Oracle Flow Builder is a part of Oracle Functional Testing of Oracle Application Testing Suite (a.k.a OATS) and it is popularly referred as OFB.
Oracle Flow Builder is a keyword driven component based, easily maintainable online automation testing framework. It is created by following the best practices which is best suited for the testing of Oracle EBS Applications.
People who are interested to learn the framework details can refer to the article Insights of Oracle Flow Builder automation testing framework.
This article helps us to understand as why there was a need to come up with a solution Oracle Flow Builder and in what ways it give peace of mind to Oracle EBS Application customers during Upgrades or Patch uptakes.
Oracle Flow Builder has been introduced to market with EBS starter kit comprising of 2000+ components and 200+ automated business scenarios as a free offering. These test assets are basically spread across different Oracle EBS Functional products of Release R12.1.3 along with Oracle Application testing suite 184.108.40.206.
Need of hour:
Most of the customers of Oracle EBS Application take a step back when there is need to testing, one can learn in what cases testing is required at about Oracle EBS Application testing article.
Let’s first understand what are the activities and other factors involved here.
Regression and new feature testing activities:
- They need to spend time and effort on writing test cases / scenarios for existing and new business scenarios.
- They need to execute the same set of test cases each time there is an upgrade or major bug fixes etc.
- They need to test if the new features or enhancements are working properly as expected.
The Investment factor:
In order to perform testing, there is involvement of human resources and also the areas to cover in the testing increases as time passes by, Testing is either done by the existing Business Analysts within their business hours or the customers need to hire an in house team to take care of regular testing activities.
Though customers realize testing is very important, they take a step back fearing the money involved in it and taking a risk of not performing the test activity to the extend required.
Oracle EBS Application product QA team has envisioned in giving a better solution to its customers which drastically reduces the money they need to invest in testing activities and importantly reduce the chances of risk happening in form of breakdown in functionality of the application or the system itself. This can lead to a critical Impact as their environments have the mission critical or the business critical data, information, workflows, etc. which in turn would need to invest higher cost to solve the problem, there might be even cases when they cannot recover and lead to shutdown of business .
Customers can now have more peace of mind as the risk is mitigated by performing appropriate testing stint.
It is now globally accepted that the more the automated testing is less is the testing cycle, more is the accuracy in testing and larger is the testing coverage. To know more details go through the article necessity of automation testing in software testing.
This was the hour of need to provide a solution.
How did the Oracle EBS Application product QA team offer the solution?
They have come up with two major entities which is readily available for adoption by customers and reap in huge reduction of investment for performing the testing activity, the entities are, framework which runs around keyword based components and the pre build automated test assets; the customers now need not invest money in building their test assets but rather invest a very less percentage in the customization of these components to bring them inline to the customizations present in their application.
The free pre build automated test assets which comes along with Oracle Flow Builder covers up the automation of quite a good number of functional areas which are spread across Oracle EBS Application. These are termed as Starter packs with respect to each EBS Application release.
Now if the customers need to get more automated test assets and want to get more advantage they could simply purchase the advance packs with respect to each release at a highly affordable pricings. Also, now the customer can build new end to end business test scenarios with the components and component sets which are already available. In case there are no components available already to meet their requirement they can quickly create and use them.
What is the inline automation tool to perform the functional automated testing?
Oracle Flow Builder’s framework has the capability to generate test automation scripts of openscript tool, which is a functional automation testing tool of Oracle that comes along with Oracle Application testing suite. This tool is also called as the oracle functional testing tool.
This is the best affordable tool to automate the Oracle EBS forms and many other technologies which fall under the hood of Oracle EBS Application. The pricing of this tool is in variably low than any of its competitors.
With all the offerings of Oracle Flow builder, I.e. it’s robust automation framework and pre build test assets brings down the customer’s investment on testing activities and helps them to take a step forward to perform testing and reduce the chances of risk being happen which is like breakdown of functionality of the application and the operations of the organizations.