Tame the Risks of Oracle Cloud Updates by Modernizing Your Testing Tools and Strategies

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To achieve agility and more responsiveness, businesses are migrating to cloud. One such cloud infrastructure is Oracle Fusion (also known as Oracle Cloud Infrastructure). Oracle Fusion is perfect for organizations that use custom applications to manage their traditional back-office and customer-facing processes. Oracle Fusion allows custom applications to leverage Oracle databases to manage business-critical data with minimal re-architecture, re-integration or business process changes. Oracle Fusion seamlessly integrates with legacy frameworks through cloud infrastructure and platform, offering more flexibility, more reliability while delivering higher performance at a lower cost. However, the biggest hurdle that organizations need to overcome in their cloud journey is to verify the implementations.

Since enterprises rely heavily on application based processes, application testing has become more important than ever. QA teams need to ensure that functionality is working fine before getting into production and also required to monitor application performance during production in order to prevent unplanned outages of business-critical applications. As organizations use disparate applications for separate business processes, a significant disconnect occurs between business lines and QA professionals. In case, QA professionals don’t work in sync with business leaders, then test plans may not accurately reflect end user requirements. If applications are tested only after the configuration or development process is complete, then costly rework may impact the project schedule.

In the scenario of agile development, continuous testing is the most recommended thing. Furthermore, quarterly releases by Oracle for Fusion Application requires upgrading and regression testing at least 4 times/year. Every release comes with new functionalities, features and bug fixes. Thus, each Oracle Cloud/ Fusion Application release needs functional and technical analysis to understand the impact on the environment. Regression testing of applications is required prior to upgrading the production environments. Manual testing won’t help as it is time consuming. Furthermore, the time window of updates for DEV/Test instance and production is two weeks only.

How to overcome Oracle Fusion Testing challenges?

To ensure quality in the application, automated testing needs to be involved in the application development or upgrade lifecycle. Incorporating testing in the early development stages helps enterprises to achieve clear business objectives while minimizing the repairs needed at the end of the project. When critical errors are identified and addressed at an earlier stage of development, it ensures higher-quality applications and a better end user experience. Furthermore, when updates are introduced, testing ensures that new configurations or functionality does not break the application or produce downstream implications.

Testing Made Easy with OpKey for Oracle Fusion

OpKey is a leading AI driven test automation platform that offers native support for Oracle Forms for robust GUI controls recognition. OpKey’s self-healing technology ensures that your test assets keep in sync with changes so that unexpected changes don’t disturb your critical processes. 

Processing Time – Time window in Oracle Fusion for quarterly patch application in DEV/Test instance and production is just two weeks. So, customers get two weeks only to test, analyse results and impact of updates. As the leading Continuous Testing platform for Oracle Fusion, OpKey reduces testing time by up to 80% while enabling faster validation of Oracle Cloud quarterly patch upgrade.

Reliability – To ensure reliability in testing, OpKey offers 1000+ prebuilt test cases and components and its configuration engine continuously updates to ensure that tests are always in sync with the latest Oracle Cloud update. Leveraging context and meta data of Oracle Cloud, OpKey helps you to build more maintainable tests.

Widest Test Coverage – OpKey delivers multiple sets of data to provide maximum test coverage. You can also parameterize your tests with an in-built data editor while also getting the flexibility to import test data into the system from databases, excels and XMLs.

Test Automation for everyone – With OpKey, everyone can participate in test automation. OpKey offers Zero code scripting for test engineers, Offline Code Editor for Developers and Test Orchestrator interface for business Users.

Impact Analysis – With OpKey, you can visualize changes happening across the entire software development chain in real time while its Impact Analysis engine helps you to analyse the impact of the updates/ patches on your critical business processes.


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