Mitigate the Risks of Oracle Cloud Updates
Oracle quarterly releases come with new functionalities, features, and bug fixes that need regular functional and technical analysis to monitor infrastructure impact.
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To achieve agility and more responsiveness, businesses are migrating to the 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. It 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 are 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 require 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 Test Automation
The AI-driven test automation platforms offer native support for Oracle Forms for robust GUI controls recognition. It 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, analyze results, and the impact of updates. The AI-powered continuous testing platforms for Oracle Fusion can reduce testing time by up to 80% while enabling faster validation of Oracle Cloud quarterly patch upgrades.
Reliability – To ensure reliability in testing, such platforms offer numerous prebuilt test cases and components with configuration engine continuously updates to ensure that tests are always in sync with the latest Oracle Cloud update.
Widest Test Coverage – Test automation delivers multiple sets of data to provide maximum test coverage. You can also parameterize your tests with the platform's 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 these platforms, everyone can participate in test automation. They usually offer Zero code scripting for test engineers, offline code editor for developers, and test orchestrator interface for business users.
Impact Analysis – Most AI-driven test automation platforms allow you to visualize changes happening across the entire software development chain in real-time. With the Impact Analysis engine, you can analyze the impact of the updates/patches on your critical business processes.
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