TestGrid and Compunnel have embarked on a groundbreaking collaboration to centralize more than 2000 mobile devices and browsers that were previously distributed across the United States; they are now unified in one central hub. This hub serves as a center of excellence, designed to refine and streamline the development and testing process. Remarkably, the completion of the first phase has enabled the bank to achieve substantial savings, totaling over $5 million.
Challenges Faced by the Bank
1 – Scattered Devices and Global Teams: The bank’s teams and devices were spread across America. The team faced challenges in finding available devices & browsers, and conducting continuous testing along with coordinating and synchronizing efforts proved to be significant hurdles.
2 – Faster Transition from Manual to Automated Testing: The need for a seamless shift from manual testing to automation was pressing. Client already had a significant automation code for mobile and browser apps. But they wanted something centralized, faster, and more agile.
3 – Data Security Concerns with publicly hosted device labs: Protecting sensitive data within their VPN was paramount for the bank. They required an on-premise deployment to ensure maximum security and compliance with stringent industry regulations.
4 – Resource Optimization: With the intention to scale operations, the bank aimed to make the most out of their available resources for testing purposes. Streamlining processes was essential.
5 – Cost-Effective Device Management: The bank was wary of heavy investments in in-house device management solutions. They sought a cost-effective approach that would not compromise on efficiency.
How TestGrid Addressed the Challenges:
TestGrid along with Compunnel took a phased approach divided between phase 1 & 2 as detailed below:
Phase 1 – Shift Left
In phase one TestGrid and Compunnel shifted all the 2000+ segregated devices & browsers under one roof and created a center of excellence making the devices available to all 24×7. It also made sure that the bank was able to run their existing automation test scenarios.
Key Outcomes of Phase 1
1 – Cost Reduction through centralized dev & test lab: With TestGrid’s on-premise lab and TestOS, the bank has been able to save over $5 Million on device and browser management costs. This change streamlined operations and resulted in substantial savings.
2 – Continuous Delivery & Automation: The banks team is able to execute all its existing automation & functional test cases on a larger pool of available devices, browsers and operating systems available at their disposal.
3 – Continuous Testing – The team is now testing in a continuous manner without worrying about device downtime and management. The COE is easily scalable for teams scattered across geographies. Multiple teams are now using available devices & browsers at the same time and by executing tests in parallel teams are able to release updates faster.
4 – Agile Scaling with a few Clicks: Admins were empowered with the ability to effortlessly adjust device & browser availability, allowing for rapid scaling up or down as per testing requirements. This newfound flexibility meant that resources could be allocated precisely when needed, optimizing resource utilization. They can even bring more devices to add it in the pool with minimum effort.
5 – Reservable Devices for Enhanced Efficiency: The introduction of a reservation system empowered the team to allocate and release devices based on their testing schedule. This feature further streamlined the testing process, ensuring that resources were efficiently utilized without any unnecessary downtime.
Phase 1 of the implementation was completed in just 15 days, 5 days before the promised deadline.
Phase 2 – Streamlining Bank’s Testing Process
With phase 1 completed, TestGrid along with Compunnel is now working relentlessly to help the banks team transition from manual testing to low code/no code automation with an aim to help them test better & release faster. This shift is poised to not only enhance testing precision but also accelerate release timelines, aligning with the bank’s vision for agile and efficient operations.
Key Objectives of Phase Two:
1 – Transitioning to Codeless Automation: In this phase, TestGrid is working towards implementation of TestOS, a cutting-edge platform designed to facilitate low code/no code automation. The banks’ team is being equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to harness the power of AI-driven automation, ensuring a seamless transition from manual testing.
2 – Enabling Comprehensive End-to-End Automation: TestOS empowers the bank to execute end-to-end test automation encompassing a wide spectrum of testing scenarios. From cross-browser testing to mobile app testing, API testing, and even performance testing, all these critical functions are unified within a singular platform, streamlining the testing process.
3 – Skill Upgradation for Empowered Testing Teams: TestOS not only revolutionizes testing methodologies but also democratizes automation. Even manual testers within the bank can now harness the capabilities of codeless automation, unlocking new levels of productivity and expertise. This upskilling initiative is poised to empower the entire testing team.
4 – Optimal Device Utilization – Bank also is concerned about low usage of devices that were high on cost, they wanted a solution where all browsers & devices are used in complete SDLC. This is where TestGrid’s Virtual USB feature will be able to help the bank, with the all new technology, banks devops team can now also utilize the devices for their development purpose, they can connect the devices available in a centralized COE for their development purposes.
Phase 2 is an ongoing effort and will be adjusted based on banks priorities.
TestGrid and Compunnel’s collaborative effort has not only revolutionized the bank’s testing process but has also redefined industry standards. By replacing feature-based tools with an end-to-end testing platform, TestGrid empowered the bank to focus their resources on development and faster release cycles. This case study serves as a testament to the transformative potential of cutting-edge testing solutions.