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For most deployments, testing activities consume 50 percent or more of your timeline. While we’ve seen success in following Workday’s core methodology, shifting testing timelines left and introducing it very early on during customer confirmation of tenant requirements, it does not reduce the overall testing effort. Add on employee and business lifecycles and the need to respond to day-to-day production issues, and customers can find themselves in search of a tool that relieves some of the testing burden.
One of the challenges is that test automation assumes that requirements are defined and the tenant is somewhat stable. However, testing in a constantly changing environment as customers work to define their requirements can be challenging. Add on the complexity of integration development and everchanging Workday releases, and the thought of automated testing as a possibility seems implausible.
After considering the expansion of Alight’s own custom Selenium tools and various tools in the market, Alight formed a partnership with RapidIT Cloudbera’s Genie that makes this type of automated testing possible for our customers.
Alight has supported our clients with custom Selenium framework through our Testing as a Service (TaaS) offering for 60+ clients across North America and Europe. While our developed solution meets the needs of our customers who look to outsource release testing, clients who were looking to more highly leverage their own testers needed a more commercial product that included various features and capabilities, including:
Having access to thousands of pre-populated test scenarios across both HCM and FINs gives the ability to quickly implement new scripts, SKUs and features without the need to code.
Our customers needed the ability to launch integrations as well as validate, fit, form and execute scenario-based testing.
Individual business process tests and integrations can be combined to create test packages, providing full coverage of the end to end lifecycle testing.
Automation features to schedule and execute repetitive tasks in Workday and can be used to handle routine data entry.
Regression testing is not just about executing a business process or launching an integration. In many cases, it’s about comparing data or results between tenants (Sandbox versus Sandbox Preview) to ensure that the integrity of a file or report is not compromised. Report and integration comparisons in your lower environments make it easier to stay abreast of periodic Workday updates.
Through this partnership, we have not only been able create a cost structure that is cost effective for smallest deployment, but to also anticipate the needs of our customers through these key features:
Customers who leverage automation during the deployment can look forward to three key benefits:
Avoid the urge to automate every business process up front
Identify the high-volume transactional business processes needed to support testing. Focusing on high-volume transactions eliminates tedious data entry tasks for your team and allows them to focus on ensuring that overall testing objectives are completed.
Consider security and access
One of the strategic elements of your automation test plan should be to validate not only what each role in your tenant can do, but what specific roles can view in the tenant. Often times testers will validate from their own perspective, but fail to confirm what other roles outside of their own can view. Automated tools like Genie can be used to validate during and post deployment that your intended security remains intact and worker or financial data is not compromised.
Spend the time to develop an automated script for every integration up front. Not only will you be well positioned to execute a comprehensive test during your deployment, but you will be positioned well for your first release and beyond. Integrations are by far one of the more impacted components of the release.