Situation

A major midwestern city required a comprehensive, secure testing solution in order to meet strict compliance requirements, ensure scalability of its systems, and obtain real-time analytics and dashboards for optimal business performance.

The City employs more than 9,000 individuals, and too many of its business and IT resources had heavy involvement in monthly and quarterly patch testing activity.  In addition to minimizing their involvement and freeing up resources for other key business operations, the City required:

  • A reduction in upgrade and patch testing cycle times across deployed Oracle Cloud Applications (ERP Financials, Procurement, Cloud EPM)
  • Mitigation of risks by detecting issues early in the test cycle
  • Availability of detailed test execution results for compliance and audit
  • Real-time visibility into test plans, test execution progress, results, and issues

The implementation of AST’s automated testing services has radically improved the way we manage upgrades and patching for our Oracle Cloud Apps. Quarterly patch testing cycles are now done within 2 business days and we get real-time insights into test metrics, which allows us to make quick decisions and have risk-free production deployments. I’m impressed with the capabilities of AST’s solution and the comprehensive coverage it provides across business functionality.

City CFO

The implementation of AST’s automated testing services has radically improved the way we manage upgrades and patching for our Oracle Cloud Apps. Quarterly patch testing cycles are now done within 2 business days and we get real-time insights into test metrics, which allows us to make quick decisions and have risk-free production deployments. I’m impressed with the capabilities of AST’s solution and the comprehensive coverage it provides across business functionality.

City CFO

Solution & Benefits of AST Automated Testing for City Government

AST deployed its Autonomous Cloud Tester (ACT) solution to meet the needs of the City, providing automated regression testing for the City’s robust Oracle Cloud applications.

AST’s team deployed more than 500 automated test scripts; automated the planning, execution, and reporting of monthly and quarterly patch testing cycles; streamlined and automated test process management with Practitest ALM; and enabled maintenance of automated test scripts.  The City has realized the following benefits:

  • 93% reduction in quarterly patch test cycle time (from 2 weeks to 6 hours)​
  • 90% faster defect detection (regression issues identified on day 1 of patch testing)​
  • 100% productivity gain for business users (eliminated time spent on manual test efforts)​
  • 100% on-demand test suite execution to validate emergency fixes​
  • Real-time insights for all project stakeholders into test metrics and issues, resulting in quick decision-making and risk mitigation​
Industry: Public Sector

Solution Components:

  • AST’s Autonomous Cloud Tester (ACT)
  • Practitest ALM
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Why AST?


AST’s 25 years of experience in delivering modern solutions to municipal government clients, coupled with the robust and proven AST Autonomous Cloud Tester, led the client to productivity gains and time savings for a true business transformation.