Migrations from Oracle EBS to Oracle Cloud pose a major challenge to nearly all organizations that undertake them. The greatest challenge every enterprise experiences while migration is cost and time overruns. As per Oracle, cost overruns average 30%, while time overruns average 41%.
Migration from Oracle EBS to Oracle Cloud brings a lot of architectural and structural changes. Moreover, some of the existing customizations need to be replaced with in-built configurations. This may lead to process deviations. A robust testing strategy ensures that your configurations are supporting your business processes and critical integrations are working fine.
Here are some common pain points that QA teams face while implementing continuous testing during a migration:
Tedious testing processes: EBS to Oracle Cloud migration requires at least three rounds of regression testing and participation from business users since they are ones who know business processes best. This repetitive testing can be time consuming and monotonous. Unavailability of business users lead to deployment delays Monotonous and repetitive tasks often lead to human errors.
Complicated Test data management: For thorough testing, you need test data. However, generating test data for processes such as Procure to Pay and Order to Cash can be excruciating.
Project management becomes challenging at times: For Project managers, Oracle Cloud Testing might get very complicated, and they need to stay on their toes for a series of tasks like defining the testing strategy, identifying the tests to be performed, assigning the tests to the testers, chasing the testers for individual status reports, consolidating test statuses, reporting the testing status to higher hierarchy etc., to get a sense of overall testing progress.
Not a well-defined testing scope: Enterprises typically utilize 30%-40% of the overall project time for preparing test scenarios and executing regression testing. However, unclear scopes of what needs to be tested often lead to timeline overruns as QA teams struggle to determine what to test and what not to. As QA teams have no analytical data about the business processes which require the most and least amount of testing and this uncertainty leads them to settle for one of the two options:
Test every possible EBS transaction that may be affected to minimize the risk of production failures. This consumes a lot of time and budget.
‘Guess’ where the most significant impact will be and test those areas. This option comes with lower costs but more risk.
How Opkey helps in streamlining the Oracle Cloud Migration Process:
Test Discovery: This feature in Opkey helps you to automatically log the processes & configurations of your existing EBS environment. The log history provides data that enables you to compare the as-is and to-be business processes to determine the optimal scope of testing. This exact scope helps you in prioritizing test data and keeps timelines under check.
Simplified Test Data Management: Generating qualiﬁed test data for processes such as Procure to Pay and Order to Cash can be excruciating due to data integrity constraints and transaction accuracy. Opkey simplifies test data management by fetching Master data details (Chart of Account, Employee, Customers, Item, Supplier) from a non-production instance based on Organization ID or Date Range, selected for the functional validation of test cases. The result is hours saved on performing manual data entry & management.
Test Accelerators: Opkey’s Test Accelerator consists of a library of pre-built Oracle test cases ( over 4,000 ) that can instantly fill in the gaps in your test cases and accelerate the testing speed by 10X. It ensures 100% test coverage for your migration to Oracle Cloud.
End-to-End Testing: Oracle EBS is often integrated with multiple applications & technologies to serve different purposes. Opkey’s platform supports over 150 technologies and packaged applications, including web, app, API, legacy, desktop, and mobile. This ensures that when a change occurs in Oracle EBS or Oracle Cloud, your organization can see the impact across its full tech stack.
Better Test Visibility and Communication: Opkey is integrated with many collaborative and reporting tools to ensure you can plan test projects, assign tasks, and see precisely where each tester is on their progress. For example, Opkey’s internal messaging platform allows Business Teams to collaborate effectively with IT Teams, significantly reducing the time needed to create and implement new test scripts.
No Code Platform: Business users must perform testing for nearly all organizations. Opkey, a no-code testing platform, eliminates the need to work on creating coded test scripts and allows business users to contribute to Oracle Cloud test automation without any assistance from IT resources.
Though Migrations from Oracle EBS to Oracle Cloud are notoriously challenging, Opkey’s test automation platform is proven to reduce the burden of your migration and ensure that your project is complete on time.