The Test Starter Kit, which is based on Mercury's application performance management software, offers reusable test plans and scripts designed to help customers upgrade to 11i faster and more easily by assessing application performance before rolling out to users.
Beginning with release 11.5.7 Rapid Install, Oracle will distribute the test kit to all e-business suite customers for free. Initially, the tests will focus on basic transactions, such as generating a purchase order or entering an invoice.
However, Oracle eventually will offer test scripts for broader business flows, said Alan Fletcher, vice-president of operations for e-business suite development at Oracle. For example, a customer could test a marketing application from lead generation through to a sale, he said.
"These are scripts that perform business transactions in our software," Fletcher said. "Traditionally you would do these tests manually. Obviously with manual testing you are relying on humans every time not making mistakes. It's very time consuming and very error prone."
Mercury also detailed a new Oracle 11i Upgrade Package to include performance testing, functional and regression testing and test management software, as well as Mercury's consulting services.
Used in conjunction with the test kit, the package is designed to provide companies with reusable testing assets to save additional time on subsequent upgrades.