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Case Study: Salesforce regression testing for Haymarket Media Group 2017-05-12T11:35:09+00:00

Project Description

Company Overview

Haymarket Media Group is an international media company headquartered in London. They have over 70 market-leading brands across six countries and generate content across print, web, mobile and live media.

Haymarket is also a Salesforce customer on the Sales Cloud. Their implementation covers common functional areas such as lead conversion, opportunity management and account and contact creation. They use a combination of simple and complex elements such as page layouts, validation rules, Visualforce pages and APEX. They came to Provar to improve their Salesforce regression testing process.

The Challenge

Haymarket found Salesforce regression testing a time-consuming process. Manual testing generally took 3 testers 2 weeks, making a total of 240 hours to test the entire application. This had to be repeated for every Salesforce release or release of internal functionality changes, making it a major time investment.

Haymarket’s implementation also includes applications managed by third parties. On some occasions these third parties would make changes to their applications without prior warning to Haymarket, which could have a negative impact on Haymarket’s processes. It could be difficult to detect issues arising through these unplanned changes. This led to a higher risk of those issues having an impact on the business.

Overall, Haymarket wanted to reduce the time and cost of their Salesforce regression testing and become faster to identify and address issues.

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The Solution

Haymarket chose Provar in the hope of speeding up their Salesforce regression testing.

Provar is a no-code test automation tool. Because Provar is tightly integrated with Salesforce, it provides a more efficient way to implement automation, intelligently locating Salesforce fields, objects and other key metadata. Minor changes to an environment become easier to accommodate, reducing maintenance effort and increasing scalability.

Haymarket found Provar easy to set up and were able to build up a large library of test cases in a short time. The tool’s drag-and-drop interface meant that test cases could be built and updated quickly in the browser, and test cases were easy to maintain because the tool did not require any programming knowledge to use. Haymarket built roughly 150 test cases over the first 3 months, averaging 2 test cases a day.

Haymarket also set up daily execution reports to help them identify and address new issues quickly. Part of the team’s DevOps strategy was to execute their entire Salesforce regression testing pack automatically every night and email the results to the team for checking every morning. This was set up quickly using Provar’s ANT script generator, which can easily be set up to be run via popular Continuous Integration tools such as Jenkins. This was a great benefit to the team since they could quickly check every morning to see whether any new issues had arisen since the test suite’s previous run. This made it easy to locate and resolve issues and it increased confidence in the stability of the application.

The Results

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Haymarket were able to significantly reduce their Salesforce regression testing time and effort by using Provar. Through Provar, their Salesforce regression testing time went from 240 hours to just 5: an overall reduction of 98%. There was an even bigger reduction in test effort, since the entire regression pack was scheduled to run automatically and did not require human intervention. This allowed the test team to focus on more creative and exploratory testing.

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Using Provar the team were also able to detect issues faster and with more confidence. Thanks to test scheduling and daily execution reports set up through Jenkins and ANT, the Haymarket team had access to a daily report of regression test results. This allowed them to detect new issues quickly and proactively.

Testimonial

Rob Burns at Haymarket says,

Technical Solution

The company noted a number of specific areas that Provar excelled in.

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