Business Process Testing – What, When and How

In an increasingly competitive world, businesses need to deliver an exceptional customer service to maintain their competitive edge. Since providing this superior customer experience is linkeddirectly to the quality of your products and processes, it all depends on effective and efficient business process testing.

Business Process Testing, abbreviated as BPT, is a role based testing method, which facilitates the testers and SME (Subject Matter Experts) to work mutually.The emphasis of BPT is not on checking any specific vertical. Rather, it puts your entire system to test – from finding hot leads and driving them down the sales funnel to streamlining service delivery and deployment, together with efficient vendor management, revenue management and problem solving methods. Such comprehensive end-to-end testing focuses on key business parameters. With it, you can check the readiness of your products and processes from the business side while also experiencing it from the customer’s perspective.

Lock, Stock and Barrel of Business Process Testing

Upgrading and launching new applications and processes is a continuous act in organizations today. At times, the focus is inward – to generate greater operational efficiency. At others, the focus is outward – on customers and competition. In both these cases, the common need is to test applications and processes in the shortest possible time, straining minimum resources and implementing them sooner, thus allowing businesses to reap the rewards. But this puts a lot of pressure on the testing and QA teams as they have to meet tight deadlines and budgetary constraints. That’s why the emphasis has shifted from manual to agile methodologies.

BPT isn’t just about testing any or a few specific applications. Rather, it’s about testing the unique, complex business processes that support your company’s strategy. That’s why you need end-to-end system integration testing. Whether you want to maintain your status as an industry leader, or plan to boost your competitive edge, BPT testing will let you increase reliability and quality, thus bringing down the time to market a product, which guarantees a positive customer experience.

  • Customer Acquisition: This is a major priority for businesses. No wonder companies automate the process with apps that help them track opportunities and orders,manage leads and territories, or maintain customer data. Business process testing at this stage helps validate proper execution of critical processes. Proper executionand reliable quality assurance across these processes would help companies improve staff efficiency, accelerate IT projects and steer clear of business disruption.
  • Service Deployment and Service Delivery: Deployment and delivery of service is crucial for business reliability and reputation. That’s why automated, comprehensive testing is needed. Else, high rates of defects can leak into production systems and processes, which would significantly impact quality/test team productivity, spike the release costs and cause consequent business losses.
  • Billing and Revenue Management: Businesses today are no longer limited by geographical barrier. With company branches spread across states, often all over the world, aided by an increasingly mobile workforce, organizations today often struggle to deal with multiple billing and pricing solutions across lines of business, geographies and branches. That’s why automated Revenue management (RM) software are used as tools to supply analysts with formatted and summarized data who use it for their decisions (such as for allocating capacity fora price point, or fixing a price etc). Such tools also help to automate various other processes completely such as invoice generation, payment collections etc. They can even play a deeper role such as in fit/gap analysis, validation and documentation etc. That’s why testing to validate these tools is required to check if they help improve RM and if they do, by what extent as compared to a precious/alternate model.

Multi vendor/partner management with the goal of achieving zero defect leakage to UAT (User Acceptance Testing) and Production, and customer problem management (problem analysis, identification of the cause, steps taken to resolve the problem etc. ) are also under the purview of BPT.

Why Perform Regression Tests?

Business processes have several interrelated elements. Even a small, seemingly insignificant change to an application or process can ripple outward in surprising ways, breaking functions that otherwise seem completely unrelated to the new alteration. By running regression tests and maintaining the test bed, you can ensure that your alteration not only behaves as you want it to, but also hasn’t accidentally caused problems in functions that had otherwise worked properly when tested earlier.


Some Tools for Business Process Testing

HP Business Process Testing Tool:

 For automated testing by HP Business Process Testing, the tools are available at HP Quality Centre, which efficiently manage the real time KPI’s. This tool for functional and regression test automation amalgamates with HP Quick test Professional for all software and environment, HP WinRunner for entire enterprise and for ERP and CRM related solution, integrates with TurnKey Quality Accelerators.

Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite:

 This tool is appropriate to automate, manage and monitor business processes and policies. It holds its forte in Business Activity Monitoring which is done via creation of real time dashboards for KPI’s.

Test Rail:

 It is a tool for flexible project organization, the latest version being Test Rail 5.1 appropriate for incredibly productive testing. This tool is basically designed for defect management and works by assimilating with other issue tracking tools for excellent results. It can fully integrate with JIRA, FogBugz, Redmine, Bugzilla and 35 other tools to provide wide spectrum of testing coverage at any stage of business process.

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