New tool opens up app testing to business

In an effort to speed up the testing element of the application development process, Mercury Interactive has released Mercury...

In an effort to speed up the testing element of the application development process, Mercury Interactive has released Mercury Business Process Testing as part of its Mercury Quality Center suite of applications. 

According to Mathew Morgan, director of products at Mercury, the new component is the first to allow business users to get involved in the testing of automated business processes for new applications. It also provides quality assurance testing for upgrades and patches. 

"This is the first time that business people are active participants in validating that the software will work as they want it to," said Morgan. 

Mercury Business Process Testing lets users see all the screens of an application, and they can enter data to ensure the process is doing what it is supposed to. 

No knowledge of scripting is required to test an application. The solution comes with building blocks that can be dragged and dropped to create screens. 

"It has a natural language abstraction layer, so users can declare pretty much what they want," said Morgan.

Gartner analyst Theresa Lanowitz said the important news was that business users no longer had to wait for a solid GUI to be put in before doing thorough testing. "That was always a problem because the GUI was the last thing to be done."

Lanowitz said the Business Processing Testing component would let users create reusable assets to give to other people involved in the life-cycle testing. 

The web-based environment also allows users anywhere to share assets and build test cases through a browser.

Morgan said the sleeper hit of the product was a tool that automatically generated a Word document that recorded every step of the business process tested. This can eliminate the need to manually create hundreds of pages of documentation to track and validate the business flow as required by the US Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. 

Mercury is also partnering with best practice methodology consultancy TurnKey Solutions for subject matter expertise. An Oracle 11i solution is available now, and within six to 12 months PeopleSoft, SAP and Siebel Systems solutions will be available, according to Morgan. 

Mercury Business Process Testing is shipping now.

Ephraim Schwartz writes for InfoWorld

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