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Oracle is a major ERP application used by the world’s biggest companies to ensure business runs smoothly, but Oracle deployments are heavy, risky, and slow. How can organizations make them more efficient? Read on to learn four key challenges organizations face with Oracle testing, and how Tosca 16.0 can help de-risk and speed up your Oracle initiatives.
Let’s begin with the basics. What core challenges do organizations face with their Oracle deployments?
Companies are increasingly migrating business-critical workloads to the cloud. One recent survey found that 79% of 300+ Oracle customers at mid-size and large enterprises want to move their legacy on-premises apps to Oracle Cloud. Moving to Oracle cloud will reap major benefits for organizations, from faster, more flexible operations to reduced infrastructure costs by an estimated 50%.
Despite the benefits, companies face major hurdles to setting up a robust testing strategy for their shift to the cloud – one that doesn’t threaten existing business processes. If done incorrectly, Oracle cloud migrations can disrupt data flows across systems, lead to application downtime, and break integrations to critical backend processes that result in faulty functionality. In addition, identifying which test cases are important at every stage of a cloud migration is a headache. Testers trying to uncover high-risk scenarios may only end up achieving about 30-40% coverage – another major reason why IT managers lose confidence in Oracle cloud readiness.
Oracle rarely operates as a standalone application for a given business process. In most cases, enterprises integrate their Oracle cloud apps with third-party systems as well as other tools like Salesforce or Microsoft Office 365. This complexity represents significant risks. Having efficient integration and end-to-end testing across your complex, entangled IT landscape is key to ensuring that quality is delivered.
This goes hand in hand with performance engineering and data integrity. 83% of data migrations fail because of lack of data integrity testing – an often overlooked aspect. When a major Oracle migration takes place, you must ensure that the data that traverses dozens of your applications is migrated correctly, and that the performance, usability, and scalability of the system is tip-top.
When moving to the cloud, organizations must manage more change that results from updates and upgrades. Oracle cloud has 4 major releases per year, which you may be thinking is not a lot. But many organizations readily adjust their business processes and customize their workflows. All this combined leads to more frequent change than envisaged – you’re not only having to cope with testing quarterly releases, but also customizations that you apply to Oracle that fit your business processes. Organizations therefore need rapid, enduring testing in place in order to keep up with frequent changes while keeping business disruptions at a minimum.
Oracle apps are often highly customized to fit the organization’s industry-specific business processes. Adding to that challenge is that Oracle apps are often built in complex ways, containing several layers of objects and control types from complex tables, combo boxes, tree views, tree views-ups, and more. To grapple with these complex technologies, you need intuitive testing in place that can handle dynamic Oracle elements in order to steer them and make life easy for your testers.
In order to solve some of these challenges, we added several capabilities to strengthen test automation for Oracle in Tosca 16.0. Tosca’s industry-leading, fully codeless, AI-powered approach makes it easy for your teams to build resilient Oracle tests so you can deliver your Oracle cloud initiatives with confidence and speed.
Tricentis’ recent partnership with Oracle also means that we now strongly support Oracle cloud migration, which not only requires efficient end-to-end test automation but also data integrity testing, performance engineering, including AI and machine learning technology. Head over to the Oracle Cloud Marketplace to see our Tricentis offering.
Oracle apps are built in complicated ways, containing several layers of objects and control types that often require time-consuming customization to automate. Tosca 16.0’s enhancements to its robust, Oracle-specific engines means that you can now identify and handle all types of controls to strengthen your automation stability. With Tosca’s reusable model-based approach, you can ensure your on-premises tests work for the cloud – making your testing reliable and fast, no matter where you are in your modernization journey.
Tosca allows you to build a library of flexible identification of Oracle controls and remove hard-coded IDs that often break test automation. Simply select the application under test such as Oracle Fusion, uniquely identify your control by adjusting the properties, and save the default IDs in a library – directly in XScan. This saves your team the time and headache associated with customizing Oracle-specific controls.
Tosca supports testing for all types of Oracle apps, from Oracle Cloud ERPs – Oracle Fusion, NetSuite, and Siebel Open UI – to Oracle on-premises apps like EBS, PeopleSoft, Oracle Smart View Excel add-in, and more. With Tosca, companies can conduct true end-to-end business process testing. Tosca supports over 160 technologies, from web and mobile to desktop, mainframe, and more. Tosca also supports the latest Java 17 LTS version, reducing disruptions during regression testing or Java application upgrades. With Tosca, you can test multiple applications that integrate with Oracle in your tech stack for a given business process. Think order to cash, procure to pay, and more.
Oracle Upgrade Readiness Documentation is available at least six weeks before every quarterly update, while the staged production environment is released two weeks prior. This time lag can cause headaches for testing teams. Tosca’s Vision AI capabilities can automate the UI prototypes or mock-ups published in the Oracle Upgrade Readiness documentation – before the real UI is released. These additional four weeks are invaluable for testing teams and ensure painless test cycles every quarter.
Tosca comes with built-in self-healing technology that helps you identify where object changes occur after every Oracle update or upgrade. With Tosca, you can spend less time and effort fixing the automation of controls while further reducing your maintenance burden.
Coming in 2025, the European Accessibility Act will demand the usage of ARIA, an inclusive measure that ensures that users with hearing or visual impairments can use web applications. This means that more and more applications will be built using ARIA semantics. Oracle is among several applications that implement ARIA semantics, as well as screen readers and other assistive technologies that can call out specific controls and make apps more accessible. Tosca ensures that Oracle web apps leveraging ARIA semantics can be natively automated, helping companies deliver on accessibility initiatives faster.
All in all, Tosca is designed to help you accelerate innovation and de-risk change for your Oracle deployments from day one. This results in massive savings – our customers report as much as 50% reductions in their testing costs. Read how Experian automated testing for the Oracle E-Business Suite and achieved an 85% increase in test automation with minimal maintenance and fewer false positives.
By automating Oracle testing with Tricentis Tosca, you’ll get faster, enduring, and scalable Oracle deployments using a single, unified approach for testing on-premises and cloud applications.
Read this Executive Guide to learn how to bullet-proof your Oracle deployments with enterprise test automation.