Oracle is one of the leading enterprise software vendors in the world. Enterprises across different geographies, regardless of industry, are using Oracle Cloud apps to streamline their business processes. Other benefits enterprises get from Oracle Cloud Apps include low operating costs, flexibility, scalability, & commitment towards continuous innovation. To ensure that business processes across Oracle Cloud run efficiently and error-free, there is a dire need for continuous testing. Furthermore, quarterly updates have also made Oracle testing critical to ensure business continuity remains intact.
In Oracle Cloud quarterly updates, two rounds of testing are needed, first in the test environment and second in the production environment. The testing window for these two rounds in just two weeks. Manual testing is not a viable solution due to the short testing window. Furthermore, it is plagued with inadequate test coverage, errors, and inaccuracy. So, test automation is the only solution that helps Oracle customers better handle frequent updates and application changes due to ever-evolving business requirements and patching activities.
However, to test automate Oracle Cloud Apps is not simple as it appears. Although test automation frameworks are available, they have certain limitations.
Script-based Test Automation Tools can’t keep pace with Oracle’s Updates.
Most of the tools available for Oracle Cloud testing are script-based. An example is Selenium. Oracle Cloud apps are highly dynamic in nature, and updates are rolled out 4 times a year. Due to this, countless hours and resources are required to build and maintain test automation scripts.
Setting up of test environment requires time and effort.
To set up script-based frameworks require significant resources and time. To set up a testing environment, you need skilled automation specialists with knowledge of Oracle. You need a person who must know Oracle inside out to set up automation for it. Whether you select the person with knowledge of Oracle or choose a developer or test engineer to automate, the result would be the same, i.e., and it ends up being costly and time-consuming.
Scalability & Limited in scope
In most cases, enterprises don’t use Oracle in isolation. They integrate Oracle with third-party apps and productivity tools. Since quarterly updates can potentially impact your critical integrations, complete, end-to-end testing needs to be performed to ensure business continuity. However, most Oracle test automation frameworks have minimal capabilities and won’t allow this, forcing enterprises to bring additional quality assurance frameworks.
Addressing Oracle Cloud Testing Challenges with Zero-code test automation platform
With zero-code test automation platforms, enterprises achieve the level of agility that script-based frameworks don’t offer. One of the most significant advantages of zero-code test automation is that even business users can participate in testing to ensure adequate coverage. Apart from this, the Oracle test automation framework should be
Self-configuring: Oracle testing platform with self-configuring capabilities helps you in setting up the environment in a single click. By providing you information about your existing business processes and enabling a one-click test environment set up, it will save hundreds of hours with assured test coverage.
Self-healing: The test automation framework should clearly understand the changes in your transactions, configurations, and custom screens due to updates/ patches and alleviate the “maintenance burden” by incorporating changes automatically across all your impacted test cases. This will save hundreds of hours of manual effort.
Support end-to-end testing: Select the test automation platform that helps you test the entire ecosystem of applications, including web, mobile, mainframe, api-based, etc. This will accelerate your enterprise’s digital transformation initiative by offering adequate test coverage.
Since you’re now aware of challenges that might come in your way to Oracle Cloud automation, you need to select the test automation framework that accelerates your testing cycles while helping you keep pace with Oracle Cloud’s frequent updates. A zero-code test automation platform with self-configuring and self-healing capabilities will remove unnecessary risks and reduce the automation script maintenance burden.