by Barry Burke
It’s Groundhog Day this Friday and that may well be how you feel each day when you test the same processes over and over again as part of your JDE EnterpriseOne testing. You have your test scripts (or at least some of them) in a word document or an excel spreadsheet. They may not be entirely up-to-date, but you can fill in the blanks by retrieving from your good old memory banks when the time comes to carry out that essential regression testing.
This is something you find yourself doing time and time again during the year and even more during a major project that is bringing a lot of change to your system. You may well find yourself saying that you will go back and update that test script and make it more accurate and complete, but you never seem to get the time. You possibly also find that when you carry out the necessary testing that you feel you have done a complete job only to remember that a particular test scenario was not catered for as it wasn’t written down – it was simply forgotten.
If any of this rings true, you’re not alone. It happens, to a lesser or greater extent, in IT departments around the world.
We have always done it that way, so what’s the problem?
The problem is that it has a detrimental effect on productivity, timescales, costs and morale. One answer is to automate as many of your test scripts as is practically possible. It is not possible to automate 100% of all of your testing requirements, however, you can automate significant (60%+) areas of your JD Edwards EnterpriseOne system. Using Dimension SwifTest™, you can create non-brittle test scripts that are action-driven. That is, every single user action is captured as discrete test steps within the test script that can then be manipulated individually. This helps to overcome the maintenance headache associated with manual-based test scripts.
Automated test scripts, when executed, will not forget vital steps. They execute with precision time and time again flushing out the bugs or errors that you specifically want to test for. They can be run multiple times at the click of a button. They can even be scheduled to run out of hours. They will tell you when they ran, whether there was a pass/fail and take a screen shot of every single test action/step for good measure.
In 2018, digital transformation will continue to happen all around us. Digitizing (or even part-digitizing) your testing will compress project life cycles and increase the quality of the delivered solution to your user community.
If you are interested in finding out more, and exiting Groundhog Day, then contact us for a demo.