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Addressing Key Challenges of Oracle EBS to Oracle Cloud Migration with Continuous Testing

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Undoubtedly, there are numerous benefits of migration from Oracle EBS to Oracle Cloud such as low cost of ownership, scalability, flexibility, and continuous innovation. However, for business users and owners, business continuity is of great importance since inaccurate Oracle Cloud migration can lead to business disruption and risks. Oracle Cloud migration can be a very painful experience and cost you revenue as well as a reputation if performed incorrectly. To ensure that applications are stable, functional, and secure in the new Oracle Cloud environment, you need to bring in a robust testing strategy. Testing ensures that data flow is constant, backend processes are working fine with all compliance and security requirements in place.

In this article, we will address key concerns of managers and business owners who are looking to migrate to Oracle Cloud Apps from Oracle EBS. We will also discuss how a “Risk-based Test” focussed Oracle Cloud migration strategy can help you in keeping business risks at bay.  

Key points need to be considered while designing Oracle Cloud migration testing strategy   

Existing Integrations – Many of the enterprises have integrated productivity tools such as Google Docs, payroll services, 3Pl, or Microsoft Office 365 to EBS. Key managers need to plan the testing across process integration, adapter related, runtime issues, & file-server related.

Existing Customizations – Customers have changed/evolved the EBS flows. However, Oracle Cloud offers only configurations and limited customizations. So, enterprises may need to adapt some of the business flows available in Oracle Cloud. Regress testing can only ensure that whether or not new workflows support day-to-day operations.  

Workflows and Approvals – In EBS, workflows can be customized. However, in Oracle Cloud, the approvals are configured using Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) cloud service. From data validation and verification to regulatory compliance and security roles, all needs to be validated. This can only be achieves with security testing.

Test Data Management – Enterprises often face a shortage of realistic information to execute successful testing. In the case of Oracle Cloud Apps, transactions contain sensitive information. At times, testing teams do not have the access to transactional data and the tools to extract the data sources. So, enterprises need to make provision of high-quality data with the right quantity and format so that successful testing can be executed.

Thus, your testing strategy should be woven around

Configuration Testing – One of the key focus areas of testing should be around configurations and their testing. Few examples are listed below.

  • Ledger configuration
  • Sub-ledger accounting rules
  • Tax geographies
  • Organization geographies 

Business Process Testing – Critical business processes and workflows need to be validated. Cross platform compatibility needs to be tested and it should be validated that objects are working as expected.

Integration Testing – Integration testing ensures that the interactions between different units such as third-party applications, productivity tools, and legacy software across Oracle Cloud is completed smoothly without any complication.

Security Testing – Undoubtedly, Oracle Cloud offers good security standards, but enterprises still need to implement additional controls around security and visibility. These data security policies, and secure configurations need to be validated to ensure compliance requirements.

Problem with conventional testing approaches

Traditional testing methodology involves testing at the end of development activity. In this, you’ll get to know about bugs at very late stage. If critical bugs are discovered late, it may lead to too much of rework, redesign and rethinking of strategy. The end result would be it will adversely impact time to market. The ideal approach is to start testing as soon as possible. To transform your enterprise, you need to transform your testing strategy.

Introduce Continuous Testing into your development

Continuous testing is all about testing early and often. In this, unit tests are executed continuously to check the build and feedback is provided continuously to the Dev team. Continuous testing helps managers to make informed decisions to optimize the value of a release. Continuous testing offers several benefits some of which are listed below.

  • Improved efficiency and time savings
  • Early identification of defects
  • Faster responsiveness to changing business demands
  • Improved accuracy in identifying defects
  • Quicker time to market
  • Superior customer experience

However, continuous testing cannot be implemented without test automation. To introduce continuous testing in development, executives and managers have to introduce automation and leverage tools available for environment provisioning to test continuously at the developer-machine level. With the right test automation tool, you can have testing running in parallel with the development. All this will save time and money, while helping you to stick to your timelines.

The proposed test automation solution should be

Zero/ Low Code – Zero/ low code test automation platforms save lot of time in test script creation as simple play-back recorder can be used to create test scripts. Everyone in your organization can use such tool to test application.

Testing smartly with AI –Since AI based testing tool can understand the intended use of an application, they can create test cases to deliver stable results. AI-powered UI testing offers more accurate visual validation.  

Ease of maintenance & Reusability – There is huge cost involved in test script recreation. By bringing test automation tools that automatically heal test scripts, you can save huge time and money. Tools that leverage machine learning and AI technologies for managing, healing, and maintaining application objects and elements in test suites can help in minimizing the test creation and execution efforts.

Stay ahead of the curve with OpKey

OpKey is a Continuous Oracle Cloud Testing Platform that enables Oracle Cloud customers to leverage test automation to take full advantage of continuous innovation. As a globally recognized zero code test automation platform for Oracle Cloud Apps, OpKey dramatically reduces testing time and efforts while offering better test coverage to reduce defects.

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Sohaib Zaidi

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