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Remote work tips: Create test automation from afar with ARA

Welcome to part 2 of our blog series, “Remote work tips for software testing teams.” (Read part 1 here).

With testers more distributed than ever, many teams feel that test automation rates stand to suffer. It’s no secret that building out meaningful test automation takes time, effort and, perhaps most importantly, collaboration.

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Business users who understand business-critical requirements need to be able to easily communicate them to testers so that test cases can be created, automated, and executed. Without being in the same room, this sort of information is more difficult to relay, lost in a Slack message or email, or on hold until each stakeholder is available to join a video conference. Once a test case is pieced together, it takes a whole other round of review to make sure that the test case actually covers the original requirements mentioned, and extra time on top of that to automate it.

Long story short: Test automation seems even more daunting than usual when attempted remotely.

However, there are solutions and workarounds for this very situation, and we want to take some time to share how you can use the Tricentis Automation Recording Assistant (ARA for short) to easily overcome these roadblocks and maintain test automation productivity remotely.

What is ARA?

ARA was built for the Tricentis Platform and released early this year, with the business user in mind. While Tosca already has outstanding recording and scanning functions, we found that for new manual testers, and especially SAP business users, Tosca can be overwhelming with its many powerful features that go beyond functional test automation (e.g. expansive technology support, CI/CD, service virtualization, TDM).

Integrate ARA with Tosca

So we now offer ARA, and, since it can be installed as a standalone app, this offers an immediate way for anyone to record, modify, and run test cases directly aligned to their business processes. For more background information on ARA, read our product update blog.

Bringing everybody into the room — remotely

ARA provides the glue that keeps teams automating together with its easy sharing capability. A business user that works outside of Tosca can quickly and easily record a critical business process, save that as a shareable file, and then send that to their Tosca testing teams as a test case that is ready for automation. You can share your test case easily via email or a shared drive, and then it is as simple as importing the test case into Tosca.

From here, the tester can use Tricentis Tosca to build out comprehensive and resilient test automation for each and every business process that needs to be tested. This can be done over and over and over again across teams, which means that your testing teams can continue to drive end-to-end test automation — all from their home offices.

Does ARA work with the rest of my platform?

Tricentis doesn’t just offer testing tools, it gives you a platform with all of the testing and automation capabilities that enterprises need to drive digital transformation. Even better, all of these capabilities work together. ARA fits into this scheme perfectly, making every other capability in the Tricentis Platform even more remote-friendly. Take for example this simple ARA-enabled workflow:

  1. A tester, using Tricentis’ AI-Powered Impact Analysis, discovers a critical testing gap that is resulting in missing coverage for an upcoming SAP release. The analysis provides the tester with the name of a business user who can help create an automated test to fill this gap.
  2. The tester asks the business user to record the relevant business process in their SAP application using ARA.
  3. After verifying the recording, the business user can send the recorded process to a test automation engineer via email or shared drive.
  4. The engineer uses the recording to quickly build the missing automated test in Tricentis Tosca.
  5. The testing team can then schedule and kick-off these automated tests for the SAP release using Tricentis qTest’s test automation management capabilities.
  6. With qTest’s wide variety of integrations, wide-spread teams can keep visibility into test automation and tie results to requirements in tools like Jira.

Keep in mind, this is just one sample workflow. There are countless other ways that you can use the Tricentis Platform to bolster your testing and automation productivity from home. No matter how you use ARA, you can ensure that your automated tests are up and running, no matter the circumstances.

Read the first post in the series, “Remote working tips for software testing teams: Part 1, and stay tuned for part 3 next week!