Oracle Test Automation: All you need to know

Oracle Cloud

Innovative enterprises across the globe are migrating from Oracle EBS on-premise to Oracle Cloud.

The obvious reason for this is Oracle Cloud Applications comes at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and allow enterprises to stay current with software, security, and technology.

Oracle Cloud customers don’t have to invest millions of dollars in purchasing or maintaining the systems as was the case with EBS on-premise systems.

Moreover, Oracle keeps on applying security and technical patches as well as maintaining the operating system and offering new features and functionalities in the form of Oracle Cloud quarterly updates.  

Although the benefits of migrating to Oracle Cloud are countless yet they come at a cost.

Oracle rolls out updates every quarter means that you’ll get new functionalities and features 4 times a year. However, it is recommended to test Oracle Cloud updates to ensure business continuity.

If you’ve customized your Oracle instance or integrated it with third-party apps such as attendance management system, CRM, ecommerce platform, 3pl etc., then there are chances that these updates can break your existing business processes, critical customizations, customized reports, and integrations.

The challenges in testing Oracle Cloud

  • Each quarterly update requires at least two rounds of regression testing. First, in the test environment and second in the production environment post deployment of updates. It means that you need to test your Oracle instance at least 8 times a year. Manually doing this can be very time consuming and costly.
  • Business users are responsible for testing Oracle Cloud quarterly updates as they’re the ones who best know their processes. However, it is difficult for business users to find time for testing. Moreover, a single test scenario requires many clicks, data entry and navigation through multiple screens. So, it’ll be very difficult for business users to perform regression testing. 
  • First, Oracle Cloud updates are deployed in a test environment. Two weeks later they’re moved into production. Thus, business users only get two weeks to test and report bugs which is very short with respect to the massiveness of Oracle apps. 
  • Oracle apps are highly dynamic in nature. It means that they don’t have fixed object locations like ID, Name, XPath, or CSS. If you bring in a traditional record and playback engine for regression testing, you will need to maintain test scripts. 

Opkey: Addressing Oracle Test Automation Challenges

Opkey is a zero code test automation platform that helps you keep pace with Oracle quarterly updates.

Enterprises that are struggling to keep up with Oracle quarterly updates should incorporate Opkey to speed up their testing cycles while minimizing maintenance efforts. 

Test Script Design: Since Opkey is a zero code platform, business users, functional consultants, and manual testers can easily use it as it does not require any programming knowledge.

When business users, business analysts, stakeholders, and manual testers participate in testing, it’ll lead to adequate risk coverage.

Business users can write test cases in plain “English” language while AI-powered engines automatically generate automated scripts by reading English test cases from spreadsheets.  

Self-healing: Opkey’s AI-powered self-healing engines autonomously identify changes and fix them dynamically without human intervention. This reduces the overall test maintenance efforts to free up resources for more critical jobs.

Test Data Management: QA teams often struggle to have qualified test data for processes such as Procure to Pay and Order to Cash. Opkey’s synthetic data management offers qualified test data to QA teams so that they don’t waste time in generating data across multiple processes.

End-to-end Testing: Opkey supports a complete technology stack consisting of 160+ enterprise apps to offer end-to-end testing across the entire ecosystem of apps. You don’t have to invest in multiple testing apps as Opkey offers you everything needed from prebuilt test cases, test data to browser based testing to offer seamless testing experience.