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BPM Testing and Upgrade

BPM Testing and Upgrade
BPM Testing and Upgrade

BPM Testing and Upgrade

To increase productivity while also reducing expenses, businesses all around the world are automating their procedures. Business process automation (BPAmain )’s goal is to standardise procedures in order to increase process effectiveness and streamline workflow. By enabling enterprises to raise their service levels by combining diverse services and connectors, BPA plays a crucial part in increasing process efficiency. As more companies follow this new practice, BPA is now a notion that is gaining popularity. What difficulties did the industry encounter when using BPM? When creating applications with BPM tools, is software testing difficult? How does workflow testing work? What approach should be used to carry out business workflow testing? Let’s explore.

Two sorts of testing must be done in order to execute software testing on programmes created with well-known BPM technologies like Bonitasoft:

  • Workflow testing
  • Performance testing

From a BPM standpoint, let’s try to concentrate on these two categories of software testing.

Workflow Testing

We are currently seeing a new software testing trend inside functional testing that is known as “workflow testing.” It is a type of functional testing that is carried out with consideration for the workflow of business processes. Testing business workflows not only offers us a wealth of fascinating opportunities, but also a brand-new set of difficulties. Workflow testing’s main objective is to determine whether BPM applications’ and processes’ functionality works as intended across all supported browsers and operating systems with all integrations (integration validation) in place. Workflow testing is a highly specialised area of testing that calls for in-depth familiarity with business process flow.

A software tester (workflow tester) is supposed to comprehend the full process flow and the objectives of automation while performing workflow testing. This would make it easier for a workflow tester to comprehend how the process is progressing (step-by-step). The numerous rules, events, notifications, and duties that are given to different roles are also discussed. A workflow tester should pay attention to the software application’s performance and security as well as its functional elements.

Traditional Web Application Testing vs. Workflow Testing

Comparing testing traditional web applications to testing software applications made with BPM workflow tools like Bonitasoft is like comparing apples to oranges. At its most basic, a business process is a collection of individual events that combine with other events to form a larger collection of events (workflow). These activities are carried out by people allocated to various jobs within a company and are aimed at attaining a shared business objective. A process that has been optimised needs to be checked frequently to preserve its quality.

Many other parts of workflow require testing in addition to validating the fundamental process pathways. Business processes frequently assign workflow tasks with their own rules, issue notifications, create events, integrate with online services, and provide data to a variety of systems. All of these tasks need to be verified by businesses in terms of quality assurance. Prior to being implemented in a live environment, the main job of work flow testing is to thoroughly test the software applications and business process work flow.

Businesses should exercise caution when adding new requirements midway through a project because there is always a chance that additional defects may be added. How do you prevent this? A process workflow must undergo a significant amount of regression testing to verify the changes being made to the process. All things considered, business workflow testing should now be the primary focus of quality assurance rather than traditional testing.

In contrast to traditional web application flaws, most defects found during a workflow testing procedure are straightforward and frequently of a high severity. The majority of flaws cause the following mistakes:

  • No such page (404 error)
  • No service is offered
  • connecter issues
  • Unassigned task

How Can a Workflow Testing Methodology Be Created?

A workflow testing methodology makes workflow testing easier to handle; it should be divided into three main categories:


Workflow Analysis

  • Examine and comprehend the requirements by going through the necessary client-provided documentation.
  • Recognize the current business process.
  • Determine what is needed for the to-be process (such as processes, associated business rules, system interfaces, reporting etc.).
  • Create the blueprint for the business process model (To Be process).
  • Learn about the tools, procedures, and features by exploring the Bonita portal.
  • Examine the test data that must be uploaded to the source site.
  • Recognize and evaluate the production data 
  • Analyse the test data that must be produced to ensure that the process runs smoothly for the development and testing teams.


Workflow Design

  • On the understanding of the business processes, events, and rules, prepare a test strategy for the workflow.
  • Identify circumstances that follow rules. The various rules that can be applied in a business process are listed below.
    • Admin
    • Users in Workflow Groups
    • Process Director
    • User-Customer
  • Create thorough workflow test cases based on the workflow’s specified user story.
  • To develop the regression suite, divide the test cases into various kinds.
    • Test cases for business processes
    • Reports
    • Using the guidelines
  • With the team, go over the workflow test scenarios.
  • List the regression workflow test cases in a separate document after identifying them.
  • Prepare different test data combinations based on the rules.


Monitoring and Execution of Workflows

  • Execute test cases for workflows depending on the rules and tasks.
  • Determine the flaws and enter them into the tools for defect tracking.
  • Retest the features of the business process.
  • Regression testing should be done on each build following retesting of a specific flaw or feature
  • Reopen issues
  • Send the teams the status reports.
    • Execution Report for Test Cases Defect Report
    • Test Report for Regression and Test Report

Performance Evaluation

When it comes to evaluating BPM, performance testing is a crucial component. After confirming that the application is stable, it is carried out. Performance testing is crucial since a functionally tested application could not work properly in a real-world setting if it can’t deliver on customer demands in a timely manner. Other potential problems in a production setting besides the application’s response time include scalability problems, memory leaks, application crashes when handling multiple user requests, application server hardware constraints, etc.

It is advised to conduct performance testing manually or with any open source or commercial solutions on the market in order to lessen the severity of performance issues in a production setting. The workflow testing concept is illustrated here to help end users understand it. This will also help them decide whether a performance test is necessary.


Workflow Test Case Example

By inserting several records ranging from 100 to 4000 records in a given time span, a team conducted rigorous performance testing. These factors led to its execution: The workflow process included connectors and subsystems with several stages, and each task needed to be approved or rejected by authorised users at each stage. The BPM application was installed in a packaged environment to give end users great accessibility for carrying out various operations. The application workflow included some external systems to finish tasks like sending emails and obtaining data from other web services before storing it in the back-end and using it in the present process.


Analyzing the Results of Performance Testing

The analysis of test results is a crucial step in the load testing process since it enables the workflow tester to spot different performance bottlenecks. The following metrics should be collected during performance testing like Usage of resources, Throughput Memory Usage Average Response Time and in Multiple Users.

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Major adjustments have been made in the way a process workflow is put into practice throughout time. When compared to standard application testing, the workflow testing method necessitates a slightly different testing strategy. A method for evaluating a regular web application may not work well in this situation. In order to effectively execute workflow testing, a workflow tester must think creatively and unconventionally while constantly keeping workflow needs in mind. It can be difficult for a workflow tester to determine these changes in a typical workflow testing environment because they may occur in the backend of the process but not be visible on the front-end (web). Workflow testing methods work best when they are coordinated with functional and performance testing.

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