Astute’s FasTest for PTF Streamlines PeopleSoft Upgrade Testing for Healthcare Customer

The customer is a non-profit healthcare system and is the largest healthcare provider in the Intermountain West. It operates 22 hospitals in Utah and Idaho. It is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Overview

The customer was using PeopleSoft 9.1 Financials and Supply Chain with 16 modules implementation. They planned to upgrade PeopleTools from version 8.52 to 8.55, and PeopleSoft application from version 9.1 to 9.2. They were also planning for Fluid UI Implementation and PUM Image Update.

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The goal was to automate standard business processes to reduce testing time leading to faster burndown, reduce cross modular dependencies and better reporting.

Challenges
  • Time constraints – Too much to test in a short span of time
  • Test Coverage – Limited resources and time leading to limited coverage
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  • Accuracy – Challenging to ensure accurate test results
  • Documentation overhead – Many spreadsheets needed to maintain screenshots and test data
  • Dependencies – Cross-modular leading to inefficiencies
  • Management overhead – Tracking and reporting required major overhead
  • Impact on PUM planning – Testing overhead impacting rate of PUM adoption
Solutions & Services
Astute helped customer to:
  • Identify scope of test automation
  • Develop test scenarios in PeopleSoft Test Framework for all in scope and end-to-end business processes
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  • Implement FasTest Test Automation solution for an enhanced testing experience and PTF test management capabilities
  • Train staff on PeopleSoft Test Framework and FasTest Automation Tools
  • Create a test maintenance strategy to be used for the steady-state phase and future projects
Benefits & Results
  • Total automated test scripts – 289
  • Percentage automation – 75%
  • First pass of application testing completed – In only one week
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FasTest Test Automation
The test automation project helped the customer reduce regression testing costs for its PeopleTools upgrade from 8.52 to 8.55. The same test library was then tweaked to test its application upgrade from 9.1 to 9.2. Customer conducted the planned test cycles in a much shorter time and were able to design and develop a fluid strategy and a selective adoption strategy with the time saved. Customer was on schedule, within budget for its upgrade project, and live by June 2017.