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A Practical Guide to ERP End-to-End Integration Testing

November 22, 2023
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Iffat Ara Khanam

Do you manage an ERP environment? Likely, in 2023, you’re dealing with a vast and complicated application landscape, with many varying business transactions executed daily across an array of modern and legacy apps. Sometimes systems fail when you need them the most, and testing can struggle to keep up with the demanding pace of the modern marketplace. If you’re like most organizations, you still have very little test automation and risk coverage. This lack of modern testing protocols might result in low-quality software, which can cost your business a low reputation and revenue loss.

Does this scenario sound familiar? This blog examines a solution. You need to implement an end-to-end integration testing strategy for your organization, one that tests an application's whole workflow from start to finish, including all integrations and dependencies with other systems. This blog gives a high-level overview of the challenges associated with end-to-end integration testing and how Opkey can help you  overcome them.

For detailed information, we encourage you to read our whitepaper, A Practical Guide to ERP End-to-End Integration Testing

Why is End-to-end Integration Testing Important for Your ERP Applications Landscape

The testing landscape has evolved from mostly siloed apps to faster, more flexible, and collaborative software. Here are four reasons why end-to-end testing is essential for modern digital businesses.

1. ERP landscapes are huge and complicated, with no component working in isolation. 

You must test your ERP application and its upgrades in the context of all its interconnections to determine whether they will work as planned. The average organization employs more than 900 applications, according to MuleSoft's 2022 Connectivity Benchmark Report, and a single business workflow may interact with dozens of these applications via microservices and APIs.

2. Cloud-based apps in the ERP ecosystem receive frequent updates.

Cloud-based applications receive weekly and monthly updates. Performance testing in cloud-based ERP ensures that your application is stable and responsive even under high load conditions. End-to-end integration testing ensures that your application operates smoothly when connected to other ERPs and third-party applications in cloud-based ERP.

3. Legacy tools were not designed to handle such expanded landscapes

The flexibility to adjust to various components within a modern application may be lacking in legacy tools, or they may not be easily integrated with current technology. Modern applications require scalability, and legacy technologies may be unable to handle the additional workload, data volume, or user population that comes with a full application landscape.

How Opkey Helps You to Overcome End-to-end Testing Challenges

Opkey's No-Code solution, which works with both custom and packaged apps, can help you increase test automation coverage

Any user of any skill level can develop automated, end-to-end test cases based on test cases existing in their library using Opkey's no-code test builder and drag-and-drop interface. 

Learn more: Key Features To Look For In Your Automated Testing Tool
Eliminate the need for extensive maintenance

It is just not feasible to update test scripts one by one every time the ERP application updates. Opkey's self-healing technology allows you to heal those impacted test cases, and then the change is automatically synchronized across all affected test cases, saving your team hours of maintenance time.

Provide the appropriate test data whenever required

Testing tools with adequate test data management are very useful when QA teams need to run several testing cycles for end-to-end testing. With the help of Opkey Test Mining technology, test data is automatically mined from the client's environment and formatted correctly. In a nutshell, Opkey's TDM solution provides appropriate test data whenever required and saves businesses time and money. 

Ensure collaboration among teams

To ensure a more seamless end-to-end testing process, teams must collaborate on a solution that can synchronize information across the various technologies that each group employs. Opkey establishes a single source of truth to reduce communication difficulties and improve the efficiency of team hand-offs.

Opkey enables teams to create complicated, end-to-end tests without coding, messy set-up, or fine print by supporting over a dozen packaged apps and 150 technologies. This is a one-stop solution for organizations looking to shorten their DevOps testing lifecycle, decrease stress on IT teams, and "grow up" in the new era of rapid development.

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