The Colas Group’s ambition is being the world leader in innovative, sustainable mobility solutions. Its mission is designing, building and maintaining sustainable transport infrastructure from its local roots, around the world. Its reason for acting? Connecting communities and fostering exchanges for the world of today and tomorrow. Its three main business segments are Roads, Materials and Railways.
The organization runs approximately 86,000 road and railway projects each year in some 50 countries worldwide. Their workforce of 55,000 people relies on a complex infrastructure to keep these projects moving. And these employees rely on the Colas Digital Solutions group. This group ensures that critical processes across 110 business applications work seamlessly while those applications evolve to meet their ever-changing operational needs.
With a major ERP system update rolling out as part of a broader digital business initiative, Colas’ quality leaders recognized that their existing manual testing approach had to evolve. It could not achieve the testing speed and completeness required to deliver the new functionality on-time and with an acceptable quality level. They had two options: hire additional manual testers or invest in test automation.
In theory, the automation path could yield significant cost savings in the long term, as well as provide more accurate and more rigorous checking than any number of manual testers could perform in a reasonable amount of time. But doubts remained. Was it possible to do test automation without wasting lots of time on test maintenance? Their quality leaders Sandrine Kita and Galaad Lepaul knew from past experiences that just building test automation was not enough for success. It was also critical to ensure the automation was resilient, reusable, and sustainable—and that required looking beyond the traditional script-based test automation tools that had failed in the past.
Tricentis helped Colas Digital Solutions evolve their existing manual testing practice into an automated approach that was more resilient, reusable and sustainable.
- Automated testing across 6 legacy systems and an ERP with four major modules
- Approximately 80% of testing is automated across target applications
- Many production disruptions are avoided by exposing defects early with automation
- Manual testing is performed alongside test automation where it makes strategic sense
- Team members are relieved from testing, gain time to focus on the tasks they enjoy more
- The team is adopting a new quality mindset, considering quality from the start and focusing on quality as a continuous process
- Testing is becoming industrialized, and a team of specialists is now dedicated to test
- 1400 test scenarios are automated and executing regularly