How to Simplify the Testing Process Using Business Process Testing (BPT)?
Business process testing allows the business analyst to indulge in the automation process. It’s basically a built-in QTP automation framework, which allows the business analyst to create the automation scenarios and execute them depending upon the requirement. However, it’s not required to have the coding or automation knowledge.
A business process testing scenarios include various business components. The business components cater the need to verify a business process within an application being tested.
A typical business process testing framework has the following:
- Application area
- Business Process Test
Components: These are set of automation statements that perform a pre-defined task in the AUT. These are exclusively designed to be used in BPT framework and can be re-used.
Application area: This includes all the resources required for the business components. It’s a logical entity and contains many reusable functional libraries.
Business Process Test: A BPT is designed to test a particular business process of an application. A BPT scenario has a serial flow of business component.
Flow: A component may be required in the same order in other BPTs as well. A flow of a business process can be created and can be called directly. This avoids the need to add each component in all the BPTs, wherever required.
Advantage of Using BPT
In order to overcome various challenges associated with traditional automation, business process testing can be used. Some of the challenges are mentioned below.
- Lack of coordination between testers and subject matter experts
- No significant role of the manual testers
- Traditional automation development process
- Requires huge maintenance effort
- Lack of skills of the automation testers to develop efficient scripts
These challenges are overcome by the business process testing with a standard framework, which involves both the manual testers and subject matter experts. This helps in defining a standard approach of developing BPTs.
Manual testers are involved in creating manual components, which are then automated by the automation testers. Then the testers will create a test scenario by creating a sequence of these components.
BPT also defines role for the resources, which helps in optimizing the resource utilization and their skills. Roles in BPT are classified as below.
- QTP Expert
SME: SME could be a business analyst or manual testers having the knowledge of the application. They are responsible for designing manual business components, while clearly mentioning the steps and expected results.
QTP Expert: QTP experts use the steps mentioned in the manual component and convert the manual business component into automated component.
Tester: A tester could be a manual tester or a QTP expert.
Getting Started With BPT
Software Requirement: Latest QTP/UFT
- Enable the option ‘Allow other HP products to run tests and Components’
- Install QTP connectivity and QTP add-in.
Implementing Business Process Testing (BPT) Framework
Since it’s an inbuilt framework, it does not require the code to be written. You need to prepare the artifacts that help building the components of BPT.
Let’s analyze the different modules in quality center.
Business Component Module: It contains the steps required to perform a function in a business process. You can also create, manage, and re-use the business components. There are manual components and automated components. Automated components include keyword-driven components and scripted components.
Test Plan Module: Here the components are dragged and dropped in a logical order to form a test scenario
Test Lab Module: It allows us to execute the business process tests and analyze the results. This module can be used to run BPT in parallel on other machines as well.
A BPT automated process involves the following stages”
- Creating manual component
- Automating the components
- Designing the Flows
- Debugging the business process test
- Executing the business process test
Difference between Component and Test
Test and Component are two different concepts of Business Process Testing.
- A component cannot contain multiple actions
- While working with components, all external files are present in the quality center project
- All components are shared repository
- You cannot change the name of the component node
- You cannot add the resource directly to the component, but through the application repository.
With the introduction of 360logica’s business process testing, you can get a higher level of productivity into your test teams and a higher level of quality to your finished software applications. The BPT caters the need to remove technical complexity and allows the SMEs to focus on the business process. Moreover, it is a seamless process and protects your previous investments and delivers a competitive ROI. 360logica is a leading provider of automation software for business process testing and discovery globally. We help companies to innovate faster, lower technology risk, reduce costs, improve quality, and deeply understand their real end-to-end processes.