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Technical White Paper

Reducing the complexity of your Enterprise


Packaged Application Automation Testing
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software packaged applications that includes the widely used applications from leading
vendors like SAP, Microsoft and Oracle facilitate to administrate a wide range of vital business processes including planning,
purchasing, Inventory management, End to End business operations with suppliers and customer service.
HUMAN CAPITAL
These packaged enterprise applications require MANAGEMENT
lots of testing that is heavily customized, CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP PROJECT
MANAGEMENT
configured, rebuilt to look and feel like old MANAGEMENT
legacy systems, and interfaced with other
applications running on the web or other MANUFACTURING
home-grown tools. When validating process MANAGEMENT
functionality, it is important to capture tests

ERP
of these business processes within automated
testing solutions for rapid repeatability. The
inherent complexity of crossing the multiple
business stacks makes it critical to functionally FINANCE &
SUPPLY CHAIN
test every packaged application. Automated & VENDOR ACCOUNTING
testing helps upgrading quality, and saves MANAGEMENT
ENTERPRISE
time and cost. RESOURCE PLANNING

This paper provides answers to questions related to automation testing


such as:
• What is the strategic role of functional testing in today’s enterprise?
• What is the value added benefits associated with automating the functional testing process?
• What is the best approach to ensure the success of your automation effort?
• What should you look for in an automated functional testing solution?

Need to Automate Functional Testing

Functional testing that emulates the interaction between the user and the application in order to verify whether or not the
application does what it was designed to do.
Manual testing is a time consuming, tedious, inefficient, and prone to errors and conflicts with shorter application development
cycles. It impedes the ability to thoroughly test an application, enabling critical bugs to slip through undetected. If an
application needs to run on multiple platforms, the manual testing effort grows in parallel with the number of platforms to
be tested.
Automated testing creates new efficiencies that accelerate the testing cycle and promote software quality. By automating
regression tests and other repetitive tasks, means increased test coverage, better utilization QA resources.

Automated testing further optimizes software quality and testing efficiency by delivering the following long term
advantages:
• Reusability:
Automated testing enables QA to meet tight release schedules by reusing existing tests instead of starting from scratch
with each new testing effort.

• Predictability and consistency:


With automation, QA can rerun a test with the utmost consistency and predictability.

• Productivity:
Automated testing creates a high productivity environment in which organizations can increase testing capacity without
additional resources and shortened test cycles.

Collectively these automation advantages enable QA to accurately as¬sess quality levels, make sound decisions regarding
release readiness and minimize deployment risk.
Successfully Automate the Functional Testing Process

• Determine What Applications Should Be


Automated:
Applications that must produce a consistent Feasibility
set of results using relatively stable data are analysis
also well suited for automation. during
automation
• Choose Your Automated Testing
Approach:
Several methodologies exist for creating
automated functional tests: Develop, Suitable
• Test modularity execute and tool section
• Test library architecture analyze the process
test script
• Keyword driven testing
Automation
• Data driven testing
Testing
• Record/playback testing

Also combinations of several approaches


are possible and supported by nowadays
test automation solutions.
Select and
• Develop Your Application Test Plan: Figure the develop the
The application test plan is a document that proof of automation
describes the scope, approach, resources, idea framework
coverage and schedule of all the automated
and manual activities involved in testing an
application.

• Create and Deploy Your Automated Tests:


The application test plan serves as the
roadmap for creating automated tests.

Treat Your Automation Project as a Software Development Effort

Just like software development, test automation must be carefully designed, documented and reviewed. Test automation is
a fulltime effort that requires investment in time and resources. Automated testing solution is no substitute for expertise. It
is important investing in appropriate training and develop the right skill set by learning about best practices for automation,
testing methodologies and the test automation solution itself.

Ensure Collaboration to Optimize Software Quality

Quality is not just the domain of the QA tester or developers; it is a goal that must be owned by the entire company.
By creating a collaborative environment with domain experts and software developers during pre-deployment and with
operations throughout post deployment, QA can capture all the relevant input needed to optimize software quality and
ensure that applications meet business requirements.

Manage Constantly Changing Applications

Change is inevitable and extensive, In fact, the software maintenance required to keep pace with changing applications
accounts for more than 70 percent of all development costs.
Ease of maintenance and reusability are two major areas in which test automation drives ROI. The best way to build these
two attributes into test automation is to adopt an automation solution with object ori¬ented architecture. Such architecture
allows the use of any chosen approach to automation.
What Should You Look For in an Automated
Functional Testing Solution?

A test automation environment designed for


maximum productivity: Today’s short product release Summary
cycles, QA organizations need an automated solution
that enables them to build modular and reusable test
assets. In addition to accelerating the testing process,
With the right planning and effort,
reusable test cases optimize software quality by automated functional testing can
increasing the predictability of test runs. optimize software quality by verifying
High adaptability to cope with ever-changing the accuracy and reliability of an
business requirements: Business requirements are
changing overnight creating an immediate need application’s end user functionality in
to change application. The inherent reusability and pre-production. Automated testing
easy maintenance of an object oriented testing and
automated solution will provide the ability to change
also creates new efficiencies which
test scripts quickly, along with the portability and ensure that even complex enterprise
extensibility. applications be it SAP, Microsoft or
Broad technology support: Today’s enterprise Oracle are deployed on time and on
applications must support users across a wide
diversity of platforms, environments and technologies budget.
and to avoid buying multiple testing products,
select an automated solution that provides an all-
inclusive testing environment to support all system
configurations.

For more information contact YASH today


at info@yash.com or visit www.yash.com

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