Workday testing solved the easy way with Functionize

April 9, 2021
Judy Bossi

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Workday automation has transformed your business, but its twice-yearly release schedule can wreak havoc if you don’t have a thorough test strategy in place. Here, we show how AI can help you with Workday testing.

Workday transforms your core business operations like HR, Payroll, and Finance. Workday makes it incredibly easy to automate your mission-critical flows. However, their twice-yearly releases can wreak havoc on your existing flows. But iImagine if you could be certain that everything would still work after the release. Imagine if it was as easy to test Workday flows as it was to create them? That’s where Functionize comes in.

Why you need Workday testing

Workday transforms many business functions with their constant innovation. They allow anyone in your company to become a workflow automation expert. One of the unique features is the way they make it so easy to integrate 3rd party services. It’s not uncommon for a single Workday tenant to have over 100 apps connected.

Workday regularly releases new versions to ensure everyone has the latest and greatest features. This is great, but it means you need to test regularly to ensure your own Workday is working properly. Each time they release a new feature, you need to check that all your flows are still working. In short, you need to put in place a proper Workday testing plan.

Why Workday is hard to test

The very things that make Workday so productive also make it really hard to test. Traditionally, testing of these workflows is done manually, rather than automatically. This is for two reasons. Firstly, the people that understand what needs to be tested are the subject matter experts. Typically, that means people within the specific business functions, like HR, Finance, or Payroll. They are perfectly capable of manually testing the flows, but lack the expertise to automate the testing. Secondly, traditional test automation relies on Selenium, a 15-year-old technology that really struggles to test embedded content. That makes it remarkably bad at testing Workday integrations.

What is needed for Workday testing

Successful Workday testing requires three things.

  1. A system that makes it easy for the relevant business users to create and run tests. Effectively, you need a no-code testing solution to complement Workday’s no-code workflow automation.
  2. You need to automate the testing to ensure it always gets done. The people who know how and what to test are typically also performing mission-critical roles in the business. You can’t afford for them to be spending their time manually testing Workday each time a new release comes.
  3. The tests need to be low maintenance—you don’t want the tests themselves to break each time a new Workday release happens!

How Functionize helps

Here at Functionize, we have developed a powerful AI-powered test automation framework. Our aim is to make it simple for anyone to create smart automated tests without needing to write any code. We can help you with Workday testing in several ways.

Simple test creation

Functionize Architect allows you to record tests simply by interacting with your workflow in Chrome. Behind the scenes, it takes your actions and uses them to create a robust automated test. It even makes it really easy to add advanced features like data-driven testing, where you run the same test multiple times with different test data. That’s really great for testing multiple scenarios in your Workday flows.

Testing 3rd party integrations

Under the hood, Functionize tests are creating a complex model of your flows. This allows it to understand the actual intent behind your tests. Unlike traditional tools, it can interact with embedded integrations just as easily as you, the user, can. That means it is perfect for testing Workday flows that rely on large numbers of integrations. So, you can Use Functionize to cover a multitude of different test cases, including:

  • Web and Mobile Web UI testing
  • API testing
  • Business process validation including ERP and point-of-sale apps
  • Database testing
  • SMS Two Factor Authentication testing
  • Word, PDF, Excel validation

Resilient tests

Functionize tests are remarkably resilient, thanks to their ability to Self Heal. This means that simple UI or logic changes don’t cause them problems. When the system can’t decide what the best fix is, you are presented with a list of SmartFix options. You simply click the correct one, and the test is automatically updated. So, once your automated regression suite is created, you can run it before every release to make sure everything is working. No need to worry if the tests are broken—any test failure means you actually have a problem with your Workday flow. And the before, during and after screenshots will make it really easy to analyze what the problem was.

Multiple test locations

The Functionize Test Cloud has data centers located throughout the world, so you can easily rerun your tests across geographies to mimic the experience of your Workday users. That might be critical for testing some workflows. For instance, you might want to automate calculation of State-specific taxes depending on a user’s location. When you add this to the ability to do data-driven testing, you get an amazingly flexible solution for Workday Testing.

How can I learn more?

If you want to learn more about our Workday Testing solution, download our datasheet. Alternatively, you can book a call with one of our team to see how we can help you embrace AI-powered test automation.