “Packaged automation tool”. This will help the client during implementation, quarterly upgrades and a steady state where it will act as a QA tool.
In an era of highly interactive and responsive software processes where many organizations are using some form of Agile methodology, test automation is frequently becoming a requirement for software projects. Test automation is often the answer. Test automation means using a software tool to run repeatable tests against the application to be tested. For regression testing this provides that responsiveness.
There are many advantages to test automation. Most are related to the repeatability of the tests and the speed at which the tests can be executed. Test automation has specific advantages for improving the long-term efficiency of a software team’s testing processes. Test automation supports:
- Frequent regression testing
- Rapid feedback to developers
- Virtually unlimited iterations of test case execution
- Support for Agile and extreme development methodologies
- Disciplined documentation of test cases
- Customized defect reporting
- Finding defects missed by manual testing