Businesses across the globe, regardless of size and industry, are migrating to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) customers are no more exception to this as OCI offers more consistent performance and better features at lower costs. When organizations make the shift to Oracle Cloud, they get access to range of award-winning SaaS solutions that streamline their business processes. Businesses get huge benefit from migrating to Oracle cloud since it is constantly being improved through Oracle’s Quarterly Updates. With Oracle quarterly updates, customers get new features, enhancements and previous release bug-fixes. The updates are mandatory to be applied and enforced on a scheduled date that cannot be altered unless a special request is made to Oracle.
With benefits, Oracle quarterly updates also bring challenges. Oracle Cloud customers need to understand the impact of the upcoming new release on their current business processes to ensure a seamless upgrade. However, the test timing window is just two week, making it challenging for the users who don’t have the experience of SaaS solutions. Since the time window between quarterly patch application in DEV/Test instance and production is just two weeks, the customers need to complete testing, analyse the results, and raise issues with Oracle, if any within these two weeks.
Summarizing the key challenges faced by Testing/ QA Teams for Oracle Cloud Quarterly Releases
- Quarterly Cloud releases means that customers need to perform regression testing at least 4 times/ year
- Customers need to perform regression testing all critical business processes during 2-week test window
- Manual testing in unfeasible and inaccurate due to limited overall test coverage
- The scope of manual testing is limited. So, there are chances of errors and inaccuracies.
Automated Testing – Ensuring Hassle-free Oracle Cloud Application Maintenance
Not only manual testing is inaccurate and time consuming but can also impact business continuity due to limited testing coverage, human errors, and its inability to scan and identify patterns impacting performance. Enterprises are facing major challenges with testing their cloud applications should opt for test automation. It will increase overall software efficiency and ensures robust software quality. One of the key advantages associated with automated testing is that it can be implemented with minimal effort and ensures maximum accuracy. Other advantages include faster feedback, accelerated results, lower costs, greater efficiency, and broader coverage. Test automation ensures that complex test cases can be executed quickly to offer wider coverage.
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