The slow pace of already existing digital transformation has now been actively considered across every industry to make their processes more effective and efficient. The traditional methods implemented across businesses are unable to meet the customer’s expectations and hence the need for newer technology is widely felt to streamline the workflow at reduced costs and efforts. Organizations still continuing with the existing Oracle EBS are now focussed to move their ERP to the Cloud but fear significant costs and efforts leading to potential loss of business continuity. The need for implementing continuous testing while migrating to Oracle Cloud is paramount for early detection of defects and catering to the issues right in the initial stages, eventually saving thousands of bucks.
This blog highlights the bottlenecks involved during the migration from Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud and how OpKey with its powerful features and automated testing approach helps enterprises build a risk-free migration strategy.
The Current Testing Approach Followed by Organizations and Challenges Faced with it
With the increasing need to deliver growth, innovation, and efficiency with the latest technological developments, businesses are leaned to move their on-premise enterprise applications to Cloud solutions. Enterprises usually follow CIDER (configurations, integrations, data, extensions, and reports) approach for migration which helps in figuring out business risk coverage at every stage whether it is too risky to proceed through the migration delivery pipeline. To help achieve a stable migration and avoid potential bottlenecks, continuous testing is embedded into the CIDER approach. With this practice, testing is embedded at the Database migration stage to continuously review and optimize the test suite to eliminate redundancy and maximize business risk coverage reducing false positives. The Oracle Cloud migration comprises multiple of the above cycles which are independent of each other, worked upon by different teams, and potentially conflicting with each other. However, the CIDER approach leads to integration defects, security holes, configuration pitfalls, incompatibilities between systems, and so on. Therefore, the traditional style waterfall process which has lengthy test cycles and unpredictable outcomes and is conducted towards the end of the project leads to the piling up of the bugs.
Therefore, we recommend to shift left and test early. Testing early will help save a fortune that would be charged while fixing the piled-up bugs towards the end of the migration process. But the question lies in selecting which test to focus on at this migration stage. In an attempt to cover tests with higher risks more thoroughly, only 40% of test coverage is achieved and the rest gets accumulated. On analysis it is found that a higher percentage of tests don’t contribute to risk coverage rather they become the reason of making the test suite slow to execute and difficult to maintain.
To remove the redundancies that contribute to the slowing down of the test suites, OpKey recommends the “Test Efficient Approach”. OpKey’s AI-driven risk-based testing aligns focussed risk coverage of tests with business priorities which ease the task of teams in reaching optimal risk coverage with focused and continuous test automation at every migration stage. Early testing in the process, moving important steps of verification and quality validation closer to the left is the need for the migration. Business teams can see the business processes early in the migration cycle leading to the early detection of defects. It, therefore, becomes important to determine which testing strategy to employ, to achieve maximum gains.
Choosing the Right Test Automation Platform while Planning for Migration
To achieve fruitful results of testing by eliminating the pain of testing routine processes, selection of the right tool becomes foremost. Below pointers will act as a guide in helping enterprises to select the automation tool that suits their requirements.
- Tools should be flexible to perform tests without having the knowledge of coding.
- Tools should possess pre-built test components and business processes that can accelerate the implementation.
- Should support testing of not only Oracle but also of other ERP’s and automation testing of Integrations with other systems and technologies.
- Should be able to support testing of the huge volume of data across multiple business units.
- Should be able to support test automation for both Web and Mobile technologies.
- Should support Interface/Configuration testing.
- Should be able to provide daily monitoring to Key Stakeholders and picture of business-critical programs.
- Should support automated security testing and continuous monitoring of systems with repeated tasks being performed.
Migrating to Oracle Cloud with OpKey Surge
OpKey Surge’s pre-built comprehensive library of detailed business processes helps customers in achieving 100% business assurance. OpKey Surge seamlessly validates Oracle Cloud applications like ERP Cloud, SCM Cloud, HCM Cloud, CX Cloud. OpKey’s inbuilt migration test packs correspond to over 500+ test cases. The test accelerator of OpKey helps reduce manual testing efforts by 1/4th thereby freeing up the organization’s critical resources. The migration validation by OpKey Surge is done in just a week as opposed to the longer timeline. The Impact Analysis feature of OpKey Surge that begins from day 1, helps identify the right test cases before the release which saves a great deal of time and costs in running the complete test cases. The advanced features of OpKey reduce migration test efforts by 70%. The autonomous self-configuring feature is beneficial for fetching, collating, preparing data in readiness for transaction validations. With all the advanced features embedded in the tool, OpKey Surge is a known name among users to make their migrations from Oracle EBS to Oracle Cloud a smooth ride.
Its high time businesses should plan and implement their migration from Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud to deliver services with efficiency. And the need for implementing Cloud projects by businesses is critical as they want to change the cost structure of their applications portfolios and reduce their risk for technological obsolescence while delivering growth, innovation, operational agility, and efficiency.
OpKey with its powerful features makes the migration a seamless experience with upto 70% reduction in testing scopes. The tool provides 100% risk reduction with minimum efforts and helps align business with their priorities. OpKey Surge provides a complete holistic solution that addresses technology changes and IT operations.
Author- Fareha Nousheen