Stabilize your Oracle Cloud Environment with Birlasoft’s Automated Cloud Update Safe Testing

Energy & Resources | 3 min READ           
The consequences of COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented and felt by organizations around the world. Ensuring sustainability of the business is primary focus of all organizations. In this article we focus on how Birlasoft’s OCUST, an automated cloud upgrade safe testing tool helps businesses to remotely test and upgrade their Oracle environment and save their precious internal resources for strategic business initiatives.
Andrew Cargo
Andrew Cargo

Former Vice President

Energy & Resources


OCUST - The Smart Way to Test Your Oracle SaaS Application
The Situation
The recent collapse in operating margins has made it abundantly clear to energy providers that driving toward operational excellence is a necessity. Prior to February 2020, the conventional wisdom was that a strong global economy would generate enough hydrocarbon demand to maintain, if not increase, crude prices for the foreseeable future.
However, it has become apparent that Barrel of Oil Equivalent (BOE) pricing ranges between $20 and $40 will be the industries’ reality for some time to come. The mandate for the Oil and Gas industry now is to reduce cost structure and increase operational execution.
While most Oil and Gas companies will struggle under current market conditions, innovators can increase margin and market share by increasing their efficiency, agility, and productivity. Energy companies know that each dollar spent supporting their cloud-based transactional processing systems would be better spent on transformational initiatives.
By leveraging a lower cost, third-party expert provider who can remotely test and upgrade your Oracle environment, precious internal resources can be redirected onto higher value projects. Birlasoft’s independent testing services are becoming increasingly important as your business users make more and more independent cloud decisions.
The Challenge
Oracle SaaS Cloud Applications upgrade every quarter. These upgrades consist of newly added features, in addition to bug fixes. Oracle SaaS Cloud customers want to take on new versions, but need support for:
  • Oracle premium support for all the older versions of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, other than the E920 release, ended on March 2020.
  • Regression testing of their configuration with new versions
  • A detailed report of what is applicable in the upgrade for their industry and business.
  • Resolution of expected upgrade issues
The Birlasoft Solution
OCUST – Automated Cloud Update Safe Testing, an Automated Regression Testing-as-a-Service, is a subscription-based offering. The OCUST library consists of pre-built automated test cases for every Oracle SaaS Cloud application. Customers can choose their relevant test cases as part of the subscription. Birlasoft will remotely execute relevant automated test scripts in the customer’s non-production environment and produce a detailed validation report of the impact on the business flows. If any customer specific test cases need to be tested as part of the testing, Birlasoft will develop and execute it on every patch deployment.
Cloud Test Automation for Quarterly Updates
How to get started
Birlasoft will conduct the first quarterly test at no charge. Then we will follow the below four-step update process:
Oracle Cloud Upgrade Safe Testing
Oracle Cloud Upgrade Safe Testing
OCUST test case library
Cloud Application
Pre-Built test cases
The Success Stories
  • A Fortune 500 company and one of the largest providers of natural gas and natural gas liquids in the United States reduced their quarterly update cycle time from 6 weeks to 2 weeks using OCUST. The organization is using OCUST from entire Oracle ERP Cloud. More than 250 customer specific test scripts are configured through the OCUST framework.
  • One of the leading providers of natural gas contract compression services in United States is using OCUST for Oracle PLM Cloud. OCUST has enabled the organization to reduce their quarterly update cycle time from 4 weeks to 1 week with zero dependency on their business.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and to stay relevant organizations need to strategize for what is next. In this article we covered how Birlasoft’s OCUST is designed to enable organizations to realize the benefits from Oracle SaaS Cloud upgrades by automating the regression testing of their configurations with new versions. OCUST helps organizations to reduce their quarterly update cycle time considerably and helps them save resources which can be used in other strategic initiatives to keep business sustainable in unprecedented times.
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