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Test Automation using PeopleSoft Test Framework

Test Automation using PeopleSoft Test Framework

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is a public benefit corporation responsible for public transportation in the New York City metropolitan area of the U.S. state of New York. The MTA is the largest public transit authority in North America, serving 12 counties in Downstate New York, along with two counties in southwestern Connecticut under contract to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, carrying over 11 million passengers on an average weekday systemwide, and over 850,000 vehicles on its seven toll bridges and two tunnels per weekday.

The modules in scope for Test Automation included HRIS, Position Management, Benefits, eBenefits, Recruiting and Talent Mgmt, Payroll, Profile Management, and Time and labor in HCM. The FSCM modules in scope included AM, AP, AR, AR Collections, GL, KK, PC, TR, ePro, eSup, INV, PO, and SS.

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The Challenge

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Business

MTA had several business challenges that resulted from manual testing of their PeopleSoft application pillars like FSCM, HCM, ELM, and EPM.

  • MTA was not current on the PeopleTools and PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) versions
  • Manual testing - Resource and Time constraints
  • Significantly long test cycles - No ability to schedule PeopleSoft testing with the use of test scripts
  • No access to real-time test metrics needed to make business decisions
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Technology

MTA was on FSCM 9.2 (Financials and Supply Chain Management), HCM (Human Capital Management), ELM (Enterprise Learning Management), EPM (Enterprise Performance Management), and PeopleTools 8.59. Still, they had not implemented the PeopleSoft Test Framework due to resource and time constraints.

  • Still doing manual testing of the PeopleSoft application.
  • No ability to run, edit, schedule test scripts run via PIA
  • Behind the PeopleSoft application, new features
  • No access to real time test metrics with Fluid homepages, Navigation collection and reports generated using analytics
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The Solution

    Test Automation using Astute’s FasTest

    MTA chose Astute’s FasTest PeopleSoft test automation tools to automate functional regression testing of their PeopleSoft application pillars. Using FasTest, Astute quickly addressed MTA’s testing needs and implemented a fully automated test regression suite that helped MTA complete its upgrade project on time. The tailored solution included:

    • PTF JumpStart implementation - to get MTA up and running with Test Automation that includes key business processes.
    • This included building over 1000 net new scripts and retrofitting 68 existing scripts that were built as a part of PoC engagement with MTA earlier.
    • Managed Services for complete Test Automation and Test Management - Ongoing Build, Run, and maintenance of MTA’s test scripts and test cycles.

    Astute’s Services

    PTF JumpStart implementation

    • Automate manual testing using the PeopleSoft Test Framework
    • Implementation of Astute’s Test Automation solution FasTest to address the limitations of delivered PTF features, thus enhancing the user experience
    • Key deliverables include:
      • Project Plan and Test Plan
      • Best Practices document for PTF
      • Unit Test Results of net new ~1000 PTF scripts
      • Unit Test Results of 68 PTF scripts retrofitted
      • Individual PTF Tests, Test Cases as per scope
      • PTF installation validated
      • PTF repository created or validated
      • PTF library structure
      • Execution profiles and security profiles
      • PTF and FasTest Training

    Managed Services for complete Test Automation and Test Management

    • Extend the coverage of the current automated test library as per requirement.
    • Assist MTA in setup, execution, tracking, and monitoring test execution using FasTest and PTF for a given test cycle.
    • Assist MTA in maintaining the most updated & current automated PTF test library by performing impact analysis, retrofits, etc.
    • Provide support & maintenance of the automated test library using PTF and FasTest tools by providing new updates and releases as per MTA’s PeopleSoft application and Tools version.
    • Key deliverables would include:
      • Unit Test Results of new PTF scripts
      • Unit Test Results of shell scripts
      • Individual PTF Tests, Test Cases as per scope
      • PTF repository created or validated
      • PTF library structure
      • Execution profiles and security profiles
      • Retrofit of test scripts after an Upgrade
      • Test cycles run

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    Results Delivered

    Business

    MTA has realized business benefits across several categories after implementing the PeopleSoft Test Framework combined with FasTest.

    • Reduced timeline and efforts in regression testing - The test timeline is significantly reduced by 70% compared to manual testing.
    • Functional resources can use the saved time from reduced testing overhead to focus on other value-added work.
    • MTA has access to real-time test metrics at their fingertips to make business decisions
    • With significant time savings with test cycles, this has helped MTA in their upgrade.

    Technology

    • PeopleSoft testing is automated - Using the PeopleSoft Test Framework to run automated testing.
    • MTA can run, edit, and schedule test scripts run via PIA using Astute’s Test Automation solution
    • MTA will soon be on the latest PeopleTools with the latest PUM
    • Access to real-time test metrics with Fluid homepages, Navigation collection, and reports generated using analytics
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