Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the innovative use of software to perform repetitive rules based knowledge work across an organization as a substitute for, or aide to, human workers.
“Virtual Workers” replicate the specific actions a human would take while working with IT systems, the decisions they make, and the logical processes they follow, while interacting between different systems and applications.
Emerging RPA Vendors include Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, UiPath, WorkFusion, Pega Systems and more.
With many organizations turning to RPA for automation of their Systems, RPA testing has become even more crucial for a smooth and successful transition into Automation. RPA testing is similar to any other Software and Systems Testing, except for a few nuances that need to be considered.
Requirements and Business process : Testing team needs to review the System Design and Requirement Documents in order fully understand the newly Automated process. If a RPA vendor was used for the Automation , the testing team would need to fully understand the workings of the RPA Vendor Tool that was used by the client Organization. This lays a foundation for the team to customize the RPA test cases to the System Business Rules and to the RPA Vendor Technology used.
Test Scripts , Test cases and Test Data : Team needs to create Testing scenarios based on the Business Rules and system related information gained from Project and RPA Vendor Documents. As RPA is still an emerging Technology, test scripts and test data need to be worked on very carefully making sure nothing is missed. RPA is an automation technology and a small error in test cases or test data can lead to disastrous results.
Test Results : Any and all defects that are discovered during RPA Testing need to be conveyed to the development team and addressed in a timely manner.
The entire process needs to me monitored by RPA certified specialists. Also, the Testing process would need to be customized to a certain extent based on the RPA vendor used for the Automation.
We at iTester have a team that is knowledgeable not only in the latest trends in RPA Technology but also the tools provided by leading RPA vendors like Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, UiPath.