Oracle is a well-established Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software used by businesses across the world for a variety of business processes, from supply chain management to warehouse management to insurance and customer relationship management.
While Oracle does come with a range of inbuilt functions, many companies choose to build custom application components that can easily integrate with the Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS).
For example, businesses can easily change the appearance, validation logic and behaviour of Oracle Forms. Such a thing can be done using Oracle’s Application Object Library along with various other tools provided by Oracle.
For maintaining the quality of the system, Oracle continuously goes through improvements and enhancements:
Enhancements to EBS to meet current business requirements: This process is incorporated whenever a new component is developed and changes are made to existing components.
Modifications to EBS using upgrades: This process is utilised to preserve the customer components whenever there is an upgrade or facilitate the upgrade of custom components.
Similar to any software that can be upgraded or customized, Oracle ERP can also be updated. In addition, Oracle Functional Testing allows ensuring that if something is not working, it can be detected before anything is pushed to a live environment.
For example, if an error went undetected during recent customization made to a component in the Financials module, and due to this data on customer payments were not being received, it could easily lead to a massive financial loss.
To avoid such occurrences, it is typical for companies to have a business manager or Quality Assurance (QA) manager watching over the quality of the software through testing.
External influence can also play a crucial part in Oracle Functional Testing. For example, various businesses have to separate their European and British databases due to Brexit.
Such a thing suggests that custom regulations need to be added into the system for the divided groups, like additional paperwork for products being delivered to the USA. In such cases, companies need to test that the data has been accurately separated, and for performing such things efficiently, businesses often need to incorporate automation.
The challenges of testing Oracle
From the above discussion, it has been established that Oracle is no small system. It comprises various small modules that work together to track anything from your organization’s financial condition to the stock available in a warehouse.
Moreover, due to the size of the system and departments, it spans across, oracle functional testing can be quite challenging. Some of the most common challenges include:
- Businesses need to deal with communication barriers from team to time.
- If you are opting for manual testing, it requires a lot of time to get through the entire system, and it also requires an additional effort to document the result of those tests in one central place.
- If your business is automating testing using an automation framework, you may encounter custom applications developed on programming languages other than Java.
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