Automate Testing Using Oracle Application Testing Suite with Flow Builder for E-Business Suite

Previous articles have discussed the benefits of automated testing with the Oracle Application Testing Suite, a.k.a, "OATS". As a reminder, OATS includes the following components:
  • Oracle Functional Testing Suite for Oracle Applications – for functional and regression testing
  • Oracle Load Testing Suite for Oracle Applications – for load and performance testing
  • Oracle Test Manager – for test process management, test execution and defect tracking

The latest release of Oracle Application Testing Suite, referred to as 12.3, includes a new "Flow Builder" capability designed to reduce the effort and expertise needed to create and maintain automated test scripts for EBS 12.1.3 and 12.2. This should be welcome news for EBS customers looking to streamline their upgrade projects.

What is Flow Builder?
Flow Builder is an automated test generation framework delivered as part of the Oracle Functional Testing Suite for Oracle Applications. It provides an alternative to the traditional "record/playback" method for creating test scripts, which is time-consuming and produces scripts that are difficult to maintain.

Using Flow Builder, even non-technical testers can generate working test scripts from pre-built components. Each component represents an atomic test operation such as “create an invoice batch” or “apply an invoice hold.” Testers can assemble the pre-built components into test flows, and combine test flows with spreadsheet data to drive the testing of multiple data conditions. To maintain Flow Builder-generated scripts, testers need only know the names of common application functions instead of a complex scripting language.

Screenshot of Oracle Flow Builder extension for Oracle Application Testing Suite

Includes a Starter Kit
The EBS QA team uses the Flow Builder feature to do EBS testing, and provides pre-built test content that customers can use to jump start their own testing projects. Flow Builder includes an EBS starter kit with over 2000 pre-built components and 200 pre-built flows. The Flow Builder framework allows customers to add, modify and extend the pre-built components and flows to address new functionality and customizations to EBS.

Improves Productivity
The EBS QA team has improved their productivity by 60% using Flow Builder’s component-based test generation framework instead of a traditional record/playback approach. With Flow Builder, EBS customers can significantly improve their productivity and test coverage while saving on testing expense. Flow Builder content updates will be available for each new EBS major release, allowing customers to reduce maintenance overhead for test scripts. 

Downloads
You can download the Oracle Application Testing Suite from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud or the Oracle Technology Network.

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Comments:

Hi,

Which product pach should I select on edelivery if I want to download the OATS?

Thanks,

Posted by Jim on December 16, 2013 at 12:11 AM PST #

Hi, Jim,

The Oracle Technology Network link in the article above has direct links to the OATS downloads.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by guest on December 17, 2013 at 08:53 AM PST #

Steven,

Is this separately licensed?

Thanks.

Posted by guest on December 24, 2013 at 09:56 AM PST #

Hi,

A license is required for the OATS products. However, Oracle Flow Builder is licensed as a part of Oracle Functional Testing Suite for Oracle Applications.

-Mazen

Posted by Mazen on December 25, 2013 at 06:37 AM PST #

Flow Builder is delivered as part of Oracle Functional Testing Suite for Oracle Applications, which is a separately-licensed product.

Posted by Anne Carlson on December 25, 2013 at 08:22 AM PST #

Can flow builder be used to automate tests for EBS release 11i?

Posted by Guest on March 18, 2014 at 08:33 PM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

As noted in the article above, Flowbuilder is designed for EBS 12.1 and 12.2.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 19, 2014 at 07:46 AM PDT #

How can I concatenate variable with '%' sign in Flowbuilder, kindly replay asap.

Posted by guest on April 11, 2014 at 07:45 AM PDT #

Hi, Guest,

We can provide general conceptual guidance here, but I'm afraid that this blog isn't the best place to get technical support for specific issues like the one that you're working through.

Your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM PDT #

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