How to address Oracle EBS to Oracle Cloud testing Challenges with test automation?

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To avail the benefits of real-time data, scalability, flexibility, & low costs of ownership, enterprises across the globe have started embracing cloud ERP. Oracle EBS users are no more and exception to this. They are looking to migrate from on-prem Oracle EBS to Oracle Cloud. Although, Oracle has suggested that EBS users can migrate to Oracle cloud without requiring much of re-architecture, re-integration or business process changes, yet CIO, IT Managers, & Digital Leaders are worried about business continuity and other concerns related to Oracle Cloud Apps. In this article, we’ll discuss the challenges that Oracle Cloud App Managers face during testing and how test automation can help in addressing those challenges.

Some of the challenges that Oracle Cloud App Managers face:

To Deliver Transformation Faster: For successful Oracle cloud migration, IT managers need to identify all the test scenarios, creating the testing assets, and executing them across customizations and integrations. However, identifying which test cases are important and at what stage is really daunting. Whatever test cases testers consider important may not be important at every stage. In most of the cases, when testers try to cover high risks thoroughly, they only tend to achieve 40-50% of coverage. Due to inadequate coverage, IT managers lose confidence on Oracle release maturity. 

Manage Testing at Constant Changes: Oracle Cloud Apps are constantly evolving with quarterly releases. Every three months, customers will get the new features and functionalities to streamline their business processes. Since these updates have the potential to break existing business processes, it is recommend to test updates every quarter prior to deployment in the production. However, Oracle Cloud testing every quarter is challenging. Even elite enterprise testing teams find themselves severely challenged by the intensity and frequency of change.

Critical Business Processes: Organizations that have been using Oracle EBS for a long time has customized it as per their unique business processes. Oracle EBS can also be integrated with third-party apps and productivity tools. However, in case of Oracle Cloud, you can configure and personalize apps but the ability to customize has taken away. Oracle cloud apps supports integration using SOAP, XML etc., however, Oracle EBS don’t support these protocols. So, there are chances that critical business workflows, customizations and integrations might not work in new cloud environment.

Continuous Testing Approach – Helping Enterprises to realize their Digital Dreams

Although traditional testing approaches and legacy test automation frameworks are still prevalent, these cannot be considered as viable in case of Oracle testing. Neither they help you keep pace with Oracle frequent updates nor do they help in delivering adequate coverage. IT leaders need to embrace new generation continuous testing approach that supports testing life-cycle by autonomously

generating testing artifacts for Oracle Cloud Apps, recommending test cases, autonomously healing automation scripts and automatically executing test cases through the life-cycle of the project.

The proposed test automation solution should support

Continuous Testing: The test automation framework for Oracle Cloud Apps should support continuous testing. It is about testing early, often and comprehensively to accelerate release cycles and lower the risks. By providing quick feedback on the business risks, continuous test automation framework enables business teams to meet digital transformation initiatives while helping IT managers to make informed decisions on release.

Autonomous Recommendations of Tests: Enterprises need a platform that autonomously recommends test cases based on the highlighted risks. By accessing the impact of the changes and understanding the risk areas, test automation framework recommends test cases while ensuring adequate coverage of mission critical applications.

Self-healing of Test Scripts: QA teams often struggle to continuously maintain the test scripts. In case of Oracle Cloud Apps, due to dynamic elements, test scripts get broken which require to be maintained. Enterprises should opt for test automation framework that automatically heals the test scripts without requiring human intervention. In case, when you need to test apps quarterly, self-healing capabilities make maintenance effortless.

End-to-End Business Process Validation: Test automation framework should support multiple technology stack including web, mobile, APIs, Desktop, Citrix, Mainframes and other legacy applications.

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