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A Comprehensive Testing Strategy to handle Oracle Cloud Updates

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Due to low operating costs, better collaboration, increased flexibility and agility, businesses across different geographies, industries, and sizes are turning to cloud business applications. As cloud adopting is growing at an accelerated pace, organizations struggle with the frequency, depth, and breadth of software updates. As software vendors rollout new releases and patches, organizations need to revisit their testing strategies. If we talk specifically about Oracle Cloud Applications, then new features and bug fixes are released every quarter. It means that Quarterly Cloud/Fusion Application releases by Oracle require upgrading and regression testing at least 4 times/year. Manually doing this can be considered as next to impossible.

In a scenario where enterprises are facing major challenges while testing their cloud applications, test automation can easily reduce the regression testing time, enabling faster validation of Oracle Cloud quarterly patch upgrade. Another advantage associated with automation testing is that enterprises can implement it with minimal effort and get results at an accelerated pace while ensuring wider coverage. Furthermore, maximum accuracy can be ensured since faster feedback and reports are available in automation testing. However, when it comes to Oracle Cloud Applications, automation testing is no more a walk in the park.

However, Oracle Cloud Applications Test Scenarios are difficult to Automate

Dynamic Locators – Oracle Cloud web elements don’t have fixed attributes like ID, name, class, or CSS. So, it’s not possible to hard code the locator of the element.

Nested Tables – Oracle Applications have database driven tables. It means rows and columns are created dynamically and can change from user to user. The sequence values of the table content are event driven, making it very difficult even for tools like Selenium.

Heavy Ajax – Since Oracle Applications are highly Ajaxified, traditional tools can’t handle this complexity. You would have to put in implicit and explicit waits in scripts. And even then they might fail.

Integration – Leveraging SOAP web services & REST API, Oracle can be seamlessly integrated with third party applications. Introduction of upgrades can impact integrations and customizations. So, end to end business processes need to be regressed every time to ensure 100% integration compatibility.

How OpKey can help in automation testing of Oracle Cloud Updates?

OpKey is a #1 Continuous Testing platform that helps Oracle Cloud Customers by dramatically reducing testing time up to 80% while offering Zero Worry continuity assurance to business teams. OpKey comes with 1500+ pre-built test cases for Oracle Cloud Applications and 400+ Automation components, making deployment faster up to 80 percent to accelerate ROI. AI based impact analysis helps you to quickly identify change management. OpKey gives info about Added, Unchanged, Updated and Removed fields in a particular Oracle object. With OpKey’s Real Time Impact Analysis engine, you can visualize the impact of every configuration change or Oracle Quarterly updates on your Business continuity. With AI based Self-Healing, tests scripts get automatically healed for the updates/changes, making easier test maintenance.

With OpKey’s smart recorder, you can cut down your initial test authoring time by more than 50%. With smart recorder, you can record actions across web applications (across IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari), android and iOS applications as well as Oracle Cloud and Desktop applications. The powerful spy feature of recorder lets you observe page hierarchy and object property before working on it. The tests created with OpKey are 60% more robust than selenium-based tests for Oracle cloud.

OpKey is built for agile teams, enabling users to define their acceptance tests in Gherkin editor. With OpKey, gherkin scripts tests can be converted into automated tests with a single click and integrate OpKey tests with Build systems using out of box plugins for Jenkins and Bamboo. OpKey perfectly addresses the limitations of testing tools like Selenium. Read our whitepaper on Selenium Automation for Oracle Cloud Applications to know how OpKey’s Real Time Change Impact Analysis and Autonomous Self-Healing Engine for Oracle applications can be game changer for Oracle Customers.

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking to implement Oracle Cloud Application or using it, understanding the impact of the release on your business process is essential. Oracle offers narrow time window of two weeks to perform regression testing of all critical business processes. With intelligent Automation Software for Oracle Cloud Application Testing like OpKey, you can accelerate quarterly update implementation.  

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Dimpy Sharma

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