Test automation for enterprise applications like Oracle is one of the fastest growing segments in the technology industry.
Automated testing is more cost-effective and time-efficient than manual testing. With manual testing approaches, enterprises can either move quickly and risk application breakage, or move slowly, and lose out on operational improvements. With automated testing, no compromise needs to be made: enterprises can test all their critical business processes in a short period of time, and still be assured that those processes will not break.
In the rest of this blog, we’ll dive deeper and describe 7 additional reasons to automate your Oracle testing.
1) Cost Savings
Contrary to popular belief, automated testing is more cost-effective than manual testing. This is because manual testing processes do not streamline repetitive tests; as time goes on, the cost of testing your applications simply rises with the amount of labor needed to continue to maintain those tests.
Alternatively, automated testing is cheaper in the long run because once you’ve created test scripts, you can reuse them endlessly for no additional cost.
Furthermore, automated testing with no-code platforms like Opkey’s, require few technical resources, which are notoriously expensive.
Check out how Opkey helped one customer save over $400K from switching to automated testing, here.
2) Risk Reduction
Oracle pushes updates onto their customers at least once a quarter, and each update contains ~1,000 changes. Unfortunately, enterprises only have 2 weeks to test these changes on their environment.
Given the frequency of these updates, the consequence of the changes pushed, and the short time frame to test, manual testing is too risky because it doesn’t guarantee enough test coverage. Said another way, it’s nearly impossible to manually test every single business process thoroughly in a two-week period.
With automated testing platforms like Opkey’s, the technology can plug directly into your Oracle environment and inform you which business processes are most at-risk with any update. Further, because tests are run continuously, bugs and defects are caught earlier in the testing cycle, ensuring they can be dealt with before they’re pushed to production.
3) Scalability & Increased productivity
Automated testing platforms enable teams to quickly create resilient tests that require minimal maintenance. Once they’re created, they can be reused endlessly. Additionally, these tests don’t require any human action while running.
Because these tests can run repeatedly on their own, software developers, QAs, and business users can spend less time on testing, and more time on critical tasks.
4) Optimal Test Coverage
One of the biggest challenges that Oracle customers face is not knowing how much to test. If non-essential processes are tested, resources are wasted. And if critical processes aren’t tested, those processes might break. Our research finds that the majority of companies only test 40% of the business processes they should be testing.
A robust test automation platform takes away the guesswork of determining what needs to be tested. The platform plugs into an enterprise’s live environment and creates a detailed log of what business users are actually doing. Based on these detailed logs, the platform recommends which processes need the most thorough testing, and allows you to automate the tests with one click.
5) Quickly identifying what to test
As we mentioned, each quarter, thousands of changes are pushed onto Oracle users. Because most Oracle environments are highly customized, these changes affect each customer differently. Because these changes–even small ones–can have major implications on operational efficiency, every change needs to be tested to see how they impact current business processes.
A robust test automation platform highlights the exact changes in your transactions, configurations, and custom screens after each update. It also immediately identifies the testing impacts due to those changes.
With manual testing, this process is largely guesswork.
6) More accurate tests
Thanks to minimized human intervention, automated testing is more accurate than testing applications manually. Because manual testing tends to be repetitive and boring, human testers are prone to human mistakes.
Machines, thankfully, do not get bored, and do not make those types of errors while testing.
7) Immediate feedback
A final benefit of automated testing is instant feedback. With continuous test execution, testing teams receive reports instantly, so whenever a failure occurs, they can act quickly to solve the issue before it rears its ugly head.
Put another way, automated testing allows teams to catch issues well before the end user experiences them.