The Value of Automation Testing for Enterprises

BrandPost By Keith Shaw
Jun 27, 2022
Build AutomationIT Leadership

When many companies deploy process automation, they can often get stuck when scaling due to manual testing processes. Automation of testing processes is an area that can offer quick results to kickstart an RPA project.

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Enterprises that have adopted automation across their organizations—including development, IT operations, and business teams—often find it is difficult to scale their automations due to manual or old testing methods. This can create further delays that prevent the automations from scaling properly, thus defeating the purpose of many process automation and digital transformation efforts.

In addition, software testing groups are often thought of as a cost center, rather than a group that can add value to an enterprise. As such, many testing groups are understaffed and overworked. The lack of a standard approach to testing across enterprise silos and the increasing complexity of processes also add to the frustration.

“Testing has always taken a big chunk of time in any development project,” says Jagjit Dhaliwal, Vice President and Global CIO Industry Leader at UiPath. “But it is also the low-hanging fruit for automation.”

To help enterprises combat these issues, UiPath has developed the UiPath Test Suite, a testing-focused product portfolio powered by the UiPath Automation Platform. The suite’s production-grade, low-code automation and artificial intelligence tools aim to automate testing for enterprises, while still allowing companies to manage testing in their own way.

The suite includes four major modules for testing teams that lets them manage, automate, distribute, and execute their work:

  • UiPath Test Manager allows companies to jumpstart the testing process through planning and monitoring of tests for automation, application, or environment changes. Test Manager includes traceability and visual logging tools that let companies rapidly triage any defects. It can also integrate with application lifecycle management (ALM) tools, such as ServiceNow, SAP Solution Manager, and Azure DevOps.
  • UIPath Studio offers developers a low-code interface, synthetic test data generators, and hundreds of prebuilt activities to test RPA workflows, web applications, SAP, Citrix, APIs, mobile applications, and more.
  • UIPath Orchestrator and its automation control center provides enterprises with the ability to organize, schedule, store dynamic test data, and analyze detailed results for test execution. The tool is Veracode-certified and can also integrate into a DevOps toolchain.
  • Finally, UiPath’s Test Robots gives companies a team of dedicated software robots that run tests in parallel, perform tasks, and report back at any time.

Through the use of the UIPath Test Suite, the Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDI) in Norway was able to automate its regression testing processes. Responsible for implementing the national government’s policy on refugees and integration, the government agency’s manual testing processes were slowing down its agile approach to software development.

“Where we were previously spending up to three days in regression testing, RPA is able to reduce this to around a day,” says Øyvind Woll, a senior advisor at IMDI. “It’s a significant time saving. Our aim is to automate 80% of all our regression testing as we go forward.” To learn more about how companies can accelerate their enterprise testing automation, watch a webcast with UiPath’s Dhaliwal here.