Situation

The City of Hollywood accomplished a substantial implementation of Oracle Cloud Applications and faced significant time and cost constraints associated with manual testing efforts. The City sought a partner with extensive test automation expertise to automate the testing of recurring quarterly maintenance patches issued by Oracle post go-live.

The City’s primary business needs were to:

  • Automate the quarterly patch testing of its Oracle Cloud Applications, across ERP Financials, Procurement, HCM, Payroll, and PBCS;
  • Eliminate manual testing efforts, allowing business users to focus on value-add activities; and
  • Reduce deployment risks by enabling earlier identification of defects and their timely resolution.

I am pleased with the testing provided by AST for our Cloud ERP deployment. The patch testing are now completed with a quick turnaround time and this, in turn, allows us to more quickly address issues with Oracle, reducing potential downtime before our production environment is affected. The test execution and issues metrics also provide beneficial insights into our overall ERP processes.

Raheem Seecharan Director, IT, City of Hollywood, FL

I am pleased with the testing provided by AST for our Cloud ERP deployment. The patch testing are now completed with a quick turnaround time and this, in turn, allows us to more quickly address issues with Oracle, reducing potential downtime before our production environment is affected. The test execution and issues metrics also provide beneficial insights into our overall ERP processes.

Raheem Seecharan Director, IT, City of Hollywood, FL

Solutions & Benefits

AST deployed its proprietary Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS) solution, Autonomous Cloud Tester (ACT), to meet the needs of the City. This robust automation suite spans the breadth of the City’s Oracle Cloud Applications and includes approximately 425 automated test scripts across modules. Planning, execution, and reporting on quarterly patch test cycles is now automated, and detailed status reports and real-time test execution results are available for project stakeholders.

AST’s ACT solution has resulted in the following benefits for the City of Hollywood:

  • 80% reduction in quarterly patch testing cycle time – from 2-3 weeks to 2 business days
  • End-to-end testing completed on multiple instances without manual testing by City business users
  • 100% audit compliance, including test result documents with inline screenshots
  • Visibility into test execution status with detailed reports for project stakeholders, including comprehensive metrics
  • Efficient maintenance of existing automated test scripts without additional cost
Industry: Public Sector

Solution Components:

  • AST Autonomous Cloud Tester
  • Oracle Financials Cloud
  • Oracle Procurement Cloud
  • Oracle HCM Cloud
  • Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service
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Why AST?


AST delivered a modern testing-as-a-service solution, leveraging its proven Autonomous Cloud Tester to automate manual cloud testing activities and reduce deployment risks. The solution has resulted in significantly reduced quarterly patch testing time and greater visibility into the status of the Cloud Applications.