Is There A Doctor In The House? Insights of Application Testing

When a patient reports recurring headaches to a doctor, the doctor will quickly examine many different areas in the body:  eyes, ears, muscles, organs, blood levels, and so on.  The doctor is collecting clues to understanding which interconnected bodily processes could be contributing to this ailment.   

But when we test the business applications that support -billion-dollar processes, why do we blindly guess which activities to look at without thinking about our business process health more holistically?

Building the right test plan for your business processes

Did you ever look at a typical business application test plan?  Throughout the application, there are long lists of use cases, and pass/fail indicators on micro-behaviors.  When we build a test plan for the current release, we take an educated guess to grab test cases for a few functional areas:  Order Entry, Purchasing, Shipping, Billing, and the like.  Maybe we’ll add one or two end-to-end flows to ensure everything hangs together.

But did we ever stop to think if we are evaluating the right business processes affected by the current release contents? 

Panaya’s real-time Change Intelligence solutions open a new light toward proactive process awareness, enabling teams to predict how current release contents will affect specific business processes. Panaya turns the business risk MRI into an action plan by recommending specific functional test cases that exercise and evaluate the affected business processes by:

  • Essentially evaluating the health of each business process by simulating each release change and tracing “sore points” in the business process affected by each proposed change.

  • Connecting with various test scoping sources, including test automation libraries and manual in-depth process evaluation (and validation), adding quick insight tests for high-impact, high-usage focal points in your business operations.

  • Proactive analyses accelerate team awareness of failure points much earlier in the release cycle, ensuring a lower-risk delivery with a fast and safe trajectory.

  • Real-time Change Intelligence suite currently supports SAP ECC, SAP S/4HANA, Oracle EBS, and SFDC, analyzing 100 million lines of code daily for companies across the globe.

Similar to healthcare, evaluation is an essential part of quality improvement and when done well, it can help solve problems, influence decision making, and build knowledge. It involves collecting and analyzing information about business processes, characteristics, and outcomes. Its purpose is to improve process effectiveness and confirm that business requirements and related changes are properly validated so that an application does what it is supposed to do.

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